Kenya: A Mountain to Climb

GIFTED| Kenya: A Mountain to Climb follows author Rod Wood, on his journey as he prepares for another life changing trip to Africa. Five years on from his first trip to the African continent, during which he climbed Kilimanjaro, Rod leaves his fiancée Jane at home in Shropshire, whilst he goes off to seek adventure…

Bucket List

This post was originally published on 23rd September 2018 and updated on 19th October 2019. A few months ago I had a complete panic over the things I had achieved since I moved to London. More to the point, what I hadn’t achieved since my London adventure began. I had packed a lot into my…

Why do we exercise?

Ok, so a large part of exercising is about us looking after our physical fitness. Keeping in shape, improving our health, as a way of letting go of our frustrations after a long, gruelling day in the office, to improve our mental well-being. All perfectly valid reasons to exercise. Whilst many people choose to join…

Trust, Honesty & Lessons Learnt

Earlier this year, I shared some information with someone whom at the time, I thought I could trust. Someone I classed as a good friend. It turns out I was wrong on both accounts. As with so many things in life, I learnt the hard way. Not only did this make me question who I…

Fulham Palace House & Gardens

I started this 2019 promising myself more London adventures, visiting places not typically found on the main tourist trails. I haven’t been out and about exploring as much as I would’ve liked lately, but with a day off today, despite the good old British weather, I decided to head out and explore a little corner…

My Notebook

This post was originally published on 16th October 2018 and updated on 3rd October 2019. I’ve been carrying a notebook around with me for a while now. Even pre-blog. I’ve always loved writing, but I’ve never known what direction to take this ‘hobby’ in. Travel Writing Fresh out of university, I dabbled with the idea…

Self-Care Neglect

As I write this blog post, I’ve been trying to think of a suitable word to sum up how I’ve been feeling during the last couple of months. All I can think of is… ‘meh’. A pretty nondescript word, but sums up how I’ve been feeling. Life has been a little bit all over the…

Countdown to India: 15 weeks to go… 🇮🇳

With less than 15 weeks to go until my trip to India, it’s time to start getting organised. I still have a fair amount to sort out before I can board my flight from Heathrow to Delhi on 23rd December. I still need to: Apply for my visa Pay for the rest of my trip…

My Top Tips for First Time Solo Travellers

Firstly, it’s probably important to explain that I am by no means a seasoned traveller or solo holidaymaker. My travelling experiences to date have largely been in Europe, and most have been with family and friends. However, the last few years, have seen me pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone, becoming more adventurous, and…

The Mindful Gingernut’s 1st Anniversary 🎉

Just over a week ago I celebrated an entire year of blogging! I had hoped for a pretty spectacular relaunch of my website (I hope you’re enjoying the new layout by the way😀), but with life playing its usual games and throwing bumps and curves galore into the road ahead, The Mindful Gingernut has taken…

My Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts

With the one year anniversary of my first Mindful Musings of a Gingernut blog post less than one week away, I have spent the last few weeks reviewing, refreshing and re-sharing with you my top 5 most visited posts from the past year. In order of most viewed, my top 5 blog posts are: Sparkle…

Honesty

This post was originally published on 29th June 2019 and updated on 24th August 2019. Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post called Love or Loyalty? For me, without love, there is no purpose. However, since writing the original post, I have found myself asking if love and loyalty are the most important things…

Sparkle

This post was originally published on 25th February 2019 and updated on 17th August 2019. How do some people in life just simply make you sparkle? ✨ We’re not just talking ordinary people. These are people who see things that other people don’t see. People who see passed your physical appearance. People who see deep…

Virginia Water Lake

What better way to start a week off work in August than a day out in the rain! Not one to be deterred by a spot of the wet stuff, yesterday, I loaded up my rucksack, cramming in my waterproof, and headed out in my trusty little fiesta, down the A3 towards Virginia Water. Virginia…

Solo Traveller

This post was originally published on 4th February 2019 and updated on 11th August 2019. The first time I travelled abroad on my own, I received a mixed reaction from friends and family. Some said good on you. Others thought I was crazy. Won’t you be lonely they asked? Aren’t you scared going alone? Why…

Patience, Fate & Saying Things Out Loud

This post was originally published on 24th November 2018 and updated on 3rd August 2019. One of the reasons I created The Mindful Musings of a Gingernut, was to offload some of the things running around my mind, in the hope that it would free up some space, and in turn, help me to process…

Milestones, Republishing and Rebranding

Milestones With the first anniversary of The Mindful Musings of a Gingernut approaching, I’ve been taking some time to reflect on my blog, to read through old posts, and to think about where I’d like to take my musings over the next 12 months. Republishing Over the course of the next few weeks, as we…

Green Fingered Gingernut

I first fell in love with gardening when I moved into my first house. I was in my mid 20s, with my first mortgage, and my very own back garden. And it was awful. With the neighbours conifer trees blocking out all signs of sunlight, and the stickiest clay soil I had ever tried to…

Religion, Relationships and Reality

This post was originally published on 5th November 2018 and updated on 19th July 2019. I’ve never been one to take the easy route in life. God only knows why! Sometimes I long for less drama. But in reality, I would probably be bored without it. Throughout my late teenage years, into my twenties, I…

My Indian Adventure

I recently wrote about the Laws of Attraction and the overwhelming desire I have to visit India. Well, I am beyond excited to let you, my readers, know, that I am making that dream a reality. This Christmas, I fly out to Delhi for a 15 day trip to India. Whilst there, I will visit…

Old Fashioned Romance with a Modern Day Twist

I love being single, but that doesn’t stop me looking forward to being in love again. Although, I have to admit, and if you have read some of my earlier blog posts, you may have already worked out that I’m not actually too good at this love malarkey. Falling for the wrong men is becoming…

The Law of Attraction

Have you ever felt an overwhelming desire to go somewhere you have never been before? Not just because it looks nice, but because you feel something else is pulling you there? For several years, I have had this overwhelming feeling that I need to visit India. The feeling has been so strong lately, that I…

Mental Health Awareness Week

I’ve been thinking about mental health a lot this week. Particularly apt due to it being mental health awareness week. Everywhere I’ve turned there have been reminders about looking after our mental health. Social media has been full of interesting quotes and articles, and celebrities as well as us ‘normal’ folk have been talking about…

Cumin

Isn’t it funny how certain tastes and smells we experience, stay with us throughout our lives? Standing in the kitchen today, frying up a couple of eggs for lunch, I decided to sprinkle a little bit of cumin powder on top of them. As I lifted the lid off the cumin powder, I was instantly…