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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. Personal Goal MET. Okay, so it’s not that big of a deal, but it is a BIG deal to me, and I’m owning it even though it makes me .5ish lame. I wrote about my personal goals here, and I posted myself accomplishing one of those goals here. I’m proud of myself; SUE ME. Smiley face.


Excuse my ugly Uggs; THEY ARE COMFY OKAY.

2. Driving Ms. Wright. My mother visited her vacation home near Austin the weekend before Thanksgiving, and she offered to scoop me up on Tuesday to drive up to Dallas before heading to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving with our extended family. Breath. Sorry, I’m almost positive that was a (near) run-on, but I’m feeling too dreadful about returning to work today to fix it. It was fun spending time and catching up with my mother in the car, and it actually made the time pass super quickly. We stopped in Waco on the way to Dallas because my mother loves the HGTV show with Chip and Joanna, and she wanted to see their store. P.S. How endearing is it that my mother wanted a photo of the storefront and cut out the end of the signage (totally something I would do)?? — and ALSO those young lads lurking in the background make me giggle.

3. Baby, Baby.  Before arriving in Oklahoma, I stayed in Dallas for a couple of days and took advantage of the time to visit with a couple of my besties from Dallas, who both just so happened to have babies in tow. I had lunch with my beautiful and très pregnant friend at a cute little place in an old downtown square. Lots of adjectives. It always feels like we are able to pick right back up where we left off when we see each other, and I’m so grateful that she is still in my life even if we are miles apart. She is and always will be like another sister to me. She was glowing as a future mother and a month away from her due date. The next day, Thanksgiving, however, the baby decided to switch holidays and come out a bit early. Thank goodness for a healthy baby boy and mama!

After I had lunch with my friend, I visited the home of another one of my dear friends who had twin boys a month ago. I sat and held one of her lil’ munchkins for hours while I chatted with her and her husband, and they talked about how much their lives had changed in just one short lil’ month. I didn’t just listen to their words; I observed it on their faces. To say I am proud of them would be an understatement.


My tall German speaking uncle — a selfie aficionado and my mother’s extended family at this year’s Thanksgiving — Seriously, who needs tripods anymore? So 2014.


My aunt spread old family photos across all generations on the dinner tables as a part of the Thanksgiving decor. It was fun looking at all of them.


History in the making. My aunt, the hostess of our family Thanksgiving, is a sentimental soul. This year, she handed us a book to sign along with all the things with which we are grateful. I decided the cousins and I would get a little creative with it and write a round-robin story to the tune of “The Night Before Christmas,” which included true moments from the day and family names. We decided to add to it each year as well. It’s pretty silly, but we couldn’t help but feel excited to see it in the future as our (possible) kids laughed at what we wrote years ago.

4. Thanksgiving.  After dinner, one of my aunts reflected aloud, “We sure do have some cute children in this family. It’s amazing that they all turned out well and that none of them were truly trouble.” Out of context, this may have seemed silly, but it was a genuine moment between my two aunts, and one that made me smile. Of course, there are always exceptions to this, so I say this without meaning to apply a general label to all people who don’t “turn out well,” but I can’t help but think it has a lot to do with the amount of love in my family. That is absolutely not to say that there is no love in families where kids get into any serious trouble (Have I mentioned I have a problem qualifying everything I say — I’m owning what I say, but I can’t help but to be sensitive to others because there is no blanket reason). Anyway, my point is, and every Thanksgiving I am reminded of this — I am so lucky to have such a warm and loving extended family. They raised us well. I noticed this also in my family members’ questions to each other. They don’t just ask surface questions; they ask the big questions, and we don’t shy away from answering them. We truly talk, and we truly listen — something I’ve always appreciated about my mother that I see in the rest of her family as well.  They aren’t afraid of vulnerability and showing their love. I grew up used to big hugs and consistent “I love you”s for what often may seem like no reason at all, and for that, I am pretty darn thankful. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we were ALL like that?

5. Brooklyn.  This movie was so stupid sweet, and of course, it looked pretty too. After the movie, when asked what I liked most about it, for some reason my answer escaped me, but it was 100% how the guy looked at the ingénue and how he treated her. Also, I’m 100% sap.

6. Sunday Brunch.  My favorite meal of the day is brunch, and it’s even better when it’s someplace new where I feel the need to revisit and work my way through the menu — and trust me, I WILL. Sear Sucker was super cute, to boot.

7. Curveball.  I read this yesterday in Elephant Journal (who knows why I read that stuff??), and it resonated, “Sometimes things go wrong. We all make bad choices, we all get broken hearts and in these moments it is all too easy to play the victim and close our hearts in defiance of life’s pain. I am consistently inspired by the women who can stay open even when it hurts, even when it feels like the whole world is ending. Transformation is often accompanied by discomfort. By opening into, even counter-intuitively moving towards this discomfort, an awakening woman will grow no matter what.” Life is sometimes unpredictable, but I’m also in a time of my life that I feel pretty fucking resilient and able to just go with the flow of that unpredictability and wherever it may take me. Feels pretty fantastic.

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}

3 thoughts on “7 for seven

  1. Back to work and the relative calm before the Christmas storm…

  2. I totally love the idea with the book… I wish we had done this too many many years ago before so much people are no longer there to celebrate with us…

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