Shedding The Old

I can’t believe that new year is upon us! It always seems to sneak up on me, but this year, I feel a little more ready to bring on the new year.

A few days ago, I went to a Korean spa to get a body scrub and massage. Have you ever been to one? If you haven’t, it’s quite the experience and you should give it a try once. 

When you first enter the Korean spa, everyone is completely naked. Then, you soak in these super hot tubs. (Much like the ones in the picture below.)

After soaking, you can use the steam room or head up to the various hot and cold rooms (clothed in the spa’s uniform, of course). Another option is to get a body scrub and/or a massage. Last year, my mom convinced me to do the body scrub massage and I was hooked.

This year, my mom wasn’t with me, but I went ahead and did it. I stood a little bit more bravely in my nakedness and broken Korean than last year. I knew a bit more of what to expect.

As I lay on the table to get the body scrub, I felt like I was getting ready to shed all of 2014 off my skin. The ahjummah (term for an older woman in Korean) would scrub, rinse off, and scrub again. She did this about 5 times. All the dead skin that was on my body was scrubbed off. The last splash of water left my skin feeling a little tingly. Afterwards, there was moisturizing, a facial, and an amazing massage.

When I walked out of there, I felt like a new woman. My skin was so soft (and still is!) and felt brand new.

All the sadness and low moments of 2014 had been shed. All the joys and laughter of 2014 were put away to make room for the ones that will come in 2015. It was a literal shedding of the old for me. 

I’m looking forward to ringing in the new year with all of you, Napkin Hoarders. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to read my blog, comment, give me love on FB and twitter, and all the general support I feel.

Here’s to 2015 – shedding the old and bringing on the new.

Have a safe and fabulous New Year’s Eve!

photo credit: travelmemo.com via photopin cc

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