• I Was Raped. It Took 10 Years But Now I’m Stronger

    Today marks the 10 year anniversary since I was raped. I became so fixated with this date, 7th of May I began to call it my “rape-aversary”. Usually I would spend the day crying, smoking and drinking, filled with the memories of the rape. This year I’ve decided to claim it back and take ownership […]

    I Am A Woman; Not an Object But An Authentic, Powerful and Independent Being

    I love this piece by Annika Spalding. I thought I’d share it as in many ways it’s a precursor to a project we’re working on celebrating black beauty. It is a powerful spoken word piece which empowers and encourages women to embrace their authenticity. A celebration of women everywhere with the powerful affirmation: I Am A Woman. Check out […]
  • The Journey to Self-Love; It Starts With Self-Compassion…

    Recently as I’ve talked to people and listen to the things they are going through often I come to the point where I realise that we have these strange complex relationships with ourselves. Be it overall or even just in certain parts of our lives, it’s fascinating to think that so many of us don’t really […]
  • I Need You to Understand How it Feels to Suffer From Depression!

    Depression. An ugly word sure to grab the attention of many, but it’s rarely spoken about as it’s seen as a dirty word. We live in a world where those who have it don’t want to burden anyone so they suffer in silence most of the time, the demons in their heads their only friends, […]
  • Are You Okay? If You’re Not That’s Okay; You’re Not Alone

    Are you okay? Such a simple question, but often the simple answer we give in reply is far from the loaded one we keep to ourselves. How often do you say “I’m okay” but really you aren’t? Really you’re an emotional mess, badly stitched together by the need to present yourself as ‘okay’ to the […]
  • Living with Anxiety and Depression; Tales of Mental Health Havoc

    Hi. My name is Annika Spalding. In the past, I have experienced anxiety and depression, and I believe I am experiencing it again. Having been through this before, I know some of my signs, but it took me a while to take it on. I spend a lot of my time feeling very numb, I […]
  • Suffer From Anxiety? Here Are 5 Coping Strategies That Can Help You

    Before you start reading, I just wanted you to know that I’m not a qualified counsellor, but this month is mental health awareness month and it’s important that we address it. Mental health affects more people than you can even imagine and it’s something that has affected me. Having dealt with anxiety issues for four […]
  • Live Well; Happiness Comes as a Result of Doing Good Deeds

    I seem to surround myself with deep thinking individuals, one of whom being my friend Diane. She posted a little trail of thought on Facebook not long ago and it got me thinking. The purpose of our lives is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable and to be compassionate. The world is […]
  • Did You Know There’s Greatness Inside You? Yes You!

    A few years ago I had the privellage of meeting a lovely woman by the name of Mandee Lal at a life coaching seminar. As we engaged in dialogue she blew my mind as she shared how every night when she put her then 5 year old son to sleep this is the message she gave him. “There is […]