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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. HopdoddyMy roommate and I enjoyed a three-day weekend, as our district gives us the holiday for MLK Day. A local burger joint in Austin typically has a line wrapped around the building to get in, so you wanna bet we took advantage of the opportunity to stand in a shorter line for a late lunch/early dinner. We indulged in their famous margaritas, burgers, and truffle fries. I felt only a little guilty, but this served as my one meal for the day — and a mighty fine one it was.

2. Fire Under My Butt. This week, I am newly inspired to write more and submit my writing without that fear of rejection that has held me back for all too long. With the support from the right people around me, and finally feeling confident enough that I can survive rejection, I am ready to take the risks in my life that can’t ever possibly feel like I end up on the losing end, no matter what happens as a result.

3. Date Night.  Thursday was just one of those days that started out wrong and just didn’t ever turn around, with little thing after little thing letting me down. I asked the guy I’m dating if I could see him that night because his presence makes me forget about all of my worries. Not only did he follow through and take me out to dinner, he impressed me with his depth of understanding, empathy, and support. We ate some really good Tex-Mex, laughed a lot, and listened to a pretty bad-ass mariachi band. When my mind freed a bit from my bad day, I finally allowed myself to share a bit. I struggle, because of a trauma from my past, when it comes to asking for what I need or sharing anything other than a good mood. However, he let me know that not only is it important for me to do that, he needs me to do that, even when it’s scary. Just when I worried I may have said too much, he thanked me for great conversation. And my bad day — completely forgotten.

4. When Vulnerability Feels Good.  On Saturday, I opened up about so much that often scares me, and instead of feeling that miserable vulnerability hangover, it felt warm. When I’m open with him, I feel accepted. Instead of it scaring him away, he expresses liking me even more. This of course, is very personal, but I wanted to share just a bit of that because it was truly the highlight of my week. I am going to sound like such a dork saying this, but I have to pinch myself to realize I really am dating such a handsome, fun, kind, and supportive man. And it feels pretty darn amazing for him to think the same about me. Of course, this is about three months new — though even if it doesn’t work out long-term, I’m enjoying every second of it, especially now that I am finally allowing myself to. It’s allowing me to realize what I can have and truly deserve.



5. Relay for Life Kickoff.  A big group of friends from work (just a few of us, above) and I went to a Relay for Life Kickoff at a local brewery Saturday night. The ticket price went toward cancer research, and we got to enjoy all the food and beer we wanted while listening to the live bands in really good company.

6. Old Friends + New Friends.  After the kickoff, my roommate and I were still itching to continue the party. We met up with the guy I’m dating and his friends, as they were out with a buddy who was in town for the weekend. I can’t express enough how happy it made me to see my friend and his friends merge so well, especially as in the past, unfortunately not everyone I’ve dated has been so open to getting to know my friends for some reason. My roommate is one of my favorite people, and of course it means the world to me that the important people in my life care about her too and treat her well. When my friends and family are happy, I’m at my happiest.

7. Football Sunday.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I truly enjoyed a lazy Sunday watching the first championship football game with my guy, and then the second one with my roommate. Am I becoming a football watcher? Eegats!

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}

7 thoughts on “7 for seven

  1. “Vulnerability hangover”…brllliant. I struggle hugely with this issue as well and what a great way to express it. 🙂

    This new man sounds lovely. Happy for you!

  2. Sounds like a pretty OK week…let’s go for another…

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