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I didn’t realise how much a weight I was carrying until I let go of shame and guilt. Guilt for arguing with my mum in the months before she died. Guilt for being angry at her for dying. Guilt for not loving my baby straight away. Guilt for loving the […]

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Over the last two years, I've created some AWESOME resources for new writers and it was all made with the new writer in mind.

5 Resources for Writers


I used to hate the colour pink and everything it represented: pathetic, flimsy, weak, feminine. It seemed ridiculous that all girls were expected (by society) to love it and because I wasn’t in the habit of doing what was expected of me, I chose to hate it. I reflect now […]

The Power of Pink



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It’s said that a woman who has cut her hair is about to change her life, and that haircut comes after a relationship has ended. I haven’t cut my hair but I have ended a relationship recently. I’d like to say it was hard and heartbreaking, but it wasn’t and […]

The Best Relationship You’ll Ever Have…


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You know, every time I send out a newsletter to my mailing list, at least one person unsubscribes. I've often wondered what the last straw was, what sent them over the edge, made them roll their eyes and scream "FUCK OFF" at my name when it appeared in their inbox. I mean, it's highly unlikely anyone will have such a hostile reaction to my content, but what if they did?

The Power of Persistance


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I've held a variety of events and workshops, but in the beginning it was Project You. It gave me the confidence to bring my ideas into reality. It proved to me that people would show up to my events. It gave me experience into promoting my own events and getting feedback. I learned how to prepare for an event and the importance of debrief afterwards. I learned to bring evaluation sheets and how to put goody bags together for my guests. I also eventually learned that I didn't need to hide behind a brand to share my words, because Annika Spalding is enough.

If At First You Don’t Succeed…



Has the first half of 2019 taken you by surprise? If you started this year with big hopes and dreams, then blinked and found yourself in July, welcome to my world. This year has gone fast, hasn’t it? Or is that the very British way of saying time has flown, […]

2019 – Mid Year Review


If you clicked on this blog post purely because Dorothy Koomson is in the title, you’re awesome too! I’ve been a longtime fan of Dorothy’s work, as a reader and as a writer. I’ve fallen in love with her characters, indulged in the plots and cried at the end of […]

Dorothy Koomson is AWESOME (and here’s why)!


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I was so unsure of myself, scared of the world and haunted by past trauma, I didn't know who I was when I moved to Smethwick. I found myself in that house and I'll forever love it for that, but it was time to move on.

From Caterpillar to Butterfly



Are you tired of wasting time and energy on people who don’t respect you? Are you totally over waiting for someone to take responsibility for their actions? Are you ready to block and delete that negativity from your phone, social media and your life? I learned a long time ago […]

Block and Delete: A Short Guide


… or at least enhance your self-care practice. Let me tell you a (brief) story. A few years ago, when self love and self care were brand new concepts to me, I practised both with hot bubble baths and painting my nails. It was more about going to creative events […]

5 Apps that will change EVERYTHING…


I didn’t realise how much a weight I was carrying until I let go of shame and guilt. Guilt for arguing with my mum in the months before she died. Guilt for being angry at her for dying. Guilt for being manipulated into having an abortion. Guilt for having a […]

Shame doesn’t live here anymore



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