How to Cope with Frenemies

Here’s the thing. Us girls spend many years changing and growing, moving from one group to another and identifying more with some at different stages because we like to hang out with those who are similar to us. Our personalities change over time, and we will go through phases where our friendships are just plain

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Squad Goals: Eleanor Roosevelt

Before Michelle Obama, there was only ever one first lady worth talking about. Jackie Kennedy may have had the style and grace but Eleanor Roosevelt has the chutzpah (an old term for swag). In 1905 Eleanor married Franklin D Roosevelt who became president in 1932. She was a renowned suffragette. She used her platform to

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What does high functioning anxiety look like?

Its hard to describe, like explaining the colour yellow to someone who is  blind. One of our readers sent us this video which pefectly sums up what anxiety feels like High-functioning anxiety looks like… Achievement. Busyness. Perfectionism. When it sneaks out, it transforms into nervous habits. Nail biting. Foot tapping. Running my fingers through my

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10 minutes and 10 Questions With Terry Prone

When I was growing up there were no well known females in Business. Apart from Terry Prone. Before I did my leaving cert, I knew her by name, I knew she was the voice behind many powerful people, writing their speeches, handling their PR and sorting our their crises. At that time, it was assumed

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The Safe Halls Challenge: Marino

Last month we visited Marino College in Dublin and talked to the girls about their relationships with each other, and about how important it is to have an open heart, a positive mindset, and steely determination no matter what life throws at you. Marino were the first school to take part in the Safe Halls Challenge,

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Guest Post: What I wish I could tell my 15 year old self

Fiona writes one of the most honest bogs you will ever read. At www.sunnyspellsandscatteredshowers.org she describes her ongoing struggle with borderline personality disorder and depression. Sometimes she will rip your heart out with her words, and others she will make you marvel at her resilience and her unbelievable ability to get back up, and start again.

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Guest Post: Who is Emily Doe?

We have all heard (unless living under a rock) of the Brock Turner sexual assault case that broke in the U.S some months ago. Well what about “Emily Doe”? Emily Doe was his victim. This post is NOT going to be about the vile being that is Brock Turner. This post is NOT going to

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Today We Rise….

This video really sums up what The Shona Project is all about. We aim to help, inspire and empower girls to dream big, and to have the strength, determination and resilience to achieve those dreams. As Eleanor Rosevelt,  our favourite first lady (pre-Michelle, obvs) once said “No one can make you feel inferior without your

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Hey! Lets start a Book Club!

One of our readers sent us a link this week to this amazing Ted Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Inspired by her talk we did more research and found out that Chimamanda has written a book, also called “We Should all be Feminists”. This teeny tiny book has been deemed required reading in Sweden, and

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Why do I love my bed so much?

Why am I so obsessed with my bed? Doctor Sharon explains all below:   During sleep our bodies reboot- our brain processes all the information we have gathered during the day [that includes school work!] and the body gets busy repairing muscles, healing wounds, making hormones and growing. It’s a really important time for the

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Gillian Anderson has your back.

To be honest, she freaks us out a little on ‘The Fall’ with her tough, cold, non smiling, intimidating death stare, but it turns our Gillian Anderson is actually pretty sound. In March, Gillian will release ‘We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere’, which she says will help young women like your good selves deal with confidence

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Guest Post: Shouldn’t I Have my Life Figured Out by Now???

I’ve known myself for 20 years and 8 months now, a pretty long time to get to know someone. At this stage I should know myself inside out and upside down, right…? Turns out getting to know yourself is actually really hard. We see our own reflection almost every single day, but I still don’t

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To the Marino Girls

Hi Girls, I was so happy to spend time with you all today. You all reminded me a lot of myself at age 14-15.  I could tell that most of you are dealing with challenges, and that you all know that life can be hard. We had a lovely moment when one girl decided to

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Amanda Seyfried on Mental Illness

  The amazing Amanda Seyfried talked about her struggle with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) in this months Allure magazine. She said that people don’t take mental illness as seriously as physical illness. Amanda takes medication to remain mentally healthy and says that she would never stop her meds just to avoid the stigma attached with it.

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On Upside Down Perspectives

Stefan sent us this piece to share with you all: We don’t know who wrote it but it shows how sometimes we should try to see a perspective other than the one that we think is right. We should allow ourselves to consider that we might be mistaken. Perhaps, being wrong allows an alternative understanding of a

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Aoife on Singing your Heart Out

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to sing. I was always singing as a young child, even back to age 3 or 4, and I always felt happiest when I was singing. All through my young years of being a child, I used to say that I wanted to be a singer

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Hush Now!! Michelle is speaking.

We are obsessed with Michelle Obama. We have been very clear about this in the past. Earlier this week Michelle spoke out about Trumps attitude to women and gave us all a masterclass on how to shut down a massive toolbucket with dignity, grace and intelligence. Take it away Shellie.

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