Writer’s Log: How To Show Up For Yourself (+Happy Birthday To Me)

Hello everyone, and happy Saturday to you all ❤

I can’t believe we are at the end of this Writer’s Log series, wow… This was such a fun series to do (I hope you enjoyed it too) and this last post falls right on my birthday week 😉 is an amazing way of finishing the Writer’s Log ❤

My birthday was on Thursday 6.6 and it was a very normal day at home, we didn’t do anything special as I mostly like being at home, hehe. But turning this much was a huge change that started to ripple its effect on me. overall it was a good birthday, I’ve received a lot of birthday wishes that made me very happy and I got to rest a lot – which made this birthday just perfect, hehe 😀

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For the last (almost) 5 years of blogging I’ve learned so much on how to be more consistent with what I choose to do and just by showing up to do it. But I’ve learned so much while doing this series of the writer’s Log (almost 2 months), more than all the 5 years of blogging, lol, wow.

I’ve made this series to build up my passion for blogging again while I’m in constant chaos around me and I am so happy I was able to bring that spark of joy and passion to this little corner of ours. But even more than that, I was able to bring back the conversation again, something that I’ve missed more than I thought I did. You showed me just how much I do miss writing, blogging and sharing my boring life with you all, hehe 😀

But you showed me that the conversations that made their way in the comments were something I truly missed here and I am looking forward to our conversations 😉

Now, let’s get back to our post…

Here my 3 tips on how to show up for yourself and do what you truly want to do:

Know what you want (your goal) and do it for a short time

This helped me a lot, to just have a true idea of how I see this happen. Saying that I wanted to try this but only for a small period of time. (It was 14.4-6.6, so 54 days) So I set my goal to try to blog mostly every day for 54 days. Now I was sure I won’t be able to blog every single day due to all the other things I need to do in my life, but I did try my hardest 😀 and this brings me to the other tip…

Set a realistic goal

As I said in my previous tip, set a realistic goal for yourself and a very realistic timeline. Just by knowing what you think you are capable you automatically can predict if the goal you set for yourself will really work. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to post every single day but in my head, I was aiming for about 3-4 times a week to meet my goal.

There were weeks that I was able to meet this goal but there were weeks that I couldn’t and this happens but I wasn’t bitting myself up for it because I knew that life could do that but I still tried every day. This leads to my final and most important tip which is…

Show up for yourself and for your work

Showing up for yourself, which means if you chose to blog every day, sit down next to your computer and write some posts, or going through your pics… every day. Even if you don’t post every day, you are still showing up for your passion/work and you are doing what you need and want to do. If it’s research, writing, editing. You are there, trying to make it and trying to work on that blog posts. Just by showing up you are already ahead of the game.

This is something very new that I’ve learned by actually doing. I always knew this rule but I let life push me where it went so in most cases I never did what I wanted to do. Now this series changed my pov (point of view) on the fact of just showing up

Saying goodbye to this series feels weird but I enjoyed doing this and I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait for the next one 😉

*** Btw, before I go… I am starting a new series over on my patreon so if you go and be part and click on your choice 😉

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: May Goals

Happy Friday to you all and I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend ❤

I can’t believe that we are already in May, this year flew by so fast. I have a few goals this month that is a continuation of April 😉

So let’s start…

Wake up at 4 am every day but Saturday.

So far it is not going well, lol, but I still want to keep trying. After all, it takes at least 21 days to form a habit so I will keep trying.

Write 5K.

I want to just start writing again. I am slowly finding my “groove” again and I want to start writing again, so my goal is to minimum write 5K.

Edit 2 chapters.

I really want to try and keep editing and revising my book. I would be happy even with 2 chapters edited. I want to keep my writing/editing goals small so I won’t get overwhelmed and I would be able to stay motivated… Hopefully 😉

Read 3 books.

I am in a huge reading slump. I read a book in every few months, so I want to get back to reading and ease myself to reading more. I still haven’t picked up the books I want to read but I hope to do that tomorrow so I will let you know tomorrow 😉

Blog (mostly) every day.

Okay, I think I did really good with the goal on April with a few days I’ve missed posts, but in May I want to try and really do better 😀 So far I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to share all my insights on June as I finish this challenge.

Declutter the house.

Did a great job on April with decluttering my house but I need to work much harder on declutter our closets and bookshelves in May.

Meditate 4 times a week (at least).

I was doing well with meditating almost every day in April but by the end of the month, I neglected this and I want to get back to meditating and that is why I thought it will be a great idea to add this as a goal for May.

Well, that is it for my goals for the month of May, there are a few hard ones and a few small goals, hehe but I hope I will be able to achieve most of them 😀

What is your goal for May? Did you choose something to focus on this month?  let me know in the comments below

 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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December Goals

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a good weekend ❤

This month is an extremely busy and stressful month. My mom is not feeling that good and she has water in her lungs so on Monday she will undergo a small procedure to drain the water and see what the water is made of (infection, cancer, and other health issues). On Sunday we have to go to her heart doctor and do CT as preparations, but this entire month is full of doctors and checkups.

I can’t believe how fast December has arrived and it’s already the end of the year… Wow. But there are still 4 weeks to go so lots to do and goals to accomplish. From January I will start posting mostly once a week due to a tight schedule of editing, but I will try to post more 🙂

Anyways, before we go into my December Goals, let’s see how I did in November.

How I did with my November goals?

  1. Win Nanowrimo (write 50K). ❌ (Nope, didn’t win but I wrote 34K so that’s great).
  2. Paint behind the stove. ✔
  3. Blog 2-3 times a week. ✔
  4. Duolingo daily. ❌ Didn’t do it even once in November, lol.
  5. Yoga 3 times a week. ❌ I did do Yoga but I think I ended up doing only once a week.
  6. Declutter the closet room. ✔ Not finished but I did a lot and I ended up decluttering about 490 Items (yay me).
  7. Read 2 books. ✔ I’ve Read 5 books ❤

My December Goals

  1. Blog 2 times a week.
  2. Continue writing (my goal is to write 15K).
  3. Continue decluttering (declutter the other closet and bookshelves).
  4. Put up the Christmas tree 🎄 Still didn’t do this 😦
  5. Drink 1.5L of water daily.
  6. Make Jan 2019 bullet journal.
  7. Plan posts for Dec and Jan. ✔
  8. Journal daily.
  9. Yoga twice a week.
  10. Read 6 books.

My Instagram followers chose my TBR for this month from my Goodreads TBR pile

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So here’s what they have chosen for me:

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December TBR, Coffee n' Notes

December TBR, Coffee n' Notes

That is all for my ambitious goals, but I want to push myself harder so I can accomplish more even when life is hectic.

What is your main goal for this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Author: Jen Sincero
Pages: 258
Genre: Self-Help
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Running Press Adult

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Blurb

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you’re ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them – it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it now.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Review
4 Stars

I usually don’t read self-help books, but I do try to read things outside my comfort zone and because we are getting closer to 2019, I needed every help I can get so after I heard so many good things about this book, I decided to buy it… And I am so happy I did.

This book didn’t have many original ideas, and the author told me things I probably already knew… However, it was still a nice reminder of what I need to do and sometimes it is nice to have a good reminder a push even if it comes out from a book.

As I try to surround myself with things that will be a constant reminder of what I want and how I want to achieve it, I loved reading this book because of that… A great reminder and sometimes if we know something we really don’t get it, lol. Some things just clicked really good in this book and I plan to read this book again in 2019 with fresh new eyes 😉

I mostly felt with all the things I highlighted that it was like a reminder post-it note or a smart cheat sheet for you to always pick into and plan your goals smarter and achieve them faster.

I got this book in an ebook and so I highlighted a few lines and paragraphs that I knew will stick with me for a while…

“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse”.

“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done”.

This is beyond true and correct for me, and I just realized that while reading this book and since then… So much have changed and still is changing ❤
For me, this book was more like a push in the right direction, I needed it a lot 😀

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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6 Habits to create Before 2019

Hey everyone, I hope you’re doing well this week ❤

Sorry, I didn’t put any posts this week, but I’m back 😀 Before we enter 2019 (and I can’t believe 2018 is almost over) I want to change a few things even earlier and try to build some good habits that will continue on to the new year. So, after lots of thought and tons of planning here are the 6 habits I want to build for 2019 and for life.

I  hope you’ll get inspired and try to build a new habit for yourself that will help you with your goals and to achieve your dreams 😀

Declutter

Remove those items that in the end only help you stay where you are right now and not where you could be. Declutter your things in your home, your office and even your car in a way to you will keep only the items that bring you joy, that will help you grow and be where you want to be. Remove the wrong people that are still in your life. Sometimes the people around us are not the right people that we should have.

Start now

Implement small steps, small action towards your end game goals. Plant those amazing seeds that will soon grow into greater value. Start that project you always wanted, read that book you wished you’ve read or learn a language you always dreamt of knowing. They say that even by starting, showing up for that goal every day will bring you to your end game soon enough. You want to learn a language? Open that app every day – even if there will be times that you will just close the app immediately but there will be more times that you will learn for 5 minutes, 10 minutes and do more towards your dream goal.

Reflect

This is a new habit I’ve started these past few months and it’s amazing, it changed a lot of how I look at things. I try to journal a lot (weekly) and reflect on my days and my week to see how I feel and what I did and most importantly, how I acted.

Space

Create the space that will help you create, hehe. Make a space that you’ll actually be excited to be in and start your dream project. Clean, organize and decorate this space in a way that will inspire you daily and each day when you wake up you can’t wait just to be in that space you’ve created and work on your goals.

Be active

It’s good to be healthy and do our daily workout like going for a walk or a run, biking, yoga or going to the gym… These are all great example of living with a healthy mindset, but when I say being more active it’s not just about our body, but also being active with our mind. Stop blaming people and events in your life, and start finding solutions.

(I’ve been reacting to life for far too long and as I planed my 6 months, I noticed that even while I plan I still plan as if I am reacting to the things that might happen and not truly acting on the things I want. So I started changing this mindset as I plan my days and find a solution to a problem that might come up and find the ways I can work around an event and still work towards my goals).

Learn

Learn the skill you know you’ll need in order to achieve your end goal. For example, if you want to publish a book, take 20 minutes and learn about the business of being a published author and about the art of writing that book. You can learn any skill as long as you show up and do the work.

Plan your end game – Take a moment to think, If you were at your best every day and every month where are you after 6 months with your goals and your dreams? Truly think of this as you plan your month and even your day.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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New Progress Bars Available for WordPress!

Omg, look at these gorgeous Progress Bras, how amazing and cool are they?
She finally listened and made this cute bars that can be used on any website and… (wait for it)… on WORDPRES.com how amazing is this!

I am putting this on my blog as soon as I can 😀 It can be used for anything you want, not just your WIP progress, or Nano wordcount, but also as any project goal you have, it’s amazing for any blogger, writer and anyone with a site and… The prices are amazing 😱🎉 Go snag yourself a beautiful, elegant and one has even a dragon on it, how cool is she for doing these for us?

Go check them out and thank you for making these 💕

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And yes, this includes WordPress.com users! In fact, the whole point is that they can be used on WordPress.comsites (like mine) and look unique, instead of the plain ones you find out there now. But first, here’s the story of how they came about:

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When I started revising the draft of my novel Strayborn, I wanted a cool widget that would show on the sidebar of my website my writing progress. I looked/googled around, but everything that was pretty, cool, and had special features used Javascript or some other thing that WordPress.com doesn’t allow. In the end, what I did find was a simple one color bar that showed percentages, so I used that. But after a while, it stopped working. I don’t know what the reason was, but it would no longer work on any of my sites. My frustration flared up.

I got to thinking how I…

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Quarterly Goals

I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday 🙂

If you want to know what Quarterly Goals are and see how I did in my April-June Quarterly Goals Recap. The only reason I dropped June from the past goals because I talked with a few friends and we set up a new plan for June 😉

I and a few other girls are doing “Nano style” in July and August, so at June, we plan. I’m planning to “Nano Edit” on July and August while the others are doing the writing. I’ve talked with my mom and hubby about this and I am so happy that they are being so supportive of the idea, even if it means that I won’t be with them as much as usual 😉 Thank you so much for this… It means the world for me ❤

So here are my new goals for June – August 😉

  1. Organize the house and De-clutter.
  2. Retype notes, final outline and organize them.
  3. Finish all book reviews I need to do.
  4. Print the final outline and the entire book.
  5. Start “Nano Edit” in July.
  6. Blog when I can (but at least once a week) 😉
  7. Finish July’s “Nano Edit” with half the book edited.
  8. Don’t let others take my time (less of a goal and more of a reminder).
  9. Start “Nano Edit” in August.
  10. Finish August’s “Nano Edit”.
  11. Finish editing the entire book 😀
  12. In these 2.5 months Find an editor!!! (I always say I will find one, lol, but I let time pass me by).
  13. Keep Journaling, even on those stressful days 😉
  14. Reach 850 followers on twitter 😉
  15. Buy new frames.
  16. Re-organize our bookshelves (they are in a huge mess right now).

Well, these are my new goals. As you see, I have fewer goals this time and they are much more specific 😀 With a bit of luck I will be able to accomplish most of them. I am very excited about these goals and that I have the power to claim this time just for my writing ❤ I can’t wait to start.

I hope you are all doing great with your goals and with what you wish to accomplish. Remember! As long as you try, you are already far ahead in your path. I am so proud of you

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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Weekly Round Up

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Hey everyone (it’s a very late Sunday here)  😉 I hope you are all having a nice weekend ❤

I spent my Friday in the hospital with my mom, due to a huge allergy reaction she had and I only got home at 2am. I slept all through Saturday and through most of Sunday, lol.

I felt too exhausted, to do anything (I hate hospitals). Today I made some arrangements as my mom and I are going back to the hospital to do a biopsy and see why my mom’s legs are so puffy and red. Tomorrow it’s going to be a busy day as well… Yay 😉

This weekly round-up will be short, so let’s jump right into it 😀

Quarterly Goals Recap

Quarterly Goals Recap

Here, you can see how I did in my last quarter of Jan-Mar. I had over 20 goals and the goal was to achieve at least half of them. These were really busy, three months.

Quarterly Goals

Goals

See what goals I’ve set up for myself for the next quarter of Apr-Jun. This is the second time I am doing Quarterly Goals and so far I really love it. It’s really hard and overwhelming to look at all the goals and try to finish them all in one month. This way I try to stay accountable and it makes me feel less overwhelmed (win-win) 🙂

That is all for this weekly round-up, I hope it will inspire you to go and set up some goals for your projects and for the things you want to achieve.

Take it easy tomorrow (after all, it’s Monday, lol and if you are like me… I see lots of coffee in your future 😉

Coffee

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Quarterly Goals

Hello everyone, it’s Thursday. Can you smell the weekend? I can’t wait for the weekend to start.

Today it is time to set new Quarterly Goals for April-Jun, I hope this time I will do better (much better). If you want to see how I did on my last Quarterly Goals, check it out here 🙂

For this quarter I also have a lot of goals that I want to accomplish, a few more important than others, but nevertheless goals that I want to reach.

So, let’s start

  1. Write 250 pages (Come on Galit, I need to sit on my ass and write more. I can do this!).
  2. Edit on weekends.
  3. Write at least 8 blog posts a month.
  4. Change my blog theme and sidebar to what I’m working on now.
  5. Hold a giveaway (as I said in my last newsletter, it will be in June).
  6. Organize my blog.
  7. Clean up my twitter (again).
  8. Reach 750 followers on twitter 😉
  9. Finish book reviews on time!
  10. Organize files on my computer and hard drive (there are in a huge mess, lol).
  11. Buy a cover package.
  12. Hire an editor.
  13. Send out queries for T.E.L (already sent out 1).
  14. Read 3 to 4 books (not for reviews).
  15. Eat less junk food (must try at least, lol) 😉
  16. Journal more often.
  17. Try to keep the house more suitable for humans (even in those stressful days, lol).
  18. Buy a new mattress (omg, I have to do this).
  19. Buy new frames (haven’t done this yet, lol).
  20. Date night with hubby (maybe even a game night) once a week ❤
  21. Follow blogs and social media stats.
  22. Drink more water!
  23. Post more on social media (writing and book-related pics).
  24. Make some changes to the newsletter (already started working on that).

Writing

So, these are my new Quarterly Goals, 24 goals for 3 months. Wow, I’m starting to have a panic attack here, but I can do this (right?).

I hope to accomplish at least half of them, if not more. I also hope to finish all my ‘Writer’s Goals’ by the end of June.

Goals

What are your goals for the new month/s? Don’t forget to set some goals for your project and keep them close to you, mine are on my phone on a widget (trust me, it helps).

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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Weekly Round Up

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Hey everyone, happy and safe Sunday to you all ❤

So much happened this week, lol. My mom moved to a new place, and we had so much to do with organizing things and get the papers organized for all the doctors’ appointments we have this week 😀

I was able to do a few of the things that were more urgent to me (been very productive, lol) but I’m still so behind on my blog posts reading – sorry about that. I think after this week I will take a long nap (for a few days) 😀

Quarterly Goals

Goals

Risking public humiliation 😉 I posted my goals for these upcoming three months of Jan-Mar (wish me luck) 😀

Friday Musing

Friday Musing

You can find inspiration everywhere and I found mine on YouTube, lol 😉

Well… I did.

Mini Update

MiniUpdate

A small update of my week and what I’ve been doing while I was away for two weeks.

How was your week? Did you accomplish some of the things you wanted?

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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