I used to make a list of things that made me happy. 😊
Big things. Small things. Answered prayers. Surprises. A new pair of shoes. An unexpected text message - basically anything. And whenever I added something new to the list I'd read back on all the previous entries and smile. They had a way of expanding my heart and making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. 👸
But somewhere along the way, I stopped updating my list because I convinced myself that it was silly and unnecessary to have one in the first place. Plus I figured that if something was that important, I'd remember it whether I wrote it down or not, right...?
It turns out I was wrong.
Having recently completed my first year of Uni, 😃 I can't help but think back to when it all began - when I went to pick up my passport from the Dutch embassy in Nairobi, and it slowly dawned on me that in exactly one month, I'd be moving to a completely new country for the next few years! 😄 I remember feeling nervous and excited all at the same time.
The Netherlands is such a beautiful country, and I can't think of a better place for me to have chosen to complete my studies. Leiden, especially - which is where I have been living for the past year or so - is a lovely city filled with friendly people who are always willing to help. And I'm not just saying that - it's true! Even as I was writing this post, I could think of the many times people have been so quick to come to my aid when I needed assistance. 😊
During my first year at Uni. I lived in the dorms, and had (in my opinion) the best view of Leiden from my window. The dorms face one of the canals here, and a few of the bigger boats that I've seen since I moved here are docked right opposite my window. They are the first thing I see when I draw my curtains open in the morning, and the last thing I see when I draw them shut in the evenings. I can't think of a better way start and end my day than that!🚤🚤🚤
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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