Overnight in Cambridge

Last weekend, Peter and I had a mini-break in Cambridge. I was up there for work on Friday so we took advantage and booked a room at the gorgeous Varsity Hotel & Spa right in the heart of the city.

This was my first visit to Cambridge and I’m absolutely smitten. The city is full of charm, history, and impressive architecture. And the shopping isn’t shabby either!

I can only imagine how pretty Cambridge is in the spring and summer. Definitely need to go back again and find out!

Made My Monday

An impromptu mini-date night with the hubby made my Monday.

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He picked me up from the train station and we tried out a new restaurant together — Zio’s Ristorante. I sat by the fire and had a delicious pizza with sundried tomatoes, gorgonzola, and arugula while Peter enjoyed spaghetti bolognese. Just the perfect way to spend a cold Monday evening.

Now I’m off to do my hip opening stretches before bed. Who’s with me?

Hippy Dippy

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Yesterday morning, I treated myself to a massage at a spa next to this beautiful river. It felt so good to completely relax, release, and allow myself to be pampered. While I was on the table and focusing on relaxing, I noticed one of the areas I was the tightest was the hips. In fact, I had to really concentrate to get those muscles to completely let go.

When practicing yoga, they tell you that the body stores negative emotions and stress in the hip area. Yoga teachers often encourage their students to release negative thoughts and feelings during particularly hip-intensive postures.

Recognizing that my hips were so tense yesterday was a bit of a wake up call. Could I be more stressed than I realise? Is it possible that I have deeply rooted emotional baggage that is manifesting itself as saddlebags?

I’ve decided to explore this a little bit further and embark on a week of focused exercises and stretches to “open” my hips, as they say in yoga. Will stretching my hips lead me to feeling happier and more relaxed? Will it bring up deeply rooted emotions that need to be released? Will it turn out to be some miracle weight-loss solution? We shall see…

Each day for the next week, I’ll be doing a hip-opening yoga practice I found on yogajournal.com. I’ve just finished it for the first time and I’m feeling ultra-relaxed so that’s a good sign. I’ll let you know how it goes by the end of the week!

Going Green

It’s been a quiet week for us. Peter was home sick a few days and I got stuck in the ol’ work-sleep-repeat routine. Luckily, Peter’s now feeling better and I’ve finally gotten a chance to play around with a few paint colors for my yoga studio room.

For weeks, I’ve been dreaming of painting the yoga studio emerald green. I love the idea of a bright, energetic color that will make our white loveseat pop. However, emerald green is not an easy shade to choose for a small space. In fact, I couldn’t find any good examples of similar rooms on the internet.

Not having an example and wanting to do this properly, I decided to be get samples of three difference shades to test on the wall.

Which one’s your favorite? I think I have a front runner but I’m not sure.

My mom’s coming over in a few weeks and I’m definitely roping her into helping with the final selection. This is one decision a girl can’t make alone!