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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. Due WEST. Patrick and I attended the opening party for an artist tour of West Austin that we got invited to take part in last weekend and the upcoming weekend. We mingled a bit, looked at the other artists’ displays, and ate bites from local restaurants. Emphasis on bites. Small bites. Delicious bites, none-the-less, but our bellies were prepped for substance, so we took our guts to our favorite taco place and indulged to celebrate our first show in Austin (Patrick is more experienced than I — so MY first! 😉 ).

2. Two Ts. My old pal, T and tacos of course. — It was my high school pal Thomas’s birthday this weekend, so it was fun to join him for dinner with some other friends, play catch up over a few margs, and eat even more Tex-Mex the next day. Whoops.

3. WAREs.  Patrick and I checked out our show on Saturday with a group of other makers and artists. The show concept is super cool (Show Statement: A curated collection of objects, furniture, and wares characterizing the interdisciplinary practices of Central Texas artists, designers, and makers. The domestic qualities of the showroom allows objects to be viewed in context, providing a tactile approach to the dialogue between object and architecture. The exhibit demonstrates the multi-scalar relationships of the works we live with and the spaces we occupy.), and the place look so great.  Patrick and I were able to stay and chat with some passersby and the people who put together the show. It was truly nice to spend some time with like-minded people who appreciated that kind of craft.

4. “There isn’t any is” Gallery Opening.  We had a day of fun Saturday, brunching at a downtown restaurant, checking out our show, lunching and imbibing at a place off South Congress, and fitting in some casual shopping. After checking out our space at Co-Lab Projects downtown, we decided to come back to the same building that evening, dodging a huge party next door — eek — another story), to see John Paul Rosenberg’s work, also sharing a space in that building. We shared a drink with some new people we are getting to know in the art world, and then headed back home to our sweat pants. Real life.

5. Sunday Funday // Adulting Edition.  After buying a washer and dryer (Patrick and I agreed that this finalized us becoming actual adults), we spent the day Sunday shopping for plants and gardening. Our next-door neighbor (a five-year-old girl) kept climbing over our fence and talking to us. I helped her make a card for her mother for Mother’s Day, and talked shop with her while we watched Patrick dig in the dirt. The extra vitamin D helped.

6. New Traditions. Patrick and I used to take walks at his old place every Sunday to a juice truck and pick up a drink for the way back to his house, but now we live close to our favorite coffee/bar. With most of its seating outside, we enjoyed some more sun, sipped on some beer, and enjoyed our favorite tacos in Austin (which is saying a lot!). We decided to make this our new Sunday tradition, as we live within a mile from our new third place. Sunday traditions are important to us, as Monday is often a day to dread — it’s something to look forward to in the evening, so as to stretch this traditionally lazy day as much as we possibly can.

7. Mother’s Day.  Even though I didn’t get to spend it with my wonderful mama, it’s always nice to take time to show gratitude towards all the sacrifices she has made and continues to make for her family. I don’t thank her often enough. I love you, sweet mama!

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.

Between the last two weeks’ late posts, starting a new business, prepping for my school’s big state test this week, and now house hunting, I am completely wiped out. There’s a lot to be grateful for from this week — attending a tearful (from laughter this time) farewell dinner at one of my favorite restaurants with my boyfriend’s family, watching a fantastic movie with all the feels (go see Moonlight now!), hopping over to an impromptu lunch downtown with my boyfriend after a secret mission, and watching my boyfriend play a show at one of my favorite Austin bars with some of my favorite people. However, I’ve decided to simply write only a few things (much like this) for the next few weeks while I’m soon in the process of moving and having to cut my Internet — Typing from a phone is exhausting (finger cramps tell me I’m getting old) and formatting on a phone is next to impossible (my generation is completely showing). I’ll be here still every week with a brief summary to continue my gratitude practice, and then I’ll be back with a vengeance soon after!

 

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.

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. 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. Aaaaand we’re backSort of. The Texas “cedar fever” got me. Got me real good. And my Monday was, eerr — Monday, unlike the majority of the rest of the universe who went back to work today. Nonetheless, I’m grateful to have had the time off that I had to come back (sort of) refreshed to start a new year. I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I’m feeling better on the one warm day this week before the freeze tonight that will bring in yet another bout of cedar haze. Yippee!

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2. Show Prep. My guy prepped for his first solo show last week, and I was happy to help him paint his sculptural backdrop (while I watched him do the hard part). He created this textural white wall for a projection that his musician/engineer friend designed. The projection was programmed to move with the music for a show designed with a “feedback” theme that demonstrated a connection between light and sound in each of the three sets.

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3. Show-Time!  I’m going to start by saying I’m going to do a lame job of describing how proud I am of my boyfriend. Words are not fitting. My heart exploded for him. He performs with a band (well, several bands to be more accurate), but he is starting to branch out to perform music of his creation for the first time after encouragement from many people in his life. He plays mostly brass instruments, but he also has made several of his own instruments (his many talents blow my mind) which he uses in his music as well. The venue filled up quickly, with over one-hundred people, and they roared with applause when he was done — it couldn’t have been a more perfect first solo show for him to give him the confidence he needs to keep sharing his gifts.

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4. Fresh Flowers, Day-After Dessert, and Window-Shopping.  This week, both my boyfriend and I had time off from work. Sharing a life with someone who travels as much as he does has its challenges (missing him… arg!), but it was so much fun spending almost an entire two-weeks straight of vacation with him. We spent time soaking up the romance of our stress-free time off together – buying fresh flowers, revamping left-over desserts from holiday dinner, window shopping (on-line and otherwise), taking long walks, and listening to our favorite records.

5. Music All the Time.  One of the best things about spending so much time with my guy this past week was the fact that music was on at almost all times. I grew up with that in my home — my grandparents blasted Boston Pops Orchestra in their lake house while their grandkids pranced around, my cousin wows everyone with his natural talent of playing any instrument he touches, my parents played The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and so much more while my sister and I bossed around kids on our block to dance to our moves, and then they shuffled us off to dance class where there was of course, always more music. Music has always been a part of my life, even if I don’t myself play an instrument, so meeting someone who feels exactly the same way was important to me. Boy have I met my match! If he wasn’t playing his horn, those records were roaring. And thank God his noises are all beautiful. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a few tears while he played. And I’m no liar! Wasn’t pretty.

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6. New Year’s Eve.  My guy and I planned a New Year’s party at his house this past week. We spent all day running around town, blowing up balloons, decorating his house, cooking two kinds of chili, and making homemade chocolates. He built a nice fire outside, while we sat around with champagne and chocolates, counting down to the new year. At the end of the party, we had a fun impromptu “prom photo” session with our friends, and finally, when the last person left, he and I had way too much fun popping all the balloons and cleaning up (yep, only we would enjoy cleaning up! HAR). It was a great way to end the year with a really nice group of people in the comfort of someone’s home.

7. New Year’s Day.  On the first day of the year, I am grateful I got to spend another day with my man before he leaves (agaaaaaaain) for a couple weeks. We enjoyed a lazy day with leftover chili, Pinteresting (verb-ing it) in bed, and listening to records. We’re so predictable(ly awesome).

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! Happy New Year! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2017! I have a feeling this is going to be a REALLY good year.

xo,

Lauren