Sara Laughed
You may have noticed something a little different cropping up on my blog lately. It's not a quote, or a word, or a particular photo. It's a sunflower, and it represents something big. The Sunflower Project by Sara Laughed

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You may have noticed something a little different cropping up on my blog lately. It's not a quote, or a word, or a particular photo. It's a sunflower, and it represents something big.

My focus on this blog has almost always been academic, but in the last year or so, that's shifted. As I've dealt with my own struggles, I've noticed more and more how prevalent issues of balance and wellness are among college students. From feelings of apathy and sadness, to health problems, crises, and clinical conditions, it seems that almost all of us are struggling with something.

I love college, but it's no cakewalk. In many ways, it's a pressure cooker, and we are starting to crack.

Enter the Sunflower Project

A movement promoting balance and wellness in college.

The Sunflower Project is a movement prompting positivity, balance, and self-care in college. Whether it helps one person, five, or twenty, I'm hoping that the Sunflower Project can start to chip away at the wellness and balance crises on college campuses. Through blog posts, a Facebook group, and Instagram challenges, we are hoping to spread happiness and healthy habits in college.

Each of the blog posts in this series will have a sunflower in the corner around my blog logo. Here are a few examples of posts in the Sunflower series:

Join the Sunflower Circle!

An online community for college students seeking a happier, healthier lifestyle.

The Sunflower Circle - cultivating college community

Alongside the blog posts, videos, and resources I plan on making for the Sunflower Project, I'm also launching the Sunflower Circle, a Facebook group focused on cultivating college community around wellness.

We are a Facebook group for college students seeking support and community in pursuing a healthier, happier lifestyle. There are regular themed discussion threads that encourage self-reflection and a positive mindset. This is a place to make friends, find community, and focus on your health and happiness in college!

Learn more here!

And finally, the #GrowGratitude Challenge

An Instagram challenge launching Monday, March 7th


Gratitude is strongly linked to overall happiness, and as a way to kick-off our series, I'm teaming up with some great bloggers to start a gratitude Instagram challenge. #GrowGratitude is a two-week Instagram challenge where we take a picture of something we are grateful for every day, using daily one-word prompts. You can follow me on Instagram here and follow along by posting your photos using the hashtag #GrowGratitude! I'll regram some of my favorites.

Will you be joining our community, or participating in the challenge?


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    Shannon Brown

    March 5, 2016

    What a wonderful community, I can’t wait to see more posts and watch this grow! xoxo

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    Anna Hubbard

    March 7, 2016

    This is such an amazing thing that you started! I’m definitely interested in joining the group!

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    M Q

    March 7, 2016

    This is such a great thing! Finding balance and wellness in college is especially important.


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    Allison Jones

    March 7, 2016

    This is an amazing idea! I wish we had this when I was in undergrad!

    All the Best,
    Allison | http://www.LiveLifeWellBlog.vom

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    A Mix of Min

    March 7, 2016

    What a great program! Being balanced through school if tough, but having a support system like this is great! Xoxo Mindy

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    March 7, 2016

    Positivity is so important especially when you’re in school and things can be so challenging and difficult.
    I am sure your group will be a great success.
    xoxo, Jenny

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    Kayla Rivoli

    March 7, 2016

    Love this little group! It always makes my day to read everyone’s posts and answers to the daily prompts. Can’t wait to see what images surface through the Instagram challenge!

    Kayla |

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    Kayla S

    March 7, 2016

    Self care is so important — good luck with starting your new group!

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    Savannah Ward

    March 8, 2016

    Yay!! So excited to be part of this. You rock!!

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    Kristine Circenis

    March 8, 2016

    I just asked to join the Facebook group! This is such a great idea and can’t wait to get to know more ladies involved!

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    Lauren Ashley

    March 8, 2016

    I absolutely love this. It’s so important to have things like this!

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    Tiffani Grosser

    March 10, 2016

    I can’t wait to join in, this is such a great idea! Thats for heading it off!

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    Oksana Radionova

    March 10, 2016

    What a great idea! I always have the best intentions in joining these types of personal projects but life tends to get in the way. 🙁

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    Allison Ellzey

    March 10, 2016

    This is such a great idea! You go girl!