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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. Cleaning FrenzySometimes I get into these almost manic cleaning frenzies. It started in my classroom while my students were working quietly on a test, and then it bled into lunchtime, where I cleaned out the entire fridge. My coworkers were laughing at me (while secretly liking it, I’m sure) as I filled two tall trash cans to the brim with expired leftovers and condiments. I’ll tell you — there’s not much more that’s more therapeutic than a good cleaning sesh.

2. Paying it Forward. This past summer, my roommate invited me to join her at a youth camp to see what it was like for them but also to enjoy it as an adult. I had never been to a camp before in my life, so I had so much fun acting like a total kid for a week. When asked to pay it forward and invite others to a banquet to see what the camp is all about, I was happy to invite my bf and a couple of close friends of mine. The student testimonies were so sweet and inspiring.

3. Radio.  After the banquet, I took my bf and friend out to one of my favorite bars close to home and thanked them for coming out with a drink. We had a great time, and I enjoyed bringing two people I care about together to meet for the first time.

4. HH.  I’m redundant, but yet another much-needed HH was had with some of my favorite coworkers after… you guessed it, another long week. 

5. Pamper Me.  After a long time of saving money and getting jealous over girls’ finely groomed fingers and toes, I decided to treat myself again and get myself a mani and pedi. It felt so good to splurge a bit and to be pampered.

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6. Pair it w/ Claret.  A girlfriend and I went to a winery on Saturday to enjoy their annual chili cook off. I couldn’t believe how many people were there, and the good bands that played to boot. We had a blast, drinking good wine, sampling the chili, and listening to the music. Afterwards, we stopped to get a bite to eat and caught up — making each other belly laugh per usual.

7. Sunday Fun Day.  This post is late, super short, and perhaps a bit (seemingly) trite in comparison to my norm, but to be honest, I’m super tired after my Sunday Fun Day and a busy Monday back to work. My bf was out-of-town until Sunday, and I have to say, I hadn’t been that excited to run into someone’s arms in a long time. We spent the day together, starting with a tasty brunch. Happy, warm, and home are the words that seem the most comparable.

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!

xo,

Lauren


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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. Grammys and ChampagneMy roommate and I had Monday off because of President’s Day, and what better way to celebrate the day off than with music and champagne? Admittedly, I often stick my nose up to popular music, but I have to say, there are some popular talented acts these days and several of them were represented at the Grammy’s this year. Adele is always a favorite of mine, but one of my favorite performances of the night was from Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Junior, and Bonnie Raitt for their BB King tribute. The Alabama Shakes were pretty stellar, too.

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2. Lucy’s. This year, I am a part of my school’s social committee, and it was my turn to organize an event. We had the biggest turn-out to date at a local restaurant on the lake this Wednesday. It was nice to hang out with a different crowd than my norm from work and enjoy the gorgeous view. February in Texas has not disappointed.

3. Moulin Rouge Sing-Along.  My roommate is a big fan of the movie, Moulin Rouge, and she has been eager to go to the Alamo’s (local specialty movie theatre) sing-a-long. She “dragged” me along, and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I couldn’t believe how full-out the theatre goes for this one night each week. Some of the big lines and all of the lyrics scrolled over the bottom of the screen, and everyone in the movie theatre belted out every single line — I had forgotten how good and NOT cheesy this movie is.  While, yes, purposefully over-the-top, it’s funny and poignant. Each audience member had props for certain moments, and at one point, fake snow fell down on us. It was indulgent and just what I needed on the hump-day to get me through the rest of the work week.

4. Thursday TLC.  Thursday, I was feeling the stress of the week, and that stress had produced one gigantic headache. My bf “nursed” me back to high spirits with coffee (often the only thing that helps my headaches), a pep talk, and lots of TLC. Thank GOD for him.

5. Schools to Watch Conference.  I’m lucky enough to teach at a school that is officially recognized as a great school, so much so that other educators come to learn from us. Friday we hosted our first conference, and a large group of educators observed my classroom, among others, and I served on a question and answer panel. We got great feedback, and it felt really good to be a part of that — sharing our joy of teaching and what we do in our classrooms with other people who care just as much.

6. FHH.  Friday happy hours are quite the reg, but our group this time was a different mix of people, so it was nice to change things up a bit and still enjoy a beverage or three on a patio after a long week.

7. Weekend.  Saturday bled into Sunday Funday with my bf and his friends. It’s nice to spend that much time with people and not get sick of them. Ha! I feel so lucky to have “adopted” such a great group of friends, at least for the time being, of course.

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!

xo,

Lauren


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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. Tuesday Tacos. My work team and I regularly take turns cooking lunch for each other, and Wednesday was my turn. Per the request of my friend, celebrating her birthday last week, I prepared beef tacos and crock-pot queso. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and invited my bf over to enjoy some of it for dinner the night before I brought it to work. So bueno.

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2. Learning Together. From the outside it may look like one big cheesy love fest, but the annual Learning Together Conference my school district started last year reminds me of how lucky I am to work for such a great school district. This past Thursday and Friday, my coworkers and I attended self-chosen workshops and brainstormed ideas to become better teachers. I totally dorked it out after learning about how to use podcasts to get students excited about writing. Not only were the workshops about teaching, but there were also workshops for other aspects of our lives like financial planning and healthy eating — well-rounded and healthy (physically and mentally) people are more productive and better at what they do. I’m proud to work for a district that recognizes that, and I’m pumped to go back to work and continue to grow as an educator.

3. Team Lunch.  The weather in Austin has been amazing, and it was so nice to enjoy a long lunch with all of my coworkers outside on a patio Thursday and Friday instead of quickly stuffing our faces in a teacher’s lounge.

4. Friday HH.  We worked hard all week and felt like we deserved some more patio time Friday evening. The view was amazing at a local hilltop wine bar and restaurant, and of course, the company was pretty great, too.

5. Easy Tiger.  My roommate invited me to join her downtown at a cute little German bakery and brewery to enjoy some more patio time on Saturday — ha! Are you sensing a theme for this week? I mean, it’s sunny in February — hard to not take advantage of that!

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6. Be My Valentine.  My bf joined me at Easy Tiger, and then we left to join some of his friends on another (you guessed it) patio. We had a nice dinner, just the two of us, and then we joined his friends again later that night. Thoughtfully, he gave me Otis Redding’s Soul Album for a Valentine’s Day present. Not only is Cigarettes and Coffee one of my all-time favorite songs, but it also reminds me of him, as we — more often than not — end up staying up way too late talking and drinking (not coffee but whiskey, and no thank you to the cigarettes) — kindred spirits, for sure.

7. Sunday Funday.  Sometimes the best days are completely improvised. My bf and I had planned to cook dinner on Valentine’s Day, get a good bottle of wine, and stay in. However, we had a late start to the day, and because we skipped breakfast and lunch, we were starving and grabbed a late lunch at Clarks, a sharp little oyster bar downtown. We started with oysters and then grubbed on some amazing burgers. After a short meet-up with some of his friends who were in town for the weekend, we went on a long walk, made a pit-stop at a record store, and grabbed some delicious gelato and paired liquor. We capped off the night at a wine bar, snacked on a cheese board, and then made the trek back in the beautiful weather. It was my favorite Valentine’s Day to date because it wasn’t overly-planned, stuffy, or cheesy. We just enjoyed the day and each other, and went wherever our moods took us. Save the chocolate hearts and bouquets and just give me time with someone who makes me smile.

No matter if you are coupled up or not, I hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with love!

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!

xo,

Lauren


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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.

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1. Grease LiveI forgot to mention this in my last 7 for seven, so I’m mentioning it now. I don’t like the idea of remakes —  of mostly anything, but even more so, of musicals. However, this production last Sunday was unbelievably well done, so much so that my roommate and I were cheering. I was quite literally clapping to a television. It was a glorious moment in my dorkdom. Someone on Twitter said, “I hope your Super Bowl babies don’t beat up my Grease Live twins,” and it totally made sense. Totally.

2. Dining-In. Monday was a long day AND I was craving Chinese take-out, so I nearly wept happy tears when my mind-reader of a bearded genius man invited me to dine-in with a tall glass of, “forget about this day.”

3. Cheering for Cheer.  My dear friend from work couldn’t make it to the last basketball home game of the season at my school, so she asked me to fill in for her as the cheer coach that night. It totally took me back to my middle school cheer days — only these girls were much better than I ever was. I kept getting compliments on how great they were, and unfortunately, I had to be a big girl and not claim the talents of my sweet friend. I’m such a grown up.

4. Family Dinner.  So I did the scary thing and brought my new beau to meet my judgmental (love you!) twin sister, her husband, as well as a cousin and his wife who live in town. I was not at all scared to introduce him — he’s as charming as they get, but more so because at the age of 34, I’ve brought around my fair share of new beaus. It probably gets a little confusing. I’m just such a stud……….. that was a lot of ellipses.

It went well. We had a grand time.

5. Two-Steppin’.  After dinner with my family, I took my bae (I love/hate this word and wanted to use it at least once) to meet a friend at a bar who was checking out a steel guitar he built for the band that was playing that night. As expected, we two-stepped the night away… we are getting just a little predictable. 😉

6. Guys’ Night.  Saturday night, I don’t know how this turned out, but I ended up being the only female among a very testosterony group of guys. It was quite terrifying and fun all at the same time. I watched a group of guy friends get fired up during a game of darts, tell twenty-minute, drunken night stories, challenge each other to handstand pushups… then one-armed-pushups, kick an arcade game, take shots, and talk shit about each other the way brothers do… All testosterone aside, I enjoyed their antics and inappropriate comments, as they were oddly entertaining and surprisingly endearing.

7. Super Bowl Sunday.  Can I just?… One word?… BEYONCE. Oh, and Lady Gaga slayed, too. And yes, I did watch the football game in between the commercials.

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!

xo,

Lauren


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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. Winter Party. I love my coworkers, so much so that I consider many of them to be family, but our staff holiday parties in the past have been, for lack of a better word — lame. Sorry, not sorry. Ha! This time around, however, our PTO decided to wait until after the hustle and bustle of the holidays and held a late staff party this past week. Not only was the timing better but so was the venue. Instead of sitting around a stuffy dinner event venue, they reserved the entire upstairs of a new High 5 (bar + bowling + games). Instead of a small crowd, nearly everyone from work was there and it seemed like everyone was having a great time.

2. Tables Reversed. Last week, I talked about how the guy I’m dating showed up for me when I was having a terrible day, and I was able to do the same for him this week after the staff party — Well, here’s to hoping, anyway!

3. Friday Fun.  Friday night, a few friends and the guy I’m dating went out to dinner downtown. He rearranged his plans to meet my friends, so that spoke volumes and made what felt like an extra long week all worth while.

4. Reminiscing.  After dinner, he took me to the two bars we went to on our first date, and even though we haven’t been dating more than three months, we reminisced about it like two dweebs — happy dweebs, nonetheless.

5. Saturday Stroll.  My twin sis was out of town this weekend and asked me to dog sit for her, which of course, I jumped at the chance because I love my lil’ Beagle nephew. Ha! My guy and I took him for a walk and had brunch outside at a nearby restaurant and grubbed on some super comfort food. The weather was divine, and of course so was the company.

6. Patio Dinner.  Later that night, we met up again and had a late patio dinner with his friends, some of which I had not yet met. Each time I meet someone new in the group, I realize more and more how great this guy is — as his friends are a reflection of his character, too. The food was delicious, and I just am so grateful to feel welcomed by such a stellar crew. It’s not easy for people who have known each other for as long as they all have to welcome someone new to the group, but they’ve done so seemingly so gracefully (at least in front of my face)! 😉

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7. Sunday Funday.  I spent Sunday partly with just me and the Beagle, sunbathing (yep, 80 degree weather in the winter! — oh, how I love thee, Austin, TX!) and walking to a local dive for some greasy breakfast tacos. Later Sunday, my roommie and I soaked up the last of the sun for a while by grubbing on some local Tex-Mex.

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!

xo,

Lauren