A Look Back At January 2023

I can’t quite believe we’re a month into 2023 already!  I don’t know about you, but unlike previous years, I really enjoyed January. I eased myself into the New Year and found myself relaxed, with a chilled but positive mindset.  If you found yourself bogged down by January (or any other month), I find it…

What is a Sound Bath?

Last weekend, I treated myself to my first-ever in-person sound bath.  Since then, I’ve had several people ask me, what is a sound bath?  So, I thought I’d jump on here to explain. A sound bath isn’t the type of bath that involves water (although it can have a strange effect on the water in…

Why I’m Spending This Year Doing Things I’ve Never Done Before

This year, I’m setting out on one big adventure. Ahead of my 40th Birthday in December, I thought I’d set myself a little challenge.  There’s some stuff that I’ve wanted to do for a while. So I thought, why not make it into a ‘thing’ in the lead-up to my BIG 40?  It’s common for…

Setting Goals For The Year Ahead

If you’ve followed my musings for a while, you’ll know I love setting New Year goals. For me, it’s not a case of HAVING to set them. It’s more a case of WANTING to.  They keep me focused on things I would like to achieve, and the geek in me loves to keep track of…

A Look Back at The Goals I Set in 2022

Happy 2023 🎉 It’s been a little while since I’ve been in this space, but it’s good to be back.  November and December were busy months at The Mindful Gingernut HQ, but I’m back and raring to go.  Before I get carried away with 2023 antics, here’s a little roundup of where I got to…

A Look Back At October

Wow! What an epic month of adventuring October turned out to be! It’s funny how I can go months without seeing people, and then out of nowhere, I have a crazy month of socialising and going places.   Being an introvert at heart, I find socialising tiring. So as much as it’s been fun, I’m ready…

Post-Therapy Reflections

It’s been almost two months since I finished going to psychotherapy, and there is still a lot to reflect on.  It has been one of the most insightful experiences I’ve been through so far. I learnt so much more about myself in those 12 sessions. In this week’s musings, I want to share some general…

A Look Back At September

In a month where we said our final goodbyes to my Auntie and the Queen, it’s been hard to get on with life as ‘normal’. Although it’s been a difficult month, it has gone by so quickly. It doesn’t seem like five minutes since the August Bank Holiday weekend, yet here we are in October….

My 2022 Goals in Review – Q3

As if we’re coming to the end of Q3 already 😫. I honestly don’t know where the last quarter has gone, and I’m overwhelmed with how quickly the end of the year is approaching. However, from a goals point of view, I always feel like the last quarter is about seeing and appreciating results rather…

A Look Back At August

I’m a bit later than usual with my ‘Look Back’ due to recent events, but I’m back with a round-up of August, which seems like a lifetime ago already! August was a bit of a strange one this year. We sadly lost one of my Aunties last month, which has left my family mourning the…

Thank You M’am For Everything

It wasn’t my plan to write about the death of Queen Elizabeth II today. But life rarely goes to plan, and it felt wrong to write about anything else. I want to start this post by addressing the fact that I know the Queen was not everyone’s cup of tea. Everyone is entitled to their…

My Italian Adventure – Part 2

After a lovely long weekend in Ferrara with my friend Magdalena, it was time to head south, back to Bologna, where I would spend the next four nights. Magdalena accompanied me to Bologna as she didn’t have to work until that evening, and as a newbie to travelling solo in a city, it was nice…

A Look Back At July

I started July in Italy, albeit on the last day of my trip. I had a late flight home, so I had a full day to explore Bologna before I headed back to the airport. I took the opportunity to climb to the top of the Towers of Bologna, eat some more pizza, and indulge…

My Italian Adventure – Part 1

I’d been dreading June since the beginning of the year. The tenth anniversary of my best friend’s passing loomed like a big dark cloud on the horizon.  When my boyfriend’s parents booked him on a flight to join them on holiday at the same time as the anniversary, I found myself in a quandary. I…

My 2022 Goals in Review – Q2

A little later than planned, but I’ve spent the weekend reviewing my goals for this year to see where I am and to think about any further tweaks I need to make as we move into the latter half of 2022.  I find that blogging about my goals helps me to: Check on my progress;…

We’re Going To Ibiza

Does anyone else always get a particular earworm stuck in their head whenever they hear Ibiza mentioned? For me, it’s the Vengaboys ‘We’re Going to Ibiza’. I don’t even like the bloody song! But ever since we booked our trip to go ‘back to the Island’, it’s been stuck in my head…on repeat! Last month…

A Look Back At June

So here we are, already in the second half of 2022. I’ve been appalling at maintaining my blog this year. It always seems to be the first thing to go on the backburner when life gets busy. The irony is, that’s probably one of the reasons I ended up seeking therapy earlier this year. My…

A Look Back At May

Fresh from a few nights away in Ibiza, I’m back with a look back at May. Looking back on last month, it feels like so long ago my brain can hardly comprehend that it only came to an end less than two weeks ago.  That’s what holidays do to you. You lose yourself in this…

Lessons Learned From Psychotherapy So Far

Earlier this year, my Doctor referred me to a Psychotherapist after my anxiety skyrocketed. Whilst I knew I’d been suffering for a while, I’d never openly spoken about it. At the start of the year, it became impossible for me to manage myself, so I went to see my Doctor. I ended up on a…

My First Therapy Session

On Thursday this week, I had my first therapy session.  After finding myself in a vicious cycle of anxiety led thoughts at the beginning of the year, I found myself on a waiting list for psychotherapy.  My appointment date came through a couple of weeks ago, and although I knew the session was looming, it…

A Look Back At April

I know I say this a lot, but I genuinely don’t know where April went!  It came and went in a flash. We’re currently enjoying a bank holiday weekend here in the UK, and it’s nice to have some time to stop and catch my breath after a hectic month.  Here’s a little look back…

Claiming Universal Credit

Would you like to know a secret? Did you know that if you’re self-employed and work in the United Kingdom, you could be eligible to claim Universal Credit? I’ve been claiming Universal Credit (UC) for just under a year, and it’s been an absolute godsend, especially in the early days of starting my business.  With…

My 2022 Goals in Review – Q1

As we somehow find ourselves a quarter of the way through 2022, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year. As in previous years, I find that blogging about my goals helps me to: Keep accountable; Check on my progress;…

A Look Back At March

March has been a complete whirlwind. I’m not sure where the time has gone. But yet, here we are in April.  Spring’s being its typically British self here in the UK with everyone out in shorts and t-shirts the week before last, and this week we’ve been back in coats and jumpers with a sprinkling…

A Look Back At February

At the end of each month (or the beginning of the next!) I like to look back on the highs and lows of the month.  February was a challenging month for so many people.  When countries are at war, it can be challenging to know how to help. Yet we feel this overwhelming sense that…