The fall was well, filled with several expletives. If you know me, you know that I usually enjoy celebrating my birthday for the whole darn month. Start to finish, pleasure seeking, finding things that make me smile.
Why? My birthday will be inevitably tied to my Dad’s death. I saw him for the last time in full amazing form just days before my 25th birthday. 17 days later, he died. October has always loaded for me since then.
My Dad had a saying though…”Nobody gets out alive, I just know I am going a little sooner.”
That sort of mentality creates a different sense of enjoying life. What would you do if you knew you were going to die? Would you live your life differently? Could you do that without knowing you were going to die? That’s the choice I have been making since last September.
Back to my birthday. October last year just was not really about celebrating. I could not make it a month long thing when the rest of life was literally falling apart, but I still chose to make it a special day.
I discovered that Joya Spa at the Omni Montelucia offers a special birthday discount during your birthday month, so I booked myself a massage. It was an incredible experience from the moment I walked thru the door. They quite literally create space by having you set intentions and release negative energy before you enter the sacred space of the spa.
Their spa is the best one that I have seen in Phoenix so far. I love the decorative details. It is incredible.
Then you finish your treatment and head out to the pool with an incredible view of Camelback. In October, the weather was incredible and the pool was so refreshing.
I invited someone to join me, but they only wanted to join me for lunch and not the deliciousness of the pool. I rolled with it as there was nothing that was going to get me down on my birthday yet it was a healthy dose of perspective that we were not in same place at same time.
As I was navigating the challenges of the early part of this year and the next steps, I got an email that Joya was having their deal days where there massages are a much more palatable $89. I felt the need to “do over” the experience, so I invited a friend to join me yesterday for another treat yourself day.
I think I may now start celebrating the weekend near the 15th of every month rather than saving it up for October. Yesterday was incredibly fun. They were super slammed with the deal and we got there a bit late, but it worked out as they bumped my friend and me into the Grand Palace Suite for the massages. So cool!
We capped off the night at the bar of Centro for a serious dose of French fries before meandering thru their gorgeous property. New pleasure list items: renting the Grand Palace Suite for the day and/or staycationing at the Omni this summer. It’s a great place!