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My name is Lauren…and I am an OCR.

Well, if you haven’t read my “About Me” section, here’s a quick rundown. My name is Lauren. I’m 28. We live in South Carolina. I have an A.A. with a concentration in elementary education and a B.S. in Psychology. In two years, when my son can start 4K, I will be going back to school to become a licensed counselor (at the very least). I have accepted the responsibility of putting my education on hold so we can become financially stable (better late than never!). I have been married almost 9 years to MW (man-wo lol). We were 19, young and in love. It’s been rough, but we have made it and we are content and happy. We have two beautiful children, Princess (8 yrs – girl) and Prince (2 yrs – boy). We also have two dogs, Bruiser (my puggle) and Willow (our lab/husky mix). We live in the country on Lake Murray, and other than freezing in the winter and dealing with bugs in the summer, we LOVE it.

Another thing I love?! Reading. I am an OCR – Obsessive Compulsive Reader. That is not an “official” psychology label, but rather something I jokingly came up with for myself. I read A LOT. I mean, I can read an entire series in just a few days. I become absorbed by the story and kind of ignore everything. My husband is the same way. He is currently reading a series and I do not exist haha But it’s comforting to lay beside each other at night after the kids are asleep and just hold hands or entwine our legs and read. No words need to be spoken, but the touch and closeness is comforting. I think that shows a real relationship, after so many stressful years.

Anywho, back to the point of this post, My name is Lauren..and I am an OCR. I am not ashamed of it. I do feel guilty when my children want to play or go outside and I just want to read, but I do make up for it! We are a family who loves electronics, so we are absorbed most of the time. But at the same time we are always around each other and take strength from that closeness. We are teaching our rather cautious Princess how to ride a bike with no training wheels. She is growing in confidence every day, and I am SO proud of her. It is powerful watching your child learn something that YOU are teaching them. What a feeling of utter joy! And waiting until they are ready instead of pushing them builds their confidence much more steadily.

Man, this post is all over the place. I apologize, it’s just been a while since I’ve written and I have a lot of ideas floating around. I just finished the Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins. It’s a YA novel (directed toward teenagers), but the storyline is pretty fantastic! I may start blogging about reading. I love to gush about my favorite novels. I’ll consider that, because I am seriously obsessed with reading good books. Key word being good. After the first chapter I can tell you whether I will like the book or not. Since I love to read, if I don’t like the book, I’m not going to finish it. No use wasting my precious time reading something I’m not going to like just because. Once I start a book, it becomes my entire focus. I do put it down and spend time with the kids, but in all of my “downtime” (which is every few hours for about 30 minutes), I am reading. And I stay up late. Way too late haha

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I know there are others out there that do the same thing. I see a bunch of groups on Goodreads agreeing to read the same books and monitoring conversations…but I just want to read and gush when I feel like it lol If you want, look up my Goodreads account and recommend some books. Or comment here!

Well, done with my random thoughts. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading! If you have no idea what I just talked about…pick up a book and get absorbed in it. And if you DO know what I’m talk about, you rock! 😉 lol

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Kindness…It Goes a Long Way

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My daughter’s school puts out a digital newsletter every week highlighting upcoming events, special days, and important reminders. As I was reading through it, I came across this quote being shared for an upcoming charity event and it struck a cord in my heart.

How true is this statement?

No act of kindness, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, is ever wasted. -Aesop

Acts of kindness are often judged by the size of the situation. But in reality, every act of kindness means something. Whether you open the door for a stranger, help a person stranded on the side of a highway, or make dinner for a new mother and father, every act of kindness counts.

I think this fact is shadowed by all the hate, killing, and drama around the world. If every person were to commit just one act of kindness every day, the world would be a much better place. Yes, there’s wars in almost every country, poverty, death, destruction. BUT, one act of kindness can bring light to our darkening world. Sitting around watching all the hate that takes place solves nothing. Hoping, praying, and thinking of a better world does nothing.

Actions speak louder than words.

Understand it, promote it, live it. For such a simple concept, it amazes me how many people don’t follow it.

It’s amazing how the universe sometimes just “gets you.” While grocery shopping last night, my 8 year old Princess helped an elderly woman put her grocery cart up (she just did it on her own). Princess saw her struggling and without a second thought she walked up to the woman and asked if she could take her cart. The woman was surprised, thankful, and amazed that a child acted in kindness. A simple act of kindness went a long way, both for Princess (who does things like this ALL the time) and for the elderly woman.

Teach your children to be kind. Do one act of kindness every day. If we all make an effort to make the world a better place, one day it WILL be a better place.

In conclusion, enjoy this video of Random Acts of Kindness from around the world.

Random Acts of Kindness caught on film