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,…

Early Riser

This post was originally published on 10th November 2018 and updated on 30th August 2020 I love being the first to wake up, especially at the weekend. When I first moved in with my now ex, I was always the first to wake and would lie in bed reading or checking my social media until…

Muddled Mind

This post was originally published on 21st October 2018 and updated on 23rd August 2020 My mind has been all over the place this week. I’ve been struggling to write, starting a number of blog posts but unable to find the right words to finish them. I was relieved to have some alone time this…

Kids

This post was originally published on 2nd October 2018 and updated on 16th August 2020 Having finally been able to travel up to the family home last weekend as I find myself in between flats, it’s given me the opportunity to catch up with family and friends, and to play ‘Auntie’ to my friends kids. I…

Friendship

This post was originally published on 6th October 2018 and updated on 9th August 2020. I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship lately and what it means to me. I don’t have a large circle of friends, more pockets of friends whom I’ve met at different stages in my life. There are those I’ve known…

Solitude

This post was originally published on 16th September 2018 and updated on 2nd August 2020 As I get older, I find myself enjoying my own company more and more. Perhaps it’s an age thing, but whatever it is, it crept up on me and took me by surprise. Pre-London, I would be quite happy to…

Family time

This post was originally published on 2nd September 2018 and updated on 26th July 2020. As my time in London slowly draws to a close, I’m excited not only to start another new chapter in my life, but I’m also relieved that I get to spend some time with my family soon whilst I’m in…

Kicking Imposters Butt

This post was originally published on 21st September 2018 and updated on 19th July 2020. Last night, I managed to stop the little blighters from attack! Who are the little blighters? I hear you ask. That would be the ‘imposters’. Before you think I’ve gone completely nuts, the ‘imposters’ are the little nagging voices in…

Moving to Suburbia, Selling Photo’s and The New Normal

In what has has been another unusual week, today has been a lovely mix of getting things done, sunshine, and catching up on sleep. As I mentioned in Change, Grief & Pride, I recently decided to start looking for a new flat to rent outside of London. Monday welcomed good news on that front, but…

Change, Grief and Pride

What a hectic week that turned out to be! With so many things going on at the moment, by the time I got to the end of the week I had to press pause and prioritize. Thankfully it’s been a somewhat quieter weekend. No outdoor adventures this weekend. As much as I’ve loved getting out…

Cat and Mouse

Ok, so, picture this. It’s 2:58am. The cat is running around my bed like a lunatic on acid. I switch the bedside lamp on to see what’s rattled her. It’s quite normal for her to run frantically through my flat and out the backdoor (which is in my bedroom), but not to be running around…

What is Your Life Mission?

What is a life mission? I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my life mission lately. I’ve been engrossed in Richard N. Bolles manual for job hunters and career changers, ‘What Color is Your Parachute?’. Richard is famed for his ‘flower exercise’, where he takes the reader through a number of exercises which gets…

Crash and Burn

Why is it that I always crash and burn by the time my annual leave arrives? Over time, I’ve come to realise that if I don’t take a significant break from work every 12 weeks, I struggle to function. Yet, despite knowing that, I still end up feeling burnt out by the time my leave…

Black Lives Matter

I’m not normally one for getting involved in politics especially through my blog, but today I feel it’s important to talk about George Floyd and the emotions his death has stirred up in so many of us. First of all, let’s move the politics to one side. This is about humanity, and our acceptance (or…