3/11 Self-Care Sunday: Birthday Edition


This year was definitely in the running for top 3 best birthday's! I felt love bursting through the seams from every which direction.

I self-cared like a QUEEN this year for my birthday. Not in the traditional Ayurveda sense: but in the 'do what makes you feel whole' sense! This post format will be a bit different than the rest!


Part ONE: Sunday, March 11th

8:30a: Exercise

I started the day with a morning workout at System of Strength - of which they kindly recognized. I find that I sleep better when I exercise & my confidence rises when I maintain a solid fitness routine! It has taken me a long time to find the fitness routine right for my body, injuries, interests, and budget. 


1-5p 300hr Training w/ David Keil

I then spent most of the day in a workshop for my 300hr Teacher Training program at Yoga on High. I had the opportunity to study with the phenomenal David Keil! (for all my Yoga Teacher's out there, he probably wrote one of your required textbooks, 'Functional Anatomy of Yoga'). I would HIGHLY suggest popping into one of my yoga classes to get a taste of all the information I guzzled down that weekend!


6-9p Dinner Party

I capped off this evening off with a beautifully crafted dinner at Peter's parent's home. They spoiled me silly with delightful food and loving company. Peter's mom was born in Germany, and then spent her Youth in Ecquador... this woman knows how to host!

Part TWO: Monday, March 12th

5-8p: Frolickin' Around the House

I woke up remarkably early on this morning & couldn't fall back asleep. To pass the time, I cleaned, read my book ('Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates' by Tom Robbins), and journaled.

9a: Yoga & Café with my Dear Friends 

My dear roommate, Meredith, treated me to a yoga class at Balanced Yoga in German Village. This was exciting - I've wanted to check out their new space since they've opened! Ali Ianni taught a beautiful class & then accompanied us to Fox & the Snow for lattes & joyous conversation. 

1-3p: Seaweed Spa Extravaganza

My darling love surprised me with a Seaweed Spa Treatment at the Woodhouse Day Spa. THIS was EVERYTHING. 

This place was decadent... 'to-the-nines'. 

The whole experience was wonderfully relaxing. I began the treatment with a glass of wine (holla...!) and was then escorted to my private beautiful room, complete with a solo bathtub. The treatment began with a seaweed scrub down! I was lathered with an exfoliating and detoxifying seaweed scrub and then given privacy to relax in a seaweed-filled tub for ~30 min. 

After the soak, I received a FAB massage. Although. it was incredibly relaxing, I couldn't help but chit chat with the masseuse most of the time about Ayurveda, and other alternative medicine modalities (very my style...)

I HIGHLY recommend the Woodhouse to all interested parties. 


Delighted with the most stunning bouquet of lilies from my dear friends.


6-7p: Yoga Class (teaching)

I skidaddled over to THANK Yoga to teach my regular All Levels Vinyasa Class. I am not sure what, why, or how, but it was such a wonderful wonderful class filled with wonderful wonderful people. Below is a picture of my friend, Monica (also front desk kweeen at THANK)


8-10p: Supppaaa' Time!

I came home to a DELISH spread prepared by my love - Italian/Asian Fusion, per my request. I was craving pasta with meatballs AND miso soup, eggrolls, crab rangoon, and sauce-slathered chicken dish. He made it ALL. There wasn't an oppoertunity to snap a photo before we all started slammin' food. 

We all cozied up & watched Get Out (SUCH a great movie, if you haven't seen it).

This is Peter, aquarium extrodanaire & wonderful partner in life. 

This is Peter, aquarium extrodanaire & wonderful partner in life. 

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