There is nothing like being back on the job for a shortened work week. Even though there is a lot to do, it’s nice that I don’t have to jump in head first into a full five days.
Today is my first day back at my internship and I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to use some of what I learned in my Body Oriented Psychotherapy class with the clients I’ll be seeing today and for the remainder of the semester. I learned so much even though it is not an altogether new way of thinking for me. I truly feel like I have an opportunity to really integrate wellness into the work I do with clients. There is no better feeling!
Speaking of good feelings, winning is also nice. I’m excited to announce the winner of the Origami Owl giveaway is Karissa! You will be receiving an email from me soon so you can claim your prize. Congratulations!
If you entered and didn’t win, don’t fret. Kelsa has decided to offer a special for my readers.
Fighting for Wellness readers will get 50% off charms with the purchase of a locket, this week only!
This special isn’t available through her website and can only be redeemed by emailing Kelsa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations again to Karissa and thank you to everyone who entered. My birthday was so amazing this year. I started the day with a killer workout thanks to some awesome suggestions from readers, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans. At their suggestion I included kettlebell swings (a whole variety inspired by several online workouts), burpees, planks, mountain climbers, elevated rear leg split squats, sit ups, and push ups. It didn’t take long, but I certainly felt the burn and some residual soreness for the next couple of days.
After the workout I went to my weekend class from 9-6, but beforehand I stopped by Bourbon Coffee and got a Lemon Charger (which is steamed lemonade with hot tea). The tea I chose was raspberry and it was an amazing combo. It was considerably sweeter than what I normally drink, but it was nice for a birthday treat.
Class was amazing in so many ways, not the least of which because I was serenaded with Happy Birthday after lunch and then before we left for the evening the dance party (which we had at the end of most of the classes) was birthday-centered. It was an incredible celebration and I felt honored to spend my day with such fantastic people.
After class I met up with Joe and several of my friends for dinner and a few drinks out in Cambridge. It was reminiscent of my college days, for sure. We didn’t go too late (I had class the next day after all), but it was so nice to have a chance to relax and just enjoy life.
Once we got home I was greeted with one final surprise. My birthday cake, which my mother sends me every year, had arrived earlier in the day! I say it was a surprise because I hadn’t expected it for a few more days based on the delivery schedule. I didn’t indulge before bed, but I made sure to have a piece for breakfast. It isn’t a birthday weekend without birthday cake for breakfast!
I also loved reading all of your suggestions about how to make my birthday truly special. I didn’t get to go skydiving (as more than one person suggested), but it’s definitely on my bucket list. What I did do was take time to focus on the things that are important to me, including making a list of things to try that I’ve never tried before and figuring out a way to really honor my body. Per another reader’s suggestion, I have a spa day scheduled soon.
Thank you all for your warm wishes on my birthday, it means so much. I have the best family, friends, and blends (blogger friends) a girl could ask for!