From unhappy wallflower to powerful and confident

Trigger warning: mention of bullying This guest feature is brought to you by the creator of @motivation.empowerment.gal on Instagram (make sure to check it out for your daily dose of inspiration!). In the piece, she tells us the steps she took to become more empowered as a teenager, and how a recent break-up motivated herContinue reading “From unhappy wallflower to powerful and confident”

Support, fresh starts and friendships: life as a military wife

Trigger warning: mention of a traumatic divorce & mental breakdown This guest feature is totally different to anything that’s been published on Free to Spiel so far, which is so exciting! It’s about the writer’s experiences as a military wife, including the difficulties associated with starting afresh and the importance of true friendships. I hopeContinue reading “Support, fresh starts and friendships: life as a military wife”

What COVID taught me about fake positivity

This guest feature has been written by Skylar Rae, who talks about how her loss of independence and sense of “normality” because of the COVID-19 pandemic actually instigated a positive shift in both her mindset and life as a whole. Not only did I find Skylar Rae’s feature super interesting, but also relatable; after readingContinue reading “What COVID taught me about fake positivity”

Waking up to a beautiful new reality: my spiritual awakening story

I’d like to welcome Liz, creator of Liz in Lotus, to Free to Spiel! As well as sharing the same first name, she and I have a mutual belief in all sorts: personal growth, mindfulness, Law of Attraction…the list goes on – check her out on Instagram and Pinterest to learn more! Liz has writtenContinue reading “Waking up to a beautiful new reality: my spiritual awakening story”

Lockdown inspired me to become more (not less) positive

Trigger warning: mention of bullying & anxiety This week’s guest feature on Free to Spiel is by the founder of lockdown_teens (make sure to check her Instagram page out if you’re looking for a splash of colour and positivity on your feed!). The writer talks about how, rather than being dragged down by negative news,Continue reading “Lockdown inspired me to become more (not less) positive”

Learning to love myself

Trigger warning: mention of depression, self-hatred and self-harm This guest feature has been written by the lovely and talented Celeste Moon, creator of @celestemoondraws on Instagram. She has very bravely opened up about her mental health battles as a teenager and journey towards loving herself once again, which she’s achieved by changing her mindset andContinue reading “Learning to love myself”

Why you should start your self-development journey in 2021

This guest feature has been written by Zoë Cykosky, founder of ‘Zoë’s Two Dots on Life’ (which can be found on Instagram and YouTube). Zoë’s piece is for those who want to adopt a more positive approach to life and start taking steps towards working on themselves, but perhaps aren’t sure where to begin. IfContinue reading “Why you should start your self-development journey in 2021”

Neither allergies nor health conditions will hold me back

This guest feature has been written by Ankita, who invites you all to become part of her kindness community on Instagram (moments_of_kindness). She has generously opened up about how she didn’t let her “different childhood” – caused by various allergies and conditions – negatively affect her approach to life. Continue reading if you’re looking forContinue reading “Neither allergies nor health conditions will hold me back”

Gratitude is the key to life

Trigger warning: mention of anxiety, depression & suicidal thoughts This guest feature has been written by Isabella, owner of Internalize Positivity on Instagram (which I love for its combination of feel-good quotes and content about body image, so make sure to visit it after reading her Free to Spiel story). Isabella talks about how gratitude has played anContinue reading “Gratitude is the key to life”

Speaking the truth to make a difference

This guest feature has been written by Truth, who not only has a wonderful Instagram page full of quotes and life lessons (@ispeaktruth102), but also a blog called Innocence Overload. Truth has kindly shared her personal story about how remaining silent has led to manipulation in the past, with the techniques she’s used ever sinceContinue reading “Speaking the truth to make a difference”

One night that changed my whole life trajectory

Trigger warning: mention of road traffic accident & psychological trauma This guest feature has been written by Antriana Maltezeanu, another wonderful person I met whilst running an Erasmus+ project last year. Her bouncy energy was contagious, and you could always rely on her to wake everyone up during morning sessions! She shared her story withContinue reading “One night that changed my whole life trajectory”

Stupid, crazy or brave? What homelessness taught me

This week’s guest feature is written by Peter Kočiš, who I met during an Erasmus+ project back in October 2019. The project was on the topic of homelessness and Peter openly shared his story of becoming homeless once after he got fired from a job in the Canary Islands. What he told the group has stuck withContinue reading “Stupid, crazy or brave? What homelessness taught me”

How a single book changed my perception of anxiety

Trigger warning: mention of anxiety & antidepressants This guest feature has been written by my good friend Charlotte, in which she opens up about her lifelong experiences of anxiety and how the book Lost Connections by Johann Hari encouraged her to wean herself off antidepressants – something that she had been unable to do inContinue reading “How a single book changed my perception of anxiety”

Powerlifting transformed me from victim to victorious

Trigger warning: mention of sexual abuse & childhood trauma This week, Certified Coach Practitioner, Health and Fitness Expert and Live Happy on Purpose Founder Katie Bielefeld has kindly allowed me to re-post her personal story, which saw her transform from victim to victorious. With over a decade of experience, Katie is the go-to woman ifContinue reading “Powerlifting transformed me from victim to victorious”