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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. Shopping with the MommaMy parents were in town this week and stayed with me throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, and it was so nice to have them around. On Monday, my mother and I went out to brave the busy grocery store together, and we dropped off a car full of donation bags to Goodwill on the way there. It was a relief to have the company along with me to do the things I often dread doing (not the donating part — but that never stops me from driving months with the same darn donation bags in the trunk of my car — whoops). Grocery shopping was made a lot easier with company, though, we had to laugh at the two of us combined, as we are both self-proclaimed terrible grocery shoppers. Our route through the store resembled that of a quickly deflating balloon, BUT we got it done!

2. He’s Back!! After his music tour and work travel, and what felt way too long, my soulmate is back in Austin. Even better — he surprised me by showing up a couple of hours earlier than expected. I brought him a homemade meal after his long drive back, and we enjoyed knowing that our time together would not be cut short for a while before he is off again on another adventure. My cheeks hurt that night from smiling so much.

3. Meeting the Family.  With my family and my boyfriend in town at the same time, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for them to meet. Typically, I feel a bit hesitant introducing someone new to them, as at the age of thirty-five, they have met their fair share of duds (as well as good guys who didn’t work out) ((my poor parents)). However, there was no hesitation here. There is no fear here when I say, he is the man I’ve been waiting my entire life to meet. And the love feels incredibly mutual — there’s no greater feeling. Okay, I’ll stop gushing for a bit to tell the rest. He met my family, even though they were busy preparing for Thanksgiving, and of course, it went smoothly (wasn’t expecting anything less). He fit right in and warmed the house with his genuine smile and demeanor. I’m so proud of him, and I cannot wait for my family and friends to continue getting to know how amazing this man is and how good he is to me (and all the people in his life). I’ve never met another man who is more compatible with me than him and who makes me look at him the way I do. I am in aw of him. Okay, I’ll stop. For now. 🙂


4. Thanksgiving.  In a room fuller than even four sometimes, I tend to take a backseat. I’m not a person who talks freely about my life or feels that people are interested enough to give them details, so events like this often overwhelm me, though it doesn’t take away from how happy I am to see my family each time. It was nice to mix things up a bit this year with relatives on each side of my family — ones that tell wild stories, make me laugh till I’m near tears, and ones that warm my heart with their love and wisdom. I’m lucky to have been surrounded by so many amazing people who happen to be family.

5. Meeting the Family Part Deux.  This week turned out to be the perfect week for both my soulmate and I to meet the respective families. The day after Thanksgiving, I met the mother of my soulmate (we decided this is a much truer term-of-endearment than boyfriend/girlfriend, which is not dissimilar enough from “going steady” or other seemingly archaic terms from our youth). She was in town as well to have Thanksgiving with her son and niece. It’s not hard to see how he turned out so well. She came across as a strong, independent, smart, and loving woman, and I am so grateful that he was raised by a woman of her caliber. I told him, not too long after I met him, that I couldn’t wait to hug his mother for doing such a great job of raising him — truly. Luckily, he is my same brand of weird and didn’t think this comment was strange at all — and told his mother almost immediately after. 😉 Ha!


6. It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas! The next day, my soulmate’s mother made four different kinds of cookies, while we sat around, talked, drank some whiskey, and did a terrible job of decorating those cookies. Luckily, she didn’t seem to mind too much. In fact, I enjoyed watching how much joy it seemed to bring her to bake for her son. It was quite precious. We finished  the night by watching A Christmas Story — and it is officially the season. Yaaaaasss.


7. Sunday Lunch.  Sunday, the soulmate took his mother, and cute-as-a-button cousin out to lunch to say farewell. We devoured a pizza and a pitcher of beer. It felt so good to spend time with them, and I look forward to getting to know them even better over time. They are good people. Oh my, am I lucky?! I must have done something right.

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}

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