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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. Just Doing Me. This past year is coming to a close with a couple of heartbreaks under my belt. It’s time for a regroup. I’m focusing on myself, and I’m feelin’ good. Therefore, this edition of 7 for seven will not focus on the events of this week, but rather on lil’ old me.

2. Mind. Lately, I’ve been seeing a therapist, which I’m not at all ashamed to be open about (bye-bye cruel, unjustified stigma!). Not only have I learned a lot about myself, but I’ve also been able to face a far-too-long-pushed-back trauma, and I will soon be able to completely reshape the way my body responds to certain triggers. I’m excited about all of life’s new possibilities, as I am facing and kicking fears’ ass!

3. Body.  As I’ve mentioned in the recent past, I’m a Beachbody coach, but this past month, it’s fair to say I’ve been wildly inconsistent with my workouts and my eating habits. In my healing and adjusting to losing what I considered a good friend and someone I loved, I turned to serial dating and emotional eating. Luckily, it didn’t get too far out of hand, and I was able to bounce back quickly. This week, I’ve killed it in my workouts (at LEAST once a day), and I’m eating clean. I couldn’t do it alone, and I am so grateful to my fellow Beachbody coaches and customers in this month’s challenge group who inspire me and have pushed me along in this journey. I’m feeling so strong!

4. Spirit.  The combination of my nightly meditative walks and avid writing time every day, have helped bring my spirits high, and I’m feeling more creative and inspired than probably EVER in my life. This post may come across as one big brag-fest, but honestly, I feel like I’m entering the best phase of my life and only good things are about to happen. Intention + Action = Manifestation
5. Past.  Anything that happens in the past happens for a reason, and if we look hard enough for that reason, we might just come out on top of it all. Every time I go through what may feel like a loss, I realize later that I’ve actually gained something. I learn something new every time because I’m an open and feeling person. I have Soul (with a capital ‘S’), and I’m proud of that.



Snapchat taken by my lovely friend and roommie during our Sunday brunch this week.

6. Present. I’m loving today. I have great friends, family, beau coups of love, talent, and I’m grateful for all of it. My cup is full, and I don’t Need (with a capital ‘N’) anything else.

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7. Future.  I’m looking forward to the future. My wonderful hair dresser, Kristin Yarmer, gave me a new do to go with my new ‘tude. Ha! Back to my “roots,” I’m open to the future — wiser, stronger, and resistant against all cynicism. Bring it ALL on.

{And P.S. about Kristin — After going to her about four years ago, I will never let ANYONE else touch my hair. She’s the tits. If you live in or around Austin, she’s the one.}

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}

8 thoughts on “7 for seven.

  1. it’s great to be in perfect harmony with ourselves :o) and your hairdresser is an artist, that’s for sure, it looks GREAT!

  2. I’m 2 thumbs up on the positivity. And 102 thumbs up on the hair!

  3. A positive post from a gal who is moving onward to all the good things in life…

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