What to watch next on Netflix: By Ash

Not sure what to watch on Netflix now the weather is cold and our onesies are out of the airing cupboard? Here’s Ash’s top 5 movies for November/December… The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Nov. 1st If you haven’t seen it now is your chance. It’s got Will and Jaden Smith and it will break your heart

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“She let Go” A poem for your soul

  She let go. She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all

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Why I freakin’ love science: By Dr Claire Murray

Science Week 12th-19th November 2017 is alive and kicking. This is really exciting for science lovers who want to talk about science all the time, but some people think science is boring. I have spent over ten years working in science so I strongly disagree with them. To persuade you that science is awesome, I

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A Second Chance, by Niamh Cahill

Earlier this week, we came across Niamh in a beautiful serendipitous moment. Aged 19, Niamh was diagnosed with the same condition (auto immune encephalitis and an acquired Brain Injury) as Shona, same hospital, same doctor, same story. Just like Shona, Niamh’s life hung in the balance for some time, but, thankfully, she survived, and fought her way

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When Sophie met the Hunreal Andrea Horan

If you haven’t heard of the HunReal issues you really need to get onto it fast! I had the pleasure of catching up with Andrea Horan the woman behind it and madam of Tropical Popical, our fav place to get our nails looking hot. The HunReal Issues came about around the time of the last

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How bikes changed the lives of these African students…

In Umoja secondary school in Eldoret, Kenya, Muslim girls are riding bikes to school. In rural Kenya, many students can’t go to school because of distance. Most girls can’t go to school as they have hours and hours of jobs to do around the house. Now cycling is changing all of that. In Kenya, it

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How Aisling won “European Young Chef 2017″…

If you’re ever in the mood for an omelette, and you live in the Galway area, Aisling Rock is your only woman. The 21 year old Culinary Arts student at GMIT has just returned home from Barcelona with the title of European Chef Young Chef 2017. Aisling was the only female Chef in the final.

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Stranger Things Star Winona on Meeting her Bully as a grown up.

Stranger Things star, Winona Ryder, has recently spoken about meeting her childhood bully in a situation we can all only dream of. She started by sharing the awful experience she had in school “I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit,.As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, f***** [that

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How celebs use exercise to help with anxiety

  Exercise has so many benefits, and reducing anxiety is one of them. When we’re stressed or worried, we can feel a build up of nervous energy and movement is a really good way of letting all of that energy out and helping you centre yourself. Sometimes it can take some time to find the

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Generation what? What are we thinking?

So I might be alone on this one, but there’s something about a good set of stats that really makes the geek in me jump for joy, particularly when they are focused on our lovely little island, and even more so when they ask questions about sex and relationships. So I was basically beaming when

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Where will you focus your energy today?

The world seems to be full of inspirational speakers and self-help books. Its hard to find one who can really cut through the crap and get to the bones of how you feel and how we can all stop stressing ourselves out about things that don’t really matter. Brené Brown is your only woman. Everything

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Feminism 101: By Katie

feminism ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/ noun noun: feminism the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Feminism is the theory of political, social & economic equality between the sexes. At its root, feminism is about achieving equality among the sexes, it is campaigning for women to be given the same opportunities as

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Cara Delevingne talks about her depression

Model, actress, and now author, Cara Delevingne  has always been honest and open about her struggles with depression. Earlier this month, she shared more of her story with the online magazine “Net-A- Porter”, saying that she always felt there was “just something dark within me”. Mental health does not discriminate, and we can have the

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Why starting 5th year was hard for me…. By Katie

Last Year, which was my Transition Year, was the best year of my life. Now, I realise that seems like a bit of an extreme declaration, but I do stand by it. Transition Year allowed me to get in touch with things I knew I was passionate about and try things I never would have

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Stop what you’re doing because we found the perfect podcast

Here at Shona, we are the worlds biggest podcast nerds. Ask us a podcast related question and you will be dragged into a vortex of “oh, what about,” “hey have you tried”, “oh that sounds, good, let me write that one down” and you will regret ever muttering the term out loud. Podcasts are the

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Ashley Graham speaks the truth…

Y’all know Ashley Graham right? She is the gorgeous creature who single handedly revolutionised the modelling industry by sashaying right into the middle of it and saying. “Yo. Listen up!! Ashley has arrived!!” Despite coming up against critisism, hate and nonsense, time and time again, Ashley stays focused on the opinions of those who matter,

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How to study like a pro….

There never seems to be enough hours in the day to study, have a social life, and get some ‘me time’. Studying always seems to take up much more time than we want it to, but here are some simple tricks you can use in order to study smarter and get more done, leaving you

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Our Thoughts on Males. A Helpful Clarification.

No, we do not hate boys, but thanks for asking. At the Shona Project, we work with primarily (but not exclusively) girls. For the most part, people are fine and cool with that. But some people are not, so we’re here to clear things up. Men and women, boys and girls are all awesome, because

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