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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. Secret SantaI’ve yet to take part in a Secret Santa at work, but this year, I decided to join in on the fun just ’cause I’m in the business of becoming more of a “yes” woman and less of a bah-humbug. The first day, I guessed who mine was and not because she gave anything away — it was because of how thoughtful and over-the-top she was. If you are going to give it away, that is the way to go. I got pretty lucky. Thanks, Secret Santa!

2. Fine Arts. Each year at my school, the fine arts department continues to blow me away. In a district who prides itself in its sports hero status, our fine arts department tends to feel like the awkward red-headed step-child. However, they are far from awkward (only some are red-heads 😉 ). These students deserve more attention for their talents. During the winter assembly at my school, I couldn’t believe how talented the musicians (orchestra, band, choir), dance, and theatre students were, especially for only being in middle school. Then, on Friday, the last day of school before winter break, the choir students performed surprise carols around the school. It was so fun to see them, and of course, their young voices just blew me away all over again.

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3. Field Trip.  Another tradition at my school the week before school is out for the winter break is the 7th grade class field trip to the Austin State Capitol building. The students have so much fun, as they get to show off their knowledge of Texas history with the tour guides (I high-fived them like fifty times — I’m such a dork). It was also just fun to see them run around and act like kids. I forget just how much “kid” they actually still are.

4. Master of None. I thought I had already talked about this show in a previous 7 for seven, so much so that I had to go back twice to double-check. Surprisingly, despite how obsessed I am with this show, I have not. My roommate and I recently saw Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer at the Oddball Fest. My main reason for going was to see Amy, but I was surprised to like Ansari a lot, too. From what I had previously seen, he seemed a little one-dimensional, but at this show, he almost seamlessly fused relevant social commentary with his reputation for his unabashed sex/relationship jokes. Anyway, I was happy to see he had a new show on Netflix and watched it in a couple of sittings with my roommate. We laughed our asses off, and he also proved even more multi-dimensional than before. This week, I was happy to watch it all over again with someone who had yet to see it because it gave me a reason to re-watch something within the same few weeks. Highly recommend you do that, too, and not just to make me feel less guilty about my binge-watching habits. Well, maybe for that reason, too. Thanks.


Yes, I'm shameless and screenshot people's snapchats.

Yes, I’m shameless and screenshot people’s snapchats.

5. Lucy’s.  As previously mentioned, Friday was the last day of work (hence the reason for this later-in-the-day-post — sleeping in is my new fave!). My coworkers and I usually enjoy a good happy hour every Friday, but this Friday had to be done up just a little, of course. A new restaurant on the lake just opened up just across the street from our school, so we enjoyed a little fried chicken with a larger crew. The weather was beautiful and the view matched.

6. Friday Night Out.  A friend of mine was showing some out-of-towners around Austin Friday night and asked me to tag along with them. The guys wanted to bar-hop around 6th street, which is typically a place I like to avoid (non-Austinites — it’s this college/douchey stretch of dirty bars). However, being the last day before break, I was ready to celebrate, let down my judgy-guard, and let loose a little. And that I did. Whoops. Felt it Saturday morning, but I had fun none-the-less.

People who bring self-sticks to parties are alright with me.

People who bring self-sticks to parties are alright with me.

7. Christmas Party.  There was not much time for my liver to recuperate, as I was invited to be someone’s date at his holiday/housewarming party the following Saturday. I took it easy this time, and enjoyed a game of Cards-Against-Humanity with a group of people I had just met (always a great way to break the ice — laughing at inappropriate political incorrectness – ha!). Anyway, this group of friends were solid, I felt comfortable from the beginning, and had a great time. I may have bombed at the card game, but the friends test felt much less defeating (fingers crossed).

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}

5 thoughts on “7 for seven

  1. have a super time… and two weeks are good too… it’s not forever but you can do a lot of fab things :o) Happy Holidays :o)

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