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Much Ado About…HAPPY

Summer is almost here—I can practically taste the popsicles (maybe because I just ate one) and feel the endless sunshine (which is already here on a daily basis in LA). Memorial Day is such a tease, isn’t it? You get three days of sheer bliss and then oh wait, no, it’s finals. Not so fast, not so fast. The quarter system catches you! (Clearly I’m a little hyper from the popsicle, but actually let’s be real, it’s more so because freedom is on the horizon).

I shouldn’t call it freedom though because being in school is anything but slavery. I get to be around wonderful, happy people, spend time with my special someone before he’s off to law school, and wear shorts most days. I can’t complain. So I’m back with my mantra: don’t wish your time away.

However, because I live by this saying, I’ve noticed that it can kind of backfire. Example: I’m in denial. I’m in denial that junior year is ending, that finals are approaching, that said special someone is going to New York (for not one, not two, but three years), and that time in general is flying by. Heck, it’s almost June! I thought it was still January. I know I get tired sometimes but this must have been a freaking long nap.

So. Are you in denial like myself? Because right now, empathy would be greatly appreciated. But maybe it’s not so bad because for once…I am living in the moment. For the first time in an oh-so-long time, I’m enjoying every day and not worrying about the next. I think I’m happier for it.

Where are you at with it? Maybe a little bit of denial isn’t such a bad thing. I’m considering it.

Hope you enjoyed my bouncing off the walls post. This is what happens when you have two papers due at midnight.

Make it a great day. Or not. Your choice, my friend.

Keep shining,

Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Three Magic Words

This morning I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly I wanted to write about. Instead, a few keys words just kept popping into my mind: warmth, compassion, grace. Over and over.

I think it’s so important that we make note of concepts like these because treating people with these words is the best thing we can do. Even when warmth, compassion, and grace aren’t exactly warranted, it’s all the more reason to offer it. Rather than seeking revenge or trying to fight fire with fire, even if we may “lose,” I think it’s always best to raise the white flag that stands for compassion.

For further inspiration, here are some quotes I found this morning:

Oscar Wilde:Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.

Plato: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

I’m going to keep warmth, compassion, and grace in mind today. Even if it may not be easy, if it may not be natural, it will always be what’s right. Hope you’ll choose the same today.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Pinning

On Monday I went through an experience that has been happening for decades in the Greek world (of collegiate life that is). I was pinned. It’s a ceremony to celebrate a relationship between a fraternity brother and a sorority sister who have been dating for some time. While it used to be a much more serious tradition, often only if a couple was to be engaged (this was the standard when my grandma was a Pi Phi at UCLA), it is now more of a celebration—it’s still just as special though.

 

 

My boyfriend and I have been dating officially for almost two years but we have known each other for about two and a half (we actually met on my 19th birthday!). I love him so much and our relationship means the world to me. I am so honored that he would go to all the effort of planning the pinning while working with my best friends so that I would be surprised. It was one of the best nights of my life and I’m so thankful to everyone who made the night so special for us.

Now if you’re still scratching your head about what this whole pinning hoopla is, I’ll give you a little schedule of events. The night begins with a candle passing and when the candle arrives at the girl who is getting pinned, her best friends blow the candle out. A letter from her boyfriend is then read (one of my favorite parts!) and then the girl goes out with her best friends to celebrate on the town. Afterward, it’s time for the boys to arrive and the couple kisses for 100 seconds (which everyone shouts out to help them keep track). There are candles galore—this is another one of my favorite parts. Then everyone gets back on the buses and dances the night away. It’s a whirlwind.

That’s the night in the tiniest nutshell imaginable but the experience itself is truly indescribable. I’ve been on Cloud 10 ever since and I don’t want to come down! I’m feeling so thankful to have such amazing sisters and an incredible boyfriend. Thank you to everyone who made the night truly one of the best! I’ll never forget it.

Keep shining, 

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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