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…

BOOK LAUNCH: What’s Your Story?

Award-winning author and Writing Coach Annika Spalding celebrates the release of her SIXTH book – and you’re invited to the launch! About the book: What’s Your Story? is a book of writing workshops, prompts and guidance designed to fuel your creativity. If you’ve been thinking about writing but lack confidence or direction, this book will…

Why I almost gave up on writing (and what happened instead).

Do you believe there are limits to our learning? Do you believe we can reach a point of perfection and no longer need to acquire new information? I don’t. Life is one big long lesson and we are merely the students. When we find something we are good at or enjoy, we throw ourselves into…

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….

#HelpAQueenOut: The End of an Era?

Over a year ago, I launched an online networking hour on Twitter for the first time. I had high expectations for #HelpAQueenOut but at its core I wanted it to be a virtual meeting space for women to connect with each other. Having experienced the powers of sisterhood in my personal life, I wanted to…

The Queen Convo: MelaninMindSoul | Part Two

Are your conversations with other women inspiring? I’ve given much thought to my initial conversation with Dominique of Melanin Mind & Soul, and now it’s time I invited you to indulge in her responses. (If you haven’t already seen the introductory post, feel free to read it here before you dive in.) Though we spoke…

Four Reasons Why Your Writing is Rubbish

Oh dear. You really clicked on this blog post, didn’t you? It’s likely you arrived at this post expecting to be inundated with insults and criticisms, all about how crap your writing is, and how I’m much better at it than you. Well, honey, I’m sorry to disappoint but this is not the day for…

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…

The Climber

Disclaimer: I’m no relationship expert but I do speak with authority on my own experiences. But let’s talk about The Climber. This may be a new concept for some of you, so get comfy with a cup of tea and prepare yourself for the ride. You should know that I took inspiration from Scandal (Series…

5 Ways To Overcome Jealousy

Let’s be real for a minute: we all get jealous. Even I do. Yeah, I said it. We live in a generation where we know more about people than we ever did. Social media acts as a close-up view into anyone’s life, but also gives them the power over how they are portrayed. I’ve said…

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…