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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.

My slow Internet in this small town truly hates WordPress, but I need my 7 for seven badly tonight, so I’m fighting the loading-wait-time-battle with a few short paragraphs. I’ve spent the better part of the last couple weeks packing boxes, imagining better classroom management for these nearly all-boy classes (I’ll spare you my nightmare stories – trust me, this dynamic is layered, tricky, and frustrating – only burdened more by the vitriol they are hearing/repeating on Fox News and from our very own president’s mouth – sigh – deep breath).

Nevertheless, I have good things in my life, and it’s enough that I can see the light at the end of this tunnel. I’ve got the love of my life by my side, with a fun new business, and a new home on the horizon. I can’t wait for Friday, but I can totally wait for Friday… the boxes!! Eek. I never realize just how much I can do without until I begin to pack.

And I appreciate what I do have. For example, my family came to visit for Easter weekend, and my ambitious mother planned a brunch with extended family in between all the furniture painting and updates getting ready for their permanent move to the greater Austin, TX area after my dad retires soon. As always, it was a nice break to see them and spend time with the people who I love.

I’ll be back next week with a regular 7 for seven (fingers crossed) with my new Internet!!!! Yep, I often say, it’s often the small 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.STAAR Party” HH. If you don’t live in Texas, then you may not understand the stress of the 7th grade state testing in Language Arts, as students test this year in both reading and writing — or you do, as you live in one of the many states that does the same, just under a different label. Chances are, you have an inkling for just how stressful this test is on both the students and their teachers, and needless to say, we needed a Tuesday HH like no other… Friday. It satiated our needs, for the time being. 🙂

2. Farewell. My boyfriend and I planned on spending Wednesday together, as Thursday is his regular night for soccer practice and we were both leaving town for different reasons this weekend. We watched The Big Short, and man did that a movie fire me up! It’s not that I didn’t know what happened, but it didn’t make it any less painful to watch. It was just that it was hard to watch people from the big banks, the corporate world, and Wall Street act so terribly — it was actually more so that I feel like what happened was so terrible, but also that I dislike it when movies dehumanize people (even on the wrong end of things) and paint them as pure evil. It was a great movie — wonderfully acted, but I think politics needs to be painted with softer brush, if that makes any sense. I say this all the time, and I risk making people gag, but I was so grateful to see more sides to my boyfriend that night, as he came across not only as a person of comfort when I got all riled up by the movie, but he didn’t diminish what I was feeling. Instead, he humored this sensitive gal and helped me to understand things on a deeper level — which is all I ever want. I absolutely hate not understanding where people are coming from and why people do what they do, especially when it seems to be coming from a bad place. I’ve always been this way, and he got that without questioning my sanity. Ha! Isn’t there a saying something like, “We’re all a little crazy; we just need to find someone to match our brand of crazy?” Le sigh.

3. Unexpected Farewell Part Deux.  After oversleeping on his nap, my boyfriend missed the first couple minutes of his soccer practice and invited me over instead. I was happy to see him again when I thought I wouldn’t see him again until next week. This time we watched a scary movie, “The Visit,” and it was surprisingly good after not seeing anything good from M. Night Shymalan in a while. It seems the older I get, the more of a wimp I am when it comes to scary movies, which is why it’s way more fun to watch them next to a man with good arms. Ha!

4. Friday HH.  After a long week of state testing and rallying the students back to their regular routine, this HH with a couple of coworkers was another much-needed escape.

5. Gal’s Night.  My sister and I drove to Dallas this weekend to attend a baby shower for my sweet cousin. My aunts and most of my girl cousins (we missed you, Kelsey!) were there to celebrate. We hung out the night before the shower in my parents’ living room drinking wine, eating my aunt’s delicious fettuccine alfredo (what my cousin was craving), and laughing at the aunts’ crazy coming-of-age-stories. My dad is a huge story-teller, so it was so nice to hear my mother tell some more stories about her youth for a change. We laughed until tears were streaming down our faces at times, and it felt so good to spend time with such a caring and fun group of people — even luckier to be able to call them my family.

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6. Family Baby Shower.  My mother, aunts, and cousin Aly are seriously the best party planners, and I need to remember this when it’s finally time for me to have one. 🙂 The decor my mom made for my cousin was adorable, and everyone pitched in to make some delicious brunch. We had a great time celebrating the soon-to-be mom, and spending time with one another. I’m so excited for my (multiple) cousins to have their babies around soon, and I can’t wait to see what great mothers they will make. There’s no doubt in my mind.

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7. Misterwright.  My twin sis has started getting some of her prototype dresses before she starts production on her new dress line, and I was excited I got to wear one this past Sunday and keep it! She’s such a talent. Pay no mind to my unphotogenicness (word?), and look instead at the cute chambray dress. Check her out at www.shopmisterwright.com.

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. Cleaning FrenzySometimes I get into these almost manic cleaning frenzies. It started in my classroom while my students were working quietly on a test, and then it bled into lunchtime, where I cleaned out the entire fridge. My coworkers were laughing at me (while secretly liking it, I’m sure) as I filled two tall trash cans to the brim with expired leftovers and condiments. I’ll tell you — there’s not much more that’s more therapeutic than a good cleaning sesh.

2. Paying it Forward. This past summer, my roommate invited me to join her at a youth camp to see what it was like for them but also to enjoy it as an adult. I had never been to a camp before in my life, so I had so much fun acting like a total kid for a week. When asked to pay it forward and invite others to a banquet to see what the camp is all about, I was happy to invite my bf and a couple of close friends of mine. The student testimonies were so sweet and inspiring.

3. Radio.  After the banquet, I took my bf and friend out to one of my favorite bars close to home and thanked them for coming out with a drink. We had a great time, and I enjoyed bringing two people I care about together to meet for the first time.

4. HH.  I’m redundant, but yet another much-needed HH was had with some of my favorite coworkers after… you guessed it, another long week. 

5. Pamper Me.  After a long time of saving money and getting jealous over girls’ finely groomed fingers and toes, I decided to treat myself again and get myself a mani and pedi. It felt so good to splurge a bit and to be pampered.

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6. Pair it w/ Claret.  A girlfriend and I went to a winery on Saturday to enjoy their annual chili cook off. I couldn’t believe how many people were there, and the good bands that played to boot. We had a blast, drinking good wine, sampling the chili, and listening to the music. Afterwards, we stopped to get a bite to eat and caught up — making each other belly laugh per usual.

7. Sunday Fun Day.  This post is late, super short, and perhaps a bit (seemingly) trite in comparison to my norm, but to be honest, I’m super tired after my Sunday Fun Day and a busy Monday back to work. My bf was out-of-town until Sunday, and I have to say, I hadn’t been that excited to run into someone’s arms in a long time. We spent the day together, starting with a tasty brunch. Happy, warm, and home are the words that seem the most comparable.

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. Personal Goal MET. Okay, so it’s not that big of a deal, but it is a BIG deal to me, and I’m owning it even though it makes me .5ish lame. I wrote about my personal goals here, and I posted myself accomplishing one of those goals here. I’m proud of myself; SUE ME. Smiley face.

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Excuse my ugly Uggs; THEY ARE COMFY OKAY.

2. Driving Ms. Wright. My mother visited her vacation home near Austin the weekend before Thanksgiving, and she offered to scoop me up on Tuesday to drive up to Dallas before heading to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving with our extended family. Breath. Sorry, I’m almost positive that was a (near) run-on, but I’m feeling too dreadful about returning to work today to fix it. It was fun spending time and catching up with my mother in the car, and it actually made the time pass super quickly. We stopped in Waco on the way to Dallas because my mother loves the HGTV show with Chip and Joanna, and she wanted to see their store. P.S. How endearing is it that my mother wanted a photo of the storefront and cut out the end of the signage (totally something I would do)?? — and ALSO those young lads lurking in the background make me giggle.

3. Baby, Baby.  Before arriving in Oklahoma, I stayed in Dallas for a couple of days and took advantage of the time to visit with a couple of my besties from Dallas, who both just so happened to have babies in tow. I had lunch with my beautiful and très pregnant friend at a cute little place in an old downtown square. Lots of adjectives. It always feels like we are able to pick right back up where we left off when we see each other, and I’m so grateful that she is still in my life even if we are miles apart. She is and always will be like another sister to me. She was glowing as a future mother and a month away from her due date. The next day, Thanksgiving, however, the baby decided to switch holidays and come out a bit early. Thank goodness for a healthy baby boy and mama!

After I had lunch with my friend, I visited the home of another one of my dear friends who had twin boys a month ago. I sat and held one of her lil’ munchkins for hours while I chatted with her and her husband, and they talked about how much their lives had changed in just one short lil’ month. I didn’t just listen to their words; I observed it on their faces. To say I am proud of them would be an understatement.

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My tall German speaking uncle — a selfie aficionado and my mother’s extended family at this year’s Thanksgiving — Seriously, who needs tripods anymore? So 2014.

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My aunt spread old family photos across all generations on the dinner tables as a part of the Thanksgiving decor. It was fun looking at all of them.

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History in the making. My aunt, the hostess of our family Thanksgiving, is a sentimental soul. This year, she handed us a book to sign along with all the things with which we are grateful. I decided the cousins and I would get a little creative with it and write a round-robin story to the tune of “The Night Before Christmas,” which included true moments from the day and family names. We decided to add to it each year as well. It’s pretty silly, but we couldn’t help but feel excited to see it in the future as our (possible) kids laughed at what we wrote years ago.

4. Thanksgiving.  After dinner, one of my aunts reflected aloud, “We sure do have some cute children in this family. It’s amazing that they all turned out well and that none of them were truly trouble.” Out of context, this may have seemed silly, but it was a genuine moment between my two aunts, and one that made me smile. Of course, there are always exceptions to this, so I say this without meaning to apply a general label to all people who don’t “turn out well,” but I can’t help but think it has a lot to do with the amount of love in my family. That is absolutely not to say that there is no love in families where kids get into any serious trouble (Have I mentioned I have a problem qualifying everything I say — I’m owning what I say, but I can’t help but to be sensitive to others because there is no blanket reason). Anyway, my point is, and every Thanksgiving I am reminded of this — I am so lucky to have such a warm and loving extended family. They raised us well. I noticed this also in my family members’ questions to each other. They don’t just ask surface questions; they ask the big questions, and we don’t shy away from answering them. We truly talk, and we truly listen — something I’ve always appreciated about my mother that I see in the rest of her family as well.  They aren’t afraid of vulnerability and showing their love. I grew up used to big hugs and consistent “I love you”s for what often may seem like no reason at all, and for that, I am pretty darn thankful. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we were ALL like that?

5. Brooklyn.  This movie was so stupid sweet, and of course, it looked pretty too. After the movie, when asked what I liked most about it, for some reason my answer escaped me, but it was 100% how the guy looked at the ingénue and how he treated her. Also, I’m 100% sap.

6. Sunday Brunch.  My favorite meal of the day is brunch, and it’s even better when it’s someplace new where I feel the need to revisit and work my way through the menu — and trust me, I WILL. Sear Sucker was super cute, to boot.

7. Curveball.  I read this yesterday in Elephant Journal (who knows why I read that stuff??), and it resonated, “Sometimes things go wrong. We all make bad choices, we all get broken hearts and in these moments it is all too easy to play the victim and close our hearts in defiance of life’s pain. I am consistently inspired by the women who can stay open even when it hurts, even when it feels like the whole world is ending. Transformation is often accompanied by discomfort. By opening into, even counter-intuitively moving towards this discomfort, an awakening woman will grow no matter what.” Life is sometimes unpredictable, but I’m also in a time of my life that I feel pretty fucking resilient and able to just go with the flow of that unpredictability and wherever it may take me. Feels pretty fantastic.

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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