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Just as I aimed to ease the Monday blues with my 7 for seven, I aim once again.  Though this time, I need a good laugh — at my expense, because if I don’t do that every once in a while, I risk taking myself too seriously.

Upon announcing to my roommate one morning before work, “I had to talk myself into washing my hair this morning in the shower to avoid it looking greasy, but now I can’t talk myself into drying it, so now it just looks greasy anyway!”,  her dead-pan response to me was, “The struggle is real.”  That seems to be her go-to response to me quite often, and it’s since become my inner-mantra whenever I need to just stop, step outside of myself, and laugh at myself and my “problems.”  

Last week’s “struggles”:

10. “I thought mystery bruises only happened in one’s twenties. At least now I know the probability of me just misjudging a corner-turn and forgetting about it is more than likely the cause.”

9. “Last night, a guy at the bar offered me some coke, and I responded by saying, ‘Thanks, but I don’t drink soda.’ Then he looked at me funny, and then I looked at him funny.”

8. “It was a total set-up. He wanted me to tell him which one of the ‘boys in his posse’ was the ‘pretty boy.’ None of them were particularly pretty, so I just played dumb and pretended to have a really difficult time understanding what the term ‘pretty boy’ meant to the point that I annoyed him and he gave up on me.”

7. “Don’t fret; he was only making fun of your hat because he didn’t know what else to say, and he wanted to talk to you. 5th grade flirtation 101.”

6. “Your summer goal was to make it as one of the top finishers in your race, and mine was for my name to be in your Yatzee box.” I know how to dream big.

5. “They really need to invest in a shower mat.”

4. “I thought I was a Positive Polly, but even she is a cynic amongst adults who want to play team-building games.”

3.  “Ugh, my nails.”

2. “I can’t believe I just now discovered my Shazam app has a karaoke feature. Where have you been all my life? I’m a tragic case of loving to sing but never knowing the lyrics to ANYTHING!”

1. “Salt-Salt-and-Pepper’s here! Ah, smush it. Smush it real good!”  “Lauren, it’s ‘Peppa’ not ‘Pepper,’ and ‘push it’ not ‘smush’ it.” 

Happy Monday!  I hope you have a great week.  Share your laughs with me!



Author: lauren

author of // key + arrow // a life + style blog aiming to inspire readers to make the most of what they have today without compromising quality or settling for less than desired {all the while convincing herself} // {austin, tx}

4 thoughts on “#TheStruggleIsReal

  1. #1 Cracked me up. Big time.

  2. lovely lecture on another Monday, thought that Enya sang “save the whales” only to find out that actually it was “sail away”, both rhyme, only one is accurate, was devastated, as Ben did skipped the crash course on flirting, as long as you know where your struggles lie, you have the right to hope for a better next attempt, glad you left your cloak of invisibility behind and do believe the guy was not that keen on hats, his interest and attention was directed somewhere else, good for you and dpn’t forget about the no.3 and outsourcing!

  3. Yeah, I remember Flirtation 101 in 5th Grade. I never really passed that stage of flirting.

  4. smush it is much effective than just to push it :o) thanks for the new lyrics :o)

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