Living the Life of the Woman I Will Become

How do you ease yourself into the shoes of someone you haven’t met yet? I’ve been on a self-love journey for just over four years now, although I feel like I’ve climbed through many chapters until I landed at this page. This year has been very different from the rest, not because it has been…

You are a powerful and phenomenal being

 On your down days, do you forget about your greatness too?  I’ve been friends with anxiety and depression (or maybe they’ve been friends with me) for quite some time, only this year I have been super proactive in addressing the root cause.   Self-care is no joke and as much as we can say affirmations…

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…

The Problem With Self-Love

It’s all good on paper, but does it actually work? I’ve been open on here and social media about my experiences of anxiety and depression. I don’t want it to be at the forefront of everything I do, but it’s there most of the time and it is something I manage on a day-to-day basis….

If I Never…

… believed in a future I couldn’t see, would I be here now? Doing any of this? I don’t think about that often but I am indulging in that now. The alternative reality. The former me. It’s easy for me to overlook my achievements and successes, I’ve been in that habit for years. But it’s…

Mental Health Awareness Week: I was brave today.

I did a brave thing today. I say that, but I don’t necessarily feel that, and that is the problem. I’ll be honest, I don’t sleep well. My demons whisper to me in quiet moments and it causes my mind to be on alert. Anxiety and depression have been old friends of mine for some…

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…

When Fear Took Over

My desire to know all the answers to everything all the time is making me miserable. Sometimes we don’t know the answers. We don’t need to. The lesson isn’t in a position to be hunted, it can only be taught by patience, by waiting and experiencing the moment for what it is. Right now that…

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…

Thinking Out Loud

Do you ever feel fed up, out of the blue, for no damn reason? And it becomes frustrating because you can’t identify the cause but you can’t shake it off either? I feel like that right now as I type this and I know it’s something that’s been trying to creep for a few days….

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…