Thank you guys so much for all of the birthday wishes this week. I had a really great day and even though I typically like to brush the entire birthday thing under the rug, I received so many lovely comments, gifts and cards that made me feel truly special.
It actually make me really uncomfortable to be the center of attention so I was hoping a lot of people would forget about it [which is why I didn’t even mention it very much here on the blog], however in the end I ended up feeling so incredibly blessed & honored so I thought I would recap it a bit and share with you guys how the day went!
1 The Gym
I purposely avoided talking about Valentine’s Day with my co-workers and class in hopes that they would forget about the day entirely and forget about the fact that it was my birthday. No such luck! As soon as I walked into the gym I was greeted with balloons, coffee and gifts from my lovely coworker and then my 6am class showed up with even more balloons, cards and gifts.
Even better though was the amount of people I had show up for class – a whopping 20 people at 6am! I was beyond excited to see everyone show up, especially considering the finisher that I had planned at the end of the workout.
The 6am crew!
Like I said above, I really don’t like to make a big deal out of my birthday but I was truly touched by each and every heart felt word and gift I received. I always make it a mission of mine to spread as much love on Valentine’s Day as I can so that no one feels “left out” on a day all about love, however I was the one who personally felt so much love and appreciation. I am so blessed and humbled to know these people and it has been one of the best experiences of my life.
And yes – my nails match the tulips #winning
2 The Workout
I’m going to be honest here, when I saw the scheduled AMRAP for the day I was a little bummed out. It looked basic and simple and even though I knew I was going to add weight to the exercises to make it even more challenging, I still was wanting something “tougher” for my birthday workout.
Y’all this AMRAP nearly murdered me.
It looks easy, it really does, but it is a deceptive little sucker. I used 20lb dumbbells for the lunges and squats and managed 5 rounds in the 25 minutes – barely. I was sprinting to get those last 5 pull-ups in as time ticked down and finished just in time.
And then there was the finisher.
Since it was my birthday I got to choose the finisher for the day and if you watched the story on Instagram I’m sure you saw how bananas it was. Let’s just say half way through it I wanted to smack myself – what on earth was I thinking?! It was crazy tough but everyone actually ended up loving it.
Though yesterday more than one person blamed me for the soreness they were feeling.
[ cue evil laugh ]
3 The Gifts
I was seriously spoiled this year, guys. I don’t know what I did to deserve all of the amazing people in my life but I sure did luck out. I ended up getting so many gifts, something that I also don’t really like [I’m more of a giver than a receiver], and a lot of them were so special. Just a few of the gifts I received…
Courtesy of Little Sissy who also wrote me such a sweet card that I almost started crying in front of everyone like a ridiculous fool. That card is being saved and is now hanging in my office next to the last one she made for me!
Courtesy of Bestie
I’m actually super excited about this one! It’s a really neat looking Bible study and though Ninja and I are in a study together already, I was also looking for something that I could do on my own. I can’t wait to dive into it!
Courtesy of Daddy who I’m 100% certain has the sole mission in life of making me cry.
A personalized dog tag necklace and keychain with his own words. Over the years Daddy has written me numerous letters and cards, all of which I have kept, because he has the best advice. I’m so glad that I now have a way to always carry some of those words with me.
4 The Dinner
While most women are expecting some romantic dinner out or romantic home cooked meal, I had one request – pizza from my favorite pizza place, Blaze. Ninja and I picked up Little Sissy and drove the 40 minutes to Blaze so that I could treat myself to a gluten-free and dairy-free pizza loaded with alllll the veggies.
gluten-free/dairy-free pizza topped with veggies
And while the food was just what I was wanting, the company wasn’t half bad either.
This guy <3
[plus that crazy Little Ginger Sissy of mine!]
This birthday was one of the best that I’ve had in a really long time and I would be lying if I said I didn’t need it. It was special in so many ways and I guess that I needed to feel that in more ways than one. I really couldn’t have asked for a better day.
How was your Valentine’s Day?
Do you ever struggle with receiving gifts?