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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. 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 Sis. Spring Break seemed to come at just the right time, as I was feeling tired and a bit burnt out, despite loving my job. My first day off was spent idling around downtown Austin, walking around and visiting a coffee shop, talking to locals and SXSW visitors alike. I’m going to sound like a total dweeb, but I felt like such the cool gal, as I had so many tourists ask for directions along my leisurely route. Ha! I finally felt like a true Austinite, four years later. I met my sister for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants downtown, and we shared our mutual favorite (and ironic) meal of choice: truffle fries, a salad, and bubbly.

2. Game Night. Monday night, of my coworkers often holds game nights where we play Cards Against Humanity, drink, and laugh around a large table on their patio. He and his wife are always great hosts and treat us better than we deserve as we take over their house for a night. They made bean dip, queso, and burgers, and we gratefully stuffed our faces. It was fun to bring my bf this time, so he could witness and indulge in the festivities.

3. Bday & Ritas.  Tuesday, it was nice to meet up with a few gals for a friend’s bday, grub, toss back a couple of margaritas, and talk girl talk for a bit.

4. Spring Shopping.  My roommate and I went on a spontaneous shopping excursion Tuesday. I typically don’t enjoy shopping, and haven’t done so in a while, as I’m a poor teacher :/ but it was fun spending time with the roommie on our spring break, saving each other from terrible shopping decisions and trying on clothes we couldn’t afford.

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5. Austin Rodeo.  “This IS my first rodeo” became my favorite cheeky phrase this past Thursday. My bf loves the rodeo, as that is where his parents first met, and he grew up around them, so he was excited to finally take me to one and one that had one of his favorite bands playing to boot after the roping and rides. It just so happened that a friend of mine and her guy were there as well, so it was fun to meet up and enjoy it together. My bf leaned over and told me a love song was from him to me, and I felt grateful, as I always do, to be opened up to a world different from one I grew up around or have ever experienced for that matter, and I got to experience it with someone I care about. After the lack of good food at the rodeo, we dorked it out and took fast-food honey biscuits back to my place and grubbed out to a movie like two happy fat kids.

6. Make New Friends and Keep the Others.  Is it that dorky that I immediately think about the old girl-scout song my fellow daisies and I use to sing in the aforementioned bullet title? Ha! Well, I can’t help it. It’s always eye-opening when something happens where you need true friends to come forward. To know I have friends in unexpected places, people from my past and new friends I’ve met through people in my present, is extremely comforting. I feel so lucky to have the people in my life that I have. I’ve truly always felt like everything happens for a reason, and the validation I have from the friends that are there for me brings it to the forefront of my mind when I need that reminder. I am so thankful and warmed by that.

7. Sister Rescue.  My sister knew that Sunday morning, I needed a huge pick-me-up, and she came to the rescue in true sister fashion. She brought me a smoothie, tea, and water and went on a long walk with me in the sunshine. She’s a true gem in my life, and I’m so lucky to have a twin sis that is so good at bringing me back to life. Love you, “piss”!

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