20 ‘TIL I’M 20: 20 Little Things that make me happy

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Well folks, Today is my 20th birthday!



Gosh, why does that nasty 2 replace the 1? I WANNA STAY YOUNG FOREVER. Anyway, I can’t help it so let’s move on. So, because today is my birthday, this post closes the 20 ‘TIL I’M 20 post series *sad face*. I was thinking, what kind of post would be a good conclusion? At first, I thought of doing 20 things I learnt but that’s almost the same as last monday’s post so it’s a no-go then I got this idea to share the little things that make me happy. No grand gestures or big events, just little everyday things that might go unseen but really bring me joy.


They are my favorites. I kid you not, I used to HATE rain as a child, like sometimes I would cry of frustration. But now, it is my favorite kind of weather. I just get this sense of peace and calm whenever it is pouring outside, I could spend hours staring out my window without getting bored of it. I also love walking in the rain, and THAT smell, the fresh weat soil smell is just amazing -now I know some people don’t like it but… HOW?- just everything about it makes me happy. Bonus points if I can curl up in a comfy blanket and read.


I’m sure that you can all relate to this feeling. No exceptions made. Whenever I realize that a book is going to be a favorite I feel like my heart is going to explode and I start beaming like an idiot because no matter how many favorite I have that feeling will never get old. I also need to talk about it and pour my feelings out to someone. ASAP.


I am so grateful for the little corner of the internet that I am part of, that I call mine. All the friends I made are so positive and supportive, they never fail to put a smile on my face whenever I need it or even when I don’t. An incident happened on Twitter a few weeks ago and a person invalidated my opinion because I am a baby blogger, and all of them were there for me, ready to kick ass if necessary haha. I know you’re going to recognise yourselves so thank you ❤ . This baby blogger is luck to have a bigger support system than you could dream of!


I’m not big on physical contact and showing affection. It just makes me uncomfortable, even with my mom sometimes (rarely, but it happens), even though we are VERY close. This being said, there are some days when I just come home needing her to hold me for a few minutes because then I feel safe and soothed and like everything will be alright. I also LOVE the look of surprise she gets on her face whenever that happens hahaha. And she takes full advantage of it.


Anything nature related really, though I must admit if I had to choose, it’ll be the beach. I’m just a water person through and through. I know people love the beach in the summer because it’s refreshing and you can swim and blablabla. And I do too. But my favorite time to go is winter because I just like staring at it and thinking about everything and anything I have on my mind at that time. It just helps set my thoughts straight and clear my mind.


We have SO many of these. Especially at lunch time when we get out of the internship and before going to class, we often just have lunch in the car and spend the two hours chatting, laughing, sometimes crying, listening to each other, supporting each other, etc… It just helps wind up the daily stress than can get too much at times, so in a way we help each other not to get burnt out by the craze of it all.


If you know me you’d know that I put a lot of thought and effort into how I dress because I LOVE clothes and just putting different pieces together so being complimented on that instantly puts a huge smile on my face. Or any kind of compliment really haha! They just feel nice and I know that everyone agrees on that as well.


Isn’t this the best feeling ever? Relating to a character’s experiences, struggles and successes is the epitome of happiness when it comes to books. Knowing that you’re not alone in what you’re living, in what you’re feeling can be so relieving. And this is when the importance of representation shows, so that kids, teenagers, adults all around the world get to see themselves in books.


Do I need to explain this one though? I don’t have the words to describe the feeling either way but I’m lowkey obsessed.


Heheheh! Another obsession of mine that’s here to stay. I never seem to get tired of them. EVER. I could eat them today and crave them tomorrow and as I write I want a huge plate *sigh*. Someone buy me a lifetime supply of sushis for my birthday? Please? Okay?


If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’d know that this year my best friend went to study abroad so I don’t get to see her as much, which makes those phone calls very precious. She’s my favorite human being and knows me better than anyone sooo… that’s where I go when I need ranting and vanting or even just to talk about anything. Or do nothing. Nothing is good too.


I swear to God, this is the biggest luxury to me. Especially in this exam preping period -which by the way is proving challenging and stressful and is straight up killing me- like my biggest dream right this second is to get to sleep on a Sunday -or any day- without setting an alarm. But why Sunday in particular? Because usually it is the “chill” when I have nothing to do but lie down and relax and that, my friends, is happiness.


This is another rare occurrence because during the week I’d have to wake up at 5 to do that and I ain’t got the energy for that haha. And in the weekends I usually have breakfast with my family so I don’t spend much time in bed after waking up. I do it in the summer though when I don’t have anything to do and can just take my time in bed to read.


I know a lot of people don’t like driving but I. LOVE. IT. It just helps me clear my head and think about things I need to sort out. Or. Or just blast music and sing to it depending on my mood. It’ll either be overly loud or overly sad. Anyway, all of this to say that my car drives are, to me, the best me time there is.


There hasn’t been a time in my life when I wasn’t doodling, drawing, paiting or just doing something with paper and a pencil. It’s always been part of me and I had lost it for a couple years. But one of the gazillion things that blogging did right is motivate me to pick it up again. And it is such a great stress reliever and source of joy when I see an idea that’s been building up in my head take shape in real life.


This goes hand in hand with: 1/ Driving, 2/Blogging, 3/ Or anything really besides studying and reading because with those 2 particular things I can’t seem to concentrate lately (which I was able to do before). I just love music so so much because whenever I have something on my mind, I lose myself in it and try to forget everything else. 


I know that every post idea is visited and revisited, probably even the ones I think are not but the point here is not the fact that it’s unique but more like the fact that it came out of MY brain without any inspiration coming directly from another blog. It is just such a blessing to know that this brain of mine can think up something from scratch.


If you’ve seen last week’s post you know that I wasn’t always the best big sister anyone could ask for. Try for the other end of the Spectrum. It’s not that I was mean, it’s just that I didn’t give her as much time as she needs and deserves, which I’m trying to remedy now by being there for her for whatever she needs. And it is so worth it, seeing her smile like she does.


Making people happy makes ME happy. Just a compliment, a smile, a good morning message or even by checking up on people. Believe me, those little gestures matter. If I like something about a person, I tell them. If some advice of theirs worked, I tell them. If I loved their book recommendation, I tell them. Just like these little things make ME happy, I know they’ll work for other people as well.


I really don’t know ho to explain this one. Other than the fact that deep and meaningful conversations move something in me and bring me a lot of content and joy.

That’s it until next time.

Now it is your turn to tell me. What are some things that make you happy? Do any of mine apply to you?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.





38 thoughts on “20 ‘TIL I’M 20: 20 Little Things that make me happy

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! ❤ 😀 I hope you have a wonderful day!
    I love rainy days as well, they are very calming! (Plus it makes a wonderful atmosphere for reading.) Basically most of the things you listed make me very happy as well! Wonderful post, I had a lot of fun reading it and learning more about you. 🙂


  2. Happy birthday!! 🎉✨ Rainy days (especially when it’s storming) and driving alone are high up on my list as well. There’s just something about singing and talking to yourself in your car that’s really therapeutic 😂 I also love waking up really early with a cup of coffee and having a few hours to relax…that’s a great feeling. Here’s wishing you a great year!! 👏


  3. Happy birthday Fadwa! ❤ 😀 I can't believe you're born so close to Christmas, then again I probably should have guessed given when you started posting your 20 Till Your 20 series!
    This was a brilliant way to end your feature as well, and these are all amazing things that make you happy as well; there's nothing quite like finding a new favourite book, or reading in bed when you first wake up. Also I just discovered sushi, after saying for years I'd never try it, and now I'm addicted to it! 😀
    Happy birthday again, I hope you had an amazing day! ❤


    • Thanks Beth ❤ (and sorry for the late reply) haha yeah, I actually have an aunt who's born on Christmas day.
      I'm glad you think so, it really makes me happy. HOW DID YOU SAY NO TO IT BEFORE? I can't imagine my life without it hahaha I'm way too obsessed (and I just had it yesterday)

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      • That’s all right. 🙂 Yeah being born on Christmas Day must be hard, you don’t really get a day for just you like people do on their birthdays.
        I’m honestly not sure, but now I’ve had a little I’m really craving it now. I keep suggesting sushi whenever I talk about restaurants with my family! 😀


  4. Happy birthday, Fadwa! I hope you have a great one.

    Thank you for sharing this list with us because I really enjoyed reading it and I agree with so many of the items here – rainy days, car chats with the friends, listening to music, finding a new favourite book… 💞

    I’ve also discovered a new love for hand-lettering, now that I’ve started journaling. It’s so fun.


  5. I love rainy days too – BUT – only when I don’t have to go outside hahaha and kick that baby blogger! You are just as much blogger as we all are 😀 and we love to have you ❤
    I love this list so much with all my heart!!!


  6. Happy birthday!!!
    Hahaha, I love sushi too so I was in heaven when I was living in Kyoto, it’s so cheap I had them a lot for lunch between uni classes! I also love driving alone. I put my music on and belt out, I go wherever I want to, I can totally relax and sigh at the poor driving around me by crazy people.


  7. AAAAH I’ve been doing family things for the holidays, and didn’t wish you a happy birthday yesterday! I’m the worst! So: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This is an excellent end to your series; it was really uplifting to read about so many lovely people, and cap it off with a celebration of so many lovely things in your life. (Heck yes to rainy days, reading first thing in the morning, eating sushi, and driving alone! And so many others.)

    I hope you do get to/did get to party hard! *Throws confetti.*


  8. Happy Birthday! 😀 I hope it was a day filled with lots of cake and good times!
    This was a great post! 🙂 I used to love driving, I used to think it was one of the best things in the world, then I got into an accident and I haven’t been able to enjoy it anymore. Buuuut let’s not dwell on the sad, I also love sushi (I actually had it for dinner last night & now you have me craving it again ha!) and reading in bed in the morning, I reserve that for Saturday mornings, I don’t care if I have to clean, I’m reading first! 🙂


    • Thanks Meghan ❤ and sorry for the late reply haha. And it was a really good day.
      I'm so happy you think so ! Oh I was in a pretty bad accident as well a bit over a year ago and it was hard to enjoy it for quite sometime afterwards but now I like it again. It's the only truly interrupted me-time I have 🙂
      Yaay! sushis is the best and I had it for lunch on my birthday and yesterday as well haha.
      Ah that's awesome, on Saturdays I have breakfast with the family so I can't really do that.

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      • You’re welcome! I’m glad you had a great birthday! 🙂
        Yeah I’m still waiting to enjoy it again, it’s only been 6 months; I’m sure as more time passes it will get better and become more of a distant memory. That’s good that you got over the fear!
        Haha I swear sushi is all I eat when my friends want to go out 😝
        Still breakfast with the family sounds quite nice! 🙂


  9. Awww, I love this post Fadwa ♥♥ So many of these things make me happy too like rainy days and finding a new favourite book. I also love my place in the community. I feel like I’ve been so lucky to find my little corner of the blogosphere, haha. Listening to music is also my favourite thing in the entire world.


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