Why Every Girl Should Know Self-Defence

We’ve all seen the clip from Miss Congeniality where Gracie Harte played by Sandra Bullock takes us through the self-defence technique ‘SING’. (if you haven’t watch it here).Funny AND educational, we love it. But how important is it for young women to know a few self-defence moves?  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violent,

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10 Classical Songs For When You Feel All The Feelings

We all have our go-to playlists for when we’re overwhelmed by feelings (ours is called “Sad Crying Mix”, dramatic much?). You’ll always find the usual suspects in there; Adele of course, Lana Del Ray probably, and maybe some Summer Walker? Tom Odel? Billie Eilish’s ‘What was I Made For’? People have been feeling feelings since

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We’re Recruiting A Part-Time Content Creator!

About Us: The Shona Project is a multi-award-winning national non-profit which was launched in 2016. It is an innovative support system for young girls living in Ireland, which has already reached over 25,000 girls through its school workshops, 300,000 girls monthly through online articles and videos and most recently reaching 40,000 girls over its two-day

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The Reality of War – By Fatima

  *TRIGGER WARNING: This article includes a discussion of WAR, VIOLENCE and other WAR-RELATED discussions that may cause distress. Please read at your own discretion *   Fatima is one of our amazing ambassadors. She is so committed to creating change in the world, and an inspiration to us all. She shared her story with

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How to Stay Calm Under Pressure

Steph Golds is a valued member of the Shona team, a counselling psychotherapist, who has spent countless hours working with young girls. We asked for her advice on staying calm when the world keeps spinning… There is a lot of scary or stressful information swirling around out there at the moment. It can be easy

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What is High-Functioning Anxiety?

It’s hard to describe, like explaining the colour yellow to someone who is blind. One of our readers sent us the video below, which perfectly sums up what anxiety feels like, here’s a transcript…. “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

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Overcoming Anxiety – Tara’s Story

Tara got in touch with us a little while ago and wanted to share her story of overcoming anxiety. We think she is very brave and strong and tells her story beautifully. So Tara, take it away… Oddly enough, buses are one of the things that truly remind me how far I have come. I will

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Autism and Me – By Aoife

I’ve felt different from other people for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I had some quirks: I didn’t really play with other kids a lot, I much preferred the company of myself or my twin sister. I was quiet and clumsy, and I was always away with the fairies. I frightened

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How to be Happy

We’re all just out here trying to be our best selves, figuring it all out, searching for answers; What do I want to do? What course should I apply for? What nice things do I want? Well. We’ve been thinking a LOT about how we approach life’s big questions and here’s what we’ve come up

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How To Nail Your CAO Application

CAO. Never have 3 letters made us quake in our boots, quite the way that those 3 do. Why is it that for some of the most important things in life, we are expected to just know how to do it and then when we don’t,  we’re left to figure it out ourselves? Like hello?

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Confessions of a Teacher: Why are my Teachers SO Mean?

“Why are my teachers so mean?” That’s one of the questions I received when we put a call out for ‘confessions’ ideas.  Firstly, to the person who asked the question. I’m sorry that you feel as though your teachers aren’t nice to you. Going to school is hard enough for some of you, never mind

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Why You NEED to Make Your Bed

Hey – make your bed! One small but mighty thing you can do every single day that can transform your life is to make your bed every morning. Sure, there are loads of excuses not to: I’d rather just have the extra five minutes in bed. It’ll just be unmade again later when I get back in. If

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My Life as a Square Peg

We’ve all heard of the phrase “That’s like putting a square peg in a round hole”. It’s a phrase I have heard all of my life and I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been compared to a square peg. The question is, what have I got in common with a square peg? 

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Are My Boobs Normal?

How long do we spend looking at our boobaloobas in the shower and wondering if they are normal? (Spoiler alert, of course they are?) We’ve reached out to some of our besties (look at us having doctor friends) and here is some info we have gathered from our experts… Boobs, jugs, knockers, tits, mammary glands-

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Why is Yoga Good for You?

We have the most amazing group of ambassadors who have such an amazing range of talent. We even happen to have our very own Yogi, @missfiyoga .  So with Summer on the way, we asked Fiona, “why is yoga good for you?” and well, she had us convinced! But don’t take our word for it,

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You’ve Got This! Managing Exam Anxiety & Working with Confidence

Here at The Shona Project, we work to empower the new generation of young people. We understand that growing up in Ireland in 2024 can be very challenging. We also understand that being parents, guardians or just someone with a teen in their life can also be challenging. A main stressor for our young people is

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Help! My Identity Has Been Stolen Online!

People are like snowflakes, no two are the same, and you are beautifully unique. No one could ever be you! But, at Shona, we’re increasingly hearing from girls whose photos are being stolen and used to set up fake accounts on dating sites. With all the social media channels floating about out there, it can

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A Girl’s Life by Skye

Do you remember what life was like when you were a child? Close your eyes and visualise yourself, what do you see? For me, a young girl running through a field, pig tails flying in the breeze and screaming at my best friend that my hair was ‘not ginger, it’s strawberry blonde!’ (it’s gotten darker

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