Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Weston-super-Mare

In September, we went on a family holiday to the West Country and spent five days exploring Somerset.  On my journey there, I’d been lucky enough to stop off at the incredible Cheddar Gorge. From there, I headed to Brean, where I met up with the rest of my family outside the holiday park that…

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…

2021 Goals Review – September

By the time you’ll be reading this post, we’ll be in October and heading towards some of my favourite events of the year. There’s something so magical about Autumn. I almost get as excited for Halloween and Bonfire Night as I do Christmas! With the New Year less than 13 weeks away, it’s time to…

The Best Way To See Cheddar Gorge

Last week I finally took a week off work. After nine months of freelancing and with limited breaks, I was bordering on burnout.  Thankfully, my family had booked four nights in a caravan for mid-September, which would give us all a much-needed break.  Somerset, which is in South West England, is one of the largest…

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Take A Break As A Freelancer?

If you’re reading this blog post hoping to find the answer to this question, you might want to look away now. Unfortunately, it’s a question I don’t have the answer to yet.  I haven’t had a week off work since Christmas, and the last couple of weeks have been a struggle as a result.  Perhaps…

A Look Back At August

As Summer turns to Autumn and the woolly jumpers and endless mugs of hot chocolate slowly start to reappear, it’s time to look back at the highs and lows of August. I’m not sure I mentioned it in my look back at July, but July ended on a sad note as two of our family…

Review: Thirteen Moons More – Diary of a Gay Dad by Andi Webb

I’ve surpassed myself this year. In a reading sense, that is! Whilst it wasn’t one of my goals at the beginning of the year, I silently gave myself the challenge of reading a different book each month.  I’ve always been a big reader. However, in recent years, it’s become easier to scroll than to pick…

Have You Signed Up To Olio Yet?

I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with Olio! If you haven’t heard of Olio before, it’s a mobile app that aims to reduce waste. It’s super easy to use and, you get to do your bit for the environment whilst you’re at it. It’s a great way to discover food and non-food items…

5 Not So Enjoyable Things About Being A Freelancer

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post called ‘The Highs of Being a Freelancer‘. As promised, I’m back with another blog post, and this time, I’m aiming to balance out the highs with the things that are slightly less enjoyable about freelance life.  I mulled over the title of this post for ages. Should…

Anniversaries: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Sign up to my monthly newsletter here As I looked through my diary the other day, I noticed some significant anniversaries were on the horizon. Not romantic ones, although we are celebrating our two and a half year anniversary this month, if that counts? And when I say celebrating, we’re not doing anything to mark…

A Look Back at July

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the Summer! I’m sure the world has been speeding up ever since we first went into lockdown last March! I’ve even started to track my working hours because I couldn’t work out where all my time has been going, which has been a helpful exercise. I’ve been using Toggl to…

The Highs of Being a Freelancer

When I became a freelance writer, I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t someone who had planned for years to become a freelancer. I had taken redundancy the previous summer and decided I wanted to do something which involved two of my biggest passions – writing and helping others.  Since then, my freelance…

Reflecting on Racism

This time last week, there was a feeling of excitement and anticipation in the air.  The England Senior Men’s football team were due to face Italy in the final of the Euro’s that evening. The game would be the first final in a major competition the England team had played since their epic World Cup…

Is Football Really Coming Home?

As I sit here writing this post, it’s the eve of the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy. Yes, I know we’re in 2021 but, 2020 was meant to be the 60th anniversary of the Euro’s, so there was some reluctance from UEFA to change it. UEFA are also trying to ensure the tournament…

A Look Back At June

If you’re new to my blog, I like to finish each month (or start the next month) with a look back at the month just gone. It allows me to reflect on the highs and the lows of the last few weeks and is a great way to remember some of the adventures I’ve had….

Mid-Year Goals Review

As we edge closer to the middle of the year, I thought it was about time I sat back and reviewed my 2021 goals to see how they are progressing.  Mid-year is a good time to reflect on your goals and to check whether we need to make any significant changes to them as we…

The Law of Attraction

This post was originally published on 27th May 2019 and updated on 20th June 2021. Have you ever felt an overwhelming desire to go somewhere or do something you’ve never done before? I’m not talking about a desire to go somewhere just because it looks nice or because it’s different to somewhere you would ordinarily…

How I Became Confident Without Even Realising It

Thirty years ago, when I was just eight years old, I was a happy but shy kid.   If anyone spoke to me in the street, I would often hide behind my mum and, I would avoid eye contact at all costs.  As I progressed through my teens, I still struggled with shyness and nerves, despite…

Old Fashioned Romance with a Modern Day Twist

This post was originally published on 9th June 2019 and updated on 30th May 2021. I love being single, but that doesn’t stop me from looking forward to being in love again. Although I have to admit, and if you have read some of my earlier blog posts, you may have already worked out, I’m…

Receive Monthly Musings Directly To Your Inbox

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a productive week and a fun weekend. It’s been a busy week at the Mindful Gingernut HQ as I’ve been beavering away writing client newsletters and social media posts, as well as working in the background creating my first Mindful Gingernut newsletter! I’ve been toying with the idea of…

Mental Health Awareness Week

As many of you may be aware, it’s been Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK this week. We all have mental health, and we’re all impacted by it in different ways. I’ve had a very personal view of family and friends who’ve suffered from poor mental health since my teens. My own mental health…

The Aftermath of Being Made Redundant

Last August, a week before I was due to move, my boss gathered the senior management team on a call and told us we were all at risk of redundancy. Or in official terms, our jobs were at risk. I had two choices: To stay and fight for a new role Leave an organisation I…

Family, Radio Shows, and Wellness Retreats

I was starting to think this year couldn’t get any weirder, but it did.  April was a strange month in many ways. It was time to readjust as lockdown measures continued to ease here in the UK, with two households or groups of six now able to meet outdoors and restaurants, pubs and cafes with…

My Top #5 Apps for Newbie Freelance Writers

Earlier this year, I snowballed into the world of writing. As much as I knew I wanted to chase a career as a freelance writer, I was starting everything from scratch.  Up until that point, I’d spent most of my adult life working in sports governance. I had a massive network in football, but I…