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Fall Goals of 2012 a la Pinterest

I can’t wait to be HERE in three and a half weeks.

I hope you’re on the Pinterest bandwagon like me. I hopped on board about a year ago and now I’m a daily passenger. It’s my happy virtual place. My land of faraway (yes faraway) weddings, babies, and all others things that embody homely bliss. Who knew I had a little Susie Homemaker in me after all?

I’ve taken up Pinterest for a new purpose though and I think it’s time you do as well. I’ve made a goal board for Fall 2012 and I’m already itching to get started seeing all these visions look so picturesque. I’ll be lucky if I get to them all but this year I’m being real with myself. Taking a dance class. Traveling to New York. 5 pounds instead of 10. You can be a realistic dreamer.

So hop on the ride and make your goals for the next few months come to life. Our goals are so much more likely to actualize when we visualize them first. A picture is the perfect way to start.

You can see my new board by clicking here.

And if you’re wondering why I’m in more of a poetic flow today (maybe that’s me wishing it was that way?) it’s because I’m madly enthralled with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Wow, what a brilliant piece of writing. Which reminds me, I need to read much more. So much more. So let’s add reading more books to our list of goals this fall, friends.

Much happiness to you today. Truly.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Stand Up To Cancer

Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to work at Stand Up to Cancer. I had seen the telecast before but it was truly an honor to be there in person yesterday. Exactly two weeks to the day of my grandma’s passing of cancer, I couldn’t think of a better way to honor her life and truly STAND UP to cancer. My mom, my grandma, and my aunt have all battled the disease among other relatives and I don’t want to add anyone else to that list. No one should have to experience hearing “you have cancer,” and I think it’s high time we get involved in the fight.

I was so touched yesterday seeing so many celebrities participate in the event. They can call so much heightened awareness to a cause and I was more than happy that the cause was all about cancer yesterday. Seeing so much money raised for groundbreaking research gave me HOPE. Which is something we all need more of these days.

There were two moments in the show that I found especially moving. Seeing Taylor Swift sing her newest song, “Ronan” was absolutely heartbreaking. It was about a mother who had lost her four year-old to cancer. It doesn’t get any worse than that. I also loved seeing Tim McGraw sing, “Live Like You Were Dying.” I’ve grown up hearing this song and I’ve always felt so inspired by those lyrics. Hearing him sing those words live was defining.

After my participation in the event yesterday, I have a renewed mindset. I’m going to finally get tested for the BRCA genes like I have been meaning to and find out what my odds are. Just because my grandma, aunt, and mom have one of the genes, which means they had an 80% chance of breast cancer and a 60% chance of ovarian cancer, it doesn’t mean that I do. And heaven forbid I do have that gene, then I want to start taking the preventative steps so that I never get that diagnosis. I don’t want that for my life or my family’s lives.

So please, stand up to cancer. To learn more about the organization, here is their website:

And to donate, you can go here:

Thank you for caring about this cause the way I do.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Big Mistake. Huge.

It’s been a busy summer, right? Whether you’ve been traveling (I wish!), clocking in, or going to school, summer is a time for sun, sure, but it’s also a time for some serious hard work. I’ve had two internships this summer, one of them has been working under the talented and inspiring Lisa Bloom. I’ve been promoting her new book, Swagger by pitching to NPR stations around the country.

Most people are intrigued by Lisa and her writings but every now and then I get a naysayer. Instead of pouting over their loss, I was reminded of one of my favorite movies, Pretty Woman. Remember how Julia Roberts is rejected when she goes shopping for the first time in Beverly Hills? But lo and behold, she comes back with her Cinderella like transformation and lets the ladies know what a “Big Mistake” they made. “Huge.” And then the camera pans to the store clerks’ stunned-gun faces. That’s that.

I always think of that scene in moments of rejection. Sure, some people will tell you “no.” That’s ok, it’s their loss. There are many others who will say yes and give you that chance. You can’t get hung up on those who snub their nose at you, you have to keep hoping and focusing on those who will look you in the eyes and treat you with respect.

So next time someone tells you no, keep your chin up and move right along. Learn from the experience and use it to your advantage. And maybe, just maybe, those naysayers will see how far you’ve come—without them.

I think I’ll hit the stores for a little Labor Day shopping now.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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