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Guest Post: Your secret mission (and why you couldn’t accomplish it if you were normal)

This is a guest post by Pace Smith. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. In the Belgariad, my favourite fantasy series as a teen, there's a god named UL who is the god of all the misfits. Monsters, freaks, and outcasts of all kinds come to UL's territory to find a safe haven. The twist (spoiler alert!) is that UL turns out to be the father of all the gods, and the most powerful by far. The misfits are the Chosen Ones. Something freakishly similar is happening in the real world. (more…)


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How the permission to ‘choose again’ will change your life

If you don't yet know how much I love Gabby Bernstein, you're missing out. She's a little bit more on the woo-woo side, and if you don't vibe with that, that's cool. This blog post is sharing my experience of a really practical life tip that I learnt from her: Choose Again.  (more…)


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The Pillow Fort Positivity Manifesto

Last week, someone linked to the Pillow Fighters Club in order to criticise the group based on the out of context quote ‘fed up of online wallowy chronic illness communities?’ I have to defend the ‘positivity only’ rule of the Pillow Fighters Club on a fairly regular basis. (more…)


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Guest Post: Meditation and Self Care: Where to Begin

This is a guest post by Holly Ashby. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. The importance of self care has really come to the forefront in recent years, and what self care as a concept means to people can be very personal. For some, the best thing they can do to keep themselves happy is the indulgence of a massive bar of chocolate, duvet and all their favourite films, while for others it’s diligently picking the right foods and getting out for some therapeutic exercise. Often it can be a combination of approaches, and being able to identify what’s best for you at that moment is one of the key principles involved in looking after yourself. (more…)


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My Leadership Journey (complete with chronic illness hurdles)

In November last year, I had the honour of being invited to speak at the Common Purpose Frontrunner for Disabled Students course - a 3 day leadership course. It was really special to be back, because I actually took the course myself in 2012 AND this was my first opportunity to meet some Pillow Fighters in real life! I was invited to speak at a session titled 'I Made A Difference', where people come in to share personal stories of leading in different situations, highlighting what made me want to change things and step up as a leader, and how I have gone about making things happen. I thought I was part of a panel debate session, but it turned out it was just me for 45 mins! I opened with the following prepared speech, and then went to a Q&A. It was such fun and I left on such a high. Loads of people came up to me afterwards, and it was really inspiring how many people connected to different parts of my story. (more…)


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2014 Roundup: Did I complete my goals?

This blog post is part of a series of 2014 Roundup posts coming at you in December. I think taking time to review and reflect is really important'; both for consciously creating your future, but also celebrating just how far you’ve come. (more…)


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2014 Roundup: My 3 Best Investments

This blog post is part of a series of 2014 Roundup posts coming at you over the next few weeks. I think taking time to review and reflect is really important'; both for consciously creating your future, but also celebrating just how far you've come. (more…)


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An A-to-Z of Self-Care: Part 2

This post is by Chase, and is the 2nd half of an article available in the Self-Care Issue of The Pillow Fort Magazine. Like it and want to read the rest? Get you hands on the magazine here! (more…)


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Crocheting Through Chronic Illnesses

This is a guest post by Alexandra Halsey. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. “What to do? What to do?” Sometimes I ask myself this question over and over, never knowing what will distract me from the pain and fatigue that I am in and maybe have a little bit of fun too. Having fun, smiling, and laughing while you are chronically ill are all very important things to try to experience every day. I have tried numerous things. (more…)


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Why My Mental Illnesses are Really a Blessing In Disguise

This is a guest post by wellness mentor, Kendra Kantor. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. When I was 13, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. That means I have chemicals in my body that don't want to work right and they cause depression. At the time, I remember telling my new therapist that I had been depressed as long as I could remember, even when I was young. At 13, I started my long journey to healing and I'm still not there. In 2013, I was diagnosed with a panic disorder (without agoraphobia). My day to day life is covered in fear and panic and sadness and longing to feel whole and healthy and happy. (more…)


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