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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. Organization FrenzyIsn’t that a paradox? Probably. Over my ten years of teaching, I have accumulated paper. Lots of paper. I went on a paper tossing binge (don’t worry — I recycled!), and I’m on the move to storing everything “on a cloud” and aiming for clutter-free. There is not much more therapeutic than ripping up and tossing away what’s old. Or is that just the OCD Virgo in me??

2. I Could Get Use to This. Wednesday was a long day, so I asked my boyfriend for a hug. That’s all I expected, but I got a home-cooked meal (and the hug) fully prepared by him. I feel so spoiled that I might just have a long day at least once a week. Ha! He grilled pork-chops, broccoli, and sweet potatoes, and we shared a good bottle of wine. I could totally get use to that.

 

3. Who Would’ve Thought That Would be Fun? My boyfriend and I have regular conversations about how we hate grocery shopping, partly because it’s challenging to know how much to buy for one person to have enough for the week but not have too much that it spoils too quickly. It’s also navigating a large store with a gigantic cart, dodging crying babies and the spatially unaware, waiting in lines, and carrying groceries up multiple floors. It’s exhausting just thinking about it. However, Friday, he and I went together to prepare for a long weekend together at my parents’ vacation home. I don’t know what it was — maybe it was the distraction, but it was the most fun I’ve ever had in a grocery store. Ha! I think it also had something to do with us being so happy that it was the start of the weekend, and we were looking forward to spending the time relaxing together. We were slap-happy and successful in our shopping excursion.

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4. It’s All Good at Poodies.  Despite the fun we had at the grocery store, we got back to the lake-house and were too exhausted to cook (go figure!), so we went to a local BBQ joint called It’s All Good, and ate until our stomaches challenged our waistbands. Then we went to a dive bar a block away, Poodies, where Willie Nelson famously played and enjoyed a really good Americana band with a couple of brewskys.

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5. Staycation.  The next morning, we made a big breakfast (I’m proportionally challenged, okay) and hung out on the wrap-around porch. Once we lolly-gagged enough in the morning, we took some water tubes down to the lake, floated a bit, listened to music, and laid out under the sun. At night, we teamed up to prepare dinner whilst dancing and listening to music, and then we wound down the night next to a bonfire. It was the perfect, relaxing weekend to get me through the rest of the school year. Twenty-seven more workdays!! But who’s counting…

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6. Lessons in Humility and Golf.  My boyfriend is one of those guys’ guys who can pick up any sport and excel at it. So when he offered to teach me how to swing a golf club, I took full advantage of it, instead of my typical scoffing when someone wants to school me on something (I can be an ass). My parents’ lake-house is connected to a golf course, so I borrowed my dad’s clubs (the boyfriend is a lefty), and took my best shot at it. Pun fully intended. There was none of that, reach around, romantic “here let me show you” going on that you see in the movies. Oh no. The boyfran was a master teacher, and somehow got me to feel confident enough to enjoy it and want to continue learning. Surprisingly, it’s a bit addicting.

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7. Everybody Wants Some!! After our staycation and being around each other for an extended period of time, I was happy enough that I didn’t scare away my boyfriend or annoy the sh*t out of him, so when he asked me to see a movie with him Sunday night, it was a relief. Ha! This new Linklater film was a terrific character study with totally likable studs, laughs, good music, and nostalgia.

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. EavesdroppingMiddle school teachers don’t often hear what I overheard in the hallway, so when I heard it, I had to pass it on to my team; “I know, we are so lucky to have all great teachers.” Then, they proceeded to name all the teachers on my team. It was the sweetest, cutest conversation and I couldn’t help but to listen in and smile. We feel pretty lucky, too.

2. Take 2. Sunday night, my boyfriend and I watched our first pick of Redbox finds, and Monday night, we didn’t want to miss out on the second choice before returning them so we had a take-two night. After indulging in a big meal downtown, we decided to continue the indulgence with a slice of cheesecake at another restaurant. And of course, you can’t have cheesecake with out an espresso — to help stay up for the movie, to boot, so we went to yet another place. And espresso all for naught. Who falls asleep after ordering a double espresso?!? This girl.

3. Gals’ Night.  The roommie and I continued our streak of Thursday girls’ night this past week. Per the usual, we laughed at our huge reactions to the craziness on TV, shared a bottle of wine… and cheese and crackers… and strawberries and whip cream… What? We deserved it!

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4. Surprise!  I know people who hate surprises… and I think they are crazy. I think the reason why I love them so much is because it means someone has taken the time to plan something to make another person happy, and I love surprising people just as much as I love being surprised. So when I had the chance to surprise my boyfriend with something Friday night, I jumped at the chance to plan a night of fun without him knowing. Early in the day, I texted him instructions for the night, and made sure our driver for the night didn’t say a word. We went to a fun music festival with a musician he likes, but first, I took him to a pizza place he’s been wanting to try that was on the way there. We had a blast listening to music together under the stars and dancing like idiots for a bit per our usual.

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5. Walking off Tex-Mex.  Saturday, my coworkers and I got together for an early dinner and then walked it off at our local Relay for Life. As always, the event is inspiring, as we listened to survivor stories and raised money for cancer research. Not only was it fun to spend time with good people, but it was nice to be surrounded by other people who care about fighting back against a disease that have touched way too many people.

6. Rainy Sunday.  I love it when it rains — well, only at night when I’m sleeping and on lazy Sundays at home. 🙂

7. Sunday Evening.  And rainy Sunday evenings are perfect for movies and snuggling with boyfrans. Okay, boyfran, singular. It just sounded more parallel in its plural form… A little coffee with Baileys helps, too.

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. Basketball and BBQThe boyfran and I watched the March Madness final game on Monday while stuffing our faces with BBQ at a downtown spot. I’m not normally a college basketball fan, but that game was riveting! I love a good “plot twist.”

2. Do Your Dream. My students are currently working on my favorite project of the year where they research a dream they want to have accomplished in six months to a year. I love watching my students get excited about coming to class to research something they may have previously only dreamed about only to realize it’s something within their grasp if they just take a little action.

3. Thursday Scandal.  The roommate and I enjoyed our semi-regular weekly girls’ night where we typically drink wine, watch The Real Housewives and Scandal and laugh at our own reactions. We are both guilty of talking to the stars as though they can hear us, dropping our jaws for long periods of time, and screaming. In fact, we keep saying we need to set up a camera to record ourselves watching it because it’s probably fairly entertaining. Ha!

4. “Good Teaching” Day.  Rarely do I feel like I have these days, so when I do, I try to give myself a little pat on the back to keep myself going. I love my job, but of course sometimes it can feel thankless and stressful, so it is important to me to give myself a pep talk every now and then without being shy about it. I had a day this week where I shared stories about my struggles as a reader, my personal journey, and how I overcame it, and I could tell my students truly bought into the reading strategies I taught them that day because I connected it with something personal, and I am so grateful I did. I sometimes forget not to underestimate that students need those connections to find value in their learning and when that value is there, the learning is relevant and sustainable.

 5. Tex-Mex Friday.  The boyfran took me out to dinner Friday night, and we shared fajitas, drank margs, and laughed like total loons. You know those days when you just really needed to laugh and that laughter feels that much better? It was one of those days, and thank God he knows the way to those guttural giggles.

6. Nerd Squad.  I secretly (and of course endearingly) called my group of students this weekend, that participated in an academic competition, my nerd squad. I always feel like such a “proud mama” at these events because not only are they talented, but they are model competitors as they are kind to the other schools and showed great class and sportsmanship. They made me so proud. Two of them placed, though I won’t know their placement until later this week. 🙂

7. Chinese Food and a Movie.  I took Chinese food, wine, and a movie over to my boyfriend’s condo Sunday evening, and we enjoyed a night in before the long work week ahead of us. Perfect way to close the week – relaxed and spent with a dude that makes me smile.

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.STAAR Party” HH. If you don’t live in Texas, then you may not understand the stress of the 7th grade state testing in Language Arts, as students test this year in both reading and writing — or you do, as you live in one of the many states that does the same, just under a different label. Chances are, you have an inkling for just how stressful this test is on both the students and their teachers, and needless to say, we needed a Tuesday HH like no other… Friday. It satiated our needs, for the time being. 🙂

2. Farewell. My boyfriend and I planned on spending Wednesday together, as Thursday is his regular night for soccer practice and we were both leaving town for different reasons this weekend. We watched The Big Short, and man did that a movie fire me up! It’s not that I didn’t know what happened, but it didn’t make it any less painful to watch. It was just that it was hard to watch people from the big banks, the corporate world, and Wall Street act so terribly — it was actually more so that I feel like what happened was so terrible, but also that I dislike it when movies dehumanize people (even on the wrong end of things) and paint them as pure evil. It was a great movie — wonderfully acted, but I think politics needs to be painted with softer brush, if that makes any sense. I say this all the time, and I risk making people gag, but I was so grateful to see more sides to my boyfriend that night, as he came across not only as a person of comfort when I got all riled up by the movie, but he didn’t diminish what I was feeling. Instead, he humored this sensitive gal and helped me to understand things on a deeper level — which is all I ever want. I absolutely hate not understanding where people are coming from and why people do what they do, especially when it seems to be coming from a bad place. I’ve always been this way, and he got that without questioning my sanity. Ha! Isn’t there a saying something like, “We’re all a little crazy; we just need to find someone to match our brand of crazy?” Le sigh.

3. Unexpected Farewell Part Deux.  After oversleeping on his nap, my boyfriend missed the first couple minutes of his soccer practice and invited me over instead. I was happy to see him again when I thought I wouldn’t see him again until next week. This time we watched a scary movie, “The Visit,” and it was surprisingly good after not seeing anything good from M. Night Shymalan in a while. It seems the older I get, the more of a wimp I am when it comes to scary movies, which is why it’s way more fun to watch them next to a man with good arms. Ha!

4. Friday HH.  After a long week of state testing and rallying the students back to their regular routine, this HH with a couple of coworkers was another much-needed escape.

5. Gal’s Night.  My sister and I drove to Dallas this weekend to attend a baby shower for my sweet cousin. My aunts and most of my girl cousins (we missed you, Kelsey!) were there to celebrate. We hung out the night before the shower in my parents’ living room drinking wine, eating my aunt’s delicious fettuccine alfredo (what my cousin was craving), and laughing at the aunts’ crazy coming-of-age-stories. My dad is a huge story-teller, so it was so nice to hear my mother tell some more stories about her youth for a change. We laughed until tears were streaming down our faces at times, and it felt so good to spend time with such a caring and fun group of people — even luckier to be able to call them my family.

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6. Family Baby Shower.  My mother, aunts, and cousin Aly are seriously the best party planners, and I need to remember this when it’s finally time for me to have one. 🙂 The decor my mom made for my cousin was adorable, and everyone pitched in to make some delicious brunch. We had a great time celebrating the soon-to-be mom, and spending time with one another. I’m so excited for my (multiple) cousins to have their babies around soon, and I can’t wait to see what great mothers they will make. There’s no doubt in my mind.

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7. Misterwright.  My twin sis has started getting some of her prototype dresses before she starts production on her new dress line, and I was excited I got to wear one this past Sunday and keep it! She’s such a talent. Pay no mind to my unphotogenicness (word?), and look instead at the cute chambray dress. Check her out at www.shopmisterwright.com.

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