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The Chi Omega Eleusis

Hi friends! Happy Saturday, right? Spring Break is already coming to a close which I can’t believe (what I’d give for just one more week) but alas, I’m sure spring quarter will be full of fun! I have a lot of fun news to report…

First, I’m blogging for the first time on my brand new MacBook Pro. This is my first ever Mac laptop and I couldn’t be happier about it. I had a Dell before that was giving me all sorts of problems so I’m looking forward to a (hopefully) easy and smooth transition. I’m excited to be consistently blogging now that my laptop is up and running.

Secondly, I am so excited to announce that I am featured in the Chi Omega national magazine, The Eleusis. They did a story on how my leadership experience in Chi Omega has affected my internship and work experience. I’d love if you checked it out by clicking here. It is such an honor to be in this magazine and I love being a part of such an amazing organization with so many capable and intelligent women.

Make the most of your last few days of spring break! Look at some beautiful flowers while you’re at it!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

California Screamin to a Stop

We got stuck right at the top of the incline.

On Monday I went to Disneyland with my mom and we had the most amazing day–for me Disneyland is truly the happiest place on earth so naturally it was a very happy day. Although the park was a little more crowded than one would like, we still hit up most of the rides and it was especially fun when my mom got to see World of Color for the first time (I’m obsessed with that show!) The day was perfect, until…

We decided to go on California Screamin one last time. The ride is twice as fun at night time when the whole park is lit up so we didn’t want to miss the chance. The wait was short, we started off just fine, and then, as we were going up one of the inclines, the car jolted to a stop. I’m not sure how fast we were going but we definitely weren’t cranking up the hill, we were speeding up it and before we knew it, we were slammed to a stop.

It started to get pretty cold as we waited 5, 10, 15 minutes. My mom started getting nervous and that made me nervous. We started thinking aloud, “What if the car behind us doesn’t stop and slams in to us?” (Mind you, we were in the very back row). Not to mention, my mom had made her shoulder bar just a little too tight–you know when you can cinch it a notch more than you should? We definitely just wanted to get out.

Thankfully though the rescue team got us out after 20 minutes of waiting. Can’t say I’ve had that experience climbing down all those side steps at the highest part of a roller coaster. At least it wasn’t Goliath at Magic Mountain. Oh well, all’s well that ends well. And in those minutes while we were waiting, although I trust Disney and knew that we would be safe, it made me really think about how grateful I am for my life. It’s in those moments when you literally get a jolt that you realize what you treasure in your life and what you’re still hoping for.

I hope you don’t have the experience of getting stuck on a roller coaster but whether you have the experience or not, when life gives you temporary stop signs, take those moments to sit still and evaluate it. Don’t let those minutes pass you by–check in with yourself so that when you get the chance to start up again, you know exactly what you want to do.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Nonsense of Numbers

There are moments when it’s hard to put life in perspective and I realized this morning that we often let numbers define us in ways they shouldn’t. An 89.5 on grade (yep, that’s the number I saw last night checking my grades), a higher number than usual on the scale (yep, that’s me this morning). Heck there can be a whole slew of numbers that can steal our happiness–a low credit score, an expensive bill, the list goes on.

But in light of these numbers that were weighing me down earlier, I came to the conclusion that these numbers can’t define me. Numbers are labels, but they can’t label our relationships with our loved ones or even how happy we feel (I’ve found that it’s actually better not to put a scale on happiness). It’s the intangible things like laughter, like love, like joy that can’t be measured and that we shouldn’t attempt to measure.

So instead of relying on numbers to define your self-worth as I was doing earlier, I hope you’ll join me by finding meaning in your life elsewhere. After all, the numbers are constantly fluctuating but hopefully our relationships can keep improving. You can’t put a number on your life.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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