Saying goodbye to my fears, doubts and insecurities

This Free to Spiel guest feature has been written by the fantastic Janie, creator of @theselflovelist on Instagram. In her piece, Janie talks about certain life experiences, from bullying to breakups, and how they have played a huge role in her self-love journey. My favourite bit is where Janie writes: “I tell myself that it’sContinue reading “Saying goodbye to my fears, doubts and insecurities”

From people pleaser to self-assured

This Free to Spiel guest feature has been written by the lovely Katie, creator of @present_in_the_present on Instagram. In the piece, Katie talks about how in the past, she would use conversation to prevent being seen as awkward or boring. However, since embarking upon a journey of personal growth, Katie has transformed into being confident,Continue reading “From people pleaser to self-assured”

Are you ready to face yourself?

Trigger warning: mention of burnout & self-loathing. This guest feature has been written by Kelly Stone Cramer, founder of Happiness Recharge (she’s also on Instagram and publishes self-care reminders and positive affirmations on the regular – make sure to check it out). Kelly has very kindly agreed to let me re-post one of the blogContinue reading “Are you ready to face yourself?”

‘Enmeshment’: a lesser-known type of trauma

Trigger warning: mention of trauma & mental health stigma. This Free to Spiel guest feature has been written by the creator of @roses_bruises. Her wonderful page is dedicated to talking about everything mental health-related, from self-love and empathy to CBT and erasing the stigma – make sure to check it out after reading her story.Continue reading “‘Enmeshment’: a lesser-known type of trauma”

Improving my life, one goal at a time

This guest feature has been written by Sharmayne, creator of @timeformetimetobefree. In it, she opens up about her internal battle caused by having a “perfect” life on the outside (partner, kids, house and friends), yet still feeling discontent on a deeper level – something that led her to start making goals and holding herself accountable.Continue reading “Improving my life, one goal at a time”

Instagram: the freedom to express myself and heal

Trigger warning: mention of anxiety, body image issues & mental exhaustion This Free to Spiel guest feature has been written by Simran. In the feature, Simran talks about her struggles with body image and anxiety over the years, and how Instagram has been used as a tool for good during the pandemic. I hope youContinue reading “Instagram: the freedom to express myself and heal”

Lowest points in life = greatest learning opportunities

This Free to Spiel guest feature has been written by Renee, one of the founders of The Mindful Hour (@mindfulhourtherapy). In it, Renee opens up about how her undergraduate degree experiences (both personal and academic) led to a greater understanding of human suffering, and how we can start perceiving it in a different light. OnceContinue reading “Lowest points in life = greatest learning opportunities”

Self-sabotage aka hell on Earth

Trigger warning: mention of depression, self-sabotage & disordered eating. This guest feature has been written by Mandy Waryasz, founder of Inherent Worth and someone on a mission to help others live their best lives: “Here to create and share better media that empowers people to live their life in shameless authenticity”. In this feature, MandyContinue reading “Self-sabotage aka hell on Earth”

Grateful to have a life, grateful to be alive

Trigger warning: mention of anxiety, depression & attempted suicide This guest feature has been written by Cheska, creator of @delicatepickleworld on Instagram (make sure to check out her page for some adorable quotes & affirmations!). In the feature, Cheska talks about her empathic tendency to absorb other people’s energy, and how with the help ofContinue reading “Grateful to have a life, grateful to be alive”

The final end to my narcissistic abusive relationship

Trigger warning: in-depth detail about physical, emotional & mental abuse, childhood trauma and recovery This Free to Spiel guest feature by Trauma Abuse Coach & NLP Practitioner Kellie Ann Terrones (@silentscarshealing) is definitely one to read. In the feature, Kellie Ann sheds light on the truth about physical, emotional and mental abuse, sharing her storyContinue reading “The final end to my narcissistic abusive relationship”

Investing in relationships with myself and others

This Free to Spiel guest feature has been written by Christal VanEtten, founder of ‘The Superghoul’ (@youglowghoul on Instagram). In the feature, Christal discusses the impact that a military upbringing had upon her identity, and how walking away from a particularly unhealthy relationship led to a self-discovery journey that continues to this day! “I neverContinue reading “Investing in relationships with myself and others”

More inspiring stories to come this April!

Happy April everyone! This month celebrates 6 months since Free to Spiel’s very first guest feature was published, written by Katie Bielefeld (which you can read by clicking here). I’d like to give a huge thank you to those of you who continue to support the platform – whether you’ve written a feature, read otherContinue reading “More inspiring stories to come this April!”

Creativity: an outlet for my chronic pain

Trigger warning: mention of anxiety, depression & chronic pain This feature has been written by Tripat Riyait, founder of Inspire Calm (@inspire.calm on Instagram). In the feature, Tripat opens up about her chronic pain conditions (fibromyalgia, hypermobility & hypersensitivity) and the negative impact they have had upon her mental health in the past. However, sinceContinue reading “Creativity: an outlet for my chronic pain”

How mindfulness saved my life

Trigger warning: mention of anxiety, extreme burnout & suicidal thoughts This Free to Spiel guest feature, written by Mindfulness Coach Jon Barbieri (@jonbarbierimc), is longer than the others but definitely worth a read! Jon shares his story of being an introvert whilst working in a corporate environment, and how his attempts to compensate eventually ledContinue reading “How mindfulness saved my life”

Everything will get better

Trigger warning: mention of self-hate, depression, anxiety & suicidal thoughts This guest feature has been written by the creator of The Feeling Good Place (@thefeelinggoodplace), who started the page to help others learn to love themselves and live healthier lifestyles. In this feature, the author discusses their mental health struggles over the years, and howContinue reading “Everything will get better”

From angry and aggressive to calm and content

Trigger warning: mention of early trauma, anxiety, PTSD and panic disorder. This guest feature has been written by Life Coach and trainee Counsellor Hollie (@holzrandlesome). In the piece, Hollie opens up about how unresolved early trauma majorly impacted her mental health for years, and the positive influence that counselling has had ever since she decidedContinue reading “From angry and aggressive to calm and content”

How my disability depressed, defined and saved me

Trigger warning: mention of depression, anxiety & wishing to die This guest feature has been written by Brianne, creator of The Healing Archive. She talks about her experiences of having a physical disability, from being subjected to mean remarks, to building up her own self-love through helping others online. This is a really special guestContinue reading “How my disability depressed, defined and saved me”

Deciding that I deserve more in life

Trigger warning: mention of anxiety. This guest feature has been written by Emily, creator of @life_supp0rt on Instagram. In this wonderful feature, Emily discusses how she went from not letting herself be happy to realising her own self-worth, and the positive difference it’s made ever since! Over to you, Emily: Before vs. After Hi, myContinue reading “Deciding that I deserve more in life”

An invitation to choose life and thrive

I’d like to thank this week’s guest feature, Caoilfhionn (“Kwee-lin”) Buckley, for letting me re-share her Medium blog post! In this feature, Caoilfhionn talks about her drastic lifestyle change, from corporate consultant to mental health coach (with the trip of a lifetime to southeast Asia along the way). Continue reading to find out how she’sContinue reading “An invitation to choose life and thrive”