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Christmas Wish List

I know it’s still November but darn, I have been bitten hard by the Christmas bug. Now that Thanksgiving is over, we are clear to launch right in to Christmas. You would be just as much in the spirit if you lived in my house–my mom plays Christmas movies round the clock. (My new favorite is The Holiday). So with all this Christmas spirit, it got me thinking, what’s on your wish list this year? I always have fun making an actual wish list of gifts but I’m taking about a wish list that can’t necessarily be wrapped. Won’t you join me in writing down what you’re wishing for this year?

 

Here’s what’s on my Christmas Wish List:

1. Wear my tacky holiday sweater at least once.

2. Bake a new kind of Christmas cookie.

3. Watch a new holiday movie that I haven’t seen before–a challenge.

4. Invite a friend to go holiday shopping; one that I don’t see very often.

5. Get gifts for my family and friends that they will LOVE.

6. Go out looking at Christmas lights.

7. Plan a ski trip.

8. Go to Disneyland and see it looking beautifully decorated.

9. Write Christmas cards to all the people that I care about.

10. Spend quality time with my family.

11. Okay…and get a new pair of black boots…

What’s on your wish list this year? Please share! I’d love to add some more ideas to my wish list.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Black Friday Can Brighten Your Holiday

If only everyone looked this happy waiting in line!

I realized yesterday as I was out shopping in the black hole of Black Friday (the only hole is the one in my wallet at this point), that the true holiday comes the day after the holiday. I had an excellent Thanksgiving full of family and food–play the game Loaded Question if you ever get a chance–but we didn’t really get a chance to just rest and relax. My mom has already cooked four turkeys and it wasn’t until recently that she actually settled down–isn’t that what a holiday is all about after all? To just take it easy? Try telling a woman that…

My sorority sister has stayed with me over the break and it wasn’t until yesterday, the day after Thanksgiving, that it truly felt like a break. I took her to the Oaks Mall and we attempted to conquer what has now been famously hallmarked as “Black Friday.” It can seem quite abysmal with that trademark title. But it was in this Black Friday that I had an incredibly happy day with my friend. From shopping to gelato, to a lunch at the Cheesecake Factory ending with a sunset helicopter ride thanks to my dad, it was truly an incredible day. The Christmas season got kicked in to high gear yesterday and I’m just as grateful for that as I was for Thanksgiving Day.

With all that shopping, it made me wonder–what is it that makes me happy during this holiday season? Yes, the gifts under the tree are something that I delight in (both for the getting and the giving) but just the general demeanor around this time of year is what brings a smile to my face. The wreaths, the lights, and the smell of hot cinnamon rolls and See’s candies (although, who are we kidding, in America that is always wafting in our shopping malls)–everything becomes more special. And even more importantly, it’s the people that we share the season with. I love giving gifts to people but I also love getting to spend a little more special time with them. We have to treasure it.

What will make you happy this holiday season? I hope it’s plethora of things on your list this year that will light your heart up, more than just those Steve Madden boots will (wink, wink Mama?). Just kidding, the best gifts are the ones that can’t be unwrapped, rather, they open your heart to the miracles of the season.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Giving Thanks for What You’ve Got

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is one of my absolute favorite days and I hope you have a fantastic day full of fun and food. No matter what you’re experiencing in your life, I think we can always find something to be thankful for—if nothing more that we retain hope in our lives.

I encourage you today to be thankful for both the BIG and the SMALL in your life—both add to our happiness in different ways. Yes, I hope you are thankful for your family, your friends, and your health. But I hope you’re also thankful for some things that you may take for granted—a nice coat, a good pair of shoes, or going to see a movie. These are things that many people do not have because they can’t afford it.

I think it’s great to give the gifts that we are grateful for. Donate a pair of shoes, buy a stranger on the street a nice coat, or buy your best friend a movie ticket. Think of others today as we give thanks. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but giving back a little extra this time of year can make a world of a difference to people that may be struggling.

One thing I am thankful for this year is all of your love and support with The Sunny Girl. I have loved sharing and studying the concept of gratitude with you and I hope that it has brought you a tremendous amount of happiness. You have brought me so much happiness and for that I am truly grateful.

Have a very HAPPY Thanksgiving!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook