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The Magic from Midterms

In the madness of midterms, my mind is jumbled up with random oddities and fun facts for why the world goes round. And in this day of mayhem, I feel like I’ve been able to extract some precious gems about how to live a fruitful life—which says so much more than a bubbled in multiple choice test ever could. So in the past 24 hours here are ten tokens that I’m taking with me into the test:
1. Say “I love you”: If you love someone, then tell them. Don’t save it for the special occasions. Save it for the boring, awkward, casual, happy, delightful, and every other type occasion that it could warrant. So…I love you Mom, I love you Dad, I love you Greg, I love you friends—If I can say it on a live blog, you can say it, too!
2. Give unto others as you give to yourself: Whether it’s frozen yogurt, a cup of tea, you name it—think of others along with yourself.
3. Be a fox: The best favors are the ones that go unnoticed. Be sneaky with your favors.
4. Laugh: A lot. You’ve got to find the laughter somewhere. Whether it’s thanks to your best friends or Steve Carrell, spend time with the people who can make you giggle.
5. Make plans: Do things today that inspire the future tomorrow. A hike today has become infinite hiking Thursdays for the future.
6. Sign up for things: Okay, I know I can overextend (don’t we all?) but give life a chance. It’s usually more fun than we think it will be.
7. Stop complaining: People don’t like it when you do it and you probably don’t like you when you do it. It’s really not as much of a bonding activity as people think it is.
8. Get excited about life: Whether it’s the royal wedding (can’t wait to blog about that!) or your new boyfriend (**wink wink to my friend); life is too short too not be beyond thrilled.
9. Check in with yourself: How are you actually doing? What have you learned recently? What is the best thing that happened to you recently? I’m asking myself all of these things. Honesty is the best policy.
10. Play the animal game: Random, I know. But it’s fun to guess what animals people are. I’m a bunny apparently.
What are you living by today?
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Why I Relay

As I mentioned in a previous post, Relay for Life is a cause very near and dear to my heart. We all have something that motivates us to try harder, live better, and give thanks—Relay for Life does that for me. My family has been touched by cancer long before I was ever truly aware of it; and unfortunately the phrase, “you have cancer,” is still heard every day, in every nation, and by too many people. In fact, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are likely to hear those words.
My mom heard those words when I was two years old. She had noticed symptoms for over five years, but it wasn’t until she was at stage three that her doctor finally diagnosed her. Although I have no memories of this time in our family, it has left a lasting impression throughout the years of how physically challenging and psychologically difficult cancer can be. A few years later, my grandmother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and my aunt was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer. As much of a battle as this was for our family, we have strong women and all three survived.
Since that time, friends, other family members, and strangers have battled the disease and it’s not fair. That’s why we have to fight back. We can’t stand by and let cancer win the fight. Children need parents, spouses need their partners, and people need the freedom to live their lives.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE help me in this fight. It would mean so much to me if you could donate. Even $5 would make such a difference! I’ve raised $5,000 so far and I would love to raise another $1000. Your donation goes to research, patient services, and support systems for the UCLA Relay for Life (which is the top college Relay in the country) at one of the leading universities in cancer research. Your donation is saving lives.
Please donate here: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/laurencook
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Nothing but the Best in Boulder

Family reunions are a golden opportunity. During that time you grow closer with your family, share some laughs, and of course, eat, eat, eat, and eat some more. At least that’s what we did at our family reunion in Boulder, Colorado. We had the best time there. Plain and simple. And while my family is still there actually (I had to fly out early to take a midterm yesterday—such a bummer), I’m still thinking about the amazing time we spent in this beautiful town. It was my first time visiting Colorado and I think that we will most definitely return.
I thought I’d share some of the highlights so that if you ever find yourself in Boulder, you’ll know what’s best!
1. The St. Julien: What a resort. We had Easter Brunch there and an afternoon tea as well. Not only did every member of our family get a tulip as a parting gift, the food and the atmosphere was wonderful. Nothing like a mini crème brulee to start Easter off!
2. Pearl Street: The most eclectic and beautiful stores that I’ve ever seen. The whole street is adorned with over 15,000 tulips and every shop offers a unique taste. I have to say that my favorite was the glass artwork shop, though—stunning. Bring your wallet!
3. The Buff: There were too many fantastic restaurants to choose from, but this was my favorite breakfast place by far. It was all the more special as the snow came down.
4. Chautauqua Mountains: We went on a great hiking trail and stood on the edge of cliffs overlooking the city. The flat iron mountains are breathtaking and it was well worth the windy roads.
5. Endless exploring: There is so much to see in Boulder that we were constantly on the go. I hope you’ll visit this town someday if you have the opportunity—I had a blast!
I hope to return to Boulder with my family again; I have nothing but positive things to say about this town. Maybe when we return again we’ll hit the slopes and try some new restaurants (there were too many to fit in!). Give Boulder a go!
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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