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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. Strolling with my BabyMonday night, my guy and I took a nice, long walk together. We often toot our own horns and relish in the fact that we never have lulls in our conversations, and it’s true. Even during three-hours phone conversations or long walks, our connection has always been easy and never forced. I knew this since day one — on our nine-hour early-day-to-night first-date (not exaggerating), and I am so grateful to have someone who so quickly and irrefutably became my best friend. He picked a rose for me on our walk (it was reaching off  and beyond their property — technically it became public!), and I’m currently peeking over at it, in the glass cup he placed it in, and smiling like an idiot.


2. Christmas at the Capitol. Wednesday, my 7th grade team of teachers and I took our students to the state capitol building to see it while it’s decorated for Christmas and to talk about all they have learned in their Texas History class. Never fail, I always enjoy seeing how adorable the students are when they get excited to share what they know with their tour guide and to see them acting like kids, rolling down the leafy hills and climbing the statues (eek! – oops!).


3. Small Victories.  While at my sister’s house last weekend, a friend of hers told me about a new cookbook she bought and was cooking through with some friends. Immediately, I jotted it down in the notes of my phone. It sounded right up my alley — a cookbook for novices that are intrigued by recipes and intimidated by them at the same time. Without wasting much time, I went to the bookstore and purchased it. On Saturday morning, I spent hours flipping through it with a tall cup of coffee and sticky flags for my favorite pages. I love that each recipe has a small victory/technique/trick that can be applied to other recipes. I often say that I enjoy cooking but that I only know a few recipes, and therein lies my problem (and apparently I’m not alone). Luckily, Julia Turshen, the author of this cookbook, believes that if you know one recipe, technically you know about 500 recipes. She helps the novice cook to become more aware of variations and to apply what they know and to feel confident enough to explore while cooking. This is the recipe book I’ve been waiting for, and I’m so excited to work through it with my guy (who is much more of a cook than I am!).

4. Catching Up.  After a half-day of work on the last day before winter break, my coworkers and I went to a happy hour on the lake, after having not done one in far too long. It was nice to catch up over a drink on matters outside of work. We spent most of the time fawning over a baby my coworkers brought (don’t worry, she was theirs!). Then, afterwards, I caught up with a good friend over dinner. It had been far too long since I had seen her, and as we often do, we vowed to not let that happen again. It was a great night of catching up with friends, and I’m reminded of how truly lucky I am to have such fantastic people surrounding me in my life. Ah bliss!

5. Christmas Vacation. Wahoo! These last couple of difficult, busy work weeks of students desperately wanting out for the holiday (and teachers, too!) is over, and now I get to enjoy a couple of weeks vacation with my family and my boo. Sooooo excited!

6. The Girl.  This weekend was just plain cold. I’m currently living in a house that has no insulation, and the house simply doesn’t heat up when it’s this cold, so I decided instead of beating it, to just join it. I holed up in my room with the door shut, a space heater directed toward me, and I curled up with a good book. I’m often one who shies away from fads, so I just now read The Girl on the Train, and I have to say, I couldn’t put it down. I love the thriller genre, and I was happy that as an added bonus, the characters were for the most part, not flat. Love a good character study and it kept me guessing until a good part of the novel! Now I want to see the movie, as it seems perfectly cast.

Also, this girl, who never sits down to watch TV, spent some guiltless time watching her school district’s high school football team become state champions and then a Sunday evening cuddled up watching The Sound of Music — one of my favorites over the holidays.


7. Phone Calls.  I’m so proud of how talented my guy is, and I wouldn’t change that for the world, but it’s hard when he is gone! He’s been away in LA working this week, but I’m so grateful for long phone conversations. I had a bit of a down-day this past cold, dreary, Sunday, and he picked me right back up so easily. I often get complaints from my friends that I’m difficult to shake out of a funk — admittedly, not many people can do it, but he does. He gets me, and I’m fully aware I am gushing, but I’m so happy he’s here in my life. Finally!

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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