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Getting Back What You Give

In a day where I am feeling too busy to offer the meaningful commentary that I would like, here is a video that says it better than I ever could today (with mood music and all). It comes from “The Secret” which encourages positive affirmations. What you send into the world you will receive back. So let the words inspire you as you begin your day; it inspired me as I began mine.

 

Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Having an Actually Happy Easter

First of all, Happy Easter everyone! I love any holiday that starts with the word “happy” in it! And hey, any holiday with bunnies and chocolate—combined—is a happy holiday indeed! Whether or not you celebrate this holiday, it is a family tradition that I have and always will treasure. If nothing else, Easter is a time to celebrate our family over a good meal, a good laugh, and some good fun. And if you feel so inclined, you can take it a step further and celebrate the true meaning of Easter—I know I love to.
So how can you have your happiest Easter ever?
1. Try to spend time with your family: This is such a fun holiday when you can enjoy it with the people you love. We’re going to a brunch this morning and I love starting the day off in the company of my family. And a good hunk of ham to top it off.
2. Indulge in your Lent longings: Whether you gave up sugar, cheese, or coffee among other things, give in a little if you feel so included. Eat that jelly bean that you’ve been eying the past few months—you deserve it!
3. Have an Easter basket: Whether your mom makes it for you or not, bring back the Easter tradition of younger year by having a peep or two and get some of that plastic Easter grass to fill your basket. Remember that?
4. See Easter through the eyes of a child: Children love this holiday with the egg hunts and surprise Easter eggs. Whether you know any children or not, get a child something special for the day. And if nothing else, remember how fun Easter was as a child to bring back some of that childlike wonder.
5. Have a day of rest: It is a holy day in the Christian faith and whether you believe this or not, take advantage of taking a break!
I hope you have a happy, blessed, and hopeful Easter. It is a day of renewal, rest, and rejuvenation and we should celebrate it!
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Tipping the Scale

I hate being a stress case. But today I was. It was hard to let loose—feeling overwhelmed, over tired, and as vacations tend to do—over fed. We’re on an amazing family reunion to celebrate three family birthdays (my aunt’s, my cousin’s and my grandma’s) and yet I’ve been struggling to relax and just have fun. We’re in beautiful Boulder, visiting my cousin’s college town, and seriously, I’ve got to take a chill pill. But with a looming midterm on Monday, I feel like I’m in a bit of bind. I want to have the best time with my family but at the same time, I really want to do well on my test. Decisions, decisions.
I’ve always believed that you should live in the moment; but believing and thinking are two different things. I’m thinking about the future and I how I have to fly home early, by myself, to take this little, forsaken, 40 multiple choice test that according to legend, eats you alive and then spits you out in a little crumpled wad of crinkled papers with a side of dull pencils. I resent it. It’s Easter weekend; aren’t we supposed to be celebrating Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies? Not independent variables and external validity? (It’s a psychology lab course in case those words sound foreign—I’m not so fluent myself).
But in my endless ranting (thank you for listening), there has to be a take home message. Do I throw my studies out the window or do I lock myself up in my hotel room and chat up my computer rather than my family right down the hall? Obviously neither. There has to be a balance of both. But my point is this—sometimes life is out of our control. Clearly. So I guess the best thing we can do is to control what we can and try to find happiness in our best efforts when we don’t have control.  I know that everything will be alright if I just write it down and listen to my intuition (who I’m trying to work out these days).
Whether you’re stressed like me, or enjoying the niceties of life in all of its splendor, I hope that you’ll try to find the balance in your life. We must take care ourselves before we can take care of others (at least to do it well) and so I hope that you will take that time necessary to be a peace with the choices you make.
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook