All days start with the getting up. But how are you doing it? 

If you are anything like me you probably keep snoozing the alarm, start your day in a bad mood or a mega rush and the rest of the day is normally a right off.

I can tell you that without fail for most of my life, it hasn't mattered what time I wake up because whether I get up at 6:30, ro 8:00 I will still turn up for work 4 minutes past 9am....every...friggin...time!

Why? Because I've been doing it all wrong. It's not about having enough time - although that helps of course - it's really about starting the day with the right attitude and best mindset to make the day a happy and productive one.

So I've switched things up and now instead of arriving 4 minutes late I'm 4 minutes early - OK it's not amazing but I'm taking every minute I can!

My new routine is still pretty new but it's been such a game changer for me I wanted to share it with you too, because I'm pretty sure I can put it all down to Yoga.

I've been doing yoga on and off for a few years now so it's nothing new, but lately I've been making it the very first thing I do in the morning to start my day fresh and I'm pretty sure it's why I'm finally getting to work on time.

By practising yoga first thing in the morning it means that I'm not checking my phone once before I hit the tube, and my mind is clear and in the right place to focus on what I really want to get out of the day.

I know, I know, but it's so just easy to role over and have a quick skim through twitter or Instagram before you totally wake up right? But it's just such a bad way to start the day. 

What you really want to be doing when you wake up is setting yourself up with a positive mindset. Spend sometime thinking about and reminding yourself of your goals. Whether those are goals for today, this week, this month or long-term goals, have them in your sphere of thought from the moment you wake and plan how your going to go about your tasks today, and finally... stretch

A friend of mine one said something that has is stuck with me for life. He said he'd noticed that like every other animal on the planet, when his dog wakes up before he does anything he stretches out his whole body. So how come we don't do the same thing? It just makes sense doesn't it?

By stimulating your brain with your goals, taking time to breathe deeply and stretching out your muscles you are setting yourself up with a limber body and mind to take on anything the day throws at you. At least that is my theory!

It's also a great excuse to treat yourself to a little retail therapy (who doesn't want that?!) and pick up some new Yoga gear. I already have everything I need to get going but I decided to take the new routine as a way to treat myself and start positive from the off. So I went a'hunting online for new brands to try and got caught up looking at Lapasa Yoga Fit on Amazon of all places! I know and hands up Prime next day delivery?! Woop Woop! The whole range was a bargain price and had great ratings so I gave it a shot and I am happy I took the risk. Considering the price I think they're really good value, super comfy, great for hiding sweat (nice) and really flexible material - just perfect for my new routine, and so many colours!!! My Rainbow obsession is going crazy! 

So with all that said I've teamed up* to Give away ANY PRODUCT OF YOUR CHOICE from the Lapasa Range! All you have to do is finish this post and follow the rafflecopter instructions at the bottom of the page and leave a comment saying what your favourite piece and colour is from the Lapasa range.

For inspiration these are the 3/4 pants I got and love!

If Giveaways aren't your thing, or you just can't wait I've also got a discount code for you to get 10% off all purchases with code THEAYOGA

The 3/4 is by far my favourite but some of my other Yoga options I love include these guys:

Anyway, enough of that, getting back to it, if you'd like to mix up your routine to start your day right, here's my new Yoga morning routine:

Get up the firs time the alarm goes and NO SNOOZE BUTTON!

Grab a pint of water and set up my mat ready for some exercise.

Get changed and open the curtains. Sunshine is a great way to boost your mood in the morning but if it's a miserable day crack a window, the fresh air will do you some real good.

Before getting into your Yoga routine, sit down and take a moment to envision your goals, and what you want to achieve from the day. 

Begin your Yoga routine and take at least 5 minutes (10 is plenty to start your day right) to go through a set routine with 3 or 4 repetitions. If you're not sure what to do just head over to Youtube. I find this routine a great one to start off the day and it's perfect for beginners, and people with physical movement conditions like me.

After your Yoga routine, you should be feeling relaxed, calm and with an open mind, take one last minute to take a comfortable seating position and just one last time think about your long term life ambitions and have them clearly in your mind, before you slowly get up, curling through your spine with a final last breathe out and carry on with the rest of your morning routine, and if you can make sure you eat it's so important to get your digestive system working to get you moving into the day.

When you first start any new routine, I'll be honest it's not going to feel great. You might feel more tired than normal, a little irritable or moody, but if you stick with it you will really reap the benefits.  I'd say the first 10 days is the toughest, but once you get passed that point it gets a bit easier, and by day 30 you'll be on a role. It's all about taking time out of your day to do something that not only motivates you to get up in the morning, like a personal treat everyday, but it will clarify your thoughts and intentions and make your body loose and limber, started your day fresh faced and relaxed.

If you start a Yoga routine, let me know I'd love to hear your experiences and routine suggestions. If you do something else to motivate yourself to get up and start a good day, share your ideas in the comments as well. New suggestions are always welcome.

OK enough from me, go start your day right, and enter that giveaway!

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*This post has not been sponsored. The Lapasa items will be kindly donated from Lapasa to the Giveaway Winner.
This time last year I was exploring my bodies fitness, where I needed to improve and how to change my perception of the body I was born in. Looking back on the year I'm really proud of where I am and looking forward to getting where I'd still like to go.

To follow the whole story you can check out my fitness diaries from 2016, that should get you up to speed.

So if you'd read up you'll realise that today we're not going to be talking about Body Image from the more usual point of view - we're going to be looking at it from the point of disability - particularly invisible disability.

I have a joint condition called Femoroacetabular Impingement and Laberal tearing in my hip joints. 

In short, my hip bones are not smooth but sharp like lots of tiny teeth, and slowly cutting holes into my cartilage and bones. On a day to day basis this means I'm always in pain (and on strong pain medication to manage my symptoms as best I can) and on my best days I make every to effort carry on with my day and avoid anyone noticing my struggle, and on my worst days my pain prevents me from walking, sitting or standing and freezes up my mobility so my movement becomes very limited.

It's only recently being understood and diagnosed, and is turning out to actually be a pretty common condition but depending on your lifestyle you might go through life and never know, or you might find out early on like me and feel the symptoms from a young age.

When I think of my body, I automatically think of my condition. When I get on the tube I think about how much pain I'm in to stand up but how I don't yet feel confident to ask to sit down for fear of judgement. When I'm limping I worry that someone can see me, when I take off my clothes I worry about my scars, and when I look at my once athletic body I think of all my muscle loss and loss of mobility.

I have been in a battle with my body image for sometime now, but over the last year I've been taking things into my own hands.

One of my biggest realisations what recognising that my diagnosis has not limited my life.

I already had this condition so putting a name to it doesn't change that. In fact, it empowers me. Now I know my demon I can tackle him straight on.

I've had mixed advice over the years - "Don't exercise it will only hurt", "as soon as your out of the operating theatre, get to physio, get to the gym, only you can hold you back. "If you exercise your condition might get worse". "If you don't exercise your condition will still get worse".

So with all the facts (and lack of facts) I had, last year I decided to make some changes. It's pretty clear I'm never going to lose my condition, and in time it is certainly going to get worse. 

But would I rather live a permanently limited life, or in the young years I have left would I like to take back ownership of my body and learn to love it again?

Something that has really helped me through that is Yoga. Yoga is an incredibly unique activity in that it can calm your mind and work your body simultaneously. When I started yoga over a year ago I couldn't even cross my legs. Nowadays, I'm a bit wonky but screw it I'm in lotus right now! Yoga has enabled me to take back some of the movement I had lost in my legs and the calm has helped me to tolerate my pain.

Taking time out of my day to pay attention to my body, to my aches and pains, how I 'feel' physically and emotionally, and letting my thoughts calm has also really put me back in touch with my body, and enabled me to be more accepting of my limitations and proud of the body I'm in.

When I now limp down the road I don't worry so much that people are looking at me as a weirdo. I think - hey look at me! I'm unique! I might stand out but this is me, it's who I am, and I own that.

Finding my inner-self again has been such an empowering journey, one I'm very much still on but I'm getting there and Yoga is really helping me find my way.

In a few weeks time I'm really excited to go and share my experience with other Yoga doers around London. On 8 September I'm going to be attending a Yoga Body Image and Discussion night at Triyoga Camden, with guest teacher Dr. Melody Moore, plus we're also going to be a film screening of a documentary all about self-love and inner beauty.

I'm so excited to meet Melody, who combines two of my many passions Yoga and Psychotherapy (did you know I used to be a Psychology Teaching Fellow?) and talk with her and the rest of the group about our struggles and pursuits.

If you want to come along too you still can! It would be amazing to take a group of health, fitness, wellbeing and mental health blogger along. If you'd like to join me the night is £20 - but you can also use my code Thea20 for 20% off.

Here's the Film trailer to get you excited!

But if you can't make it, I'd love to take your questions along for Melony. Is there anything you'd like to ask her? Do you have any questions on Yoga and/or building positive body image? Leave them in the comments below and I'll take them to Melony next month and share them in an follow up article with you all!

Melong is also hosting a number of other work shops with Triyoga and if you're interest you can use the discount code for those too! Triyoga is an amazing Yoga centre with spots all over London offering Yoga, Pilates and treatments. I love them and if you want to check them out you can find out more about them on the Triyoga Website.

Two weeks ago I switched things up by moving jobs to a brand new role in a brand new industry.

If someone had asked me if I'd be doing this job 5 years ago I wouldn't have even imagined it was close to my path, but low and behold here I am - a Marketing Executive for a Design Firm.

What experience to I have you might ask? Well none - and a lot. I've no formal qualifications in Marketing or Project Management. But what I do have is nearly for years as a blogger, Marketing myself and my website through online platforms and analysing my progress, and now over a year of Private Social Media Management for bloggers, Artists and Small Businesses Across the UK.

So I might not have come via the most direct or formal of route, but I still fell confident I hold enough experience and no how to have settled right into my job and I'm loving it. Plus - no one's tried to fire me yet so that's always a good sign!

On the other hand, working for a Design Firm is definitely a little out of my comfort zone. I have always dreamed of taking my career into the creative arts, and when the opportunity came along I had to grab it!

Spending my days in such an imaginative and creative environment is a real joy, and watching the designers around me work - plotting, styling, cutting and folding paper, card and other shiney things - Did I mention it's a packaging firm? Well haha yep, maybe it doesn't sound so glamorous, but for someone who's been only slightly stationary obsessed most of her life - ITS AMAZING!!

Still its got me a little jealous - I want to play with paper! So week one of the job over I decided to get creative myself.

On the weekend I signed up to Obby* a website for all things creative in London. With courses from paper craft and calligraphy, to cookery, pottery (£25) and even beauty (£25) and perfume making (£29). There are classes to suit everyone of any level of experience (or lack there of - See me, Exhibit A!)

I decided to go for Paper crafting - see if I can catch up with the competition! So I went on Paper Wild's One day Introduction to Paper Marbling. It's a 6 hour course and I was honestly thinking - really? Six hours? What are we doing that takes 6 hours?! But I tell you, 6 hours is not enough!

It was such a great day. There were 9 of us in the class in total, and luckily for me everyone there was a beginner - so pressure off!
From the moment we got there is was time to get stuck in! From learning how to make the paper bath, to preparing the paper, choosing your paints and making our first "stone casting" I was hooked!

Over the course of the day we got to experiment with colours and learn a whole array of styles, techniques and tools and to top it all off anything we made got dried, ironed, and shipped out in the post for new creative projects! I thought that was a such a lovely bonus and I couldn't wait to open my parcel when it arrived!

The day wizzed by in a flash, after 6 whole hours I can still tell you - I'm pretty rubbish haha! But it was just so much fun I'm really looking forward to carrying on. I want to master this! Paper Wild also do a book binding course (using your marbled paper!) so I really want to get good enough to attend that and see my personally designed paper adorn my new sketch book!

If you're looking to test out your creative talents, or just do something a little different on the weekend, definitely check them out. There's so many courses to choose from you're bound to find one you like and in your price range too!

For my next challenge I want to take on making my own Concrete Succulent Planter, they just look incredible, I'm dying to make one! If you want to take the class with me hurry up and sign up. We need a minimum of 4 people to attend so let's get going!

If you want to try out any of the classes on Obby you can also get £10 off with the discount code THEASTHINKINGS10. With Adult classes as little as £18, and Kids from just £10 how can you say no?!

I can't wait for my next class.

Do you take any classes just for fun? Any suggestions, or courses you want to attend? As always share your ideas in the comment box below!

2017 has been a year of focussing on me. What are my goals? How is my Health? How's my Well-being?

Well over the months I've been exploring all sorts of ways to rejuvenate and get back on track. I'm working on my career goals and aspirations, I've changed parts of my lifestyle, I've decluttered, and I've added injections of 'new' into my daily routine to give me that little bit of oomf and bring joy into my life.

I can get into a habit of overdoing it a bit and taking on too much so it's been nice to take a step back and prioritise relaxation and clearing my mind, so I can really focus on what's important right now.

I've also picked up a few new products to go with my new habits and with the help of Indigo Herbs* I'm going to crack on and share them with you.

If you read on to the end I've also got a sneaky well-being giveaway for you!

A big part of improving and maintaining well-being is through improving your routine

I've now got into the habit of always starting my day with a hot drink to wake me up, and ending my day by turning off all technology and settling down to read my book with an unwinding herbal tea.

(My book at the moment is SHIFT by Hugh Howey - part of the Wool Trilogy and soooo good!)

These two have now become staples in my tea collection. the Rise & Shine Tea and Sleep Deep Tea from Indigo Herbs

Both have beautiful delicate flavours with a subtle bouquet, and do wonders for waking me up and sending me off just at the right time.

With Meadowsweet Leaf, Calendula Flowers, Peppermint leaf, and Rosemary leaf just to name a few of the carefully selected herbs, Rise & Shine has been blended to gently clarify, stimulate and refresh the mind.

The Sleep Deep Tea also comes as a blend of Chamomile Flowers, Passion Flowers, Valerian Root, and St. Johns wort to give you just a snippet of the perfectly balanced herbs designed to relax the mind and body and ease you you into a deep slumber.

Next up on my list is to eat well and stimulate my mind ready for the day ahead.

I've not got into the great habit of either whipping through a quick sudoku with my cup of tea, or setting myself a short song writing exercise to get the cogs turning and start my day with a creative mind.

I've really enjoyed adding in this Brain Power Aromatherapy ointment into my routine. Aromatherapy isn't for everyone but I can honestly say the unique blend of aromas not only smells great but the scent gets my brain working and really clears my foggy mind. I like to carry this round now and anytime I need a little pick me up instead of making a coffee, I take two minutes outside wit they and it really seems to do the trick!

and lastly

Do Something new - explore & experience

How many times have you wanted to blow of steam and relax, and somehow you've ended up drunk as a skunk waddling home? Well hopefully you're luckier than me, but I'm come to learn that it's totally not worth it for me. My body will hate me, so sure I have a drink once in a while but hangovers are a total no no. To be honest even when I only drink a little I totally can feel the difference in my body - it takes me a few days to feel 100% again and back on track. So this year I've been finding new ways to let off steam and all that time saved from hangovers means I'm suddenly looking for things to do! New challenges and experiences are definitely something I really recommend if you're looking to boost your mood and well-being.

So when Indigo Herbs suggested this I thought - Genius! It's healthy, it's fun (it's delicious!) and its definitely a challenge - Make your own Chocolate!

I was so excited when this arrived in the post, a Pure, Raw & Organic make your own chocolate kit. Everything you're going to need to make your own chocolates completely from scratch is in there, and even a few extra treats to make them fun. I love a new challenge to take my mind of things, and I think this kit would make THE perfect gift for your health and well-being conscious friends. Or let's just be honest - it would be the perfect gift for yourself!

It was super fun and surprisingly easier than I though. Sort of chuffed with myself!

What I love is that all the ingredients sourced for Indigo Herbs as 100% pure, vegan friendly and much of it is organic. Indigo Herbs moto is to inspire people to achieve their personal best physically and mentally, by encouraging them to take ownership of their daily nutrition and healthy lifestyle. The perfect message to give to your health conscious friends and family looking for that little life and well-being pick me up.

With that in mind I couldn't just let you go empty handed! So I'm giving away the whole gift guide to one luck winner. You can share it, gift it to someone you know who'll love it, or just...keep it all for yourself, you deserve it!

Just following the instructions in the box below and leave a comment letting me know which of my top health and well-being pics you would gift to someone and why.

Fingers crossed for you!

I'll be announcing the winner on Twitter on 10 September so watch out for that and Good Luck!

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*This is not a sponsored post. All products have been kindly provided by Indigo Herbs for the Giveaway but all opinions are my own.
Living in London means there is always something new to try, and I'm loving it!

Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited* to dine at one of London's most underground and unique Restaurants. Set out of the way and hidden among the side streets, TWID is like no restaurant I've been to before and I loved it.

Sitting up in a private balcony overlooking the stage, TWID with immerse in the world of Opera. Set as if a theatre, the restaurant offers an experience like no other. With unique dishes, and an intimate setting it was a night to remember.

As we were escorted to our balcony, our evening started with specialist cocktails from the bar followed by a delicious selection of sharing dishes each with it's own unique blend of flavours and stunning presentation. 

When the music then began a classically elegant singer took to the stage and treated us to a selection of pieces from some of the worlds most famous Operas. I've never seen live Opera and didn't know what to expect, but the private dining and intimate setting made it such a special experience I've fallen in love with the Opera.

The food was beautiful as well. With a selection of dishes to accommodate all diets, there is even a delicious selection of Raw and Vegan sharing dishes prepared in house and from scratch from the talented kitchen chefs.

I loved that the restaurant offer sharing dishes exclusively, it sets TWID apart from your traditional restaurant and makes your dining experience something to be shared and enjoyed together with someone close and special to you.

We couldn't help but also taste test the dessert menu, with coffee in hand, we choose one traditional dessert and one from the Master Patissier Raw Organic and Dairy-free menu. Both equally delicious it was the perfect end to our opera experience.

I couldn't recommend TWID more! A new and special addition to London Dining, they are set to bring in the crowds I'm so happy I got to test it out before they're all booked up! So if you're looking for something different and just a little bit special head over to TWID live Opera and Cocktail Bar at London Battersea.

*This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to review the restaurant and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

OK July trumps May and June combined - Does my busy life sound like a running themed to you? Well I'm hoping this are finally settling down for the Summer. I have so much I'm dying to share with you, but first a look back and July. We've seen some inspiring guest blogs to finish of the #ConfidentMeA&E series in style and we've been joined once again by some amazing bloggers for the July theasthinkings advertising team. Joining us in the sidebar last month we had: 

Lylia Rose - With us for another month, Lylia Rose is one to follow if you're looking for blogging inspiration. A self-made success, Vicky, writer and Lylia Rose is one of many bloggers paving the way by sharing her experience, exprtise and tips on making your dream blog your own personal success story. With burst of life, personal insights, and family life there's a bit of everything for the reader looking to take their blog to the next level, and follow there life and blogging aspirations.

Beauty Addict - One of the kindest people I know in the bloggersphere, I've been friends with Sarah a good long time now and I'm forever inspired by her positive outlook, ability to put her blog first (and look after herself) and write about topics she's truly passionate about. If the title doesn't tell you, Sarah is a lover of all things beauty, from candles and aroma therapy, to skin care, beauty products and even somee snippets of style, the Beauty Addict is the go to place for reviews, advice and tips on the best beauty products and trends. 

Run Your Mind Free - As well as reading her blog every month without fail, I cannot help but tune into Eugenia's - author and creator of #runyourmindfree - social media feeds. Whether on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, I am always inspired by Eugenia's positive outlook, strength and confidence she has found through throwing herself into the world of fitness, health and the running world. Eugenia always reminds me that whatever comes at me in life, I can always ground myself by following my passions and believing in myself. She's a real honesty teacher and motivational speaker in the making.

In August we have some really exciting posts in the making so be sure to check back to find out, and see what the month brings. Of course, also head over to these amazing bloggers channels, blogs and social media and show them some love - you won't regret it!

If you want to be there in September then get in touch! You can find out all about my Advertiser options by visiting my Blogger Services page or by contact me directly on, or on twitter @theasthinkings
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