The Sunday Post #33

10 May

A picture of makeup brushes
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive" - Dalai Lama 
This week has been a week full of inspiration, determination and taking up new challenges. I'm excited to share this weeks The Sunday Post with you all - we have a lot to catch up on!

2 Things that made me happy this week...
1. Taking the plunge and starting yoga: OK so I say 'starting yoga' but I haven't actually started yet. I have gone into town today though on the hunt for a yoga mat and plan to start with the beginners videos and 30 days of yoga over on YouTube, for a channel countless people recommended: Yoga with Adriene. I've been considering taking up yoga for a long time as it's hailed as a fantastic way to help with anxiety as well as the usual health benefits that come with exercise. If you're a yoga fan yourself, any tips, tricks and advice would be greatly appreciated! 
2. Calm: Last week the picture used for The Sunday Post #32 was a sneak peek at one of the pictures in a new book purchase of mine, Calm by Michael Acton Smith. I realised this was the book was not the starting point for Calm - there's actually a website and an app for it, too! Download it, it's free and you won't regret it! 

This week I was inspired by...
People making their voices heard. The general election has been on the forefront of every UK residents mind for a long time now, what with the constant media coverage and political parties selling themselves to the nation in the hopes of gaining votes. The results weren't a massive shock to me, I have to admit. That said, the ~peaceful~ protests which have taken place have inspired me, because I believe everyone has the right to ~peacefully~ make their voice heard. The media has limited to an extreme extent the coverage of ~peaceful~ protests in reaction to the general election results, but those voices are still being heard, all over the world - and that is powerful.

Currently reading...
So I recently bought a book based on one thing and one thing only; Joss Whedon recommended it. For those of you who have lived under a rock your entire lives, Joss Whedon is the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which makes him AKA the best man in the entire world. Knowing he backed a book and gave it a rave review, well I had to buy it, didn't I? So far I'm just a few chapters in but already have a feeling this could go down as one of the most powerful and interesting books I've ever read.

Add these blogs to your reading list... 
Of course I love reading blogs for reviews, tips and tricks, inspiration and genuine trusted thoughts on products I might decide to buy, but another thing I love blogs for is their honesty, the way they give you an insight into other people's lives, the way people share their deepest and darkest secrets and bare their soul to the world. I find blogs like this incredibly inspiring, motivating, brave, bold and empowering. So this week there's a few blogs I think you should add to your reading list, just a small selection of some of my favourite blogs which make a difference to me, my life, my thoughts. 

How has this week treated you? I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and will have a bright and positive week ahead! Make sure to keep an eye on the blog later today, too, when I'll be sharing a cheeky little giveaway!

Catch up with this week's posts:

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  1. Such a great post !!!!

  2. Fab post as always! Mandy ingber's yogalosophy dvd is really good. I also love the 10 minute solutions range of exercise dvds! I've also just started reading the clean and lean diet to try and help with my sugar addiction and ultimately my depression, it's a very interesting read so far! Xxx

    1. Thank you Hannah! I will have to have a look into the Yogalosophy DVD, thank you for the recommendation! xo

  3. Lovely post as always! I started attempting Yoga a few weeks ago and while it was hard work to begin with and extremely uncomfortable at times, I definitely felt a lot more relaxed by the end; I haven't attempted it again though which is definitely a shame. I think I'll definitely have to make more of an effort!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

    1. Thanks Heather! I'm looking forward to giving yoga a try. I'm going to watch a few videos before starting, to get to grips with it and what you have to do - I'm quite a slow learner so I hope I can do it and stick at it! xo

  4. Great post! I've done yoga once, it was very relaxing and I quite liked not sure why I didn't continue!

    Renee | Lose The Road

    1. Maybe you should take it up again!! :) Thanks Renee! xo

  5. AnonymousMay 11, 2015

    Hi Sophia,

    I adore yoga although I don't do nearly as much as I would like. My one piece of advice to you would be find a class with an attentive instructor. There is no DVD, video or book in the world which can tell you that your posture is slightly wrong or that you can go slightly deeper or that you should take things a little slower. Yoga is a very human practice and humans are the best help you can get.


    1. Thanks for the tips Jen! Unfortunately going to a class would be extremely difficult for me. For starters my anxiety means I freeze up even thinking about exercise of any type in public, but also there are no classes in my local town and I don't drive! I know to be careful though and if I had even an ounce of uncomfortableness/pain, I'd stop and go to a GP to be checked out. Hopefully in the future it's something I could look into, but as it stands, I know it's not an option xo

  6. AnonymousMay 11, 2015

    Honoured!! Thank you so so much for including me Sophia xo

    1. You're very welcome Sera. Really loved your recent posts on how we portray ourselves online etc xo


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