Is this goodbye?

I’ve been blogging for a few years and explored a number of topics, including writing, mental health and domestic violence. I’ve written empowerment posts, shared writing tips and invited you to join my online writing group.  I’ve maintained a level of consistency and then abandoned blogging altogether. I underestimated how studying for my degree would…

Have you been telling yourself lies?

Stop lying to yourself! Stop telling yourself you can’t be happy. Stop telling yourself you don’t deserve it. Stop telling yourself you aren’t worth effort. Stop telling yourself you aren’t worthy of love.  Start telling yourself you deserve the happiness you desire. Start telling yourself you are worth the effort it takes to get to…

International Women’s Day: how one Black Country writer fought back

Originally posted on Arts Foundry:
Annika Spalding has overcome challenges most people will never have to face. A mother of two young children, she has put her own childhood experiences behind her to forge a career as a writer, broadcaster and blogger, teaching life-affirming skills to women who, like her, have experienced domestic violence and sexual…

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…

Switch off and chill

Hey you, Has this year been kind to YOU? I know I’m not alone when I say that there have been challenges faced and challenges, sometimes the days have been dark and long, and very little ligh… Source: Switch off and chill by Annika Spalding.

Laptops & Lipstick – A great event!

This week I was invited to speak at Kickass Talks: Laptops & Lipstick for International Women’s Day. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what to expect but I knew that anything my friend Paula Hemmings is involved with will be oozing with great energy. I was the first speaker, which is awesome because I get…

Love & Relationships

I’ll be honest with YOU here, I am not great at family relationships. I think we can all agree that families can be complex, the dynamics are something else and it can be pretty difficult to … Source: Love & Relationships

Book research: Get involved!

With Shattered Dreams re-edited and re-listed over at Amazon, it is officially time for me to work on the sequel. The great thing about Shattered Dreams is that it was relatable for women who had been in, or were still in, an abusive relationship. I am a child survivor of domestic violence, who grew up…