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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. Embracing the UnexpectedI’ve talked about this in a previous post, and it’s happened more times than I’ve expected in my lifetime that I’ve started to embrace this as truth, and it helps me to stay open-minded. Staying open-minded means thinking equal parts with my brain and my heart and truly seeing all sides sans judgement. This truth is that whenever I prepare myself for scenario A or scenario B to play out, it’s nearly always scenario C that I face. Embracing this has helped this “control freak” find some peace in a life full of unpredictabilities and to realize that sometimes when I remain open to this, amazing things can happen — things I couldn’t have even conjured with this overactive brain and heart of mine. Today, I feel blessed.

2. Mondays Aren’t So Bad. Monday was a tough day back to work after spring break, but things turned out better than I could have expected Monday evening. Thank goodness for turn-arounds and pick-me-ups, especially when they come at times least expected. I cannot possibly describe how much of a relief it was to have such a great evening that turned the bad into good. It just goes to show that if we keep moving forward, things always get better. I needed a strong hug and a good ear, and my boyfriend was there with both. I’ve learned to speak my mind and not be afraid to ask for things, which has been tough for me in the past, and thank goodness I can do that again because I know I deserve it. If expressed to the right people, they’ll appreciate me all the more for it, even if it’s not presented in a nice, shiny package. I’ve never felt closer to him than I did on this day, and I couldn’t wipe the stupid grin of relief and comfort off my face all night.

3. Clothing Swap.  One of the perks of dating a good man is getting to know his friends that come along with the package. His best friend’s wife invited me to a clothing swap and cocktail night this past Wednesday. It was a perfect opportunity for me to get rid of the three bags of clothes I’ve had sitting in the trunk of my car for about four months that I’ve meant to drop off at the Goodwill. Oops! I didn’t think I was going to come away with so many great pieces, but I did. Not only did I get to spend time with a great group of girls, but shopping for free is gal’s wet dream. Ha! Afterwards, I went to dinner with my sweet new friend, and I feel so grateful for this budding friendship. Even though she is younger than me, she is full of strength, wisdom, and has enough integrity to speak bluntly though not without a heart of gold.

4. Good Friday.  Having Friday off, the week after going back to work from spring break, is a nice bonus and helped ease me back into the swing of things. I woke up feeling refreshed, went on a nice long run in my neighborhood, did some much-needed laundry, cleaned my apartment, and got some work done for my side-fitness/health coaching business I have too-long neglected. It felt good to make the most of it and to be so productive on my day off, so that I didn’t feel like I had lost an entire extra day on my three-day weekend.

5. Friday Night Vibes.  Friday night, I met my boyfriend for a delicious dinner downtown (how’s that for alliteration!?). We were both craving a nice fire after dinner, so we brought up a glass of whiskey, and sat for a bit at his condo’s rooftop fireplace. We played some pool in the clubhouse and enjoyed a much-needed quiet evening together.

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6. Dog-Sitting.  My sister and her husband went on a day-trip Saturday, so they asked me to watch my favorite “nephew” while they were away. I spent the day playing with their cute beagle, walking in the beautiful weather to get my favorite breakfast tacos in their neighborhood, and writing at their cute Eastside home. Sometimes, it’s the little things.

7. Sunday Funday.  Alas, we meet again. My boyfriend and I dined on a beautiful rooftop patio, and all was right with my Sunday.

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. Lunch with Sis. Spring Break seemed to come at just the right time, as I was feeling tired and a bit burnt out, despite loving my job. My first day off was spent idling around downtown Austin, walking around and visiting a coffee shop, talking to locals and SXSW visitors alike. I’m going to sound like a total dweeb, but I felt like such the cool gal, as I had so many tourists ask for directions along my leisurely route. Ha! I finally felt like a true Austinite, four years later. I met my sister for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants downtown, and we shared our mutual favorite (and ironic) meal of choice: truffle fries, a salad, and bubbly.

2. Game Night. Monday night, of my coworkers often holds game nights where we play Cards Against Humanity, drink, and laugh around a large table on their patio. He and his wife are always great hosts and treat us better than we deserve as we take over their house for a night. They made bean dip, queso, and burgers, and we gratefully stuffed our faces. It was fun to bring my bf this time, so he could witness and indulge in the festivities.

3. Bday & Ritas.  Tuesday, it was nice to meet up with a few gals for a friend’s bday, grub, toss back a couple of margaritas, and talk girl talk for a bit.

4. Spring Shopping.  My roommate and I went on a spontaneous shopping excursion Tuesday. I typically don’t enjoy shopping, and haven’t done so in a while, as I’m a poor teacher :/ but it was fun spending time with the roommie on our spring break, saving each other from terrible shopping decisions and trying on clothes we couldn’t afford.

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5. Austin Rodeo.  “This IS my first rodeo” became my favorite cheeky phrase this past Thursday. My bf loves the rodeo, as that is where his parents first met, and he grew up around them, so he was excited to finally take me to one and one that had one of his favorite bands playing to boot after the roping and rides. It just so happened that a friend of mine and her guy were there as well, so it was fun to meet up and enjoy it together. My bf leaned over and told me a love song was from him to me, and I felt grateful, as I always do, to be opened up to a world different from one I grew up around or have ever experienced for that matter, and I got to experience it with someone I care about. After the lack of good food at the rodeo, we dorked it out and took fast-food honey biscuits back to my place and grubbed out to a movie like two happy fat kids.

6. Make New Friends and Keep the Others.  Is it that dorky that I immediately think about the old girl-scout song my fellow daisies and I use to sing in the aforementioned bullet title? Ha! Well, I can’t help it. It’s always eye-opening when something happens where you need true friends to come forward. To know I have friends in unexpected places, people from my past and new friends I’ve met through people in my present, is extremely comforting. I feel so lucky to have the people in my life that I have. I’ve truly always felt like everything happens for a reason, and the validation I have from the friends that are there for me brings it to the forefront of my mind when I need that reminder. I am so thankful and warmed by that.

7. Sister Rescue.  My sister knew that Sunday morning, I needed a huge pick-me-up, and she came to the rescue in true sister fashion. She brought me a smoothie, tea, and water and went on a long walk with me in the sunshine. She’s a true gem in my life, and I’m so lucky to have a twin sis that is so good at bringing me back to life. Love you, “piss”!

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. Student SwapLast week was the last full week before the big, high-stakes state writing test for my 7th grade Language Arts students. The teachers on my team and I decided to switch things up a bit and hold a writing “boot camp” to really hone in on the skills being tested with an emphasis on the areas of that needed most improvement. We ranked our students based on a recent assessment and placed them into tiered groups, so my students were a mix of the other two Language Arts teachers’ classes last week. I love my students, but it was so much fun getting a different group. The other teachers and I felt brilliant about it by the end of the week, when both the students and we were eager to get out for Spring Break, as we felt less antsy with the mixing up of students.

2. Cookies & Mi…Wine. My roommate and I enjoyed more downtime together this week with a bottle of wine and then… an entire sleeve of thin-mints. Whoops. We also got “lame” on our Friday night and had a Rumba watch-a-thon after our weekly happy hour. For whatever reason, we watched our new Rumba trip over rugs and awkwardly navigate our apartment and we got the biggest kick out of it. Why are we so cool, you ask? I wish I could tell you our secret.

3. Terrible Thursdays.  I don’t know what it is, but I’ve fell into a pattern recently of having really stressful Thursdays — perhaps it’s because it’s the day before the weekend and the idea of one more day is sometimes excruciating? Who knows, but all I can say is thank goodness I have a bf who is quick to pick up the pieces when I’m feeling less than myself. He was quick to take me out to a nice dinner at Italic in downtown Austin. We enjoyed fancy cocktails and really good Italian food, and I was instantly back to my old self.

4. Spring Break HH.  I love my weekly HH with my coworkers, but it’s hard to beat the one on our last day and introduction to spring break. With perfect weather and good company, it doesn’t get much better than that.

5. Meet the Parents.  My parents invited my bf and I to a bbq at their lake house on Saturday, so my bf met them for the first time along with my aunt, uncle, and brother. He had already passed the twin and brother-in-law test (as well as my cousin and his sweet wife), so I was excited, albeit a bit nervous, for him to meet the rest of my family. I wasn’t at all nervous about how he would be perceived, but it gets a little scarier as I get older, as I don’t want to place anyone in front of my family who isn’t serious. However, he made it clear he knew how important it was and how happy he was to do it, so I was elated about the experience. Never have I ever introduced someone who was more comfortable and at ease than him. Without hesitation, he got right in there and was a true gem all night. He spent time with everyone individually and got to know people on his own. I loved seeing him chat it up with my father outside with a bonfire and a glass of whiskey in tow. It turned out to be the perfect night, as the weather was gorgeous, I’d never seen that many stars so visible, and the company was so great. I had so much fun with my entire family, and couldn’t have asked for a better time.

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6. SXSW.  My bf, a few of his friends, and I went to a local sausage house and brewery, only to be surprised that we planted ourselves in the middle of a SXSW event (if you don’t live in Austin, it’s a film/interactive/music festival that takes over almost the entire town). We saw a few celebrities there, as they were being interviewed for upcoming movies. We saw Anna Kendrick, Kirsten Dunst (my personal fave), and Gillian Jacobs who was in one of my recent favorite new Netflix series, Judd Apatow’s Love.

7. Sunday Birthday Funday.  Admittedly, I had a little too much fun this Sunday Funday with my bf and his friends celebrating one of their birthdays, and probably didn’t respond to something how I normally would have if I had been… well not having too much “fun.” On the flip-side of things, I got to see just how wonderful his friends are and how much they have my back even when I’m not at my best. I’m so happy they care about me because as I’ve come to learn getting to know them as I’ve been dating my bf, I sure care about them too. They are not just a fun group, but a nurturing one, too. I felt pretty darn grateful.

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. Girl TalkAlthough we live under the same roof, my roommate and I hardly get to spend time together during the week, as she is a coach for nearly every sport on God’s green earth. However, this past week, I was happy to get some real girl time a couple of nights for some much-needed vent sessions. I adore my job, but sometimes it’s nice to unabashedly air out the trials of the week with someone who understands, can laugh at it with you, and is also close enough to disclose that kind of honesty while trusting it won’t escape these apartment walls. What happens in the bachelorette pad, stays in the bachelorette pad.

2. Deadpool. My bf and I dorked it out and saw Deadpool on Tuesday. We laughed our butts off at the sarcastic, crass superhero movie, and it was a good way to break up a tough week with humor and good company.

3. Student Presidential Debate.  The students at my school knocked my socks off at their 7th-grade Presidential debate this past Wednesday. I couldn’t believe how sharp, witty, and intelligent they were — well, not too hard to believe, but I was utterly impressed. Their TX history teachers have been relating the curriculum to a big year-long project. The students are slowly but surely concluding that their history teachers have been mirroring the Texas Revolution as well as tying in the recent Presidential debate discreetly enough to allow students to cleverly figure it out themselves. Not only was I impressed by the students during their Presidential debate, but I was also impressed by the creativity and ingenuity of the history department — so proud to work with such great teachers!

4. Dining In.  My bf invited me over for dinner Thursday night. He poured a glass of Italian wine and set out cheese and crackers for me to indulge in while he played a Frank Sinatra record, prepared a salad, and cooked spaghetti. He sure knows the way to a woman’s heart. There is not much out there that’s sexier than a man in the kitchen… I mean… eeeer. I feel pretty darn lucky.

5. Friday Celebrations.  My students wrapped up their oral book reports on Friday, again, wowing me with their talents. I always love this project because those students who are typically more withdrawn during class finally get a moment to shine, and it never ceases to blow me away. I loved being able to celebrate students who pleasantly surprised me with their hidden smarts and talents. After school, the teachers and I continued the celebration… you know, celebrating the weekend, and what not. 😉

6. Romance x 1.  My bf and girlfriends were all busy Saturday, and to be honest, I’ve been a bit spoiled for a good while having constant company between having a roommate and a boyfriend. I once relished my alone time, but on the weekends, it’s not quite as enjoyable. However, I decided instead of sulking, I was going to wine and dine the sh*t out of myself. I took myself out to dinner, then watched the new Cohen brother movie, Hail, Caesar, and sat a bar to watch a Queen cover band. I surprised myself with how much fun I had all by my lonesome. I’m not the worst company I’ve ever had. Ha!

7. Romance x 2.  Sunday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week, as it’s been following a pattern as Sunday Funday with my bf. It was nice to enjoy each other’s company so much. We started out at breakfast, ordering three meals for two (not kidding) and nearly laughed off at least one (thank GOD). After breakfast, we took a Lyft to another part of town to indulge in his favorite coffee and then walked to my favorite record store where we picked up a couple of new gems. Later that night, we met a couple of his sweet friends out at a burger bar and enjoyed catching up. I say this often, but I’ll say it again and again– Not only does he make me happy all on his own merit, but his friends are all such pleasant people, and every time I get to spend time with him and the people he cares about, I feel that much luckier to be a part of his life.

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