Sunday Sounds.

Music soothes the soul. 

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“Music expresses that which cannot be put in to words”.

– Victor Hugo.

This morning I found that the negative committee had decided to pay me a visit bringing with them their agenda of self-doubt and loathing. For a short while I let them have their say and began to feel that what they were saying made sense. Who was I to think that I could maintain a blog? Who would want to read anything I had to say anyway? Their constant tirade of destructive beliefs started to take hold. But just as I began to succumb to the aims of their visit I realised that I needed to show them the door. But I knew that they would not go without a fight, I needed to hit back. So that’s exactly what I did, I hit back with a big blast of music. I turned the volume up loud as I proceeded to dance and sing that big old negative committee right out  of my head.

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Research has shown that listening to your favourite music can help chase away those negative vibes that can plague your mind. Researcher’s at McGill University in Montreal found that listening to your desired music of choice can bring about pleasure and relaxation which can generate the release of the feel good chemical dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that can lead to increased feelings of happiness and joy.

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In Kendall Deflin’s article from 2016 it states, “Music has a direct effect on our hormones; it can even be considered a natural antidepressant. This is because certain tunes cause the release of serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters) in the brain that lead to increased feelings of happiness and well-being. It also releases norepinephrine, which is a hormone that invokes feelings of euphoria”. I couldn’t agree more. Music has helped me so much throughout my life and has always played an important role, be it in my everyday life or at big occasions such as my wedding. It especially helps boost my mood and picks me up when the black clouds begin to loom. The music I listen to can also be a window to my soul, take note of what I am listening to and you could put money on how I am feeling at that moment in time. I am sure it is the same for you too.

 

So I know what you are all wondering, what music do I listen to? What gets me out of a funk and fills me with the confidence to give the negative committee their marching order?! Well, I listen to anything and everything, I have extremely eclectic tastes. One day it could be Arctic Monkeys that lift me up and convince me to get on my dancing shoes. Other days Madonna convinces me to remember that I am an utterly brillant, positive ray of light! On other occasions it’s the delightful tones of the divine George Michael, reminding me I gotta have faith!! The list is endless!! But today, and this may surprise some of you, it was the lovely Pharrell that got me back on track with the upbeat ‘Happy’! Yep, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but how can anyone not listen to that song and not let the positive vibes just wash over them?!

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I can hear some of you now,  muttering away to yourself, “that song is bloody awful” and yep it’s not a Stone Roses or Beatles classic, but hey it got me back on track today! That’s all that mattered to me when I was shaking my thang round the kitchen!!

Do you have a song that you turn to when you need a hit of positivity? What music helps you get through your down days? I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget to stop by next weekend for more Sunday sounds.

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Thanks Em. x

All You Need Is Positivi-Tea!

“Tumble out of bed & stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition”.

I have always wondered what Dolly’s cup of ambition looks like. I imagine pink and petite just like the lovely lady herself. But what about you? What’s your cup of choice to kick-start your morning and see you through the day?

I have a vast array of cups, in fact I am a bit of a cup-aholic! I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to my love of cups and tea (I kid you not)!

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See I told you I wasn’t joking about the Pinterest  board.

Some days we all need a cup of positivi-Tea, (or coffee) to give us a little boost. So with that in mind I thought I would share with you some of my favourite positive/motivational inspired cups/mugs that are available to buy. Why not treat yourself to one of these beauties which are certain to fill you with plenty of positive vibes (and tea).

So my first mug of choice comes from the fabulous Hello Treacle store.

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Hello Treacle is a fabulous online store founded by the lovely Amy who is (in her own words) “passionate about spreading a bit of positivity, silliness and the occasional expletive about the place”. ​Amy founded Hello Treacle to support women experiencing fertility problems. After her own encounters with infertility and pregnancy loss Amy wanted to turn her own experience in to something positive. Along with her ‘positive pants’ mug, Hello Treacle also sells a range of badges, cards and vegan delights. Go check out the store!

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Who doesn’t love a rainbow?! Especially one that radiates positivity!! This fab mug is available on Etsy via www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LifetimeSpiritShop. 

As well as spreading positive vibes I also love a good dance, so this mug will definitely be getting added to my ever expanding collection. As well as having a cup of positivi-tea with this beauty it also gives you the push you need to get your dancing shoes on. Dancing is a great way to get you out of a funk so your in for extra positivity points with this mug which is available via Redbubble.

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Another one of my favourites is this gorgeous ‘positivitea’ mug from Etsy shop Exaltation. Unfortunately they don’t seem to be trading anymore, but I just had to include it as it is just so pretty.

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How fab is this little cutie from jitterfly. It is just lovely for a positivly, perfect brew!

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I also have a fondness for birds and love the notion that just like a bird if you aren’t happy with something you can fly high and change your situation. So I adore this cup from the latest Kate whose wonderful creations are available through Red bubble. kate say that she “started drawing mental health art as a form of therapy”.  Kate has a beautiful range of illustrations combining positive and motivational quotes that can adorn mugs, stickers and notebooks to name but a few.

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This Mug  from The Daily Quotes  via zazzle is another one of my favourites.

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Radiate positive vibes from your cuppa with this fab mug from bujutshirtshop through Zazzle.

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I am totally and utterly in love with these marvellous mugs created by the amazingly talented Kathy Weller. How awesome is her ‘progress not perfection’ mug!!!

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Kathy’s online store shop.kathyweller.com is a glorious feast for the eyes with a vast array of her Uniquely Original Quirky Awesome Hand Lettered mugs and T-shirts. I urge you to go and take a look, you will not be disappointed.

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“A women is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”

– Eleanor Roosevelt.

I hope my post has filled you with some positive vibes.

Thanks for stopping by,

Em. x