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…

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…

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…

5 Reasons Why I’ve Stopped Watching The News

I’ve spent the last few days debating whether to write this post or not.  The news coming out of Ukraine this week has been beyond heartbreaking. It’s been impossible to ignore.  Yet, here I am, about to tell you why I’ve stopped watching the news.  The devastating events unravelling in Eastern Europe have re-emphasised the…

Painshill Park

I’ve lost count over the number of times I’ve driven past the brown tourist signs for Painshill Park since I moved to London 6 years ago. I always felt intrigued by what it was, but it never seemed to be cross my mind when I was looking for something to do. That was until earlier…

Adjusting to Life with Anxiety

Last month I found myself leaving my Doctor’s surgery with a referral to the physio and a referral to speak to a psychotherapist.  I had been suffering from pains in my middle back/side for a year, and I’d finally had enough. So I booked myself an appointment with my GP. When I made the appointment,…

A Look Back At January

How lovely January could have been if she’d allowed us to enter slowly, easing into the new year quietly, with no drama. But alas, the universe had other ideas.  New Years Day started with a trip to the hospital for my brother, who had a high temperate and what turned out to be a nasty…

A Visit To The Sculpture Park in Surrey

I’ve decided to try something new this year with my working week. I’m attempting a four-day working week instead of the ‘normal’ five day week. I have no idea how practical this will be, but one of the beauties of being a freelancer is having the flexibility to set my own hours. I’d say that…

Coping With Grief During a Pandemic

Last year was another troubled year for many people, and I feel like it hit our family particularly hard. Whilst there were positives to be found in the nooks and crannies of 2021, we found ourselves saying goodbye to far too many loved ones. Covid had stopped us from getting the extended family together for…

New Year New Goals

Happy New Year! The end of 2021 flew by, and I found myself taking my lengthiest break from writing so far! I wanted to write, but time kept disappearing. In the past, I would’ve beaten myself up about this. This time, however, I decided to be kind to myself and accept that something had to…

What is Active Relaxation?

This post was originally published on 19th January 2019 and updated on 14th November 2021. We all know what relaxation is, even if we’re not very good at it, but how about active relaxation? The words alone seem to contradict themselves, yet active relaxation can be as good for us as any other form of…

The Power of Daily Affirmations

(Ad/Gifted Product) Have you ever considered using daily affirmations as part of your morning routine? Sometimes we get so caught up in the doom and gloom that we forget to be positive and let the negative overwhelm us.  Negative thoughts can lead us to lose perspective on our purpose and lower our vibrations. Setting a…

A Look Back At October

As I sit here on Hallows Eve, it’s time to have a look back at October. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on my blog as well as my business. I’ll be making some changes to The Mindful Gingernut over the coming months, but I’m pleased to say that my monthly reviews will be one…

Everything You Need To Know About Brean Down

There were two places I wanted to visit during our family trip to Somerset back in September – Cheddar Gorge (tick) and Brean Down. Whilst I ticked off Cheddar Gorge on my way to Somerset, Brean Down waited patiently until the last day of our trip. To give you a little bit of information about…

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…