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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. The halls are alive… with the sound of music! I’ve made a change this year in my classroom to help with classroom management and getting students ready before the bell, both physically and mentally. I’ve alternated finding poetic lyrics and posted the lyrics on the Smartboard for students to sing along to when they walk in, and playing upbeat music for students to move to as they get to their seats. They are told they can stand around, dance, sing, or socialize during the songs, so long as they are accomplishing all the tasks I had listed outside of the classroom door and get in their seats before the song is over. Not only does it reduce stress before class starts, but it has reduced the amount of students who are not ready for the start of class. It has been so much fun watching the students sing and dance, but what has amazed me is how they all push each other to sit down when they hear the music coming to an end. I haven’t had to tell a kid to sit down to start class, which allows us to start right away without interruption and with a positive feeling to boot. Music is pretty powerful stuff.

2. Friendship & A Lesson in Humbleness. Only because I am not skilled at hiding a preoccupied mind, a couple of my friends at work knew I was concerned about someone I care about in regards to health, despite my being told not to (my heart has a mind of its own, go figure). When they saw I was on the phone finally getting an update, they threw themselves in front of my classroom door and blocked my students from coming in after lunch for a couple of minutes so I could have a moment. I didn’t even say a word to them; they just did this on their own. True friends look out for each other and remind me of how important it is for me to be more mindful of protecting others as well. I’m often so protective of myself that I may be unintentionally ignoring the fact that in the process, I am forgetting to protect the important people in my life. This was a lesson of humbleness this week and in realizing that I am not a victim of circumstance. I will construct my own story and use that to realize what I have now so that I may make the most of whatever that might be. I want to be present for my friends and everyone who cares about me and allow them to feel that from me too, even if that means making myself more vulnerable or putting others first.

3. Looking Up.  I apologize for wishing to remain vague, but I do have to say one of the best things that happened this week is that this aforementioned person is okay, and I am hopeful will continue to be okay even through what could possibly be a bit of an uphill battle.

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4. Kind Notes.  What turned out to be a bit of a tough week, ended on a sweet note. Quite literally. In the matter of one day, I received the note above from a student who wrote about me in a class warm-up and an e-mail from a parent who wanted to share quotes from her child this week. When I can see tangible evidence that I am making any kind of difference in helping a child to have a positive experience at school, it makes me feel validated in knowing that I am doing what I am meant to do. I don’t often feel like I need the validation simply because I just love what I do, but feeling it more never hurts and knowing that someone cares enough to take the time to share that means so much.

5. The Happiest of Hours.  More coworkers than normal showed up this week at our fairly habitual happy hour, which either says a lot about how much our coworkers actually like each other, or how busy we were at work this week and needed to assuage the aftermath. Maybe it was the latter, but none-the-less, I am glad we haven’t gotten sick of one another. Ha! My brother also drove in from Dallas to celebrate his mother and sisters’ birthdays during this long weekend, so he stopped by to join us on his way in. It was great to see him of course, and it was the perfect way to top off the night after what felt like a long week.

The beautiful birthday girl.

The beautiful birthday girl.

My brother, missing.

My brother, missing.

6. Saturday With Family.  My family drove in from Dallas to celebrate our mother’s birthday, and my sister and I’s as well since ours was the previous weekend. We indulged in my mother’s famous chocolate pecan pie, Bluebell ice-cream (to non-Southerners, this is The Holy Grail of ice-cream!), and fish tacos. We enjoyed the finally-high-again lake levels, watched my brother Tyler miss his mark with a bow and arrow each and every time (I kid!), and sat around the living room catching up and laughing at each other like we do best. Unfortunately, our time was cut short due to the fan going out in the air-conditioning in our lake house, but we made the most of the short time we had together, and I’m looking forward to them coming back soon (fingers crossed!).


7. Long Weekend.  I feel like this three-day weekend came at the perfect time, so that I could enjoy some family time, and simply some time just to do a little of nothing before another busy work week rolls around. On Saturday, I continued my daily regimen of working out (it feels so much better when the body is worn down after work), running some much-needed errands I had neglected, swimming at my pool, and then indulging at a new restaurant with my roommie and fellow coworker. I feel refreshed and …almost… ready for a new work week.

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!



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}

6 thoughts on “7 for seven

  1. I told you the effect you had on students would last through their entire lives – it’s just nice you actually learned about it…

  2. Belated happy birthday to you and yours! I love that one of your goals in work is to help your kids have a “positive experience at school.” That’s really what it’s all about. All the rest comes easily after that.

  3. that was a wonderful letter from your student… I would cry a little when I would get such a sweet thing :o)

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