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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. Aaaaand we’re backSort of. The Texas “cedar fever” got me. Got me real good. And my Monday was, eerr — Monday, unlike the majority of the rest of the universe who went back to work today. Nonetheless, I’m grateful to have had the time off that I had to come back (sort of) refreshed to start a new year. I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I’m feeling better on the one warm day this week before the freeze tonight that will bring in yet another bout of cedar haze. Yippee!


2. Show Prep. My guy prepped for his first solo show last week, and I was happy to help him paint his sculptural backdrop (while I watched him do the hard part). He created this textural white wall for a projection that his musician/engineer friend designed. The projection was programmed to move with the music for a show designed with a “feedback” theme that demonstrated a connection between light and sound in each of the three sets.


3. Show-Time!  I’m going to start by saying I’m going to do a lame job of describing how proud I am of my boyfriend. Words are not fitting. My heart exploded for him. He performs with a band (well, several bands to be more accurate), but he is starting to branch out to perform music of his creation for the first time after encouragement from many people in his life. He plays mostly brass instruments, but he also has made several of his own instruments (his many talents blow my mind) which he uses in his music as well. The venue filled up quickly, with over one-hundred people, and they roared with applause when he was done — it couldn’t have been a more perfect first solo show for him to give him the confidence he needs to keep sharing his gifts.

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4. Fresh Flowers, Day-After Dessert, and Window-Shopping.  This week, both my boyfriend and I had time off from work. Sharing a life with someone who travels as much as he does has its challenges (missing him… arg!), but it was so much fun spending almost an entire two-weeks straight of vacation with him. We spent time soaking up the romance of our stress-free time off together – buying fresh flowers, revamping left-over desserts from holiday dinner, window shopping (on-line and otherwise), taking long walks, and listening to our favorite records.

5. Music All the Time.  One of the best things about spending so much time with my guy this past week was the fact that music was on at almost all times. I grew up with that in my home — my grandparents blasted Boston Pops Orchestra in their lake house while their grandkids pranced around, my cousin wows everyone with his natural talent of playing any instrument he touches, my parents played The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and so much more while my sister and I bossed around kids on our block to dance to our moves, and then they shuffled us off to dance class where there was of course, always more music. Music has always been a part of my life, even if I don’t myself play an instrument, so meeting someone who feels exactly the same way was important to me. Boy have I met my match! If he wasn’t playing his horn, those records were roaring. And thank God his noises are all beautiful. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a few tears while he played. And I’m no liar! Wasn’t pretty.


6. New Year’s Eve.  My guy and I planned a New Year’s party at his house this past week. We spent all day running around town, blowing up balloons, decorating his house, cooking two kinds of chili, and making homemade chocolates. He built a nice fire outside, while we sat around with champagne and chocolates, counting down to the new year. At the end of the party, we had a fun impromptu “prom photo” session with our friends, and finally, when the last person left, he and I had way too much fun popping all the balloons and cleaning up (yep, only we would enjoy cleaning up! HAR). It was a great way to end the year with a really nice group of people in the comfort of someone’s home.

7. New Year’s Day.  On the first day of the year, I am grateful I got to spend another day with my man before he leaves (agaaaaaaain) for a couple weeks. We enjoyed a lazy day with leftover chili, Pinteresting (verb-ing it) in bed, and listening to records. We’re so predictable(ly awesome).

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! Happy New Year! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2017! I have a feeling this is going to be a REALLY good year.



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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