About me

Welcome to The Mindful Gingernut. My name is Becky, and if you hadn’t guessed, I’m ginger! I’m a country girl at heart who grew up in rural Northamptonshire. However, five years ago, work brought me to London, the place I now call home. I grew up surrounded by a small but beautiful circle of friends…

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…

How To Overcome Loneliness

I recently found myself sitting in a small room in central London being interviewed for a local radio show (click here to check out my guest appearance on Shoreditch Radio. You’ll find me from 36:18!). Not my average day by any means! During the interview, the radio host asked me if I thought London was…

Are You Having Problems Sleeping?

We all know that lockdown has played havoc with both our mental and physical health. But did you know that a key factor in maintaining a healthy mind and body is getting a good night’s sleep?  Over the last year, many of us have experienced sleep problems. Whether you’ve had problems falling asleep, waking up…

Fresh Air, Photoshoots & The Mindful Gingernut

Happy Easter to you if you’re reading this over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Whether you’re celebrating Easter or not, I hope you’re having a lovely bank holiday weekend.  The spring sunshine is out in full force here today, although rumour has it that winter may be returning tomorrow with the chance of snow. As…

Chocolate Memories

This post was originally published on 16th November 2019 and updated on 28th March 2021. Chocolate brownies fill me with mixed emotions. Whether I’m baking them or simply eating them, they fill me with a mixture of happiness and overwhelming sadness. My best friend was the absolute queen of baking brownies. No-one else’s could ever…

Achieving Goals in 2021

When I sat down and set my goals for 2021, I also booked slot’s in my diary to ensure I reviewed each goal quarterly. Whilst I’m pretty good at setting goals, I’m not very good at reviewing them. I have a habit of rocking up at the end of December and writing a year-end review…

Boris Bikes, Hail and New Adventures

It feels like a lifetime since we were able to go on new adventures. Although there is light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the lockdown measures here in the UK, it’s been a real struggle since Christmas. It’s been almost a year since we entered into the first lockdown, but the…

My Top 5 Places to Visit in India

On 23rd December 2019, I found myself at London Gatwick Airport about to board a flight to India. India had been on my mind a lot in the few years prior to my trip. I couldn’t get away from this nagging feeling that I had to go. So on a whim, in May 2019, 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…