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Snoozing on the Sunny Side

 

Now there's a cat nap.

I know it’s fundamental but really, I’d like to give a shout-out to sleep. After the past few days of feeling more exhausted than I can honestly recall, I have never yearned for sleep more. More than cheesecake, more than a nice kiss on a rainy day, more than a cuddle with my cat—I just want to get in bed and snooze away. Drool and all (c’mon, you know you do it).

Without sleep, our happiness is sure to hide out. No one likes to feel unfocused, physically tired, and emotionally drained. A lack of sleep causes all of the above. I tend to be a traditionalist, needing about 8 hours of sleep a night. Maybe you could go for more or less, but make a commitment to yourself to try and have a regular sleep schedule that your body and mind can rely on.

I hope you’ll get your fair share of shut eye this week because the catch up game is a losing battle. I’m definitely not winning when it comes to my bed time sleep score. The naps are nice, but they don’t cut it. So as I’m lamenting my lack of sleep (as I type tonight so that I can sleep in the following morning), I hope that you are feeling well rested today and if not, I hope you’ll tuck in on time tonight!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

A Wonderful Week in the Sunny Life

After my little hiatus (which has been anything but) I’m back to the blog! Boy, I missed it. Writing is my online oasis and if I go a few days without it, I start to get antsy (too bad it doesn’t work that way for the gym). In the past few days, a lot has happened in my life. Some exciting, some surprising, and all exhausting. So I’m taking a moment to reflect on my life the past few days…the good, the bad, and all the madness.

1. Since Wednesday, I have met over 100 girls during our sorority rush. We had 900 girls go through the Rush process at UCLA and it was merry but it was mayhem nonetheless. We now have 59 amazing new pledges and we are so excited to welcome them to Chi Omega. I can’t wait to get to know them better and here’s to a fantastic fall quarter!

2. I had my first day of work at E! News. Unfortunately I was so exhausted from Rush that I didn’t feel very well but I’m excited to come back on Wednesday and bring back my A game. I want to make the most of this opportunity and I can’t let it pass me by!

3. Our home is getting back to normal. I’m visiting home soon and it’s going to be very weird for me to see my bedroom, even though everything is back in place. Our house may be a little different but our family is only becoming stronger because of the recent events.

4. School has started: And I’m just now opening my books. I’m so excited for my classes this quarter. I’ll be learning about abnormal psychology, the psychology of human motivation, and communication studies. Right up my alley!

5. The book is in editing: Trying to find every spare minute to edit—this book means the world to me and I want to put my best into those pages. I’m getting more and more nervous but I’m even more anxious to get it out in print.

What have you been up to this week? What has made you happy—have there been moments, minutes, hours, or days of sheer bliss? I certainly hope so—you deserve nothing but the best.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

New Eyes for Now

In the midst of sorority rush and my first day of class, my family is still tying up loose ends from the robbery on Wednesday. You can read the post before this one to get the details. It has been a challenging 24 hours and the shock factor is finally starting to wear off. As is the anger. Now, I just feel sad for our family, particularly my mom.

Even though the burglars stole my jewelry (which we have gotten back thanks to the pawn shops), my mom’s jewelry is still missing. Yes, money is a factor but more importantly, her jewelry that she has collected over the past 30 years holds many significant memories. In particular, her ring that she just got from her trip to Israel was taken along with many other family legacy items.

The good news is this: the man who did all of these terrible things has been arrested. Even though he injured a police officer and resisted arrest, he is now behind bars (temporarily). Even with grand theft auto and injury to a police officer, we are told that he will only be in jail for a couple of months. This makes me sick.

Happiness is hard to come by right now. More than ever I wish I could be with my family. All of this is starting to sink in and I don’t think I will ever be comfortable knowing that this boy of 18 years old was rummaging through my house and driving my dad’s car. And to know that he was violent? I am thanking the Lord that my parents weren’t home when he was there.

Right now I see the world with different eyes. Hopefully I’ll get my sunny side soon but as of now, knowing that there are people in this world who are willing to do terrible things at any cost, breaks my heart and leaves me uneasy.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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