birthday self love

I'm always a supporter of self-love, no matter what the day, but I especially think it's important to indulge in as many acts of self-love as possible on your birthday (after all, it's truly the one day of the year that is yours!). Today is my birthday (the big 3-1!), and I chose to make the day all about self-love! 

 ... Cheers to spa days! "Nothing to do, nowhere to be, a simple little kind of free" . Enjoying some post-treatment bubbly at Stillwater spa! 

... Cheers to spa days! "Nothing to do, nowhere to be, a simple little kind of free" . Enjoying some post-treatment bubbly at Stillwater spa! 

I enjoyed a complete day for and about me, that centred around relaxation and the things I enjoy the most. I started the day with an early AM yoga class, which to my delight the instructor let us pull a card to practice with from her Elena Brower Art of Attention deck. My card was "freedom". Not surprising as this something that I've definitely been thinking about and meditating on alot lately. Freedom had actually been part of my intention for my birthday- to be free to just flow with the day and do what makes me happy.

After yoga, I took myself down to one of my favourite bakeries here in Calgary, La Boulangerie in Mission. The cafe reminds me of Paris, one of my favourite places I have travelled to. I happily sipped my cafe au lait and indulged in a vanilla croissant, just like I did at the cafe's in Paris. After this, I spent the majority of the day at the spa- I soaked. I steamed. I ate & drank. I enjoyed my favourite treatments and enjoyed the peaceful feeling of having nowhere to be and having nothing that I was supposed to do. 

 ... Oui! Oui!  

... Oui! Oui!  

In the afternoon I took myself shopping for a new outfit and then popped over to my girlfriends place for (more) coffee. We coloured, gabbed/ cried/ laughed about life, made delicious snacks and listened to records. Like, real old school records, with that awesome crackly sound and everything. Fleetwood Mac will never not be amazing but it was extra amazing on vinyl. 

 ...loving this coloring thing!!  

...loving this coloring thing!!  

To end this wonderful day, I came home and made my myself a healthy dinner while I opened birthday cards and thoughtful gifts that arrived to my mail box (I love getting mail that is not bills!!!). I was definitely feeling the love from friends and family today (no doubt it was the universe reflecting the love I was giving myself!)!!!!

 ...ealry AM yoga, with Freeeeeedom!  

...ealry AM yoga, with Freeeeeedom!  

And lastly, the day ended with my usual Thursday night reiki share circle; seemed a bit perfect to end my day of self-love by giving myself the gift of this amazing women who gather in community with the most beautiful intention and energy.

 

I'm looking forward to celebrating with friends this weekend, but truly enjoyed the day to myself just flowing along. I am one happy women over here! And, so begins this new adventure that is 31; it's off to a pretty amazing start! But, all things that start with self-love are bound to be great. 

xo 

Corey