A Look Back At September

Every month throughout this year, I’ve written a blog post looking back on the month just gone.

It’s been a helpful little reminder during some difficult times that amongst the shit, there have been plenty of good times and lot’s of new memories made. 

I have to admit, September feels like a bit of a blur, and not just because I’m later than usual in posting my review of the month. 

At the beginning of September, I was close to burnout and in desperate need of a break. Thankfully, there was a break on the agenda, which I’ll elaborate on shortly, but that break left me with bucket loads of fresh ideas for my business. I had so many ideas that I’m now struggling to find the time to look into them properly, with my current workload booming too!

I feel like I’m entering an exciting time for The Mindful Gingernut. The key in October will be to ensure I set aside adequate time to plan whilst balancing clients on top of my own self-care.

Here’s a look back at some of the lovely things I did in September:

At One With Nature

At the beginning of the month, I felt myself getting a bit bored of the scenery on my doorstep. I had done well over August to up my step count and had been out walking most days. I was determined to keep this up in September but felt like I also needed a change of scenery. On a bit of a whim, one weekday afternoon, I shut the laptop and got in my car and headed towards Richmond Park. I spent a lovely afternoon wandering around the park, listening to the parakeets and immersing myself in the local nature.

It was such a lovely escape and something I hope to make more time for in the future. I’m lucky that I have some beautiful walks on my doorstep, but now and again, it’s good for the soul to go somewhere a little bit further afield. I especially love spicing up my walks as the season’s change. It was lovely to see the autumn colours starting to come through, albeit very gradually, as we are still experiencing some unseasonably warm weather here in the UK.

The change of scenery gave me the headspace I needed, and as I headed back home (after I’d indulged in a piece of cake, of course!), I felt much lighter.

A deer with antlers amongst ferns and trees. The deer is looking directly at the camera
A deer in the ferns in Richmond Park

Back On Your Airwaves

I was lucky enough to get invited back onto the Liam Davis Show on Shoreditch Radio in September. 

I had first been invited onto his show back in April this year. Liam got back in touch to see if I’d like to go back on the radio to provide his listeners with an update on what I’d been up to since then.

Long gone are the days where I hesitate about this stuff, so I jumped at the chance.

As with the first show, I talk about the journey the Mindful Gingernut has been on, both as a blog and more recently as a business. I also talk about issues such as mental health and the challenges we faced throughout lockdown.

To find out more about my first experience on the Liam Davis Show, click here.

You can also find the recordings from both my appearances below if you’re interested in checking them out:

April – https://www.mixcloud.com/liam-davis3/sky-sports-football-commentator-rob-hawthorne-and-blogger-becky-greaves-joined-me-for-a-chat/

September – https://www.mixcloud.com/liam-davis3/headteacher-andy-webster-and-well-being-enthusiast-becky-greaves-joined-me-on-the-podcast/

Somerset

Until September, I hadn’t taken a week off work all year! Why I ever thought that might be a good idea, god only knows!

Thankfully, my parents came to the rescue, as they had booked a family getaway for five days to enjoy some September sunshine. 

Not only did we get five lovely days away, but I also gave myself the weekends on either side off, and I treated myself to a social media break too!

The time away from my desk and laptop, as well as the social media break, had been badly needed. I felt instantly better the moment I reached Cheddar Gorge, the first stop of my trip.

It was lovely to spend some quality time with my family. I was also able to celebrate with my brother, who had been out of work for a year and had just landed himself a new job. It gave us all time to unwind, relax and switch off from normality.

I’d only visited Somerset once before, so it was great to have time to explore one of the largest counties in England. It’s somewhere that doesn’t always get much of a mention, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

To read more about Cheddar Gorge and to check out some of my photos, check out my blog post, ‘The Best Way To See Cheddar Gorge‘.

Fishing boats by the beach on a grey, cloudy day. The beach is in the foreground
Burnham-On-Sea
Blue and white beach huts on the right hand side of the photo. Adjacent to the beach huts it a wall with the beach to the left hand side . The sky is bright blue. You can see Weston super Mare in the distance
Beach huts at Weston super Mare
A selfie of me, with my hair in a plait over my right shoulder. I have sun glasses on, a navy blue t-shirt and a rucksack. You can see the beach behind me
This is my ‘I’m on holiday’ face 😂
Lots of steps leading up to the top of Brean down
The steps leading up to Brean Down
A view from the top of Brean Down looking down on the sea and the beach
Looking down on Brean beach from the top of Brean Down

Catching Up With Friends

I didn’t have any walks planned for September with my walking group, so this freed up some time to catch up with other friends. 

I had a lovely day out at Wakehurst Gardens in Sussex with my friends James and Sean. It had been a little while since I had seen them both, and as we all love a good walk and a look around some gardens, Wakehurst seemed like a good choice.

None of us had ever been before, so it was nice to go somewhere different. 

Wakehurst happens to be owned by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. I had visited Kew a couple of times before and always found it to be overpriced and overrated. Wakehurst, on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise. The landscape and planting are much more varied, and it has a much less formal feel to it than Kew.

Another place I will be adding to the ‘Return To’ list!

Towards the end of the month, I also met up with an old colleague from my previous job whom I hadn’t seen before lockdown. We met in one of my favourite London pubs and had a great evening catching up on all the work and non-work gossip! After such a lovely evening, it turned into a bit of a nightmare a few days later when he contacted me to say he had since tested positive for covid! After a quick test, I found I was negative! Phew! I know there are still really mixed feelings out there about taking up the vaccination offer, but I’m incredibly grateful to have had both my vaccinations. It’s not worth thinking about how ill my friend could’ve been had he not been double vaccinated!

Pampas grass in the foreground with a pond the other side. The sky is bright blue and there is a black spec in the air which is a bird
Pampas Grass by a pond at Wakehurst Gardens
Autumnal trees surrounding a wooden fence. The trees are an assortment of greens and yellows
Lovely autumn colours coming through at Wakehurst
A pathway between trees with green foliage either side of the path
Following the trail at Wakehurst
Zebra crossing leading to the front of the Duke on The Green Pub
Duke on the Green at Parsons Green in London

As I said at the beginning of this post, September left my brain overflowing with new ideas for my business. I’m really excited to start working on these plans, and I look forward to sharing more with you sometime soon.

In the meantime, I’d love to know how September was for you? What exciting plans do you have for this month?

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. September was a bit of a blur for me as well with exams, but I am really looking forward for the rest of october and this year!

    Looks like you had a wonderful month! I love how you had a nice time with nature!

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    1. I hope your exams went well and weren’t too stressful for you. The nature in parts of the UK really is very special. It’s so easy to take the wildlife and nature here for granted so it’s nice to remind ourselves now and again just how wonderful it is 🙂

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  2. capost2k says:

    That’s quite a buck in the park! He’d make some nice venison steaks and an 8 point rack! 😂
    And that’s quite a hike up to Brean Down. Why does one go up to a down? 😁
    If Anita and I ever get across the pond again, you’re going to have to take us on some of these amazing walks! 😉
    love and prayers, c.a.

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    1. The deer around here are stunning and they are so used to human beings being in their parks, it makes it really quite easy to get close to them, although they are still very cautious! Brean Down was fab. I have another blog post coming soon all about Brean Down so I won’t give away it’s secrets for now 🙂 I hope you’re both well?

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      1. capost2k says:

        Yes, God is good to us all the time and blesses us more than we deserve. 🙂

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