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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. Daring Greatly. This is not something I would normally tell just anyone, but I’m entering a new phase in my life — one where I’m daring greatly (I know I risk sounding like a promotion for a new Brené Brown book, but that’s okay). I’m ready to lean into my feelings instead of escaping the tough ones. I was recently diagnosed with PTSD from something that happened when I was 28 (that was not my fault!), and I’m going through EMDR treatment. It has affected my relationships with people for far too long, and I’m just relieved to know it’s SOMETHING, and it’s something that can be treated, so I can move forward with my life. I feel like a new person, and I’m excited about how many new doors this will open for me. This may seem like something I’d want to keep private, but I’ve recently decided that anyone who is worth keeping in my life is not going to shy away from this. The right people in my life will not see this as baggage they don’t want to deal with (yes, this happens), but they will be empathetic and understanding as well as patient with me. I want those people in my life. In addition to just the other day being a Mental Health Awareness Day, I’m saying this because I think it’s time to normalize making mental and emotional health a priority.  Asking for help is not a sign of weakness — but rather, a sign of strength.


2. 100% Lauren. This past week, I decided I wasn’t going to think twice about taking a different approach to dating. I’d lay out 100% Lauren on the table right off the bat. Not that I wasn’t myself before, but I wasn’t allowing my full self to come out right away; I was a guarded self — vulnerability was a fear of mine, big time. I have no more time for bs (my own or someone else’s); either you like me the way I am, or you don’t. I’m far too lovable (yes, it’s okay to say that!) to allow something to develop where either person is underprepared. I was so proud of my dating-self this week, as I felt comfortable, in my element, and I now have the attitude of (pardon my French),”f*ck it if you don’t like the unabashed, unedited version of myself.” From now on I will communicate all my wants and needs without worrying about how the other person will respond — because, with the right one, I won’t have to worry. It’s so freeing.

3. Pieous.  I’ve had my fair share of pizza the past couple of weeks (whoops), but this is still (in my mind) the best place to go in Austin. This week was only my second trip to Pieous, but I’m partial to gooey, chewy crust, without it being too thick, and this was just right.

4. Murphy’s Law.  I had a day this week that made me laugh because it seemed to follow Murphy’s Law; everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. However, I am pleased they were things I could laugh about and nothing serious. My students were all laughing at me (with me!) at all the little things that were happening throughout my day, so much so that word spread to my other kiddos throughout the day, and they kept asking me to tell them the story. We had fun with it. Laughing at life’s little curve balls make it even sweeter, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Oh, and in case you are interested, here is the running list I started that day:

  1. Running late to work because it was my day to cook/bring lunch
  2. All four tires were low and I had no gas that morning
  3. Student started screaming during class because when he opened his Literature Textbook, it was infested with tiny, red sugar ants
  4. During a lock-down drill, my window shades got stuck and wouldn’t go down, so I climbed the bookshelf with my co-teacher and taped paper up on the window. When I finally got half of them down (only half), they got stuck down and wouldn’t go back up after the drill.
  5. When I plugged in the crock pot at work (the lunch I cooked for coworkers), the plug I used wasn’t working, and I didn’t notice until right before lunch.
  6. I had the makings of a migraine that wouldn’t go away while meeting someone new for dinner
  7. My air conditioning went out… again.
  8. My shower curtain rod fell and broke.

Despite all the little fumbles, my day was actually kind of fun — because I made that choice.

5. HH + B-Day Party.  The end of the work week always ends a little sweeter with the help of consistent Friday friends. As a bonus, we spent more time together this Saturday at a friend’s birthday party. Just what the doctor ordered. And yep, that’s me riding on the way home from the party in the trunk of a Corvette cause… #selfrespect.


6. Family Fun. Although short, it was sweet. I am happy I got to spend some much-needed time with my sweet family who was in town at their lake house and with the most perfect weather to boot.

7. Challenge Group.  After all of that pizza, I am excited to start another fitness challenge group this week, and I plan to go full-on hardcore!  Ha! Time to get ripped and do the opposite of gorging during this upcoming holiday season. I plan to be fully prepared. Bring it on, pies. I dare you you to challenge me. I dare you.

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}

4 thoughts on “7 for seven

  1. the most balanced of weeks with food for the soul and the body, as often as we tend to neglect one over the other, all the experiences you have leave a mark, and those make a difference when you need it the most.It is quite brave to talk about it and trying to do something about it, it takes a lot of strength, wish you all the quietest and pleasant of days.

  2. Too often the emphasis is on the “mental” part of mental health and NOT the “health” part…the mind is just as important to take care of as the body…Have a non-Murphy week…

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