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…

Time to unsubscribe

Over the last few weeks my emails have been mounting up. Unusually, not my work ones, which finally seem to be under control after nearly 4 years into the job! My personal emails however, have become ridiculous. I have two email accounts. One which I’ve had for years, and one which I use for all…

Is self care easier if you’re single?

A few weeks ago, I attended a friends hen party. The hen party was fun. But something was troubling me. I was staying in a hotel that night with another friend. While we were busy getting ready for the hen party, she started pouring her heart out to me. It appeared that her marriage was…

Wedding Season

It’s been a good few years since I last went to a wedding. They can be a bit like buses. You wait ages for one and then two come along at once! This spring, two of my closest friends are getting married to their respective partners. Whilst I have been looking forward to their weddings…

Reprioritisation

Do you ever find yourself caught up in life and realise that you’ve not quite got your priorities right? Life has been busy lately. In fact, since the new year, life has been pretty mental. Finding time to relax in the evenings and at weekends has been near on impossible, especially since my trip to…

Love or Loyalty?

Have you ever stopped to consider whether love or loyalty is more important to you? I hadn’t. However, it was a question raised by one of the guys in the office today, and it’s really got me thinking. Most people in the office opted for loyalty. Without hesitation in most cases. My initial reaction was…

Positivity

Have you ever stopped to consider why you attract negative people into your life? I have to admit, it’s something I have often made a habit of. Not on purpose of course. But time and time again, I would find myself attracting friends and partners who were negative and needy. No matter how hard I…

Knife crime, dirty laundry, and self care

The last couple of weeks have made me realise just how important it is to have a self care bank. If I hadn’t been able to cash in on some of my self care reserves, I definitely wouldn’t have got through it as well as I have. Most of the drama that has unfolded, has…

Valentines

Happy Valentines to you my lovely followers ❤️. Whether you’ve been celebrating today with your partners, your friends, or by yourself, I hope you’ve been kind to yourself today. This is my first single valentines for a couple of years. So many singletons seem to dread the day. Quite frankly, even those in relationships often…

Dreams

I’d be lying if I said I was looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. I’m not. But, I’m not sitting around dreading it either. I’ve never had a dream job. Even as a kid, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Whilst I was at school, trying to decide whether to…

Praia Santa Eulália, Praia da Oura and Alfagar II Aparthotel

I’m now back in gloomy, grey, England after a beautiful few days in Portugal. The flight into Gatwick yesterday was slightly unnerving, as we landed in high winds. There were gasps, followed by a few expletives from passengers as we made our descent, but thankfully, our pilot got us back safe and sound (and without…

Olhos de Água and Praia da Falesia

After my relaxing day on Tuesday, yesterday I was back into explorer mode. This time I decided to head east of the resort, and headed to the beach at Olhos de Agua. Again, I chose to walk, as good old Google maps told me it was only a short walk away. 20 minutes later, I…

Miss Explorer v Miss Relaxation

Since I arrived in Portugal, I’ve been feeling torn. My intention was to get away, relax, get some self care points in the bag, and to have some much needed reflection time. However, my inner explorer keeps trying to lure me away from this. So, I’ve compromised, alternating each day. A day of exploring, followed…