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Confidence & Positive Risks – The Ultimate Guide

Confidence doesn’t always come naturally – But with a few simple tips from our ultimate guide, you can learn to build lasting self-esteem Here’s a secret, not everyone who appears to be confident feels it on the inside. It’s a lifelong skill, and it comes from focusing on who we are, and who we can be,

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Besties 101: How to Keep Your Friendships REAL

Let’s dive deeper into the magical world of friendship – the real MVP of our teenage years. Grab a cuppa, get cozy, and let’s explore the ins and outs of keeping those connections real and thriving. Authenticity is where it all begins, babes. None of that fake stuff, alright? Being true to yourself and your

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The 27 Things I Have Learned

I celebrate my 27th birthday soon. I’m really not a birthday person and would melt into a puddle at even the thought of someone throwing me a surprise birthday party. The singing + everyone looking at you = NO THANK YOU! I can’t be the only one, right?    Anyway, other than the fact I

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Autism & 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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Autism Is My Biggest Strength – By Rachel

April is Autism Awareness Month. What you might not know is that many of our ambassador community are neurodivergent, and today, Rachel wanted to share how she has learned that her Autism is her biggest strength and allows her to embrace her authentic self x My name is Rachel, and I am autistic. I was

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7 Strategies To Improve Your Sleep

  We’ve all heard by now the importance of getting 8-10 hours sleep per day, but how is that actually possible? Your lives are busy and “getting an early night” isn’t always easy, but here’s some tried and tested strategies to help increase your overall amount of sleep: 1.Establish a consistent routine Going to bed

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How To Deal With Being Ghosted

We’ve all been there, spending weeks, months, and sometimes even years texting someone and then all of a sudden ..BOOM.. nothing.. nada. It’s like the person never existed. They’ve literally become a ghost. And it hurts. It’s so hard to process this situation as it usually happens suddenly and unexpectedly. A lot of the time

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Grief

10 Things No One Tells You About Grief

There’s this common misconception about grief that it only has to do with mourning the death of a loved one. But, that’s simply not true. Grief is the natural response to loss. And while, yes that includes the mourning loved ones that have passed, it also includes the mourning of past relationships/ friendships and the

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Your Guide To Navigating Group Chats

We all love a good group chat. You have the one with your besties where the real tea is spilt, the one with the fam where you realise where you got your craziness from or the work one where you all bond over the daily trauma that workplace brings you (our customer service people will

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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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