About me

Welcome to The Mindful Musings of a Gingernut. My name is Becky and I’m in clinging onto my middle 30s. Oh, and if you hadn’t guessed…I’m ginger! I’m a country girl at heart having grown up in rural Northamptonshire. However, four years ago, work brought me to London, the place I now call home. I…

Love, Saying Thank You and the Road Map out of Lockdown

February has been another odd month. There have been plenty of moments to feel grateful for, yet I can’t shake this feeling of trepidation.  Animal Hospital Update I’m pleased to report that following last month’s roundup, my trusty companion, Wigs, seem’s to be doing a lot better. She’s discovered a love for Cat Malt which…

Olhos de Água and Praia da Falesia

As we eagerly await Boris Johnson’s announcement tomorrow as he lays out the UK’s ‘Road Map’ out of lockdown, I thought I would take another look back at my solo trip to Portugal. Fingers crossed BoJo’s plans see us being able to travel again before the year is out. This post was originally published on…

Love or Loyalty?

As it’s Valentines Day today, I thought I would re-visit one of my favourite blog posts. This subject really got me thinking, and it certainly caused some interesting debate in our office at the time. This post was originally published on 28th March 2019 and updated on 14th February 2021. Have you ever stopped to…

Albufeira

As the snow is currently falling here in the UK, and we’re still unable to go on any new adventures, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane, looking back on a solo trip I took to Portugal in February 2019. Fingers crossed we won’t have to wait too long before we can all…

Snow, Vaccinations & A Trip To The Vets

As January comes to an end, I thought I would write a summary of the madness which has unfolded over the last few weeks. Not only does it give me time to revisit the month just gone, but it also allows me to reflect on the month, clearing the way for a new chapter as…

Becoming a Freelance Writer

It has been a whole month since I left behind the stressful minefield of football governance, and moved into the alien world of being my own boss.  It has been a month full of learning, gaining new clients, and working hard to get my freelance career off the ground.  My working days are varied, and…

What will Happen to the Music Industry?

We’ve made it through another week, and hopefully, we find ourselves one week closer to the end of this bloody pandemic. This past week, I’ve found myself missing live music far more than I have done throughout the entire pandemic. I suspect the main reason for feeling like this is down to being in a…

Book Review: Eighteen Moons by Andi Webb

I first stumbled across Andi Webb during the first lockdown of 2020. Mid-pandemic, like so many others, I found myself with extra time on my hands, so I decided to take the opportunity to spend some time looking for new bloggers to follow. As soon as I found Andi’s blog ‘Diary of a Gay Dad’…

Setting Goals in 2021

Happy New Year folks! I hope you all had lovely Christmasses and New Years celebrations even if they weren’t the same as they perhaps would be in normal circumstances.  I want to start this week’s post by asking you a simple question. Have you set yourself any goals, aims or resolutions this year?  Over the…

Signing out of 2020

Happy day after Boxing Day folks! I hope this finds you all well-fed and relaxed after the Christmas festivities. I’m taking a short break from my usual post this week as I find myself sitting here knee-deep in my first freelance project. It’s incredibly exciting to be moving straight from my day job into my…

My top 5 most viewed blog posts in 2020

Whilst I’m writing this post, I’m sitting in my London flat trying to digest the news that London and It’s surrounding counties have been shut down again as we move into tier 4, as well as trying to avoid people who keep saying the Government have cancelled Christmas. I can confirm Christmas most definitely hasn’t…

My Top 5 Moments from 2020

We all know that 2020 hasn’t exactly been the best year. It’s had a lot of low points, but it’s really important to keep the good moments in our minds too.  Thankfully, the year hasn’t been a complete write-off. Amongst the lows, there have been some highs and, if nothing else, plenty of lessons learnt….

Women’s Wellness Retreat

When I moved to Kingston earlier this year, I began following local businesses in my new neighbourhood on Instagram. While I was scrolling, I came across the lovely Krish from My OsteoPATH to Wellness (@myosteopathtowellness_fitness). I immediately felt drawn to Krish’s feed and found her posts really inspiring. In October, Krish held a socially distanced…

Boris, Jobs and another Lockdown

What a strange month November has been. We’ve been back in national lockdown, we’ve been busy preparing for what will look like a very different Christmas this year, and I’ve been attempting to continue with my job search. And let’s not forget the exciting news of vaccinations and presidential elections! After a busy month, here’s…

Claremont Landscape Garden

During a week off work earlier this month, I paid a visit to Claremont Landscape Garden, a Grade 1, 18th century listed garden, close to the village of Esher, in Surrey. I’d never been before, but after a week of job hunting and sitting in front of my laptop, I decided it was time to…

My Top 5 Christmas Movies

With less than six weeks to go until Christmas Day, I’ve fully immersed myself into all things Christmas over the last few days! We’re still be in lockdown here in the UK and there’s a lot of uncertainties as to how we will get to celebrate the festive season this year, but I’m not going…

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a word which gets thrown around a lot these days. There’s books and self help guides for all kinds of mindfulness. Mindful cooking, mindful baking, mindful gardening, mindful breathing, and even mindful eating, to share just a handful of examples! A few weeks ago, I found myself having to remind myself what mindfulness…

My Top 5 Ways To Survive Lockdown – Take 2

Following last night’s announcement that we will be going back into lockdown from Thursday, it got me thinking about how we’re all going to get through the next 4 weeks without going stir crazy! Quite frankly, I’m done with this virus. It’s destroying lives, people’s mental health, our economy, and there are people losing their…

Ham House

As Autumn began to arrive in suburbia, I decided it was time to get my walking boots back on and get out and explore my new surroundings. I started looking into some local walks and stumbled across a route on The Guardian website which started at Kingston railway station, taking the Thames Path to Ham House &…

Money Mindset

Although by the time I post this, it will be Sunday evening (which now seems to be my regular blogging spot), I’m actually writing this on Sunday morning, which is rare for me these days. Despite my love for waking early at the weekends, throughout lockdown, me and my boyfriend got into a routine of…

Mini Break to the Sussex Coast

Two weekends ago, I loaded up the car with my weekend bags, and headed off down the A3 to the Sussex Coast. I was all set to meet my family around lunchtime in Bognor Regis, before checking into Church Farm Caravan Holiday Park for the weekend. We’d been due to have a family weekend away…

Moving House Whilst Going Through Redundancy

Five weeks ago I moved from Battersea to Kingston Upon Thames. For those of you who are not too familiar with London, that equates to moving from the city centre to the suburbs. City life had driven me and my boyfriend (who spent most of his time keeping me company during lockdown) crazy during the…

Why being Authentic is Important to me

18 months ago, I sat in my mid-year review with my boss. He’d gone through an exercise with the wider team to get feedback from the team about the senior managers (if it wasn’t for the fact we had also been asked to carry this out with our own teams, I may’ve now been suspicious…

Why redundancy doesn’t scare me

August was largely a month of celebrations: I celebrated 2 years of The Mindful Gingernut; I moved out of central London and into my new suburban flat; I finally saw my family for the first time since March; I celebrated my 18 month anniversary with my boyfriend (no mean feat by my standards!); And I…

And so the Story Begins

[Gifted Post] Happy September everyone! I feel as though it’s been an absolute age since I last wrote a new blog post. August is always such a busy month work wise, so trying to put together new content on top of that just doesn’t ever seem to go to plan. Over the last two summers,…