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…

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…

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 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…

Hello Anxiety My Dear Friend

“I hope it really does help you to write it all down Bex.” read the message I received on Whatsapp from my Mum two weeks ago.  “It certainly helps a great deal.” was my response.  Whilst there was a great deal of truth in my reply, as writing has long been a source of therapy…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

The Downside To Being Freelance

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…