November MoodBoard

Hey all, I saw the November Moodboard over at Aloma Writes, and I knew I just had to do this โค I asked her if I could do this post and she kindly said yes (yay me ).

If you don’t know who is Ashleigh or her gorgeous blog, go check it out and don’t forget to say hello:D She is such a kind and sweet person and her blog is so pretty and fun, I know you’ll love her posts.

November Mood

November reminds me of rain, a good book and yummy hot drinks (mostly coffee and spiced teas, hehe). My favorite colors in autumn are brown and pastel colors โค And I will hang twinkly lights everywhere (already started on that) ๐Ÿ˜€

My mood has changed completely, lol. My goal is to be more relaxed and not feel so overstressed as I do on most days. I’m drawn to tarot cards such as the Medicine animal and the Animal spirits, even my mood in music changed and I am more into chill music and rain sounds ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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Pictures are from Unsplash:ย Photo byย Eaters Collectiveย , Photo byย Kira auf der Heideย , Photo byย Marcus Wallisย , Photo byย Shehran Syedย , Photo byย eberhard grossgasteiger

The rest are from Pixabay.

Older and Wiser (I hope)

ย Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since I posted anything but book reviews (sorry for that). Life has been way too busy with my mom entering the hospital every few weeks, my health, and life itself. Things aren’t so easy right now, but I’m sure they will be easier soon ๐Ÿ™‚

On a more positive note… It’s my BIRTHDAY! TODAY! (and happy birthday to all the June girls and boys out there <3).

After I lived on this earth for a long time and I got a bit of experienceย in life, and becauseย this birthday I did more thinking than celebrating, lol (my mom is in the hospital), I did a lot of thinking.

After giving a real hard though, I managed to put down on paper a list of a few important things I’ve learned from life so far.

So here what I’ve learned so far

Be yourself: This one is hard because we all want to be loved by others and to fit in, and sometimes being yourself is going to make things very hard for you, but it’s the only way to live. So don’t try to copy other or be something else for others, it’s a hard way to live.

Be Kind to yourself and others:ย I always tried to be kind and nice to others even though sometimes it’s more than difficult, lol. However, being kind to myself is even harder. This one I must say I learn very late in life and at some days, I’m still struggling, especially when I’m too stressed.

Sleep:ย We all want to achieve a lot. We will cut our sleeping hours to accomplish more. However sleeping less makes us angry, stressed (and I speak from experience here, lol), hungry and moody. But just this simple act of sleeping 6-8 hours a day, really do their miracle.

People never change (in most cases):ย People are people. People can change a bit for good or bad, but they will never change as much as you might wish them to. Controlling people to change who they are or hoping they will change in the future, will never happen and this will not do any good toย either one of you. Know that people are set in their own ways and they will never change just because you want them to. If a change is really needed, they need to want it and understand how and why they need to change all by themselves.

Knowing reality:ย I hear people around me always saying “it’s not fair” about something in their life. Life is life, and things are as they are. When you are arguing with someone, don’t use their words against them just to show them you can. Let things go… and if you must fight, fight nicely.

I’m a writer:ย If I ever publish my work or not I am still a writer, and no one can take that away from me. This is simple but it’s still something I sometimes struggle understanding. If in some miracle I’ll get to publish my work that would be amazing (even beyond amazing), but if I won’t that doesn’t mean, I’m not a writer. I will enjoy writing even when I’m at my 90’s.

I am a writer ๐Ÿ˜€

Now,ย Obviously I still need to work on a lot of things on this list and that’s okay. It was really helpful to write these thoughts down and share them with you.

What would you add to this list?

Off to celebrate (with a good night sleep, lol, I’m too exhausted), but have a nice glass of a yummy drink (of your choice) for me โค Thank you so much for all the thoughtful birthday wishes on my social media, you made my day!

Ps. check out this beautiful drawing Jasmine did for my birthday (she even added a glimpse of my books) โค

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to everyone โค

I hope you all having fun in your celebrations, with your family and friends ๐Ÿ™‚

May the new year bring you…

courage, strength, fulfilment, success, health and happiness โค

Don’t be shy and share your favorite post, social media, or your blog and let’s celebrate the New Year ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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Happy New Year & Thank you so much for reading โค

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Goodbye 2015: Reflections and Goals

Goodbye2015It’s only a few hours before the New Year arrives and it seems as if the world stops and waits for it to come, lol.

This post will be long (sorry for that), so grab yourself something yummy, a fluffy blanket and relax as you read through this post ๐Ÿ™‚

Reflection On 2015

For me, 2015 went by in a flash, I could barely calm myself down and enjoy a month, and the second month jumped in front of me. Soon enough it’s the end of the year. Looking back at 2015, I recognized some of my wrongs and some of the things I did well.

January-April

These 4 months were a good start of the year. I did struggle a bit with my writing but I managed to write a lot. I was very focused on my goals and I had minimum distractions.

This blog was still relatively new and I learned so much through blogging and through the wonderful people here.

I feel like a broken record saying this, but you guys are more than amazing to me (really). You have an amazing power to lift my spirit and these gifts I always take with me in my everyday life.

May-June

These 2 months were extremely good. I was on the right track and I knew what I want from my writing, home, and blog. I managed to do a lot of work and it made me feel productive and efficient.

July-November

Well, life got a lot more complicated, fast.

My mom had chosen to get out of her house and go to a Home. It was a hard transition for us all and tons more work, lol ๐Ÿ˜€ To tell you the truth, I felt more than overwhelmed and stressed.

I tried to do so much in a short period of time and it was just a matter of time until I will hit that wall. Summer is hard for me, anyways and I wasn’t used being so active at summer time.

I am very happy though that I have the opportunity to help my mom and be there for her, mostly because I get to know my mom as she is now and as I am now (both adults), but I did need to learn to take care of myself better.

In these 5 months, I did learn a lot about my writing and how I can write fast and everywhere ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s true that this is not always my best writing (I can always edit later), but as long as I’m writing, everything is okay ๐Ÿ™‚

The editing part is hard for me, I have yet learned how to do it if I’m not at home, sitting by my desk with headphones on (with white noise playing).

December

Wow, what a month this is. I am sick for almost the entire month, lol. Did nothing but sleep most of the time.

2015 Goals

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Saying goodbye to 2015, is a lot easier than other years, lol.

Even though I’ve learned so much this year, it’s still has been a very hectic and stressful year. I could easily say that this year was a bit too much for me and I wouldn’t mind if next year would be a little bit less busy (or crazy) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is my Goodbye 2014, if you want to travel a year back (just click on the picture) ๐Ÿ˜€

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Writing

My Goals (or plans) for 2015 were: Finish Immortal Earth, Book #1 (The Earth Legacy Series) and even finish editing it as well.

I did finish writing the first draft, but I didn’t start editing it.

Research

I bought a few books about editing, writing and about the business behind the writer/author. Took lots of notes, listened to some awesome podcasts and even watched a few great YouTube videos. Did tons of research so I will know my craft better ๐Ÿ˜‰

Planning & Time Management

I was always good with planning but I was less good with the whole time management thing, lol. Luckily I’ve learned a lot (and still learning) about time management and how to plan things better.

I am so lucky to have such wonderful bloggers who helped me with their posts about this subject and watch some great YouTubers who helped me plan my months and days better and be more efficient and utilize better the tools I have (my planner, the old pen and paper, my phone and even if I want, my tablet) ๐Ÿ˜€

Blogging

Wow, this one was hard and tons of fun ๐Ÿ˜€

I tried to blog 3 times a week, some weeks I blogged more but most of the time I blogged three or less. I have enjoyed experimenting with some features and types of posts and I hope that I will be doing much better next year.

Reading

โ€œBooks must be treated with respect, we feel that in our bones because words have power. Bring enough words together they can bend space and time.โ€
โ€• Terry Pratchett

I happy to say that this year, I’ve read more than I planned to read. I wish I could have read more but thereย were weeks I couldn’t read at all.

I miss books so much and it’s true that I can continue on reading on my tablet or phone, but I miss the touch and smell of a new book.

Health and Fitness

Sadly, here I haven’t succeeded at all. I did try my best to eat healthier but as the stress built up, I went back to my old bad habits ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I need to learn to handle this better. I think I did well with my goal to stay positive and think positive. I do try to go by this rule every day ๐Ÿ˜€

Wow, we reach the end ๐Ÿ˜€ If you made it until the end, you are amazing โค If you didn’t, you are still amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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Blog Party

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It’s A Blog Party

For those who celebrate Halloween, Happy spooky Halloween to you all, and to those of you who do not Happy and Relaxed Weekend.

So… I am starting this new monthly feature called Blog Party or as many bloggers call it, link party.

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What you need to do is just link your favorite post, your last post or any other post or site of yours (only once please), down in the comments section so others can go and read your post or just visit your site. This party will go on until tomorrow’s next post, so you’ll have enough time to plug your book, your site or your post ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s like shameless self-promotion, lol, that I more than welcome today ๐Ÿ˜€

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So have fun, grab yourself a cupcake or a nice drink. Sit back and enjoy the party here at Coffee n’ Notes ๐Ÿ™‚

To make this party even bigger, I ask you (if you can <3) to share this on your social sites as well, so that everyone will have a chance to be visited or even followed โค

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So let’s start this party and have fun ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

Galit

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P.s… All pictures are from Pixabay and a few took from Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay.

Life In Words

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When I was a kid (and even now) people liked to tell me to get a life. To pull my nose out of the books and start living. I guess they never understood that I already had a full life, a life in words.

I remember the first words that sprung my imagination and made me see things beyond the black letters plainly written on the white page. They were words that made me hear music, words that made me smell sweet and wonderful smells and words that made me see the magic for the first time.

All this started when my mom used to read me short poems almost every night and with her soft almost hypnotic tone I was deep in my imagination and saw nothing but life in the words she read so beautifully.

When I looked at the page trying hard to make the letters and start reading, the letters danced in front of me, taunting with my eyes as I looked at them again and again. From random letters, I could imagine a new poem, a secret poem that only I knew and I alone. I saw the words take life, acting a scene of magical beauty. When I was older I already knew the secret, a secret that others couldn’t see and it made it even more special for me.

No matter how much my friend tried and no matter how much I tried to show her, she never seemed to see it and feel it. It felt as if an entire world was concealed from her, she read the words but they felt plain or ordinary to her.

I never understood why.

Why can’t she see how much life exist in a simple word? A word like ‘lullaby’ takes form in front of me. Dancing to hushed tunes, or a little fairy floating on colorful flowers in a secret garden. A simple word as a ‘chair’ shows so much proud and respect, such simplicity, and glory. It seemed as if the word itself is bursting with movement and joy and life.

To her, it was just a word and nothing more. To me, it was as if they were alive.

It really fascinates me every time that there are people out there who can’t feel and see the life in words, can’t see anything beyond the written letter and their meaning. Now that I am all grown up, I know it’s ok that they can’t see beyond that.

Now I know how I can show them my secret and hopefully, they will see beyond and feel the life and excitement in the letters, the same way I see them.

I can feel the words, flying all around me, dancing in all the colors of the rainbow, singing in my ear. I feel their warmth or coldness and I know they are alive just waiting to be discovered like a magical unicorn so rare, yet so precious.

This just who I am, I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

What do words mean to you? I would love to hear your thoughts and I hope this post wasn’t too weird for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you so much for reading โค

Galit

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New Buy: My Writing Desk

Well, after public demands to show pictures of my writing desk, I thought I must show you my new writing space, so here it is ๐Ÿ˜€

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I first wanted to say how happy I am that you really want to see silly things like that… I love it โค

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I hope you like the pictures (sorry it came a bit dark).

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Hubby built this desk on Friday and after I reorganized the room today and set everything in the right place, I took a few pics to post them here for you โค

In the picture, you can see that I have a huge monitor and my laptop. I use them both mostly in my editing, although I love using them for writing as well but not all the time.

I have a simple but perfect desk lamp, I am so happy that I bought it, it’s perfect.

I have 3 notebooks on my desk which I use a lot:

  • My writing notebook: I use it to take notes, or write a sudden plot that came to mind, anything and everything about my story can go in this notebook.
  • My dream journal: I don’t need to explain here much, right?
  • My doodle notebook: I call it a doodle notebook, but it’s for everything I want to draw, sketch and doodle to free my mind when I need it.

I also have my weekly & monthly planner.

I have a small jar, that once contained soaps, that I use for my pens and highlighters ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite pens are there as well as few regular ones, mostly blue and red. They were once scattered inside my purse and in my closet, lol.

I can’t live without having post-its by my side, I use them a lot!

I have my coffee on my desk, usually, I have my coffee in my owl mug (that I love so much) but today I used this one, to keep my coffee hot.

Finally, I love the little footstool I placed under the table to put my feet up when I’m thinking or just writing with pen and paper (I used it before when I wrote in the kitchen).

This desk is simple, but perfect for me and what makes it even more awesome is that it’s my space. It’s not in the living room or in the kitchen, and as I set everything in its place I already feel that this little desk is my own writing place.

All I need to make this space even more perfect for my needs is a good chair. I have some thoughts about what kind of chair I want (something like an executive chair). I also hope to find a big cork board to hang above my desk.

I can’t stress enough the importance of having your own space for your craft. This little space is mine and it is already very inspiring.

Thank you so much for reading โค

Galit

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It’s Time To Celebrate

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It’s time for a party, woot-woot โ•˜[โ—‰๏นƒโ—‰]โ••\m/(>.<)\m/

Thank you so much to all that follows me, I have no words for how happy I am โค

After 3 days of having a huge migraine, I logged into my blog and saw that I have over 300 followers.

How amazing is this…. ๐Ÿ˜€

Hope you are all having a great and relaxed weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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As always, thank you so much for reading โค

Galit

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Beautiful Blogger Award

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I was nominated for the Beautiful Bloggerย Award by the wonderful Brin, from Brin’s Book Blog. Thank you so much for thinking of me ๐Ÿ™‚ If you still haven’t heard about her or her great blog, please go and check out her blog โ€“ you will enjoy every minute there!

I been also been nominated by the lovely Chanelle for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Thank you so much for nominating me. If you haven’t seen her blog yet, you are missing out. She is such a wonderful person and her blog is light and fun to follow.

The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.
3. Nominate 7 (yes, only seven) other bloggers and say a little something about them.

I really like how simple this award is, I love it this much (โœฟโ— โ€ฟโ— )

Here are my nominations:

1. Emma from Blue Chicken Ninja

I love Emma’s blog, she shares her life as books surround her in every event. I love looking at what she reads and how she feels about the books. her posts taken from her own life which inspires each and every one who enters her blog.

2. Britney from All Things Britney Lee

Britney’s posts are always fun and creative. You will find there all about beauty with a fun spin on top of all and she will teach you how to make on your own from nail scrub and costumes. I love her inspiring & motivating posts, a really must follow.

3. Megan from Megan Has OCD

Megan blog is about her daily struggles and beauty. Megan’s posts taken from precious moments of her own life followed by beautiful pictures and fun writing.

4. Stephie from Stephie Estie

You will not get bored reading Stephie’s blog, her posts are all about beauty and health. I do not know much about makeup, but her posts makes me fall in love with makeup again & again, how cool is she ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Kate from Kate M. Colby

She is a professional writer and I love her book reviews. She will teach you all about writing and the writer’s business with a fun spin that can help everyone no matter if you write a diary, journal or a novel. I truly love Kate’s blog if it’s from the style of her writing, her clean blog and how much she inspires everyone.

6. Nadine from Ladies and Lace

I love Nadine’s blog and I find it to be very fun as well. It’s full of beauty, fashion, and health but she also touches the serious topics in life in a light way that you just can’t help but to follow her.

7. Rachel from Rachel Ellis Fashion & Beauty

I really love Rachel’s blog. I love her posts onย beauty products, makeup, fashion and hair care tips. I love the clean look of her blog and her fun style of posts.

It goes without saying that I would encourage anyone reading this to check out all of the above blogs. They are all amazing! I am so glad to have so many great blogs to follow!

There is absolutely no obligation for anyone to acceptย this award if they do not wish to (or if they have been nominated before). I just wanted to let all of you know how much I admire your blogsย and appreciate the time youย take out of yourย day to provide such awesome content!

Thank you so much for reading โค

Galit

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