Sunny Sides

Audrey Hepburn’s True Beauty

I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes today by the lovely Audrey Hepburn:

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.”

There’s a reason that Audrey Hepburn still leaves a legacy—not only was she beautiful on the big screen, she was even more beautiful behind the cameras as a philanthropist and a compassionate soul.

The more love you give, the more beautiful you become—just like Audrey Hepburn. That’s what really counts. It’s not about your bone structure or your haircut—natural beauty comes from being naturally gracious, humble, and lovely. It’s nice to know that while the wrinkles may come, our inner beauty can only grow.

Be beautiful today in the right way.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

I Want…

A little thought for the day: what do you want? Some people want Kony to be taken down, some people want an A on their paper, and some people (me) just want some ice cream or any sugar right now–and I’m not even giving it up for Lent. But these little cats want something that so many of us have without thinking twice–a safe and comfortable home. Count your blessings my friends and be a blessing to an animal today.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

 

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Guess the Animal

It could be that it’s 11:30 at night while I write this after going through a few days of midterm madness but my affinity for animals is in full swing right now. I’m an animal lover to my core—always have been, always will be. I often say that if I didn’t want to be in the entertainment industry, I would be in the animal business. I would be perfectly happy petting pandas (which are actually not soft from what I’ve been told and actually not that friendly—so see, maybe I wouldn’t be the best zookeeper after all) and I would love to teach dolphins new tricks. Sometimes there is nothing that makes me happier than interacting with an animal, even if it’s just looking at pictures.

See a resemblance?

Which brings me to my next point. There’s a game I love to play—Guess the Animal. I love giving people an animal that represents them; physically and characteristically. I’ve come up with everything from capybaras (hey, who wouldn’t want to be the largest rodent in the world, right?) to kangaroos, seals, and beagles. (Aren’t dog personalities the best?) People often say I’m a deer or a bunny—sorry, but I beg to differ. Perhaps I look like either of those woodland creatures but I think I’ve got a little more spice than shyness of those two animals. Any thoughts on what my new animal should be? Personally, I’m feeling the river otter tonight.

I hope you’ll channel your inner animal this week. Call me crazy but I think animals can teach us more than we give them credit for. To be fearless, to be courageous, to be playful, to be peaceful—to be simply happy—animals have it all.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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