I didn’t want to forget how to travel*, so I decided to take a staycation and check out a new hotel that I’ve been wanting to see in Houston.
The Westin in The Woodlands is on Waterway Square adjacent to nice restaurants and next to the water fountains. A movie theater is close by, and the Woodlands Mall is within 5 minutes walking distance. It’s the perfect location for enjoying The Woodlands.
The hotel was opened in March, which means that it still has that ‘new car smell’ but the services are also practiced and settled in.
I checked in early (around 2pm) on a Saturday. The lobby area is very small, flanked by a Starbucks with a seating area and a nice bar space. The chandeliers that adorn the lobby and the downstairs conference area are light artwork and beautiful.
I had a corner room with the government rate. When I checked in, I was warned about the noise from the square at night and offered a room on the quiet side, but I stayed with the original room.
I loved everything in this room – the huge windows, the decor, the touchpad control panel… The blinds were sufficient to keep the light out when it got dark, but there was some noise until around 11pm. There was a view of the waterway, the water fountains in the square, and some of the restaurants, including Grimaldi’s (yumm).
The pool is at the back of the hotel, and it’s an infinity pool overlooking the waterway. It was a smallish pool, surrounded by plenty of seating and loungers. I really loved the design.
I loved the design and location of this hotel, and the service was great as well. If I need a room in The Woodlands in the future, I would definitely stay here again.
*I have a few international trips planned to places I haven’t visited before…
1. Cuba for Thanksgiving and 2. Tahiti & New Zealand in February.
“Traveling either makes you appreciate what you already have or makes you realize that you want more.”
And, sometimes, both.
My life for seven months felt like I was in the painting from What Dreams May Come.
Now, as quickly as it started, the whole trip feels like a dream.
Light vs Dark, Dream vs Reality, Wants vs Needs, Life vs Living.
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Joy is not a constant. If comes to us in moments – often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we’re too busy chasing down extraordinary moments. Other times we’re so afraid of the dark that we don’t dare let ourselves enjoy the light. A joyful life is not a floodlight of joy. That would eventually become unbearable. I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith. -Brene Brown
In identifying one’s mental state as the prime factor in achieving happiness, of course that doesn’t deny that our basic physical needs for food, clothing, and shelter must be met. But once these basic needs are met, the message is clear: we don’t need more money, we don’t need greater success or fame, we don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate—right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness. -HHDL, The Art of Happiness
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
-from The Tempest, Shakespeare
On to living a little life with big gratitude, daily.