Yes to Inspiring Reads: May Yespiration

EmmaBy Emma  •  29 May 2015 at 6:31am  •  Yes Inspiration

by Team YOTY

We can’t believe how quickly the year is flying by, so it feels crazy that it is already time for your May dose of curated ‘yes’ inspiration from around the internet.

This month we have a variety of things to say yes to – yes to putting your health first, yes to eating healthily, yes to reading lists, yes to making your house your dream home….and also that age old reminder that sometimes you have to say yes to closing a chapter in your life.

yes to putting your health first

We are firm believers that our health is one of the most important things that we possess. So we think it’s really important to say yes to things that protect yourself. One of those things is making sure you check yourself. We talked about this earlier in the month when we watched Lisa Lynch’s inspiring story in the C-Word. Whether it’s your boobs or your balls, checking can save lives.

Lisa’s friend Kris, who also has cancer,  starred in the c-word as herself. She wrote this incredibly poignant post on her blog How to Glitter a Turd, about her part in the programme. It is beautifully written, will make you smile and cry, and will remind you exactly why early detection is so very important. Read it here. Then go and check yourself.

Plus, if you are reading this before Tuesday 2nd June, the C-Word is still available on iPlayer. If you haven’t seen it, you really really should go and watch it.

Yes to reading lists

Here at Year of the Yes, we love to read. You might have caught onto that what with our book club obsession. So it is probably no surprise that we love a reading list. You know the ones, 100 books you have read, top 50 most inspiring reads. That sort of thing.

You can imagine the excitement when we came across this list of 21 books from the last 5 years that every woman should read. A much more manageable list that we are hoping devour over the next few months… in between book club reads of course.

In particular we are looking forward to The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Room by Emma Donoghue. You can see the full list over on Huffington Post here. Make sure you come back and tell us which ones you loved, and anymore that you would recommend adding to the list!

yes to making your house your dream home

Half the the yes team moved house 6 months ago (you can read the post about buying a house on your own here), so we are slightly obsessed with home interiors blogs at the moment. They just have ALL of the pretty.

This Victorian home tour particularly caught our eye. Not only is it so bright and beautiful – it is all about the pretty details that can be easily replicated or adapted for your own house, whether it’s a terrace, a cottage, a flat or a mansion (we can dream).

You can check it out over on one of our favourite blog reads, Rock My Style. And we promise to share some details of how we have made our own houses a home very soon.

Making a house a home, Victorian home tour, decor, Year of the Yes May recommended reads

{Photo by Adam Crohill for Rock My Style}

yes to making sure healthy eating isn’t boring

You’ll have noticed already that we are part of the crusade to stop salads from being boring. Salads can be deliciously tasty and filling, and are perfect for the summer months. You can read some of our recipes here, but Love Audrey gives a fantastic roundup of the salad basics here. The equipment you need, what you should expect to spend on the green (and yellow, and red, and…other colourful) stuff on your weekly shop. Check our her salad day basics here.

Salads don't have to be boring, Year of the Yes May recommended reads

{Photo: Love Audrey}

saying yes to closing chapters

It’s not another literary reference. A while ago we acknowledged the fact that sometimes you need to say no things, in order to give you the best possible chance of saying yes to all of the things you really want to do. Sometimes that means walking away from a relationship that isn’t working.

It might not be the most positive advice that we have ever given, but it’s still important to remember. We guess you guys must think so too, because it is actually our most read post on the blog at the moment. In which case we thought you might also be interested to read this piece from Oh Comely Magazine, Now This Chapter in our Lives is shut. It’s beautiful written, and a great reminder that even when saying no to something hurts, it can lead you to a whole new world of yeses:

Cleaning your apartment is boring; cleaning your apartment that you don’t live in anymore is awful; cleaning an apartment with your ex-boyfriend that you were once building a life in together is just excruciating. Read more here.


So that’s your lot for the month of May. If you have read anything inspiring this month, feel free to share it in the comments box below. We would love to hear from you!


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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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