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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 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


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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. Student SwapLast week was the last full week before the big, high-stakes state writing test for my 7th grade Language Arts students. The teachers on my team and I decided to switch things up a bit and hold a writing “boot camp” to really hone in on the skills being tested with an emphasis on the areas of that needed most improvement. We ranked our students based on a recent assessment and placed them into tiered groups, so my students were a mix of the other two Language Arts teachers’ classes last week. I love my students, but it was so much fun getting a different group. The other teachers and I felt brilliant about it by the end of the week, when both the students and we were eager to get out for Spring Break, as we felt less antsy with the mixing up of students.

2. Cookies & Mi…Wine. My roommate and I enjoyed more downtime together this week with a bottle of wine and then… an entire sleeve of thin-mints. Whoops. We also got “lame” on our Friday night and had a Rumba watch-a-thon after our weekly happy hour. For whatever reason, we watched our new Rumba trip over rugs and awkwardly navigate our apartment and we got the biggest kick out of it. Why are we so cool, you ask? I wish I could tell you our secret.

3. Terrible Thursdays.  I don’t know what it is, but I’ve fell into a pattern recently of having really stressful Thursdays — perhaps it’s because it’s the day before the weekend and the idea of one more day is sometimes excruciating? Who knows, but all I can say is thank goodness I have a bf who is quick to pick up the pieces when I’m feeling less than myself. He was quick to take me out to a nice dinner at Italic in downtown Austin. We enjoyed fancy cocktails and really good Italian food, and I was instantly back to my old self.

4. Spring Break HH.  I love my weekly HH with my coworkers, but it’s hard to beat the one on our last day and introduction to spring break. With perfect weather and good company, it doesn’t get much better than that.

5. Meet the Parents.  My parents invited my bf and I to a bbq at their lake house on Saturday, so my bf met them for the first time along with my aunt, uncle, and brother. He had already passed the twin and brother-in-law test (as well as my cousin and his sweet wife), so I was excited, albeit a bit nervous, for him to meet the rest of my family. I wasn’t at all nervous about how he would be perceived, but it gets a little scarier as I get older, as I don’t want to place anyone in front of my family who isn’t serious. However, he made it clear he knew how important it was and how happy he was to do it, so I was elated about the experience. Never have I ever introduced someone who was more comfortable and at ease than him. Without hesitation, he got right in there and was a true gem all night. He spent time with everyone individually and got to know people on his own. I loved seeing him chat it up with my father outside with a bonfire and a glass of whiskey in tow. It turned out to be the perfect night, as the weather was gorgeous, I’d never seen that many stars so visible, and the company was so great. I had so much fun with my entire family, and couldn’t have asked for a better time.

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6. SXSW.  My bf, a few of his friends, and I went to a local sausage house and brewery, only to be surprised that we planted ourselves in the middle of a SXSW event (if you don’t live in Austin, it’s a film/interactive/music festival that takes over almost the entire town). We saw a few celebrities there, as they were being interviewed for upcoming movies. We saw Anna Kendrick, Kirsten Dunst (my personal fave), and Gillian Jacobs who was in one of my recent favorite new Netflix series, Judd Apatow’s Love.

7. Sunday Birthday Funday.  Admittedly, I had a little too much fun this Sunday Funday with my bf and his friends celebrating one of their birthdays, and probably didn’t respond to something how I normally would have if I had been… well not having too much “fun.” On the flip-side of things, I got to see just how wonderful his friends are and how much they have my back even when I’m not at my best. I’m so happy they care about me because as I’ve come to learn getting to know them as I’ve been dating my bf, I sure care about them too. They are not just a fun group, but a nurturing one, too. I felt pretty darn grateful.

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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