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Weather Report: Week 20

Wasn’t this a fun week? Whether or not you came home for Thanksgiving, it’s still nice to have the day off! I hope that you had such a happy week filled with thanks and giving with the people that you love. No matter where you are in your life, or what has happened in your life, I think we can always find something to be thankful for. If nothing else, let us be thankful for our strength to persevere and our courage to continue.
What happened this week at The Sunny Side Up?
1. I enjoyed a relaxing week with my family. I’ve spent a majority of my time laughing, eating, and talking with them and that has been such a treasure. It’s nice to take a break.
2. I had an amazing time with my friends at a lovely brunch and then we went (in the same day) to none other than Souplantation. Two buffets in one day and somehow we’re still walking. I am so thankful for the friends in my life; I couldn’t be happier to know them.
3. I officially have a column in The Odyssey (website coming soon!) and I’m applying for multiple internships. Here’s keeping my fingers *uncrossed*. I actually don’t cross my fingers because keeping them uncrossed makes the peace sign, which I tend to prefer.
Next week at The Sunny Side Up!
1. My sorority sisters and I will be granting Jaden’s wish at the Americana on Thursday night around 6:00 p.m. Jaden is battling lymphatic leukemia and his wish is to have a dinosaur playground. We are beyond excited for this event and our Chi Omega chapter has raised over $10,000 to grant this wish. We will all be there in our dinosaur costumes to play dinosaur tag with him–we can’t wait to meet him! To read more about it, click here.
2. I’m in a bit of a limbo right now preparing for finals. Once I take all those tests, writing for the book will be full speed ahead!
3. I’m looking for Sunny Stars that I have never met! If you know someone that has an inspiring story, please let me know by leaving a comment on the blog or emailing me at thesunnygirl5@yahoo.com.
4. Don’t you know I’ll be at the Rose Bowl to watch our Bruins beat those Trojans?
I hope you have such a great week as we head into the holiday season–it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Make every day count; even if you are having to study for finals. Remember to never wish your time away. Every day is a blessing that we should be thankful for and happy to have!
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Where the Heart Is

We're always ready for a laugh!

Yesterday was such a lovely Thanksgiving. I hope that you had the best day–whatever a best day means for you. For me that meant family, delicious food, and a couple rounds of a hilarious board game. Yesterday was a pleasant reminder of how special family really is. As we gathered around the table last night, we each said something we were thankful for. I don’t think that there was one of us who didn’t say they were thankful for family. In our family, it is so nice to know that family will always be there for you, no matter what. And they’ll certainly be there for a good laugh. Especially with my dad in the picture.

Family is constantly changing; babies are born and grandparents pass. Hopefully in that order with no losses in between. But the traditions remain the same (that cranberry jello mold just never quits!) and the spirit of our family leaves a legacy with each passing generation.
Family is such a blessing and such a great source of happiness. In a way though, it’s hard for me to write about it. After interviewing many teens, I realize that home may not always be where the heart is. And that is okay. While it may seem sad that we don’t all have great relationships with our loved ones, I have seen teens draw their support elsewhere. I think it’s important to remember that we are never alone. Whether we have a close bond with our family or not, we can always draw on the love of friends and mentors for support.
No matter who you spent your Thanksgiving with, I hope it was a happy one.
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What an exciting day–the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, family and friends over to celebrate, and pumpkin pie, of course! What are you thankful for today? And while Thanksgiving often has the connotation of gratitude, what about the other half of the word, “giving?” As the day goes on, I encourage you to be both thankful and giving in whatever you do. When we do this, our happiness becomes so much more meaningful and genuine.
So how can you be even happier this Thanksgiving?
1. Offer to help: Even if you’re visiting home and you feel entitled to relax, be sure to offer to help in the kitchen or wherever help may be needed. This includes all you guys out there who just want to sit and watch football all day!
2. Be the Thanksgiving trendsetter: Start a new tradition in your family based on gratitude. In our family, we always go around the table and every person says one thing they’re thankful for. This year, I’ve started a card addressing everyone and telling them individually what I am thankful for about them. You should try it!
3. Enjoy the day: It only comes once a year so enjoy the unique aspects of Thanksgiving. That means maybe watching some of the parade if you’ve never seen it before. And for me, maybe watching some football…with a smile on my face. A good challenge.
4. In moderation: As everything should be. Let’s not keep Tums and Pepto Bismol in business tonight.
5. Be present: Realize what today is all about. If you are with your family and friends, then cherish the time you have together. We only have today.
I wish you the happiest Thanksgiving yet!
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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