Single mum at University: My Story (PART TWO)

Read Part One here. I arrived at university expecting to learn how to be smart. I remember feeling intimidated at the prospect of interacting with people who were much more intelligent than me. I worried I’d come across common and uneducated, that my small vocabulary would prevent me from entering any kind of dialogue with…

Single mum at University: My Story (PART ONE)

In short, yes it can. But I will elaborate. Here’s my story. (This is a three-part series) I’m currently in the last few weeks of studying for a Creative and Professional Writing degree at the University of Wolverhampton, and I can’t quite believe that I’m at this point. Though it’s been three long years, it’s…

Why I’ve never written a love story

Do you like reading about romance? I’ve never been tempted by the idea of writing love stories, something about fairy tale endings never rang true for me and this was due to the relationships I had witnessed and been a part of. I like the idea of Happy Ever After but in reality I struggled…

Writers, dreamers, doers: This one is for you.

Have you ever reached a moment of absolute gratitude? When you reflect on your journey so far and realise that each decision you made paved the way to where you are now?¬† I want to share a little bit of my journey with you, and perhaps inspire you to take one step forward today, no…

Dear Queen

It’s International Women’s Day today. I hope these words will reach the hearts it’s meant to. (For maximum effect, read this out loud!) Dear Queen, I need you. You inspire me to grow beyond my own expectations. At times you believe in my potential more than I do, and you push me to expect and…

Do you need a Writing Coach?

Let me officially introduce myself to you: My name is Annika Spalding and I am an Author and Writing Coach. I published my first book, Shattered Dreams in 2013 and have since published 3 more books. I was always an aspiring writer, but never the most confident. Despite this, I’ve been acknowledged publicly for my…

How To Survive Your Twenties

It has been well documented across all my personal social media pages that I celebrated my thirtieth birthday last month. To say I was excited about reaching this milestone is an understatement! Being an¬†introverted over-thinker, I spent some time pondering over the lessons my twenties had taught me. I know there are people who dread…

I Am That Woman: Looking For Love in the Wrong Places.

I can understand why hurt women act the way they do. I get it. I’ve been there a few times. When the pain you feel is so intense, that you’d rather lash out and hurt someone else to ease you of it, if even for a moment. When you’d rather not feel it at all…

Maybe we’re all superstars after all

I’m beginning to realise that my current position brings with it great responsibility. And when I say position, I mean the way I’ve just put myself out there on the internet with details of my life and me overall, and how that comes across to people. I am by no means a celebrity and nor…

VLOG | Domestic Violence & Me: A history

Following a challenge set by Kickass Talks, I’ve been doing live videos on Facebook recently and it’s been interesting. While I can talk on lighthearted topics, it was during a talk about domestic violence that my passions really came alive. So for once, I’ll do less writing and leave you to watch and listen to…

How do you help a friend see the truth?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, so much so that it warrants a blog post at the very least. How do you make a friend see they’re in an abusive relationship and help them leave? It’s a big question and an even bigger topic, and I’m sure many will have all sorts of…

I Am My Mother’s Legacy

My mum died just over 11 years ago. I don’t talk about it too much but it isn’t a secret either. I haven’t yet expressed how her death has made me feel or how it has impacted on me in its entirety. The truth is that it has been tiring to even think about it…