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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. Spring Breakin’ It. Per the yuge (that’s short for usual), I’m a day late and a dollar short. I’m the worst at actually getting anything done when I’m on a break from work. Forget that I have extra time — I’m on vacation! Well not really. I’m still in Austin, TX — in the midst of this chaos we call SXSW. But it’s fun. Really.

I started out the spring break with the expected farewell-for-now-happy-hour with coworkers, and then hit the ground running getting ready for Patrick and I’s on-line shop opening. Hence the late post.


2. Monday Night Out. These are three words I hardly ever see in the depths of my thirties, but I’m using them now because I’m not at all a boring adult.  Stop laughing.  I went out — ON A MONDAY night. My boyfriend was actually not playing a gig at the hours with which my head is under the covers, so I came out and enjoyed the beautiful brass sounds he makes.

3. International Women’s Day.  I couldn’t easily take off work on the #daywithoutawoman last week, especially the week prior to spring break, but I did show my support by wearing red and supporting only small women-owned businesses. It was lovely going to work and seeing both men and women wearing their red and seeing so many people across the globe showing their support in social media. In the middle of what feels like a national crisis, these times when people come together are extra soothing and reassuring.


4. Spring Break Event.  Thursday night, Patrick and I went to my twinkie’s event for her new dress line. She paired up with a friend of hers who owns a beautiful apothecary downtown and held a pop-up shop with some of her line’s accessories. The room was full of smiling faces, and it was great to see hers! I’m so proud of all the hard work she has done and will continue to do, and I’m excited to see what she comes out with when her dress line is fully ready and open to the public. She’s going to rock your socks – or stockings.

5. Rents In Town.  My parents are both in town for the first time since… Christmas?? Is that real? They are usually in town at least once a month, so it was really nice to see them after what is a long separation for our tight-knit family. We spent some time this past Saturday celebrating an early birthday with Patrick and catching up.

6. Old Pals.  It’s always a blast when my old pal, DJ is back in town from LA. He slid through town for a friend’s wedding, and then we had our usual obligatory booze-fest/catch-up sesh. Because reminiscing is always more fun with dollar mimosas.


7. Werk, werk, werk. Patrick and I are opening up shop, officially, on March 16, so I’m actually going to leave this here… and go work some more to get this puppy off the ground! We are so excited!!!

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. Had to. I’m starting this week out with something that made me giggle. Sometimes, we need to laugh a little because it beats the alternative.


2. March 16. I’ve bragged about him before, and I will brag about him again… my boyfriend is one heck of a talented woodworker and craftsman, so much so that I’ve persuaded him to finally open up a web-shop with all of his beautiful spoons, trays, instruments, etc. I’ve been heading up his social media campaign — check us out on our IG, Twitter, and/or Facebook account (all @timberandbrass). We launch on March 16, but you can take a sneak peek at the web-shop now, if you’d like! www.timberandbrass.com 


3. Speaking of Launches.  Yes, this is turning into one big plug for the people I love (I can’t help myself!), but if you live in Austin, you must also check out my twin sister’s pop-up shop at Sabia. Her beautiful dresses aren’t yet out (coming soon!), but you can check out some of her Mister Wright accessories this Thursday from 5-7.

4. Sickies.  I have no doubt it’s in direct correlation to living in Texas — a state without true seasons, particularly this year, but Patrick and I were DISGUSTING this weekend. I’ll spare details, but at least we had each other…

5. Summer Bod.  Just kidding. I’m not even close. But I am getting clo-ser. I’m down nine pounds since I started to cut the stress-eating post holidays. Phew!

6. Sing-A-Thon.  I’m certain I’m outing myself here as a total dork-no-return, but I’ve probably already done that unbeknownst, so, meh… I’ve always said that there is not one person on this planet that isn’t weird in his or her own way, but finding a romantic partner is all about finding someone with your same brand of weird. Patrick and I definitely share that same brand. This past Sunday, we started impromptu singing while cooking and making up our own lyrics, faux-harmonizing (there was little harmony to it), and going from mo-town, to jazz scats, and operas. We had quite a blast — sometimes in tears from laughing in moments we caught ourselves totally indulging in our weirdness. It feels just like love.

7. Last Week Till Spring Break! Not going to lie — this has been the toughest year on me as a teacher since I started teaching nearly eleven years ago, and this teach needs a break. A long one. But this week will do. I’ll take it!

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. Lunch with SissyMonday, my sister and I met up at a new restaurant in town and enjoyed an all-too-quick lunch together before she had to rush off to another Pilates client. Although short, it’s always lovely to catch up with my twinkie. I wish there was more of that!

2. Pizza, Wine, and Catching Up. One of my good friends and I went out for a much-needed catch-up session last Friday. It was my cheat-day (I’m dieting – blerg), so not only was I happy to see my friend, but I was also happy to see a big-fat cheesy pizza and a glass of wine. Oh yeah. My scale wasn’t happy with me the next day, but my heart and my belly were in bliss. It was great to catch up with my sweet gal pal as well.


3. Living Vicariously.  My boyfriend was away for several days this past week recording with a band at Tiny Telephone Oakland. I asked him to share pictures and videos with me while he was away, and I can’t lie, I was vicariously giddy for him getting to work with John Vanderslice in an analog studio. I know what a music nerd/talent he is, and it was fun to see him in his element. He’s a boss, and I cannot wait to see him show off some more in the near future.

4. Love + Radio’s The Silver Dollar. I feel like I’m already open-minded, and I pride myself on that. However, I listen to the podcast, Love + Radio fairly regularly, and I learn something new nearly every time, and my mind opens just a bit more. The last episode I listened to, “The Silver Dollar” was a replay from a while back because of its extreme relevance today. I won’t give away much because I really want you to listen to it, but I will say that speaker has a lot of interesting, intelligent things to say about how to approach racists.

5. Lazy Sunday.  After a long and busy week, sometimes lying around and doing next to nothing, aka, sharing a tub of faux-scream and a bag of kettle chips (whoops) while watching movies is the best way to go.

6. Coffee Bar & Friends Playing Guitar.  I had to take that opportunity to rhyme or else — who do you think I am?? After Patrick got back in town, we went to watch his friend play at one of our favorite coffee bars and hung out with him for a bit after his set. The theme of this week seems to be “catching up,” as once again, it was good to see Patrick’s friend after a far-too-long gap.

7. Farewell Before Tour.  Instead of watching the Oscars like I normally do every year, Patrick and I went to his friend’s first show of a tour with Jesca Hoop at a big Austin venue to say farewell for a few months before touring the U.S. and U.K. It was fun to see him play, even though I’m now exhausted from staying up too late before a school night… can you tell? My short, choppy post is showing a little. None-the-less, ever-so grateful for so many things.

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. Long Weekend. I’ve gotten into this bad habit of not writing my 7 for seven posts when I’ve had longer than a regular two-day weekend, but who can blame me? Technically, this is my Monday, and someone is not complaining.


2. Valentine. Tuesday night, Patrick and I decided not to join the crowds, and we cooked meatballs together from our new cookbook. We played records, drank too much wine, and lovingly laughed at each other’s idiosyncrasies in the comfort of home.

3. Learning Together.  Even though, of course, I was jealous of my students who had a five-day ski weekend (what kind of district does this!? – oh yeah, ours does), I was happy to have a couple of days learning from my peers and seeing the incredible things they are doing in their classrooms. This year, I presented as well, and even though I hate public speaking, I was proud of myself for conquering this fear/nightmare after years of shying away from it (yes, even ex-actresses hate being themselves in front of other adults, ha!). It went well (fingers crossed).

4. “Tequila Thursday.”  Our keynote speaker during the Learning Together conference joked with us that we really got together for teacher conferences to have a “tequila Thursday.” We laughed at how lame his joke was, and then went out for a tequila Friday. Whoops.


5. Timber + Brass.  My guy and I launched our shop website this week (sort of!), as well as our social media platforms to garner interest and show people what we’ve been up to. Come check us out on Instagram to see what we’ve done @timberandbrass We’d love your support!


6. Saturday Night Dining.  Patrick and I went out for an impromptu dinner Saturday night at one of our favorite restaurants in town, and then we had an impromptu photo-shoot on our way back to the car. Duh.

7. Juice Walk & Flower Pickin’.  We went on our regular Sunday stroll to our favorite juice spot in Austin (on Monday – ha!), and enjoyed the nice weather after a crazy storm the previous night. Patrick was one of those kids who stopped every five seconds on a walk to pick up flowers, rocks, and insects — and some things never change.

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. Pep-Rally. I always enjoy spectating my students in their element. Although, fortunately, many of them excel in the classroom, they excel in so many other areas as well. I loved watching them cheer, dance, sing, and play their instruments all in the name of school spirit and camaraderie. I too often forget how talented these kids are and that their interests are far and wide, so watching their pep-rally’s, performances, and games are always kind reminders.


2. Valentine’s Dance. Speaking of watching students in their element — there is not a much better pre-teen/early-teen places to watch them at their best (and most awkward — which I think is also their best). It might be sad how much I look forward to spending one Friday night a year chaperoning the middle school Valentine’s Dance. Their uninhibited dance competition falls into my top ten favorite moments of this year (yes, I suppose, it’s only February). It.Was.Amazing.


3. Boyfriend-Nurse.  When the school nurse makes an announcement at a faculty meeting about the crazy amount of sickness going around our school, you hope that it becomes socially acceptable to walk around in a hazmat suit. Or — you just get sick, too — like I did. And then give it to my boyfriend. Although men tend to be the whinier of the two sexes when sick, mine is a true trooper, and he proved to be just as nurturing as I am (if not more). He brought over aaaaall the remedies, and took care of me like the true gentleman (sick gentleman) he is.

4. Exercise the Sick Out.  Even though we probably shouldn’t have overdone it, my boyfriend and I took advantage of feeling better on Sunday and decided to get into a better routine of taking care of ourselves. I took him through a yoga class with the new yoga mat I gave him (early – oops!) for Valentine’s Day, and then we went on a walk around the lake in the nice weather.

Don’t worry… We did NOT buy these.

5. Thrift-Shop.  After our weekend workout, Patrick and headed out to a nearby small town and did some thrift-shopping. Not only is it fun to do with someone as quirky and fun-loving as him, but it makes it all the more great when he brings all the knowledge that a person who has worked in that business can bring (Is there anything he hasn’t done!?). Nope. The answer is nope.

6. Short and Sweet.  I’m keeping this post at Five for 7 because I am busy busy busy preparing for a presentation I am giving this Thursday for my district, but I can’t wait to come back next week and give you more!

 

7. Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy and celebrate with those you love! Even if you hate this holiday because it seems it manifested from a Greeting Card and feeds over-commercialization, we could all stand to celebrate love a little more in these divisive times. Hug someone. Love each other more.

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. Ad ShiftWhile it’s possible this shift has more to do with smart marketers knowing their market, and less about being “the nice guy,” it’s a pleasant day when it seems objectification loses and inclusivity wins. Read about it here.

2. Accidents Happen. I got in a fender bender this week that shook all calm out of me, and I unleashed a scream I didn’t know was buried in this small-framed body. Oops. However, I’m so grateful for my well-made vehicle, and for nice men who have a momentary lapse in judgement. I couldn’t have been hit by a nicer man. He was seventy-years old and had never been in an accident before, poor guy! He was super sweet, and even called me later to check on me, to apologize again (for the 100th time), and let me know his insurance is taking care of everything. Accidents happen, and I only came out of it with a few sore muscles, and a realization that the universe if full of good people, and we are all so interconnected — a reminder to always be kind.

3. SuperMan.  My boyfriend had a couple days off before leaving town last week. Did he relax and take it easy, even though he’d be plenty deserving of it? Nope. While I was at work, he sanded down my coffee table and a filing cabinet to prep for paint, went grocery shopping to fill my fridge, created a website for our new business, and made me dinner before I got home. I didn’t ask him to do any of this. I’m keeping him — and not because he did things for me, but because he is thoughtful and knows what it takes to share in responsibilities, to every once in a while go above and beyond for someone he loves, and to show his love in his actions. I love you, Patrick!

4. Finding Yogi.  This past summer, I fell in love with yoga, but of course… the school year took over, and it started to drain my pockets. Well, thanks for my sweet brother, I was able to regain that love through the help of his well-researched yoga DVDs that he gave me for Christmas. They are perfect, and they helped me get back into the much-needed routine of practicing mindfulness, giving my body a treat each day, and shaking off the vibrations from the daily grind.

5. Oh, Baby.  Friday night, my coworkers and I said goodbye (for now) to one of our favorite people before she has her first baby. We had a baby shower for her at a coworker’s house near our school, and enjoyed her potty-mouth and big-heart for a few more hours before she leaves us for a few months. We can’t wait to see you as a mother, and we can’t wait to have you back!

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6. Welcome Home… Again!  Thankfully, Patrick had only one more trip this year (well, until three more months!), so it was nice to greet him when he returned Sunday night, knowing that he isn’t turning around and leaving any time soon. We enjoyed a nice dinner at a Tai restaurant and enjoyed our own kind of “Super Bowl” (see above).

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7. Gaga.  I was probably one of maybe a handful of people who was not positioned in front of a television Sunday night to watch the Super Bowl (or in the stadium). In an age when anyone can pull up the half-time show on the Internet the very next day (American football isn’t my cup of tea; I’ve tried so hard!), I decided to spend time with my guy who just returned from NYC and watch the half-time show later. After watching it, I have to agree with most people who are now completely Gaga for Gaga. Gosh, she’s great — the vocals, the athleticism, the ways she politicizes through her art without polarizing – gah! I kind of got teary, and I didn’t need to hide it. Thank you, Gaga! Also, watch her press conference. She is so kind, gracious, smart, and it’s clear her message of inclusivity is genuine. Read this, too!

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. Reminder. Sometimes reminders come in surprising ways. After a stressful week of prepping for my evaluation, preparing for a presentation in February, etc., etc., I perhaps needed the reassurance just as much as the student I gave it to. I’ll keep the details between us, but a student and I had a heart to heart about a serious issue involving a boy, and at the end of it, she reached out and gave me a hug. I can’t describe how happy that made me, to know (or hope) I somehow made a difference. Sometimes I see a lot of myself in my students, and I always wish I had a teacher to guide me at school in a way that didn’t see me as just a report card. It reminded me that my job is so much bigger than evaluations, presentations, and paperwork, and it brought me back to feeling more grounded and balanced than before.

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2. New Album. My boyfriend and one of the bands he plays in just released a new EP this past week. The second song on it was written and played (all instruments) by him, and it’s stunning! Check it out on Spotify or iTunes. He reminds me constantly, that in a time that feels dark in our country, creating art that brings light is so important.

3. Fish Tacos + Tequila.  My boyfriend and I made fish tacos from a recipe he found at Food52 for a dinner with his cousin Saturday night. As a marketing professional, she joined us to chat business and hash out a logo. She did such a wonderful job, and we are super excited moving forward with this project. I can’t wait to share more!

4. Early Valentine.  I’m the worst at waiting to give presents I’m excited about, so when packages hit my doorstep, I immediately asked Patrick if he wanted to exchange Valentine’s Day presents with me. Of course, he said yes, being the eager gift-giver he is himself. I gave him a nice yoga mat, copper tumblers, bitters, and a book called The Drunken Botanist, and I’m the proud new owner of a KitchenAid extension to spiral veggies! I’m such an adult. Of course, he’s not as bad as me, and he is waiting until at least February to give me the rest.

5. Pasta!  I’m trying to eat healthy, but Friday has been my cheat day, so I made homemade crock-pot meat sauce to bring to my coworkers with some pasta, garlic bread, and ice-cream. Then, I took the remainder of the sauce home and made my man a savory lasagna. How’s that for cheating?

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6. Sunday Stroll.  One of my favorite things to do to unwind is take a long walk on a sunny day. My boyfriend and I started a new Sunday tradition of taking a walk to a food truck court, ordering juices for a rest on the swings, and then walking back to his place.

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7. Dad’s Birthday.  Although of course I wish I could be with him instead, my dad is celebrating his birthday tonight in Dallas, Texas. He has almost exactly one more year until he is able to retire and move out here to Austin, and I’m stoked!

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