November Goals

Hey all, I hope you’re having a great day and If you are participating in Nanowrimo, I hope you are having a good writing day ❤

Before we dive into this month’s goals I want to do a small review of how I did with my October goals, and I can tell you straight away, that I didn’t do that good.

My October Goals are:

  1. Re-organizing my summer to fall/winter closet. ❌ ((Didn’t even start on that, oops))
  2. Re-organize kitchen cabinets. ❌ ((Didn’t want to do it, hehe))
  3. Finish outlining the series. ✔
  4. Continue editing (2 chapters at least). ✔
  5. Prepare for NaNoWriMo (oh yeah, this year I am all in). ✔
  6. Finish all my commitments before Nanowrimo. ✔
  7. Read 8 books (OMG, yes… 8 books, hehe) 😀 ❌ ((Finished 7 books))

So as you see there were a few things I haven’t finished in October and a few I did finish.

November Goals & TBR

Here are my November goals:

  1. Win Nanowrimo (write 50K).
  2. Paint behind the stove. ✔
  3. Blog 2-3 times a week.
  4. Duolingo daily.
  5. Yoga 3 times a week.
  6. Declutter the closet room.
  7. Read 2 books.

Books I’m reading this month

I set a goal to read at least 10 books until 2019 and because I am doing Nanowrimo, I know I will not have much time to read, so I am planning to read only 2 books this month. One is fiction and the other is not.

You Are A Badass, Coffee n' NotesI’ve read lots of mixed review on Goodreads and youtube, so I wanted to give it ago. I usually don’t read the self-help books, but I want to try and read more of different genres and see if I like it or not 😀

Shadow of the Fox, Coffee n' Notes

This was in my October TBR and I didn’t have time to read it, so I added to my November TBR.

Kingdom of Ash, Coffee n' Notes

Bonus book if by chance I will have a bit of time or mood to read more. I really want to read this book.

What are some of your goals for this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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August…. Wow!

Hey everyone, did you noticed it’s already August?

WOW!

I wanted to share with you how was my July and how August was so far, and maybe even try to set some simple goals 😀

Well, let’s start with July,

July went by as fast as a bullet, I am not kidding… It flew by so fast that I barely had a moment to realize, wait… It’s July. I was so busy with my mom and my husband’s family that we had no time to take a deep breath and rest before jumping back into the deep water, called August.

I barely had time to write though I have written over my monthly goal, which is great. I wrote 6.3K and my goal was 5K, so yay for that 😀

I didn’t edit a single word or blogged as much as I planned and I didn’t finish my newsletter 😦 I still have time to finish things with the newsletter as it will go out on the 28th.

A happy news of something great that happened on July was that I’ve reached 1000 followers on Coffee n’ Notes. I am so happy to see my blog grow, thank you so much (again) to you all ❤

August so far:

From the end of July, my mom felt super bad and we went to the ER where she had a CVA like episode. When I arrived at the E.R. my mom was paralyzed from the neck down and even her mouth was closed tightly. I could only communicate with her through her eyes and after a few hours with a very hushed whisper, it was scary seeing her like that, but I knew she will get better and luckily she did ❤

Only when she was hospitalized they said it might not be a CVA but it was something else. The doctors started to run around like headless chickens (do headless chickens really run? but that’s a question for some other day), so after I had enough of them, I’ve suggested to do an EEG and see what is really going in her brain and that way will know everything (well… mostly everything). The next day we saw her neurologist in the hospital and he did the EEG and he saw something.

That something was Epilepsy (that might have been there for a while now – maybe from her last CVA). A few more days went by and she got treated for Epilepsy and she didn’t have any episodes since.

My mom is out of the hospital. She’s still feeling a bit weak but I hope she’ll feel better soon. This is the short version of what’s been going on with my mom and our family.

My goals for August:

  1. Rest as much as I can (we have a lot of doctor appointments this month and I’m starting this month with already feeling exhausted).
  2. Write 6K.
  3. Edit. For the love of god… Do some editing.
  4. Post the book reviews and finish the blog posts for this month.

How was your month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Just A Little Random Update ;)

Hello everyone, hope you are all having a wonderful and relaxed Sunday ❤

First, let me say that I sorry I haven’t posted anything on Thursday, I was still feeling exhausted from our trip to Jerusalem for my mom doctor appointment. Both my mom and I were feeling exhausted and as soon as we got home, I fell asleep – Immediately, hehe. My body still hurts a bit but overall I feel much better 😉

These days, I am in a bit of a reading slump but I am slowly starting to get out of it 😀 For me, reading slumps are a great sign that I am in a very hard writing mode and that’s true… These days I edited a lot and wrote a few chapters which I am very happy with how they came out. The ending never looked so near 😉 Omg, the biggest tip I will ever have to give is to PLAN & OUTLINE your work, makes things tons easier.

This will be my 4th and final draft before the Beta’s and the professional editor ❤

Excited Gif Minions Gif

This Tuesday, which is a day that I stay at home, I plan to do a massive writing session, so if you want to join me in some wordsprints – tweet me at @GalitGBalli or DM me on twitter or IG and I would love to do some sprints with you ❤ I plan to push myself as much as I can, while trying to write 8-12K. I will be free to do some wordsprints from 11:00am (My time – Israel) until 13:00 Here’s a time converter.

 Also… On Tuesday there’s a massive update to the game I love (Guild Wars 2) and I am so hyped for that, so on the afternoon my husband and I will be gaming to the late hours on the night, yay.

Anime Gaming Gif

Here’s an in-game picture I love from my IG, I love playing with this character (Syla her name) and this outfit is just amazing on her 😍💕

Other than that, life is okay, my husband and I are trying our best to save for a professional editor. I am so close to the finale, and if you feel like putting some tips in my tipping jar, go to visit my Patreon Page 😀

 As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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A Few Steps Back

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a good and productive day 🦄

This post will be a bit long so grab a yummy snack and a cup of coffee ☕ or a drink of your choice and get comfy 😀

Lately, I’ve stopped doing all the things that I love and want to do. I am just a couple of weeks from my birthday and I am sure that most of us are going through some sort of reflection as we get closer to our birthday.

So… I’ve decided to take a few steps back in order to take one step forward.

I don’t mind taking a few steps back because I’ve already been in a full stop phase. I want to get back to what truly makes me happy and what will really help me in the future and if it means that I need to stop doing a few things (for now) or learn to do things differently, then that’s what I need to do.

As you all know, I’ve mostly stopped doing things due to too much stress and anxiety in my life and I’m slowly working on destressing myself and trying to do the little things that calm me down and make me happy, even if I have a very stressful day.

Stress

Blogging

  1. After I will finish the book reviews I’ve already signed up for, I will do only 2 book reviews in a month or even just once a month.
  2. I will go back to post more about writing and more about my life and the things I love, I’ve been missing that a lot.

Self Care

  1. The Morning Pages ❤ I’ve started writing the morning pages and I love the way I feel after I write those 3 pages. I feel less mind-cluttered and my anxiety levels are not so high up. I want to keep doing this for at least the entire month of June and see how I benefit from this.
  2. Journaling. I want to renew my love for journaling and keep doing it without fear of grammar or how it would look to others, this is the private little heaven of my own thoughts and I need to remind myself that it doesn’t matter if it has grammar errors or if it’s too messy and just write down my thoughts, my desires and anxieties.
  3. I am doing a lot (a lot) of check-ups with my doctor, vaccinations, blood tests and other tests in order to try to bring me to some sort of normality and balance with my meds.
  4. Do more fun things with my husband and family. We used to play a lot of board games and just have fun together. Lately, it’s been mostly watching TV (and even though it’s fun) but I want something more, that will connect us and bring us even closer to each other.
  5. Going back to school and learn BA. I may be old but I truly would love to have my BA by the age of 50. Due to budget issues and the fact that my husband is in school himself, I know that this can’t happen this year or even the next year, but I am putting this wish out there, and I know that somehow things will come around.
  6. I’ve started to be very mindful of what I put in my body and I want to keep doing that and maybe I will even lose weight again (she said with great hope).
  7. I want to surround myself with people and social media that truly mean something to me and not just blah, even though a silly thing here and there is good for us but in most times I want to see and hear things that will have some sort of meaning to me 😉
  8. I want to do 1 day in a week where I just pamper myself with skin care, reading and just a day (or at least a few hours) of self-care.

Self Care

Writing

Omg, this one hurts a lot, as I just stopped writing, editing and even thinking of writing 😦

  1. I’ve started with a couple of my online friends to do a 1 on 1 writing sprints through hangout and twitter DMs and this brought back the joy of writing and the passion I once felt for writing.
  2. I’ve put my editing aside and started new (for just a bit) just so I could gather the motivation back and the happiness of working again. For now, I just want to write – anything.
  3. I want to write freely again and as much as I can, to enjoy every word and without the massive anxiety and stress I’ve put on my writing.
  4. If you want to do 1 on 1 writing sprints, write in the comments below or DM me on twitter and we will schedule a sprint session. I would love to have more writing buddies ❤. I am telling you, doing these sprints reminded me of the fun I have each year in November and the loving community.
  5. After a month or two of bringing back the passion of writing back in my life, I will go back to my editing and I set a deadline to finish my editing in March 2019.

Writing

Reading

As I said before, I want to read more book that makes me happy reading them and that inspire me. I even want to read more books of self-help, about life and writing/editing.

For example…

The Artist Way, You Are A Badass, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, Big Magic, Bird By Bird, The Writing Life, Story Genius, and read more book that I love and that will inspire me in some way 😀

Reading

Well, that is all for this “little” random thoughts and my main goal this year and the next is to destress as much as I can and bring back the joy in my life, even if it means that I need to take a few steps back in order to take one step forward.

Sorry for the long post.

Random Thoughts, Coffee n' Notes

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Life Update & April’s Goals

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great Sunday and a wonderful weekend<3

I really thought it is time to fill you in on what’s been going on here at the Balli Family (it was hectic, lol).

Life has been too challenging and stressful this past two months. Almost not a day had gone by without something stressful umping at us and it took its toll on me, so I took a break from blogging, writing, editing and a bit from social media.

Stressed, Coffee n' Notes

I felt I was stretched out too thin and I couldn’t find a single moment to myself where I could sit down and write or even just journal and when I finally did have a bit of time, I was already too exhausted to write.

I’ve also taken on a lot of book reviews which I am so far behind now, but I started to get back on the horse and write those reviews 😀 After I will finish with most of these reviews, I will take on just a 1 or 2 a month and not more.

My mom is doing good, there are days that she feels great and there are days that she sleeps a lot, but overall there’s a huge improvement ❤ My husband’s brother is slowly getting better as well, after a few months of struggling.

I really hope that things might get slower this April so I will be able to focus on my goals and my own health issues that I neglected over the past few months.

My goals for this month are simple

Post 6 book reviews this month 😀 Overall blog posts: 8

Organize and keep my home clean (daily and weekly).

Finish organizing my mom’s papers.

Organize my writing files on my laptop (it’s in chaos right now) and upload them to the cloud.

Yep, these are my goals for this month. It’s still a lot overall I think not too much 😉

Goodbye, Coffee n' Notes

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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A Little Life Update

Hello everyone, and happy Friday to you all ❤

Today I wanted to share with you a little bit of what happened to me these past couples of weeks and just give you an overall of this month 😀

Mom

The last two weeks, were a bit overwhelming and exhausting as my mom was very ill and we’ve been to three hospitals overall. They have done the Bronchoscopy which was very hard on my mom’s body and she is still feeling the pain from the procedure and the overwhelming fatigue. My mom needs more rest before we are back to doctors and more hospitals. We are all very tired and exhausted, lol, and I can’t keep myself awake for very long in the evenings 😀

Home

My home is in somewhat good shape, even though it was very cluttered recently, I cleaned and organized everything today 🙂
I still need a few days to do our huge 3 bookshelves as they are all a bit dusty, but not this week.

Writing/Editing

In my editing, I can happily say that I’ve made a bit of progress, not as much as I wished to, but some progress is good progress 😀 On the other hand in my writing, I didn’t make much progress, not as much as I wanted at least.

Blog

Wow, here I am happy that this goes smoothly, I am shocked by this. I have a lot of book reviews that suddenly appeared in my life, hehe, so I hope you’ll bear with me with all the book reviews explosions, lol.

Reading and Book Reviews

I got approved for a few books that I didn’t think I will be approved by NetGalley, so I have more books to read than I intended at first. This made me read these books first, so I am late with the reviews from my February TBR. All is okay though, I will just push them to this month 😉

That is all for this (hopefully) short life update, I wish you all a productive and relaxed month 🙂

How was your month and what do you plan for March?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Random Ramblings (wow it’s been a while)

Hello, everyone and happy Thursday to you all ❤ For me it means that weekend has almost arrived, lol. How was your week so far? Mine was busy and tomorrow is going to be very busy with writing, cooking, and lot of gaming 😀

It’s been awhile since I blogged… Really blogged, put down thoughts and share them with you all and I don’t include the book reviews or guest post I’ve done. I missed you all so much and I really wanted to update you on a few things that are going on in my life, both personal and work-related.

Things are somewhat calmer these days, though we have a few doctors appointments and check-ups to do in the upcoming months. My mom is feeling a bit better, but she is still very tired. I know that soon she will find her balance and start to feel tons better, maybe as winter will come (hopefully).

My husband started school (jumping up and down, lol, yay), wish him tons of luck everybody ❤ I am so proud of him for going to school again after so many years, I love his ambition to work harder for a better life for our family.

While my husband will be at school, he will also take our car 3 times a week… So, I will have more time to write and edit and finally finish some of our home projects, as I will stay at home those days (unless I will have an emergency, which I hope I will never have).

I have a few things I want to finish so I thought I would do a brainstorming and share these with you.

I have changed my newsletter from quarterly to bi-monthly so I will send to everyone that signed up to my newsletter every two months (for now).

I also have a few home projects to finish. Now that I will have a bit more time on my hands (hopefully), I will have more time to work on my house projects and finally finish some of them.

I started (finally) taking a few small steps into the writing career. But I hope to put this on the top of my daily list so that I can push my goals a bit forward. I really want to finish editing my projects. So I have still tons to do, hehe 🙂

One of my goals is to get back into blogging, but for now, I will only blog once a week (for now). I miss you all and I miss our talks in the comment section and most of all I just miss blogging and sharing with you, my days and my thoughts.

After I’m finished with my last review, I plan to take a break from doing book-reviews for a few months (maybe until the start of the new year). It’s not because I do not enjoy the books I’m reading or reviewing them but I really need to focus on my own writing and editing. Now that my mom is feeling a bit better (knocking on wood three times, lol), I know it’s the right time to focus harder on my writing and finish a few projects I started and start run with them.

Well, that is all from now. It’s so nice to share with you what is going on and just some random thought I’m thinking out 😀 Feel free to share your own upcoming projects and goals you want to finish (maybe this will the wish you put out there and start working on it) 😉

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Life’s Update

Hello everybody, I hope you are having a wonderful day 🙂

This month was one busy month. Yesterday I got out of the hospital after doing a small procedure and it still hurts to move, but I don’t have much time to sit back and rest, lol. I need to organize the house for the upcoming holiday or more of a celebration. On May the first, mom has her second chemo and I need to feel much better until then, so I can take her and be with her. On May the second, we are celebrating our Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) and I really want to be able to help with the cooking and organizing.

So.. Just as the month will start, life is already starting to get busy. For now… I’m mostly resting and trying hard not to move that much, so maybe that way things will heal faster, lol (maybe).

I have so many projects I want to finish and I also have so many book reviews to get to, it’s a bit hard to just sit back and rest and let the body heal, but I don’t have any choice. I am not in the mood for reading much right now, but I did get in the mail, Heena’s new book Deceived and I can’t wait to dig in and enjoy a quality reading.

As you see, not much happened this month but it was still busy and hectic for me and sadly I have no writing/editing updates to give you, maybe next month 😉 But for now, all I want it to rest and heal (as fast as I can).

Have an amazing weekend everyone

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Random Ramblings

RandomRamblings

Hello everyone, long time no see. I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday ♡

I miss you all so much ❤ Between being sick for the 4th time since the start of the year and sleeping by mother’s side at the hospital, life doesn’t leave me with much spare time. But I am happy to write here a bit and give you an update of what’s going on in my life right now.

After 3 weeks of Radiations and Chemo, mom is starting to feel the side effects and is not feeling so good, but things are not too bad. Mom is able to go for walks with her wheelchair and she is still being active as much as she can be. She has 3 more weeks of treatment to go. These 3 weeks aren’t going to be easy but I hope this treatment will work and that my mom will feel better and stronger 😀

Even though I’m at the hospital with her, I do try to keep myself busy by doodling in my notebook. I try to write and even do a bit of editing on my phone as much as I can, but for this week I’ve brought my old laptop from home, so that I may be able to do some real writing and even blogging 😉 I try to read a page here and there (though I started to listen to an audio version of Throne of Glass and so far I love it).

Once my mom is finished with the treatment and all is well, she will go back to her home and I hope that after things will settle down, I will be able to do much more editing/writing/querying and a lot more blogging. I also have a few project around the house that are now on hold, but I hope to get back to them once everything is calmer.

That is all for this short update… 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ♡

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Random Ramblings

Hello, my fellow bloggers and wonderful readers, happy and relaxed Wednesday to you all  ❤

Sunday and Monday were busy with mom and the heat was just unbearable, however, I was able to spend Tuesday and today at home.

Tuesday was my ‘Writing/editing Day’ and it was amazing. I woke up a bit late at 9:30am on Tuesday. I took my meds and set down straight away to edit. I took a few breaks here and then, but overall I wrote until 15:00 in the afternoon.

How perfect is that? (Perfect). I managed to edit 12 pages, but I also wrote 9,000 words in another WIP. For me it was a very productive day and I loved every minute of it. I wasn’t thinking of house chores or anything but, my book.

Today started out differently. I had to go outside of the house and do some errands, so when I got back home, it was already starting to get hot. Sadly we had lots of power outage, so no AC for me, lol. It took me awhile to coll down and finally when it was cool enough, I started editing. Sadly it was a less productive day, I edited only 5 pages today. Today I was too worried about the errands and house chores, but I am still very happy with these two days of writing/editing and I only wish, I could have more days like these two  🙂

Divider, Coffee n' Notes

Btw, if you are following my Instagram or twitter you might have seen my new bullet journal for September. I changed the layout a bit so it will give me a bit more freedom and it looks better now. I never thought that working with a daily planner and a bullet journal will work so great together. Great surprise for me 😀 I will soon post the new daily layout on Instagram and twitter, so keep your eye on it.

On Friday, hubby and I went to visit his parents and on the way there we’ve stopped by a huge bookstore and I finally found the new Harry Potter book. I’ve looked for it a lot and I even tried to order it, but they canceled the order every time, lol. So as you might imagine I was exploding with excitement when I found the book in that bookstore. It was a bit pricey (for us) but it was so worth it. I’ve missed buying books (we are on a very low budget right now, due to the vacation we are taking to Rome, Italy ❤ in a couple of weeks).

Look just how pretty it looks on my bookshelves.

Divider, Coffee n' Notes

That is all for my random ramblings (because I can go on forever, lol).

As always, thank you so much for reading  ❤

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