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7forseven_key-and-arrowLet’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.

 

I have to be honest, even if that makes me look ungrateful (I promise, I’m not!) — I’m busy, overwhelmed, but tremendously happy. I want to skip this week’s 7 for seven. In fact, I want to skip many 7 for sevens, but I’m going to hang in there until at least July when it’s time to renew the ol’ blog. Many changes are happening (mostly good changes), but it feels like something is in the air — something wanting to open up even bigger, if I allow it — and I’ve decided to allow it. I’m not sure what that means quite yet, but it’s time. Writing will never leave me — it will simply morph (‘simply’ seems like the wrong word). I can’t wait to figure out what that is and share that with you.

So — just a quick update for this week. Patrick and I had our WAREs opening party where he played a show with our T I M B E R + B R A S S objects on display with other makers and artists in Austin. We went out to dinner with a couple of friends before sending them off to their wedding in Kansas (so sad we can’t make it!!), and I’m nearing the end of the school year (hallelujah!). It’s been a good week, and it’ll be even better when this one is … well, the weekend. 😉

I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss!  Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!

Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Lauren


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7 for seven

7forseven_key-and-arrowLet’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.

1. Due WEST. Patrick and I attended the opening party for an artist tour of West Austin that we got invited to take part in last weekend and the upcoming weekend. We mingled a bit, looked at the other artists’ displays, and ate bites from local restaurants. Emphasis on bites. Small bites. Delicious bites, none-the-less, but our bellies were prepped for substance, so we took our guts to our favorite taco place and indulged to celebrate our first show in Austin (Patrick is more experienced than I — so MY first! 😉 ).

2. Two Ts. My old pal, T and tacos of course. — It was my high school pal Thomas’s birthday this weekend, so it was fun to join him for dinner with some other friends, play catch up over a few margs, and eat even more Tex-Mex the next day. Whoops.

3. WAREs.  Patrick and I checked out our show on Saturday with a group of other makers and artists. The show concept is super cool (Show Statement: A curated collection of objects, furniture, and wares characterizing the interdisciplinary practices of Central Texas artists, designers, and makers. The domestic qualities of the showroom allows objects to be viewed in context, providing a tactile approach to the dialogue between object and architecture. The exhibit demonstrates the multi-scalar relationships of the works we live with and the spaces we occupy.), and the place look so great.  Patrick and I were able to stay and chat with some passersby and the people who put together the show. It was truly nice to spend some time with like-minded people who appreciated that kind of craft.

4. “There isn’t any is” Gallery Opening.  We had a day of fun Saturday, brunching at a downtown restaurant, checking out our show, lunching and imbibing at a place off South Congress, and fitting in some casual shopping. After checking out our space at Co-Lab Projects downtown, we decided to come back to the same building that evening, dodging a huge party next door — eek — another story), to see John Paul Rosenberg’s work, also sharing a space in that building. We shared a drink with some new people we are getting to know in the art world, and then headed back home to our sweat pants. Real life.

5. Sunday Funday // Adulting Edition.  After buying a washer and dryer (Patrick and I agreed that this finalized us becoming actual adults), we spent the day Sunday shopping for plants and gardening. Our next-door neighbor (a five-year-old girl) kept climbing over our fence and talking to us. I helped her make a card for her mother for Mother’s Day, and talked shop with her while we watched Patrick dig in the dirt. The extra vitamin D helped.

6. New Traditions. Patrick and I used to take walks at his old place every Sunday to a juice truck and pick up a drink for the way back to his house, but now we live close to our favorite coffee/bar. With most of its seating outside, we enjoyed some more sun, sipped on some beer, and enjoyed our favorite tacos in Austin (which is saying a lot!). We decided to make this our new Sunday tradition, as we live within a mile from our new third place. Sunday traditions are important to us, as Monday is often a day to dread — it’s something to look forward to in the evening, so as to stretch this traditionally lazy day as much as we possibly can.

7. Mother’s Day.  Even though I didn’t get to spend it with my wonderful mama, it’s always nice to take time to show gratitude towards all the sacrifices she has made and continues to make for her family. I don’t thank her often enough. I love you, sweet mama!

I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss!  Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!

Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Lauren


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7 for seven

7forseven_key-and-arrowLet’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.

Okay, so I lied a little bit. I didn’t come back with my regular 7 for seven last week, and I’m not coming back with a 7 for seven this week, either. We still don’t have Internet, but Google Fiber has plans to run a line to us this week (fingers crossed emoji), so it looks like next week will be it. After the move, Patrick and I have been busy getting the place ready, pretending we still have lives by photographing the shit out of the one night we went out in the past couple weeks. I enjoyed one of my favorite The Dan Ryan shows to date at Stay Gold in Austin. The crowd was amazing, and Patrick played like the true brass slayer he is. We’re also getting ready for an upcoming art show this month, and we are excited to be chosen as a featured artist at an opening party for the show. Check us out at www.timberandbrass.com if you haven’t already.

We’re loving our new neighborhood (“our tribe,” according to Buzz and company). The neighbors invited us to a BBQ the day after we moved in, and we had a great time playing with the fifteen neighborhood dogs (might be an understatement), and eating our neighbors’ delicious southern feast, including ribs that fell off the bone. Our home is super quaint and cute, and we’re loving living closer to Patrick’s cousin so she can hang out with us on the whim. We also now live in walking distance to one of our favorite coffee/bars with our favorite Austin taco truck (and there’s a ton of taco trucks {yay for alliteration!} in ATX — it’s kind of our thing). Patrick plays at that bar often, so we are excited to go there more than my scale would like…

I’m now on the count-down for this school year to end (worst year ever), but I’m hanging in there, and hopeful that next year will be much better. I have soooo much to be grateful for, and I feel like such a lucky dog. I’ve got a nice new home with my favorite beau, and a lovely garden to boot (all the good smells for days).

I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss!  Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!

Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Lauren


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7 for seven

7forseven_key-and-arrowLet’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.

My slow Internet in this small town truly hates WordPress, but I need my 7 for seven badly tonight, so I’m fighting the loading-wait-time-battle with a few short paragraphs. I’ve spent the better part of the last couple weeks packing boxes, imagining better classroom management for these nearly all-boy classes (I’ll spare you my nightmare stories – trust me, this dynamic is layered, tricky, and frustrating – only burdened more by the vitriol they are hearing/repeating on Fox News and from our very own president’s mouth – sigh – deep breath).

Nevertheless, I have good things in my life, and it’s enough that I can see the light at the end of this tunnel. I’ve got the love of my life by my side, with a fun new business, and a new home on the horizon. I can’t wait for Friday, but I can totally wait for Friday… the boxes!! Eek. I never realize just how much I can do without until I begin to pack.

And I appreciate what I do have. For example, my family came to visit for Easter weekend, and my ambitious mother planned a brunch with extended family in between all the furniture painting and updates getting ready for their permanent move to the greater Austin, TX area after my dad retires soon. As always, it was a nice break to see them and spend time with the people who I love.

I’ll be back next week with a regular 7 for seven (fingers crossed) with my new Internet!!!! Yep, I often say, it’s often the small things…

I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss!  Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!

Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Lauren


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7 for seven

7forseven_key-and-arrowLet’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.

 

 

Back again — taking a semi-break during the transition to a new place, sans decent Internet. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I am so grateful to have a new place soon (details coming soon!), an invitation to Patrick and I to share Timber + Brass (our new company) in an upcoming exhibit (also, more details coming soon!), and my two academic competition teams brought home six awards last Saturday. Woohoo! I’ll be back in one or two weeks with a much better update — promise! Love to all!

I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss!  Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!

Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Lauren


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7 for seven

7forseven_key-and-arrowLet’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.

Between the last two weeks’ late posts, starting a new business, prepping for my school’s big state test this week, and now house hunting, I am completely wiped out. There’s a lot to be grateful for from this week — attending a tearful (from laughter this time) farewell dinner at one of my favorite restaurants with my boyfriend’s family, watching a fantastic movie with all the feels (go see Moonlight now!), hopping over to an impromptu lunch downtown with my boyfriend after a secret mission, and watching my boyfriend play a show at one of my favorite Austin bars with some of my favorite people. However, I’ve decided to simply write only a few things (much like this) for the next few weeks while I’m soon in the process of moving and having to cut my Internet — Typing from a phone is exhausting (finger cramps tell me I’m getting old) and formatting on a phone is next to impossible (my generation is completely showing). I’ll be here still every week with a brief summary to continue my gratitude practice, and then I’ll be back with a vengeance soon after!

 

I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss!  Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!

Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Lauren


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7 for seven

7forseven_key-and-arrowLet’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.

1. Spring DreamingBetween opening up shop, SXSWin’ (new festival verb), and doing the opposite of adjusting to the loss of one hour during my spring break, I am exhausted — reason one for the second late post in last two weeks. Whoops.

Despite the fresh bags under my eyes, I started the break off in such a great way, but I’m keeping it a secret — for now. I’ll explain later! Wink. Wink.

2. Get Out. I know a movie is good in my book when I cannot get it out of my mind (see what I did there?). I really couldn’t though. This movie was smart, intense, profound, littered with metaphor and nuances, and highly entertaining. Plus, I got in free this week, as The Alamo’s (Austin movie theatre) annual spring break treat to teachers. Score. Go see it!


3. Web-Shop Opening.  It was an exciting and busy week for Patrick and I, as we launched our web-shop, http://www.timberandbrass.com. We were up late and up again early in the morning the day of the launch. I am so thankful to my family and friends who have been so supportive during the opening. Patrick and I feel really lucky to have such supportive, kind, generous people in our lives. We feel the love and the whole-hearted well wishes; they have warmed our hearts!


4. My Baby’s Bday.  On the day of the web-launch, Patrick and I had yet another thing to celebrate — his birthday. We started the day by getting Patrick’s favorite breakfast — tacos and bloody marys. Afterwards, we did a bit of spending with some birthday gift-cards he got, and then headed back to get ready for the evening. We met up with his aunt and uncle who were in town, as well as his cousin, for dinner and drinks at a pizzeria. I loved his family right away, as they reminded me so much of my own. They were fun, sweet, and emotional (yep, just like mine!). At one point, after telling stories about when Patrick and I met and them telling me about the family learning about me, the entire table teared up. I’ve never felt so loved by people who barely knew me, and it felt so much like home. We ended the night with Patrick playing his first SXSW show at this cute outdoor bar. His family and I sat around, shaking maracas along with the music, and then shared a big birthday cake with him when he was done. It was a great day and evening. One for the books!


5. SXSW X2. Patrick and another band played a different show Saturday, and my sister and her husband finally got to come watch him play. I was so happy to be surrounded by his family and mine, as I proudly watched this talented man.

6. Love.  Patrick and I spent a lazy night after feeling beat when SXSW was coming to a close, watching one of our favorite Netflix shows together and eating greasy burgers and fries. Sometimes, it’s the simple nights that bring so much joy.

7. Backyard Bar  & BBQ.  Sunday, Patrick and I woke up late, made breakfast, and then headed to watch a friend’s boyfriend play in his band in the same bar Patrick and I met (we even sat in the same spot). Afterwards, Patrick and I went to his cousin’s house where her parent’s grilled out and cooked for us, her roommates, and her friends. It was a motley crew of sorts, but not one of them lacked an appreciation for the food and the company — what a pleasant group of people and a pleasant end to a spring break.

I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss!  Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!

Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Lauren