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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. 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


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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. Sunday Sicky. I’m posting this 7 for seven much later today than I normally do, as I got sick Sunday and took off from work today. I’ve been in bed for the most part with aches all over my body, but I’m finally feeling at least semi-normal enough to write this post. Why am I writing about being sick on a post that focuses on the positive, you might ask? Well, partly to explain why I’m so late. Whoops! And partly to say it’s pretty revealing of who cares about me on days like this. My friends, family, and even people I barely know checked in on me today to see if I was okay. It’s heart-warming to know I have those people in my life.

2. Opening Closed Doors. I’m not sure why, but it seems like when I’ve planned for either result A or result B happening, inevitably it’s result C that occurs — an outcome I couldn’t have even predicted or prepared for. I’ve come to one solid conclusion, however, and that is — I can’t predict what will happen. The best I can do is live in the moment, take each new moment as new information on how to best mold my future actions and just to trust that if I do that, things will unfold as they are meant to unfold. I don’t know what the future holds, but for now, I am so grateful for unpredictable, though near-perfect moments, result C, and opening closed doors.

3. Mrs. Glass. Thursday night, I bonded once again with a new friend over our love of whiskey and jazz/blues music. He introduced me to a local Austin band, Mrs. Glass, and they had such a unique sound, and one that I truly enjoyed. Cheers to kindred spirits (both in the glass and outside of the glass).

4. Career Day.  Career Day at my school is one of my favorite days, and not just because I get to sit back and watch someone else entertain my students. Ha! I love watching how kind my students are to the guests at our school, how the students represent us well, and how the guests passionately discuss their jobs while aiming to inspire our kiddos. It’s all truly endearing.

5. Friday Part Un.  Friday afternoon, I spent my usual happiest of hours with one of my pals. Then I got to enjoy some time with an old friend and his aunt at another bar & grill nearby. Some people just quickly feel familiar and feel like home, and there is no explanation for it, but all I can do is be honest. I was happy to have spent even a hot minute with these two good humans.

6. Friday Part Deux.  A typical Friday night after a long work week predictably ends in me crashing and burning. In my attempt to not be the lamest single woman in Austin, I pumped myself full of a second-wind to make it out to meet my new whiskey buddy. Interestingly enough, on a night I thought I would crash and burn, I ended up staying up later than I had stayed up in… a really long time. We couldn’t stop talking about music, and playing each other music — it felt like when I was in high school again, when I would stay up all night talking to someone on the phone. I miss those days, and it felt like that once again.

7. Uncertainty.  There’s a lot of uncertainty in my life right now. What often feels like certainty one day feels like uncertainty the next, but I’m choosing to focus on the excitement of how open my future is (anything can happen — and my refusal to not settle in any aspect of it gives me so much hope for it) instead of allowing it to feel stifling — because it doesn’t have to be unless I make it that way. I choose to make the most of my days. Each and every day.

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