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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.

Okay, so I lied a little bit. I didn’t come back with my regular 7 for seven last week, and I’m not coming back with a 7 for seven this week, either. We still don’t have Internet, but Google Fiber has plans to run a line to us this week (fingers crossed emoji), so it looks like next week will be it. After the move, Patrick and I have been busy getting the place ready, pretending we still have lives by photographing the shit out of the one night we went out in the past couple weeks. I enjoyed one of my favorite The Dan Ryan shows to date at Stay Gold in Austin. The crowd was amazing, and Patrick played like the true brass slayer he is. We’re also getting ready for an upcoming art show this month, and we are excited to be chosen as a featured artist at an opening party for the show. Check us out at www.timberandbrass.com if you haven’t already.

We’re loving our new neighborhood (“our tribe,” according to Buzz and company). The neighbors invited us to a BBQ the day after we moved in, and we had a great time playing with the fifteen neighborhood dogs (might be an understatement), and eating our neighbors’ delicious southern feast, including ribs that fell off the bone. Our home is super quaint and cute, and we’re loving living closer to Patrick’s cousin so she can hang out with us on the whim. We also now live in walking distance to one of our favorite coffee/bars with our favorite Austin taco truck (and there’s a ton of taco trucks {yay for alliteration!} in ATX — it’s kind of our thing). Patrick plays at that bar often, so we are excited to go there more than my scale would like…

I’m now on the count-down for this school year to end (worst year ever), but I’m hanging in there, and hopeful that next year will be much better. I have soooo much to be grateful for, and I feel like such a lucky dog. I’ve got a nice new home with my favorite beau, and a lovely garden to boot (all the good smells for days).

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. Spring DreamingBetween opening up shop, SXSWin’ (new festival verb), and doing the opposite of adjusting to the loss of one hour during my spring break, I am exhausted — reason one for the second late post in last two weeks. Whoops.

Despite the fresh bags under my eyes, I started the break off in such a great way, but I’m keeping it a secret — for now. I’ll explain later! Wink. Wink.

2. Get Out. I know a movie is good in my book when I cannot get it out of my mind (see what I did there?). I really couldn’t though. This movie was smart, intense, profound, littered with metaphor and nuances, and highly entertaining. Plus, I got in free this week, as The Alamo’s (Austin movie theatre) annual spring break treat to teachers. Score. Go see it!


3. Web-Shop Opening.  It was an exciting and busy week for Patrick and I, as we launched our web-shop, http://www.timberandbrass.com. We were up late and up again early in the morning the day of the launch. I am so thankful to my family and friends who have been so supportive during the opening. Patrick and I feel really lucky to have such supportive, kind, generous people in our lives. We feel the love and the whole-hearted well wishes; they have warmed our hearts!


4. My Baby’s Bday.  On the day of the web-launch, Patrick and I had yet another thing to celebrate — his birthday. We started the day by getting Patrick’s favorite breakfast — tacos and bloody marys. Afterwards, we did a bit of spending with some birthday gift-cards he got, and then headed back to get ready for the evening. We met up with his aunt and uncle who were in town, as well as his cousin, for dinner and drinks at a pizzeria. I loved his family right away, as they reminded me so much of my own. They were fun, sweet, and emotional (yep, just like mine!). At one point, after telling stories about when Patrick and I met and them telling me about the family learning about me, the entire table teared up. I’ve never felt so loved by people who barely knew me, and it felt so much like home. We ended the night with Patrick playing his first SXSW show at this cute outdoor bar. His family and I sat around, shaking maracas along with the music, and then shared a big birthday cake with him when he was done. It was a great day and evening. One for the books!


5. SXSW X2. Patrick and another band played a different show Saturday, and my sister and her husband finally got to come watch him play. I was so happy to be surrounded by his family and mine, as I proudly watched this talented man.

6. Love.  Patrick and I spent a lazy night after feeling beat when SXSW was coming to a close, watching one of our favorite Netflix shows together and eating greasy burgers and fries. Sometimes, it’s the simple nights that bring so much joy.

7. Backyard Bar  & BBQ.  Sunday, Patrick and I woke up late, made breakfast, and then headed to watch a friend’s boyfriend play in his band in the same bar Patrick and I met (we even sat in the same spot). Afterwards, Patrick and I went to his cousin’s house where her parent’s grilled out and cooked for us, her roommates, and her friends. It was a motley crew of sorts, but not one of them lacked an appreciation for the food and the company — what a pleasant group of people and a pleasant end to a spring break.

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.

I had the full intention of bringing back my 7 this week, but I have this upper respiratory thing that is putting me out of sorts and keeping me from getting my act together, so I’ll just stick with a weekend edition to get back into the swing of things — plus three is my lucky number. 😉

Actual person at Poodies. Yes, it’s 2016.

1. Poodies. Albeit seedy, run-down, and infested with flying crickets (my worst nightmare!), I have an affinity for this hole-in-the-wall where Willie Nelson performed many of his gigs back in the day. The company made it all the more worth-while, as it’s difficult to find companionship with someone who has an appreciation for the finer things but also doesn’t mind people-watching at an old blues bar and rocking out to wailing musicians and two-stepping bar flies.

2. Band of Horses. A mother of a student at my school works for Austin City Limits, a downtown venue that conducts live-filmed concerts with well-known musicians and bands. She often gives away tickets to the shows, and they are first-come first-serve to the teachers at my school. I barely missed snatching the two tickets for Band of Horses and was bummed, so when my sister and her husband decided to give away their free pair – I jumped at the chance of taking them. This band reminds me so much of my early twenties where I wrongfully thought I knew everything and had everything figured out, but ignorance (at the time) was such sweet bliss. They were so much fun to watch live — full of energy and a passion for making music that is infectious to the crowd listening to them. And it brought me right back to a scene in my twenties, where I carried an iPod blaring their music over my head while my friends dodged trees, floating in a wild river, crashing into the trees, but saving only the music and the beer. Toes and unscathed backs were unimportant.


3. Epiphany. Okay, maybe “epiphany” is a bit of an exaggeration, as I’ve known this all along, but sometimes I need to see things (like the above meme), to remind me that I’m on a path of weeding out all the people who are not meant to stick around. Normally, I might say that it’s sad but true that not many people stick around after seeing the unfiltered versions of ourselves, but these days, I just say, “It’s true.” I’ll take quality over quantity any day. I’m not in the business of forcing anyone to stay (as a friend, as a lover, whatever role that may be) — if you want me in your life, you’ll make it known. Nothing isolated has sparked this realization, but it seems to have been a theme surrounding 2016, and it doesn’t feel entirely all that bad.

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.

After last week’s vulnerability hangover, I’m choosing to be short, sweet, and vague this week because it feels just about right for now.

  1. Starting Over. After experiencing heart-break, the idea of having to start over yet again is one of the exhausting truths that hits almost immediately (dating blows), but at the same time, if taking the right perspective, it can also be exciting. I get to have someone who gives me his full heart and not just a part of it this time, and how can that be a bad thing? If anything, life is less exhausting that way. Sometimes I get stuck in this rut of a scarcity mindset after a break-up, but thrusting myself back out there onto the dating scene has given me all but a depleted pool. There are plenty of good men still out there; single women — do not give heed to the naysayers.
  2. Sitting. The timing of my recent move out of the city and transition from not so single to suddenly very single was ideal — the situation, maybe not so much, but the distraction was never so welcome. My sister and her husband are house-sitting downtown while renovating their East Austin home, but went out of town recently, so I agreed to house-sit and dog-sit for them, which allowed me to get out quite a bit, meet new people and old friends alike, and distract myself with good company in the thick of downtown Austin.
  3. Big Move. Though I loved living so close to downtown and being smack in the middle of both work and play, I’m excited for a bit of a change in pace out in the hill country. If you missed it, my roommate recently got a job elsewhere, had to move quickly, and I had to find a place to stay. Not sure where I want to move next (gross — moving), I decided to save money for a while in my parents’ vacation home on Lake Travis while they are still living in Dallas. It’s a bit far from civilization, but I could totally get use to enjoying my coffee on their wrap-around porch, having the lake right outside my door, and seeing the views of the water and hills out of almost every window. Le sigh. It’ll be a great retreat after a long day of work.
  4. Serendipity. I’ll be super vague here for multiple reasons, but life is so funny sometimes. I truly believe we meet certain people at a specific time in life for a reason, and the way I met someone this summer was quite hilarious and serendipitous, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know him earlier than I was suppose to (ha, that sounds so funny, and I’m not going to lie, it’s kind of fun being a little secretive about it).
  5. Kayaking. Surprisingly, I’ve never been kayaking before, especially odd since my parents own a few kayaks at their lake house. However, I went for the first time this past weekend, and it was great. Looking forward to taking advantage of having a kayak on hand at all times in “my very own backyard”!
  6. Last Days of Summer. Although my summer off is quickly coming to a close, I’m actually looking forward to seeing more of my coworkers again and starting off a new school year. We start again this Thursday and the kiddos come back in a couple of weeks. Bring it on 2016-17 school year (Can you believe this will be my 11th year? — eek, makes me feel old)!
  7. Happy. After all that I’ve been through (particularly in my romantic relationships), it would be easy for me to get stuck in the woe-is-me mode. However, when one is genuinely happy and able to find the joy in even the smallest things, no one person can change their outlook or derail their big plans. It feels really good to be in that place. Thank you (yes you) for your support, whether you commented, sent me a message, got me out of the house, bought me a drink, or even if you were just a passerby reading my blog; I am grateful for you and your heart

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