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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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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Block and Delete: A Short Guide

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 that access to anyone is a privilege. In a world of instant messaging and live video chats, we're now able to communicate with most people, almost anywhere. But instant message does not equate to instant reply, my friends. No. This idea that people should drop everything to answer your…

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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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Sunday Self-Care: A Plan

It's the end of the weekend and the eve of a new week, but have you taken care of your needs? 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, etc. But surely I'm here to do more than survive the day-to-day? And so are you. If we truly want to thrive in 2019 and beyond, then we…

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