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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.

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1. Lucy’s on the Lake. Thursday after school, it was a nice change of pace to sit by the lake, sip on a cold beverage on a hot day in November (Tejas, folks), and enjoy some adult company after a hard day at work.

2. Happy Hour X 2. It had been a while since my coworkers and I had time for a much-needed happy hour, so the second one on the first day of the weekend was even sweeter. Despite stuffing my face with something fried that should be illegal, my heart was almost as swollen as my belly by spending time with good people.

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3. Vote!  Long story short, my voter registration was messed up, but after a short panic attack, and a good talk with my new friend Karen with a sweet-as-an-ice-tea-in-Texas accent, voting was easier than it would have been had it been done correctly. I drove to a little tin building in a neighboring small town about forty-five minutes away where Karen greeted me at the door and sat me right down. My registration should be done incorrectly every time! Ha! I’m so happy it turned out and I was able to vote in such an important election.

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4. Dinner + Costume Party + Scary Movie.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween (I’m not fond of dressing up), but I was invited to a Halloween party, so I decided suck it up and be a sport. My talented friend made me the above heart for my Frida Kahlo costume. I didn’t get a great picture of my full costume, but I must admit, I enjoyed imitating the unibrowed Goddess. We enjoyed a delicious, healthy dinner that my friend made before we indulged in some not-so-healthy treats at the party, knocked back a couple of beers, and like the true adults we are, immediately changed into comfortable clothing and watched a scary movie. Aahhh, much better.

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5. Sunday Hike.  After indulging a little too much lately in comforting vices, and in much need of some vitamin D, my friend and I went on a Sunday hike. Okay, we mostly strolled and put leaves, shells, and rocks in our shoes (#creativetypes), but soaking up some sun, relaxing, and gazing into the water was just what we both needed.

6. Impromptu Sunday Funday.  On a whim, my friend and I decided to go to lunch, enjoy the patio, and then take a stroll to our favorite record store that has now moved. Womp womp. We went to the other location anyway and picked up a Nina Simone record to unwind to. That’s my idea of a Sunday.

7. Stranger Things.  I’m probably the last one to jump on the bandwagon, but I just started watching this series, and I friggin’ love the nostalgia of it all. And Winona, how I love thee.

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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#TheStruggleIsReal

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I’m taking a break from my 7 for seven posts for a while after some recent changes, as I always desire just a little more privacy in the transitional stages. I thought it would be fun to do a throwback of when I use to do my #TheStruggleIsReal posts, as I navigate this new phase of my life.

Just as I aimed to ease the Monday blues with my 7 for seven, I aim once again. Though this time, I need a good laugh — at my expense, because if I don’t do that every once in a while, I risk taking myself too seriously. Upon announcing to my roommate one morning before work, “I had to talk myself into washing my hair this morning in the shower to avoid it looking greasy, but now I can’t talk myself into drying it, so now it just looks greasy anyway!”, her dead-pan response to me was, “The struggle is real.” That seems to be her go-to response to me quite often, and it’s since become my inner-mantra whenever I need to just stop, step outside of myself, and laugh at myself and my “problems.”
Last week’s “struggles”:
1. “My hair is too long.”

2. “I made it to work after that torrential downpour and want to know where my ‘I survived the drive to work on August 22, 2016’ shirt is.”

3. “Come on, we need a picture of our last day before we start work again to commemorate the day — or is it to commiserate?”

4. “I’m fairly certain everyone was asleep during my presentation; I was jealous.”

5. “I can’t. I’m at work on a Saturday. I know how to live.”

6. “Have a cold one for me. I’m outta beer, and the store is too far.”

7. “I can’t. I’m at work on a Sunday. I know how to live.”

8. “My arms were sweating [during hot yoga]. I didn’t even know arms could sweat.”

9. “Sorry, I just left butt-sweat on your chair. Let me clean that up.”

10. “I really have no idea why you haven’t pretended your phone died yet. It would be really easy for you to just end this conversation with me.”

Have a great Monday! Whether you work in education and are greeting students back to school today or shuffling off your kiddo to school, have a wonderful, new school year! Share your laughs with me!

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.

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1. Grease LiveI forgot to mention this in my last 7 for seven, so I’m mentioning it now. I don’t like the idea of remakes —  of mostly anything, but even more so, of musicals. However, this production last Sunday was unbelievably well done, so much so that my roommate and I were cheering. I was quite literally clapping to a television. It was a glorious moment in my dorkdom. Someone on Twitter said, “I hope your Super Bowl babies don’t beat up my Grease Live twins,” and it totally made sense. Totally.

2. Dining-In. Monday was a long day AND I was craving Chinese take-out, so I nearly wept happy tears when my mind-reader of a bearded genius man invited me to dine-in with a tall glass of, “forget about this day.”

3. Cheering for Cheer.  My dear friend from work couldn’t make it to the last basketball home game of the season at my school, so she asked me to fill in for her as the cheer coach that night. It totally took me back to my middle school cheer days — only these girls were much better than I ever was. I kept getting compliments on how great they were, and unfortunately, I had to be a big girl and not claim the talents of my sweet friend. I’m such a grown up.

4. Family Dinner.  So I did the scary thing and brought my new beau to meet my judgmental (love you!) twin sister, her husband, as well as a cousin and his wife who live in town. I was not at all scared to introduce him — he’s as charming as they get, but more so because at the age of 34, I’ve brought around my fair share of new beaus. It probably gets a little confusing. I’m just such a stud……….. that was a lot of ellipses.

It went well. We had a grand time.

5. Two-Steppin’.  After dinner with my family, I took my bae (I love/hate this word and wanted to use it at least once) to meet a friend at a bar who was checking out a steel guitar he built for the band that was playing that night. As expected, we two-stepped the night away… we are getting just a little predictable. 😉

6. Guys’ Night.  Saturday night, I don’t know how this turned out, but I ended up being the only female among a very testosterony group of guys. It was quite terrifying and fun all at the same time. I watched a group of guy friends get fired up during a game of darts, tell twenty-minute, drunken night stories, challenge each other to handstand pushups… then one-armed-pushups, kick an arcade game, take shots, and talk shit about each other the way brothers do… All testosterone aside, I enjoyed their antics and inappropriate comments, as they were oddly entertaining and surprisingly endearing.

7. Super Bowl Sunday.  Can I just?… One word?… BEYONCE. Oh, and Lady Gaga slayed, too. And yes, I did watch the football game in between the commercials.

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. Home Sweet HomeAfter spending a few nights away from home for the holiday, I was happy to return to my own place with my own bed and my own things. Despite loving the time spent with my family, sometimes it’s those little things that make life so good. This past Monday, I had a very minor surgery. My doc said I had a crazy pain tolerance (my sis says I’m now primed for a future home birth — ha!), but the meds made me feel less than mighty. I recovered by lounging around my apartment listening to my new Sam Cooke album I had purchased with a Christmas gift-card from one of my students and watched a marathon of HBO’s Girls. Aaaaah, recovery isn’t so bad.

2. Ladies Who Lunch. Despite still feeling puny the next day, it was nice to get out of the house for a bit, even if just for an hour, and meet a girlfriend downtown for lunch. It was a nice change of pace from lounging around in PJs for the last several days. Sometimes when I’m off work and on vacation, I need a good reason to wear anything other than lounge or athletic wear. Real pants felt good. The company felt good, too, of course.

3. College Town.  By Wednesday, I was feeling almost like myself again, so I was happy to get an invitation to go out. We drove out to a nearby college town that was nearly a ghost town with the students away for the holiday. It was a half-way point to meet their friends who were here from out of town, and I was happy to go along for the ride. We ate good food at a so-so restaurant and then partied like we were making up for the college kids being out of town. Again, the change of pace felt good, until the morning after… They just don’t make livers like they use to!

4. NYE.  NYE was the perfect pace for me this year. It’s typically one of my least favorite holidays, as it almost never lives up to the expectations I once had of it. Driving scares me on this night (besides the drunkards, considering my family once ended up in an icy ditch one year, saying Happy New Year in a tilted Greyhound, it’s a wonder! — but that’s another story), and the pains of not getting a New Year’s kiss, no matter how cliché, is never-the-less a major bummer. Luckily, this NYE was exactly what I had hoped it would be. It was low-key but good. A guy I’m dating invited me to a small dinner party with his endearing friends, and the host, who is a chef, made us this incredible meal. We sat around watching “Drunk History,” and like the true thirty-somethings we are, we discovered the New Year only just after midnight. Whoops. Anticlimactic much? Whatever, we’ve done this before, and we just enjoyed each other in the present moment rather than a cheesy countdown watching the ball drop. I’d take that any year. My date and I finished the night listening to Sinatra and drinking his favorite whiskey, and no one had to worry about missing out on a New Year’s kiss. So far, I’m pretty okay with 2016.

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5. New Year, New Me.  I spent the first day of 2016 mostly by myself, which is actually exactly how I wanted to spend it. In this new year, I am comfortable in my own skin, and because of that, I enjoy the presence of my own company. My hope is that, instead of that sounding strange or vain, that it comes across rather as (as much as I shy from this buzzy word), self-assured. I made myself a full-blown semi-traditional meal (all for myself), complete with black-eyed peas, collard greens, candied onions, garlic, bacon, feta, and a poached egg over brown rice. I can’t lie, it was super delicious, and I’m not even a fan of black-eyed peas. I enjoyed it while thumbing through the 2016 edition of the Austin Bucketlist and dreamed/manifested a  really f*cking good year. It’ll happen, alone, coupled up, doesn’t matter — I’m in charge, and it feels amazing.

6. Game Night.  A friend invited me and a great group of people over for a night of Cards Against Humanity Saturday night. We drank warm (spiked!) apple cider, gorged on pizza, and enjoyed each other’s company on one of the last remaining days of the winter break. It was a rainy, cold night, so we sat around their large patio table covered in blankets, but the warm drinks and laughter kept us feeling pretty darn cozy.

7. “The Way Every Sunday Should Be Spent.”  I’ll make an attempt at being really open here, without revealing anything uncomfortable — which is sometimes a delicate balance, though leaving this out would risk dishonesty. Sometimes signals are annoyingly vague, and sometimes they are pretty darn clear. When faced with juxtaposed actions from different people (past vs. present), sometimes it is only the new contrasted action that clears up the old. I’ve learned that words are much more hollow and that action is akin to EVERYTHING. Allowing someone to tell you who they are and what they want is so 2015; let them show you. Something a little less vague — when someone truly wants to communicate or see me, no matter how busy, they will make time — they will find it. And even though he was busy and soon leaving to go out of town, someone made real time for me, and we spent the day (as we both claimed) “the way every Sunday should be spent.” I may be a slow learner, but knowing what feels right and good is the best crash course.

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. Coupling. They may be in young-love that won’t last, but they know how to do it. Monday morning, a boy student brought his girlfriend flowers and balloons to ask her out to homecoming. When I was on morning duty, a crowd was forming around this boy who wasn’t afraid of a lil’ vulnerability at his young/awkward age. He had the whole school around him, and his confidence was still soaring. It permeated the hallways. Students peaked their head around the corner, waiting for his girlfriend to show up with their cameras prepped and ready.  Precious, I tell you! Later in the week, another boy took a cue, and did the same to ask a girl out. I called it that they would say ‘yes’ but then immediately walk away, soaking in the warm attention and blushing embarrassment all at the same time. Ah, middle school.

2. Love me if you dare. I love it when someone suggests a movie that I’ve never even heard of, and then I adore it. Watch it, if you dare. You can rent it on Amazon. I’m a sucker for a good quirky romantic movie.

  
3. Twin Brag.  My sister’s dress project was over-funded. Wahoo! See it and like it here. I am so proud of her (as always), and I can’t wait to see her wow Austin with her talents.

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I did NOT eat this…

4. Catching Up.  I skipped my weekly happy hour to catch up with a dear friend at the first brick and mortar of a popular pizza truck in Austin, Via 313 Pizza. She is always my voice of reason, and I am so grateful to have her as a friend. She is the ultimate listener, and always has my best interests at heart, sans judgement. Thank you, friend, for always showing me love, no matter what.

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5. Poetry.  After my sister broke out old family photographs to promote her dress line, I’ve been inspired to take another look at some of my own. I’ve always been fascinated by them, but recently I’ve been interested in writing poetry inspired by the photographs of my past and tying them into who I am today.

6. Co-Ed Baby Shower. I have to admit, I am not a fan of baby showers, or any showers for that matter. There is something about the silly games and oohing and awing over gifts that make me cringe. Ouch, I know, that may be harsh, but it’s just the truth. However, my friend  had a co-ed shower Saturday night with drinks and good food, and the good company didn’t hurt either. I survived. I also may have oohed once.

7. Sunday Games.  I have a huge affinity for the movie, Wet Hot American Summer. My roommate and I decided to start watching the new Netflix series, but before that, she had to watch the original movie. We decided after our long week, we deserved a little champagne for making it through it alive — so we looked up drinking games for the movie (which, yes, they were readily available) to enjoy our champs. Good times.

8. (Cause why not one to grow on again?) Soul.  I have jammed so much to soul and blues this week, that I feel renewed. I’ve embraced the fact that I was born with so much soul, and I’ve realized that I need people in my life that match my affinity for unabashedly emoting.

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. Group Hug. When you put out positive energy, the universe conspires to give you a big group hug just when you need it (it seems). It may be in my head, but I’ve felt so much love from people all around me this past week, and just for no particular reason. For example, on Monday, I gave my first ballet lesson to my friend’s daughter. It was so much fun preparing for it, as it brought back so many fond memories. I’m using the dance room at my school for the lessons, though it was unavailable this past week, so we improvised using desks as our ballet bar. A female janitor, who was cleaning around us as we galloped around the room, asked me if I had children of my own. I told her I didn’t, and she said, “Well, you are going to make a really good mother one day. You are so good with her.” The warmth of what seemed like a genuine compliment from her made me feel pretty wonderful.

 

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2. Connected. In the same vein, my students were seemingly extra sweet this week. They were full of compliments (though of course, that could be because grade reports are around the corner — ha!), and they made my heart so happy. One of my classes and I had a Michael Jackson dance off. Now, I have a pretty smooth moonwalk, if I must say, but the fact that some of them were not afraid to show me up, made my day. I also thoroughly enjoyed an activity called “Me too!” where we learned about our connections with one another with a ball of yarn. My students were so open to learning about one another and celebrating each other’s connections as well as what made them unique.

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3. Gold Out.  Thursday was a full day and evening, as my coworker promoted her friend’s non-profit organization supporting pediatric cancer research. Her dear friend’s son recently lost his battle with cancer, and so this day meant a lot to my coworker, and she worked tirelessly to make it a huge success — and of course, it was. She sold over 200 t-shirts (profits going to this charity) at our school, and we all wore them on Thursday. Her friend’s organization raised over $30,000 from this event altogether. To say I am proud of my friend is a huge understatement. I am so lucky to have such a caring, warm, and selfless person in my life and to be able to call her my friend. As a part of the social committee at my school, I invited staff to come to her volleyball game after school that day and then out to dinner after the game. Even though she was exhausted from all of her work (not just at our school, but at other schools and places around the community as well), it was great celebrating with her on a day that meant so much to her. It was pretty incredible not only seeing the gold shirts all over our school, but also seeing the outpouring of support from so many people.

4. Friday HH.  Happy hours with my friends on Friday are always a weekly bonus.

5. Saturday Fun.  This Saturday, I spent a good chunk of the day and night at my friend’s apartment where we made brownies, played card games, and played a silly game of “never have I ever” with a few new friends. We took a night swim in our clothes, had meaningful conversations, and laughed enough to burn off our brownies. Honestly, I felt like a teenager again, but embracing that part of myself this weekend was exactly what I needed.

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6. A Trip to Dell Children’s Hospital.  My friend, who I mentioned organized Thursday’s Gold Out event, asked a couple of teachers, students, and I to go with her to the children’s hospital where her friend’s son went for his treatments. She wanted to deliver ribbons that her volleyball team signed with well-wishes to the children in the hospital. The ribbon posters were hanging around our school this week, but she felt that it was important for the children to see them hanging up in the hospital. After she thanked the nurses for everything they did for her friend’s son and snapped a few pictures with them, we went over to the Ronald McDonald House next door to deliver more of the ribbons. Though it was incredibly sad to see children suffering in any way, it was also moving to see how much they are cared for by the staff and by people like my sweet friend. Seeing things like I saw that day puts so much into perspective, makes me appreciate everything I have even more so than I did, and makes me want to act more selflessly every day.

7. Blood Moon.  As cliché as it sounds, I find myself unable to escape the comfort that comes with the fact that I was watching the same moon with countless other people. We are never alone. As I do most nights, I went on my nightly walk last night, winding down the day, and listening to my ear buds on blast. I was memorizing a blues song (see why here). Only this time, I wasn’t quite as alone as I typically am on these walks. As I passed each house in the neighborhood, every other one had people planted in the front yard to watch the spectacle in the sky. The walk last night felt transformative. It’s not that I believe that the moon is magic; I just allowed it to be.  It felt oddly, yet wonderfully healing. The air was cool and crisp; the wind felt like an embrace, and the red fullness of the moon was strange and beautiful.

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

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*NOTE: I wasn’t planning on bringing back my 7 for Seven today. When I took a break from my vulnerability hangovers, a symptom of revealing some of the more intimate moments of my life to “strangers,” I knew I would bring it back again someday, but I had no plan in mind for when that should happen. There are several reasons why it just felt right when I woke up this morning: 1. My lamest reason — I was underprepared for this week’s #TheStruggleIsReal post. School started back this week, and I slacked from paying attention to my too often comical woe-is-me moments (well, hindsight is 20/20). 2. Life is a little bit hectic again. I want to pay more attention to all I have to be grateful for — I have so much. 3. I want to live my life with less limitations, and one of them is my fear that creeps in time and time again and that keeps me from allowing myself to feel vulnerable in my honesty — open to others seeing my failures, as when things go up, they have a longer way to fall. 4. I turned thirty-four yesterday. I’m not getting any younger, and I prefer my life as a 10, even if I burst open to reveal the inside of a wet, popped balloon, void of air at a -1. I’m not as frequently an even 5, and I’m okay with that… starting today.

Let’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 we 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.

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1. Welcome Back. After a restful summer, where I quickly wrapped myself up in a warm-blanketed routine of waking up slowly, enjoying a coffee on my balcony (my morning meditation), working out for an hour, swimming, writing, and going on a cathartic night walk with my ear buds on blast, this week back at work confused my stress-free body. This teach. was. tired. On the first Friday of the new school year, my body gave out before 9 PM. However, once back into the swing of things, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my job and everything that comes with it. I’m so happy to be back.

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2. Creating an Experience. This year, my biggest growth goal as a teacher is to make each school day more about creating a positive, uplifting, and memorable experience for my students. I want my students to walk away from my class every day feeling a little bit more confident and fulfilled. I know it’s a lofty goal, and I’ll probably fail at it more often than not, but I’m hell bent on it. My coworkers inspire me to do better, and my students deserve it. This year, the 7th grade team held our “boot camp” again that I created last year to bond with our students and show them that their team of teachers are on the same page as far as rules and procedures as well as being there for their success. It went really well, and the buzz in the hallway among the staff and the students made me proud of the school where I work. The next day, my students experienced a CSI: Character Study Investigation, as I played the CSI theme song as they entered the classroom, dressed up in my protective crime scene gear and greeted them at the door. Today, students danced to the Whip/Nae Nae song as they entered the room and learned a verb song and dance. I’m having a blast stepping outside of my box, and I am hopeful that my students are, too.

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3. Fbook Posts.  Yesterday was my birthday, and I know I am not alone in getting Facebook messages on my birthday from friends and people who I haven’t heard from in a while alike, but it never fails to make me blush. I felt so loved. Though I have to say, my sister’s post (who shares her birthday with me) takes the cake (yep, pun intended). She posted these two gems in my feed from our dance recital days.

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Photo by Andy Davidhazy

4. Saturday Night.  The night before my birthday, I was happy to spend time with some of my good friends at a small brewery in Austin. It was put together last-minute, so I didn’t get to enjoy it with all of my friends, but I am so grateful for those that showed up and spent time with me. I feel pretty lucky to have such good people in my life that genuinely care about me.

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5. Birthday.  One could say a thirty-fourth birthday would be a pretty anti-climatic one, but after yesterday, I could refute it. I shared my day with a friend who “gets me” and nurtured the side of me that both resists and craves a little bit of healthy fear in my life — and realizes that when pushed to do things that may be out of my comfort zone, they ultimately make me feel more alive.

6. Wombmate Time.  After a full and active day, my sister and her husband invited me over for cake. I couldn’t think of a better way to end my birthday than with someone who entered this world with me.

7. Epiphany.  “I prefer my life as a 10, even if I burst open to reveal the inside of a wet, popped balloon, void of air at a -1. I’m not as frequently an even 5, and I’m okay with that.” My twin sister is launching a Kickstarter project soon for a dress line she designed and modeled after all of the positive female figures in her life. In her description of the dress she designed after me, she said I was “petite, feminine, and fiery as hell” — exclamation point. I wasn’t entirely sure what my sister had meant by that, so I put my sister on the spot and asked her to tell me her intention behind that statement. To a little bit of my surprise, she told me that I wasn’t often calm. Considering the fact that calm is a desirable way to feel, I couldn’t help but feel a bit deflated after my sister’s response. My parents are almost completely opposite as far as their demeanors go. My dad is often the calm one, and while my mother is the most nurturing woman I know, she is, well, fiery. I hope my mother doesn’t take this the wrong way, but for some reason, I’ve always hoped for people to see my dad’s calm demeanor in me more often than my mother’s passionate, fiery side. Upon reflection though, it’s not because I admired my mother’s qualities any less. Instead, it was probably because I see more of myself in her, and it’s about time that I accept all of me, and cherish that part of who I am, because it’s NOT a bad thing — it’s just different. I may not always have an even demeanor, but when I feel, I will feel everything more, and you will get to share in that when it’s really damn good. And trust me, it’s really damn good.

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