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 its 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…

Anni – The Bad Influence Friend

I’m that friend that will encourage you to be true to yourself and be happy like you deserve. So if your partner feels threatened by your growth, they probably won’t like me. A few years ago I had a best friend whose boyfriend didn’t like me because he thought I was a bad influence. He would…

Two years of Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams was published two years ago. Inspired by women in my life, I felt I had to tell a realistic story of a woman fleeing domestic violence. Though this is a fictional character, her experiences are based on those of women I’ve lived with, worked with, supported or befriended. I have worked for Birmingham…

Ambitious women; Let’s hear from Annika

I recently contributed to an amazing feature over at Quietly Ambitious, where I talked a little bit about my journey and my ambitions. I’m hoping it will inspire somebody somewhere! Here’s a snippet: “If I’ve learned anything so far in life, it’s that people are temporary. Everything is temporary really, but some relationships with people…