Under Construction!

Hello friends!

DSC_0176I am so excited to announce that The Sunny Girl website is getting a makeover. I’m working with Elembee to design the page and the new look should be unveiled by the end of 2014. We are working diligently to create a beautiful, new website and I can’t wait to show you everything we are cooking up!

If you would like to contact me regarding a speaking event, please email me at laurencook5@yahoo.com.

Keep shining friends!

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

A New Study on Fear

Hello friends! I’m so excited to announce that I am starting to work on my next book. This time around I’m focusing on how fear can wreak havoc on our happiness and more importantly–how we can overcome that fear to cultivate our full potential and ultimate joy.

Before I write I want to get an accurate read on where we’re at with fear. I’ve developed a short survey and my goal is to get 500 participants. I am offering five $100 scholarships which I will raffle off for every 100 participants.

I’m looking for anyone between the ages of 12-24 to take the survey. If you’re in this age bracket, please take the survey! More than anything, please SHARE this survey on your page to help me reach my goal.

Here is the link:


Thank you, thank you!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Secret to Happier Travel

SeattleI’ve been happier the past few days and I know exactly why. I’m going to Seattle! It’s my first time visiting and this will be the perfect summer vacation to explore and go on my own. As much as I loved venturing to Europe last summer, I was so busy preparing for my Chi Omega National Consultant job that I didn’t have nearly enough time to research before I went. It made a difference in the experience and I felt like I was constantly playing catch-up next to my well-studied compadre, Sarah, who had spent months delving into all that Europe offered. Looking back, I think she was that much happier during our trip because she’d done her homework. The architecture, museums and history meant so much more to her because she understand the story behind the statue.

This time around, I’ll be more than ready for all that Seattle has to offer.

That’s the key to a happier travel: RESEARCH. When you take the time to look for the trendiest restaurants, the quaint hotels and obvious-but-altogether-necessary and notable landmarks, the trip becomes that much more meaningful. When we plan for something and invest our time in an adventure, it becomes valuable to us. We don’t take the experience for granted because we know we’ve put in the effort to make it as wonderful as possible. The trip isn’t happenstance, or haphazard for that matter. Not everything has to be planned to every finite detail, but taking the time to familiarize yourself with a destination before going there can make all the difference.

More than anything, I’m loving learning about Seattle. Many people have asked, “Why Seattle?” Well, why not Seattle? After traveling for Chi Omega this past year, I’ve fallen in love with America and I want to see every nook, climb every mountain (cue the nuns singing while Maria prances about) and taste every crawfish, coffee and croissant I can get my hands on. Life is too short to stay in one place forever…even if you do live in southern California!

If you have any recommendations for my adventure, please send them my way. I’m open to anything! Here’s to planes, trains and what lies between!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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