1000 Followers: Thank You So Much 🎉💕

Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful and productive day.

OMG, Thank You Everyone 😀

I feel so blessed and grateful and this made my week even with the anniversary my husband and I had 2 days ago, for our 14 years of marriage ❤

As we sat down and eat our anniversary cake I saw on my app that I’ve reached my first 1K, how amazing is that:D

I will not start from the beginning, as we already been there, but I will say that I’ve been blogging on and off for 3 years and I still love it. Since I am helping my mom with her health life became immensely hectic and stressful as you all know, but I still want to push myself and to be a better blogger – After all you deseve that from me ❤ A few months back I planned what I really want to achieve and with everything that is going on, I mapped out how can I achieve my goals. one of my big goals for July I kept secret, I wanted to reach my first 1000 followers and have a stronger communication with you all ❤

I am so happy that my efforts are shown and that feels beyond amazing. Breaking this first 1K wall was very hard for me and mostly because I didn’t put the time to do something about it. I want not only to publish my first book (which means finishing my editing, hehe), but also grow this blog and feel like we are in this together – In life and in achieving what we want 😀

Thank you again for being so amazing and staying with me even when my life got too hectic to post. You are truly my inspiration and part of the reasons I get up every day ❤

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 As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Summer Is Here: Why I Will Never Be A Summer Person

Hey everyone, I hope your day is going well ❤

It’s the first week of July and we already have extream heat like 38°c (about 100°f) and we’re just at the start of summer. In August, we have a few weeks of 45°c -49°c (about 113°f-120°f) That’s TOO MUCH! Too much heat to be going outside and doing things.

It’s like walking on the sun – Well not actually, hehe but it feels that way. Most of my friends and family love the summer, the beach, the people, traveling outside, the sun itself, and they feel happier and more energetic during the summer. I will never understand how they can stand this heat but I guess for some it’s wonderful but for me, it’s not. For me, summer truly ends in October. Every year I wish, hope, and pray for the winter to come and for the rain to wash all this heat and dust away. Thank you for letting me vent out and now for the actual post 😉

Here are my 10 reasons why I really don’t like summer 

 

First, the heat, hehe

Going outside and be in over 40 degrees and no air con in stores – Is just a crime. I am sweating like a pig (do pigs sweat?) but only on my face – now that’s charming. I hate that. And sadly, most of our summer is a huge heat wave.

Dark skin

Due to my illness, I get a very dark skin, even darker than normal. Now I know some people may find this a nice effect but I really hate it. Especially when people around me associate my dark skin with me being sick or stressed. Now I know I am over stressed but this sun is making me even darker. Ahhhh.

No Makeup

I can’t put any makeup on me – ever, because it will just melt away (yay for that).

Car from hell

Getting into my cars feel like hell itself, and that’s even before trying to put on the seatbelt without being branded for life. For how long must I endure this never-ending torture (wow that was a bit too dramatic, sorry, lol) 😀

Give me shade

I feel like a vampire, hunting down every bit of shade I can find, so I can hide underneath it and trying to close off even the smallest light that can get inside our home.

No more soup or hot coffee

I love hot drinks and soups, I like cold drinks but I love more a hot cup of coffee or tea and I will miss it.

Never ending summer

Why summer comes back so fast and seems to last for a year?

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Bugs are everywhere. I mean everywhere.

I live in the countryside and during this season we have bugs everywhere, from big to small they are everywhere and I really hate bugs.

Anxiety

I already suffer from huge anxiety the moment I step out the door, but during the summer you truly can’t go outside without being surrounded by huge amount of people that really enjoy this heat and can have fun outside, but for me that means even more humans outside  – Too many people everywhere I go, even just to my local supermarket. Every place I go becomes too crowded and I get panicky and start to cry in the car.

The wonderful sandstorms & dust

Every year, we seem to have in the summer huge sandstorms and dust in the air. Going outside is on your own risk, lol. But seriously we have 2-5 small sandstorms and dust hazes, that you really don’t want to go outside, it’s so unhealthy and the yellow-brown dust is covering everything. If I do go outside during this I always seem to get a rash all over my skin.

Every year I try to like summer and enjoy it like others do, but I can’t. I guess I’m just a winter person 😀

What do you love or dislike about summer?

 

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July… New Month, New Start… Right?

Hello everyone and happy July to you all ❤

Wow, it’s already July. Where did all the year go? Time is running so fast and I barely can catch up. My month started out already with tons of things to do for my mom, for myself and lots more. My calendar looks too colorful, even for me, hehe 😀 I love the start of a month, everything feels fresh and there’s a feeling in the air that everything is possible.

As a new month comes, I sit down, reflect on the previous month and think of all the things I want to achieve this month, especially when I didn’t do so good with my June goals. I want to start posting these posts again, to keep myself accountable… So feel free to ask me how my goals are doing any time you want ❤

Here are my July goals

Work

Write at least 5K (it’s not much but it’s something) 😉

Finish outlining.

Edit 2 chapters (editing is a real struggle for me, hehe).

Blog twice a week (This month is too hectic so I will post only twice a week. Scheduling is almost done, yay).

Finish formatting my new Bi-monthly newsletter (going out in August, so don’t miss it).

Social Media

Post more on my social media (talking about struggle, lol).

Mom

Organize my mom’s medical papers (this is very urgent and I’m procrastinating on this every day).

Home

Keep the house clean and organized every day (new evening routine).

Self-Care

Drink more water 😀 (I know, I know… but I am doing better with this goal, even got a new cute water bottle).

Make time for a full half an hour of self-care once a week ❤ (Like mani-pedi, facial mask and just a bit of pampering).

Go back to walking or elliptical.

Hobby

What is a hobby? lol, It’s been so long. But seriously, I would love to return to my junk journal at least once a month 😀

Also, I want to get back to my reading. My TBR pile is growing fast and after a huge reading-slump, I am starting to get out of it so I hope to read more. My goal is to read 3 books this month.

What goal are you hoping to achieve this month?

Let me know

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 ❤

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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.

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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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Don’t Hold Back

Hey everyone, happy to see you here again and I hope you are having a wonderful day ❤

This goes under the category of building a business because I believe that in order to build a successful business you must stop holding yourself back.

Tomorrow is my birthday and even though life is very complicated with all that is going on, I’ve decided to stop holding myself back from achieving my dreams and goals just because of fear of failure, shyness and any anxiety I might feel. I want to live my life with my dreams in mind and not my hardships.

That is why I’ve launched my Patreon page, not just because I need help to found my dreams (and I do, lol) but also because it puts me further outside my comfort zone, like a fish outside the water, without the dying thing. I want to challenge myself and do better – Much better, without the fear that the world will implode on me  😉

I need to stop holding myself back on the things I want to achieve in my life just because we can’t afford it, or because of my paralyzing fears. I want to expect more from myself and do better even when life throws a wrecking ball on me. I want to help the people around me more and to push them to be what they want to be in life.

So here are the 4 steps I’ve already implemented:

  1. I cut my hair short (very short for what I’m used to), now why is this in these steps? Well… Cutting my hair this short is way outside my comfort zone, and I did that for me and only for myself, just for my own happiness (how awesome is that?). It’s an amazing feeling and what a relief, I can’t even explain how happy this made me, hehe.
  2. I organized and cleaned the closet room where I also have my writing space and desk. I cleared out junk that was with us for far too long and I also got rid of that ugly couch that been sitting there, gathering clothes and junk. For me, this was such a proud moment. This simple household item, truly hold me back (WOW).
  3. I went to my Old Good Habits, lol. I will explain… When I did most of the writing in my life, when life was much less hectic and stressful, I used to put tons of sticky notes on my wall about brainstorming ideas for my book and for my blog, had a monthly sticky note planner, lol, and lots more. I remember how motivated, inspired and creative I was, and I know by doing this will keep my dreams and goals at reach. So now that my space is all cleaned, organized and welcoming, I’ve put 8 white large papers on the wall, wrote the categories and my wall is now full of inspiring pictures, lots of sticky notes categorized by colors and my goals so I will continue to push myself even when it becomes harder to push.
  4. Going back to pen and paper. The digital world had completely taken over my life. I read a lot of digital books, I write my words on a computer or even on my phone, and I even draw on my tablet. Using pen and paper again is changing back the way I create and that feels amazing and wonderful. I journal much more through writing down my dreams and the Morning Pages, writing down everything that clutters my mind and stresses me out. I doodle again and just sketch down ideas fills me with creativity and inspiration 😀 Now I will still continue to do the massive writing on a computer of course, but taking notes, brainstorming ideas and writing down ways to improve my writing and life, I am happy to do it on my yellow legal-pad and with my favorite pen (and even a few highlighters) 😉

The most important thing that I wish for you to take from this post is no what happens in your life please don’t hold back on your dreams and goals ❤

That is all for this post, trying to keep it sweet and short 😉 What do you do to push yourself towards your goals and dreams?

Don’t forget to check out my Patreon Page, there are amazing surprises and rewards waiting for you there 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Getting Things Done

Happy Weekend to you all ❤

Wow, June had arrived fast and in 3 days I am celebrating my birthday 😀

I have about 10 goals for this month, some of which are from last month. Btw, I am not going to do the June – JuNoWriMo this year (just in case you are wondering, I just don’t have the time, but I will be doing some major writing and editing this month and the next few months.

  1. Write 15,000 – 20K words this month.
  2. Edit 30 pages.
  3. Organize my writing notes.
  4. Scan a few of my mom’s medical papers – I really need to get this started.
  5. Deep clean my kitchen and living room.
  6. Organize my own medical papers.
  7. Build a Patreon Page – Already done, yay me. Don’t forget to visit it 😀 ✔
  8.  Schedule at least 2 weeks of posts in advance – Have done 😉
  9. Work more on my social media, especially on Insta and Twitter.
  10. Play more games with my husband on the weekends.
  11. I want to push myself outside my comfort zone and I wrote a few ways I can do it and even started a few.
  12. Read 3 books ❤

These are my goals for June, I really want to achieve them and not postpone them for the next month. I am planning to push myself harder and get things done as much as I can.

What are some of your goals for this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Part Of The Changes: Building a career

Hello, everyone and happy Saturday to you all

Recently I’ve been doing a few changes in my home, my work and here as well. This is not an easy decision for me but I want to take control over my career and push myself harder and do better with my writing. So I want to bring a better content, and due to never stopping budget issues, I’ve decided to make a Patreon Page (finally) 😀

So what is Patreon?

Patreon is a platform that lets people support writers and other content creators by becoming a patron. In simple word, people who want to support give money and I write stories, posts, books, and hold wonderful giveaways. I will share inside scoops from my WIP and other projects that will not show anywhere else 😉

And for those special patrons, I will even have 1 on 1 talk (wow). This makes me both scared to death and excited at the same time, lol, omg. But it’s time to push myself harder even with my anxiety about being out there more and communicated more with other humans, lol.

What will my patrons get?

By becoming my patron people will gain an exclusive excess to amazing rewards both weekly and monthly ❤ Go look around and see what key would you wish to find 🙂

Thank you so much for checking out my Patreon Page, whether you become a patron or not, your support means the world to me.

So what do you say?

Want to take a ride on a magical unicorn? Visit the gorgeous hidden library? Find the mysterious keys and get some exclusive rewards?

So Join now and become part of my community, become part of my writing journey and together we will write amazing books ❤

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See you there.

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?

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February Goals

It’s Friday! Omg 🎉

Hey everyone, happy Friday to us all and I hope you had a great week so far.

I love the weekend, staying at home with my husband and Menta (Mint in English), our dog and just watch some shows, eat yummy food and game a lot 😀 As much as I love doing all these things every weekend, this weekend is a bit different as it is the first week of the month and I love taking some time to myself and sit down to organize my thoughts, our home, and my goals.

So, here are my goals for the month of February:

Writing (2 Goals)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently rewriting an old novel. So my goal is to write 15K-20K in February.

Keep journaling my random thoughts and dreams daily or at least 5 times a week.

Editing (2 Goals)

Keep editing EllE (working title), I can see the end ❤ My goal here is to edit at least 60 pages.

Reading

I want to finish reading at least 5 books this month 🙂

Home

I want to keep my home tidy and clean daily and weekly so that I will be able to be more free for my writing.

Blogging & Social Media (2 Goals)

My goal here is to blog at least 3 times a week.

Be more active daily on my social media and do more Insta stories 😀

Health (4 Goals)

Drink more water (2L).

Walk or move more – Be active.

Meditate for 10 minutes.

Eat less junk food.

Well, these are my goals for this month. It looks a lot but overall I think they are manageable on a daily basis well, at least I hope so, hehe.

What are your goals for February?

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5 Tips On How To Start Over

Hey everyone, hope you are all having a nice Wednesday ❤

Today was a very busy day for both me and my mom, she moved to a new room so we had to clean and organize and declutter her stuff and by the end of the day, I felt exhausted. Yesterday was a nice day at home. I cleaned, wrote about 3.2K (yay me), edited, and read a book I am reviewing next month.

Today I wanted to talk about (or more so to share) about my writing progress. In EllE (working title) I am still editing. My editing is going at a slower pace than I wished it to be, but anything is better than nothing and slow is definitely a progress, so that’s good 😉

I have another project that I am working on. I almost finished writing it a while back (like 2.5 years ago). While I was starting to edit it, I’ve realized that there were too many huge blocks of writing that needed to be changed and rewritten, so I printed it and started working on it.

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Sometimes in editing, you just need to start over and that’s okay.

Now that I am started over, I felt scared but also very excited, lol. It’s like visiting an old dream that you have forgotten, but suddenly remember bits of it. I was so scared to start over from scratch, but now that I am 35K words in, I realize that I’ve made a good choice. The plot runs smoother, the characters feel real and complicated, and the story itself keeps growing.

I wanted to share with you my 5 best tips on how to start over (if you have to start over), without banging your head on the wall or your table, lol. These 5 tips will make you work faster and better.

Btw, these tips work great with every new project as well, the only thing you’ll need to change is brainstorm ideas and then outline.

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Print. Read. Highlight. Outline.

I printed my old novel (75K) and read it very slowly. I highlighted the parts that I thought were important and saved those parts in a new document, in a new order I thought they need to go.

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Outline or Re-Outline the novel, only this time add every little detail you can think of and put all those highlighted parts in the outline. My new outline is now about 45 pages, lol (while the old one was 5). It’s like a big summery of your novel 😀

Start writing. Work in bursts.

What helped me the most is to make the outline in a new document and start my writing on that, lol. This way, I am not working with a blank page (so no fear of writing or writer’s block) and I will always have a good idea where my characters and plot needs to go, so writing came easier.

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Writing in small bursts helped me a lot so far. I worked in 20-30 minutes of writing sessions (a few times a day) and it didn’t make me feel overwhelmed or overworked.

After each writing session, take a break with some yummy coffee or tea and some fruit. Enjoy the feeling that you were writing 🙂 After the break, get back to your writing session.

Edit as you go

Don’t wait after you finish writing it all, to edit. Try editing while your mind is still fresh and full of details about the world, characters, and the plot. If you finished writing for that day, take the next day to edit what you wrote so far. Remember this is a simple edit. You will not go into the nitty-gritty of things. Look at the plot and characters, and see if they make sense to you.

Try working in bursts in your editing sessions, it will keep things light and you won’t feel overwhelmed by the entire process.

Write the ending

This is very important, even if it sounds weird. Take a few moments before starting your first writing session and just after you finished with your new and shiny outline. Start thinking about how your story will end and write the end scene of your novel or your last few pages.

This will not only help you see your entire novel in a big picture kinda way, but it will also help you see all the details of the plot and characters. Writing the end truly helped me see my novel and what details I needed to add in the middle (as that is the hardest part for me, lol).

After writing the end, I knew what will come before that and so on… It’s writing your novel from end to start 😉 But it works!

Breath

Last but not least, breath! Take your time and rest in between your writing sessions. Try to find something that inspires you, like a great book or even just enjoying a hot cup of tea (or coffee in my case).

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I really hope these tips will help you with your new or old project, as much as they helped me and if you have your own special tip that you wish to share, feel free to writing down in the comments so will all can learn 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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