Dear Yiayia: I am going to miss you every single day

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This is my sweet Yiayia (grandmother in Greek).

She passed away last week and I still can’t believe she is gone.

I have a big hole in my heart right now but somehow feel a deep peace inside me. The last time I spoke to her I told her «Yiayia, my song is in the top 19, I don’t know if I am going through to the top 6 in Zürich» she breathed through the phone and said to me in her sweetest voice «Agapi mou, you are definetly going to the top 6. Your song is beautiful and talks about love and love always wins«. And it did.

She passed away a day before me going to the Zürich live auditions. I wished she could have seen it on TV. I wish I could have told her that she was right. I wish she would have heard the happiness in my voice. Something inside my heart tells me that she did.

I love you Yiayiaka. I will always love you. You taught me to be kind, to always be nice to people, to think, to be gentle, to be loving and to always remember to give love.

Thank you for being part of me, thank you for bringing sunlight and love to my life.

Advent calendar: 24 days of kindness

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My parents always told be to be kind: they showed me how with little details everyday. Nowadays, I rarely see acts of kindness but when I do, I smile because I believe that there are still some good people out there.

It takes so little effort to be kind and yet we decide not to be. I understand why, I know pretty well that specific feeling that we experience when we do something nice for someone and it goes by unnoticed. But it’s ok, we can still sing our song even if no one can hear it. Kindness is not about having an audience, it is about having you own private little happiness show. 

So the other day I was strolling down the aisles of the supermarket and I saw they were selling advent calendars. I suddenly remember how much I always wanted to make one and I had a fantastic idea (yes, I tend to have them sometimes), I should make one.

So between this lovely advent calendar I found on Pinterest and some list making, I made the «Kindness Advent Calendar». If you need some inspiration you can find ideas here and here.

Since this is going to be my first Christmas in Madrid, I wanted to make it different and special. I will let you know after I finish the calendar’s list how it went.

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Do you guys use advent calendars?