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…

Placing Value In Your Story – My Interview with Danielle McDonald

A few weeks ago I did an interview with the amazing Danielle McDonald and it was brilliant! After having connected with her on Twitter ad Instagram, it as lovely to actually speak to her and an honour to be interviewed for her show. I’ve watched a few of her YouTube videos and loved the knowledge…

Those little reminders…

This was Sandwell Valley Park with my Mini Queens. I remember this day. I hadn’t really taken them anywhere like that by myself before and it was so busy. I was so anxious about taking them somewhere like that because I’d worry that Amelia would run off or that someone might try to take them….

Yes. I’m busy.

I have an over-active mind which means I like to keep busy. I like being organised and planning things in advance, which means my diary is full at times. My time is precious so I have to plan ahead productively so I’m not wasting mine or anyone else’s time. I attend uni three times a…

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…

My Rebirth

I know I’m super late with this but in January I celebrated my rebirth anniversary. I’ve been officially single for three years now and I’ve celebrated it every year with friends. It’s not a celebration of being single, or a celebration of not being in that particular relationship anymore, it is an acknowledgement of my growth…

Busy Living

“You’ve been quiet. What are you up to?” “I’ve been busy living! What have YOU been up to?” I’m not one to sit around waiting for things to happen. I’m a go-getter. I like to dream big ideas and breathe life into them. I like to keep myself busy and make every bit of time…

The Mature Student Life: Beginning

I became a university student in October 2015. Finally. This lifelong dream of pursing higher education has now become a reality, and I am so happy about that. I left school when I was sixteen, moved cities with my family and then joined a sixth form before getting beaten up by ‘friends’ and choosing to discard…

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…

Dear Brown Girl

My brown skin was brought to my attention when I started school. My whole family (mum’s side) is almost entirely white so I never noticed until then that my mixed race self was different. My mum always told me I was beautiful but the dolls I played with, the programmes I watched and even the…

When Truth Talks

I believe a great writer isn’t afraid to tell the truth, in whatever form that may be. The truth isn’t easy to write or to read, but it is real and undeniable. I think it’s easy to write about insignificant and unimportant things, to not really offer an opinion on anything too deep, or to…

Free Your Mind: Hear My Voice

I feel like I’d spent a lot of time waiting for Free Your Mind‘s Hear My Voice to get here and then it was all over in a second. I’d written about how I felt at the prospect of sharing details of my childhood to an audience of strangers. I’d spent time typing up notes…