Photos from Lake Austin

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Two weekends ago, I was lucky to have an event at Lake Austin Spa Resort as a part of their For the Love of Books Club.  It. Was. Bliss.

So blissful that I NAPPED!  I read somewhere once that it’s common for people to crash and sleep a lot during their first day at a spa, and even though sleep for me is an elusive, complicated thing, I did just that. I let everything go and slept like it’s easy. I don’t think I realized just how noisy my life is until everything was suddenly calm and quiet.

And it didn’t hurt that my room was the stuff dreams are made of.  Seriously, wouldn’t you kill for a bathtub like this…

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…overlooking the most perfect little private garden?

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I wrote by the pool.

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Until a flash thunderstorm chased me to the library.  It’s an amazing spot to watch lightning over Lake Austin. And to watch the sun come out after the rain stopped.

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I’m pretty sure I’m spoiled for life now.

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On Saturday evening, we had a great book club chat about STAY.  We talked about the writing process, and did a writing exercise together.  It was lovely to have quality time with people who love books as much as I do.

Oh, and the majority of the veggies and herbs served in the dining room come from absolutely gorgeous organic gardens on the grounds.  It’s inspiring to see just how beautiful vegetables can be.

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I spent some time at up at the spa, took yoga, somatics, and foam roller classes, and went on a boat tour of Lake Austin.  I ate five course meals every night (I’m still dreaming of the stone fruit gazpacho), and had a wonderful time chatting with staff and guests.  I’m so thankful for my time at Lake Austin, and hope to visit again!

Also, my imaginary dream home now has need for a red chandelier.  I’m completely in love.

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P.S.  If you’re looking for a good excuse to get away, Claire Cook will be at Lake Austin in August for a Reinvention Workshop!