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When I arrived onto the creative scene in Birmingham in 2013, I thought I knew who I was. I didn’t have a clue about personal branding. I thought I was a writer who was starting to love herself. On some level, that is still true but over the years I’ve […]

Personal Branding: Who are you?


I’m a worrier. I used to worry so much I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t rest and couldn’t relax. I worried about saying the wrong thing, making the wrong impression and shining too bright. All that emotional investment into everyone else was incredibly draining. So, over time I have learned to worry […]

Are you minding your own business?


I had a pretty awesome experience recently. I was invited by the incredible Marverine Cole,to be interviewed on camera by first year Journalism students at Birmingham City University. I spent two hours posing, strutting, holding my books and answering questions. Some had done their research and had viewed my website, […]

Annika Spalding On Writing: An Interview



First of all, can you believe it’s March already? I’m super excited about International Women’s Day, because the whole world joins me in celebrating women. Sure, we do it on other days of the year but I feel boosted by the combined energy and effort throughout March. There’s some awesome […]

March: Event List


This event is not for the 'gram. It's not for likes or follows or for shows. It's for women who have experienced trauma. It's for vulnerability. It's for sisterhood. Will you be there?

Thrive: A Safe Space for Women


If you’re a long-term follower of my work, you’ll notice the change in my content more recently. I’m sharing more than I’ve ever shared before. I’m being explicit about my experiences, on social media and here. I’m pouring out my stories of trauma and labelling it as such. Where I […]

No More Secrets



I’m a fan of Brené Brown and the wonderful work she does around vulnerability. Listening to her talks and prompted me to think about my own bravery, my willingness to share my story and not hold back. But vulnerability was not an area I felt comfortable with. Didn’t know how […]

Writing about trauma


You can find unity in a room full of strangers. I found it at Manifest.

Manifest


Confession: I’m an advocate for self-care and self-love but I am far from being perfect at practising it. With a hectic weekly schedule of work, children, love life, housework and social life, I often survive by doing the bare minimum: brush teeth, have a bath, wear clean clothes, eat breakfast, […]

Sunday Self-Care: A Plan



Have you thought about the year you want to have? I want to thrive in all ways possible. I want my choices, conversations and collaborations to reflect it. I want to make conscious decisions, being mindful of the outcome I want. It’s all about planting seeds, isn’t it? Nurturing it, […]

What I Want to Achieve in 2019


I’ve been reflecting on the last year and in a bid to reclaim 2018 as a good year, I’ve identified areas worth celebrating. I’m not massively in the habit of honouring my achievements. I’m an overachiever and what might seem amazing to you, dear reader, often never feels good enough […]

5 Things: Achieved


Can you find 5 things to be grateful for? I’ve been having personal accountability chats with a good friend and we’ve decided to highlight the good things in our lives. And in all honesty, I know I really don’t have to think too deep to know what they are. Let’s […]

5 Things: Gratitude



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