We had to check out at noon, so it was an early morning for us if we wanted to squeeze in some fun stuff. At 8:00 we had Tai Chi outside overlooking the water.
I don't have a picture because it definitely would have been awkward for me to take a picture during the middle of the class, but this picture is basically what we looked like except we weren't matching and there wasn't that cool building in the background...
I have never done Tai Chi before. It was really interesting. You do the moves really slowly because the slow movements make you have to work on your balance which strengthens the muscles. One movement takes a couple of minutes to complete the full move. But, if all the tai chi moves are performed quickly, they are actually self-defense moves. So I learned how to get away from someone if they grab my arm. Very cool! This is a video of one of the self-defense move I learned...
After Tai Chi, we had breakfast and then there was one thing I had to try before we left...
In the jungle! Not really... but the trees look cool.
Looking onto the resort grounds from the water...
The view from the water.
After our hydrobikes, we explored the organic gardens again. The resort gave us shears and told us that we could take home anything we wanted from the garden! So I wanted to take home some of their pretty flowers to fill our vases that purchased at the resort's cute boutique.
Vases in hand... ready to fill!
Which ones do I pick?? They are all so pretty!
Of course I had to get some of these little bobbles that I love! Sam offered to operate the tools as you can see...
Then it was time to pack up and head back home to reality. However, I think I can handle reality much better after that trip!
But wait, I need to show you pics of our cute and cozy room and private backyard garden! I loved the rooms because they felt really homey... like you were staying in a little cottage.
We took these pics while we were packing up so it's not all clean and perfect like it was when we arrived, but you get the idea. Look at my vases on the window sill!
Sam's apparently thinking really hard and seriously about packing up...
The door heading out to our little private garden
Here is our garden! That window right there is the window from inside the shower (next pic).
This was so cool! It felt like you were showering outside, but with privacy! I know some people may not like that feeling, but I thought it was relaxing. So if that's the case, there was a curtain in front of the window if that made you uncomfortable. Oh, and the bathrooms were furnished with the resorts lotion, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and more that had this AMAZING lavender scent. Now, I am hooked on lavender smelling things for the moment, especially since the resort gave us a lavender candle as a gift to take home with us. So nice!
Another pic of the garden.
So that was our weekend getaway filled with relaxation, adventure, and fun at Lake Austin Spa Resort! Sam and I had such a great time. Keeping in mind that this was a gift from my parents for our 1st year Anniversary (thanks again!), it was like a second honeymoon! Our real honeymoon was in Belize at another incredible resort that is a hidden gem like Lake Austin called The Victoria House. Flashback time to some honeymoon pics!
Our Honeymoon Villa at Victoria House. Ours was the upper and lower, right half of the building on the right.. if that makes sense. It's kind of covered by the tree, but they all look the same.
Sunrise in Belize...
It's official, we like hammocks... I caught Sam taking a nap!
And we love kayaking...
We took a private sunset sail on this "old school" sailboat with some rum punch. Besides the fact that I thought we were going to tip over the entire time, it was really fun and a gorgeous sunset.
So now you see why I can say that our short weekend getaway felt like a second honeymoon! A little relaxation, adventure, and fun. I guess that should become the theme of our trips from now on.
So, I must leave you with a recap of some life lessons I took away from this trip...
Lessons from Our Trip
1. Let yourself relax. Allow your mind to turn off. Just be. Enjoy the simple things around you and the simple things in life... like the simple fact that you are alive and healthy.
2. Take advantage of being alive and healthy and move your body! Don't be afraid to try new things (like Tai Chi for example).
3. There is more than one way to relax. Relaxation doesn't have to mean getting a massage or sitting down and doing nothing. Relaxation can be active as long as it's something that you enjoy and that allows you to take your mind off of life's worries.
4. Enjoy the rain! If you had a big day planned, don't let it ruin your day. Grab an umbrella (or not) and go! Someone recently told me to think of it as "Liquid Sunshine" (thanks Maggie!).
5. Watch a movie. Sam and I never used to take time to watch movies. I could always think of other things I could be doing with that time. We watched two movies during our stay, and since we have been home, we have enjoyed some good laughs while watching some movies that we already owned.
And that's the end of my series of posts on our weekend getaway! Mission Accomplished. I hope you enjoyed hearing about the weekend. Have you had any fun adventures lately?? If so, I want to hear!
I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Talk to you soon :-)
With Love, Health, and Happiness,