How to Survive Your 20s

Ever feel like your 20's have been a drawn-out battle that you only just managed to survive? Here are thirty bits of wisdom, from me to you, on how to survive some of the most challenging but best years of your life.

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How to Survive Your 20s
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Rewrite Your Story

If you've had a challenging few years and feel ready for a change, perhaps it's time to rewrite your story. Whether you're tired of being the victim or the villain, you're the author of your own story and you get to decide how your story ends. Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash I once had big dreams with no real intention to make them happen. I suffered abuse and mistreatment, believing these people would eventually see my worth and change their ways. If I demonstrated love, loyalty and commitment, I believed it would one day be enough to earn me their love…

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Rewrite Your Story
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Cast Aside the Bullshit

The worry of your authenticity being rejected by people you love, please, cast that aside right now. You'll experience resistance to your boundaries and backlash to your truth, but I urge you to walk your path anyway. Every year I wonder if there's anything left to learn about my journey, and then every year delivers a powerful lesson. 2019 brought me disappointment in the form of people I once thought highly of. It wasn't one person or even one event that led to this, but multiple people and a breakdown in communication. There were people I cared about who…

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Cast Aside the Bullshit
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The Best Relationship You’ll Ever Have…

... Is the one you have with yourself. 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 it isn't. In the beginning I was so grateful someone was nice to me, but towards the end I just wanted to be with myself. And it's a slightly daft thing to say, right? Because we are always with ourselves. It's…

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If At First You Don’t Succeed…

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.

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Are you minding your own business?

Tunnel vision is the key, my loves. 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 about my damn self. This means putting your needs first. This means honouring your core beliefs. This means establishing boundaries to keep you safe, and walking away from those who continue to disrespect them. Once I'd opted out of people-pleasing, I then…

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