How To Make Every Birthday Special - Ivana Chapman

How To Make Every Birthday Special

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Doesn’t it feel good to celebrate another birthday?

It’s that special time of the year again – my birthday! Yay!

Special for me anyway. I don’t expect all of you to celebrate me. If fact, on this occasion of my birthday I want you to think about how you can make your next birthday extra special.

Celebrating and Appreciating

Every year during this time I celebrate my birthday week. Yes, birthday week.

One day just doesn’t cut it.

What I do for this week is celebrate all the things that make me happy and grateful to be alive.

Treating Myself

Ok, some of it is just me buying myself fun treats that I don’t regularly partake in.

A Frappucino at Starbucks.

Lots of bocconcini and buffalo mozzarella.

A fashion or trashy celeb magazine.

English toffee covered in chocolate.

I usually also buy myself some new clothes or workout outfits. This year I also bought myself a new pair of Nike Free flyknit shoes.

For that one week of the year I want to feel especially good.

The Party

Yes, even fitness chicks like myself like to party! This year the alcohol consumption is pretty limited because I’m a breastfeeding mom, but the joyous celebrations will go on.

I like to spend time with friends and family and make them all realize how much I appreciate having them in my life.


I spend my birthday week thinking about all the people and things in my life that I’m grateful for. My husband, Ryan, of course. My mom and sister and adorable niece. All the amazing friends who bring different elements to my life. All the people I respect and admire, including those who I’ve never met, but whose books I’ve read and learned something (Richard Branson, Ariana Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, Charles Poliquin, etc.).

This year I have my baby son Kai to add to the mix. I’m very grateful to be a mama. It took me a while to get there, but it was well worth the adventure.

This Year

As with New Year’s, on my birthday I vow to make this year even better than the last. It’s going to be a tough one to top, but I’ll do my best!

Ivana Chapman

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 6-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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