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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Here’s How To Study Like A Pro

Exams are stressful and study is boring. Fact. Most of us would rather trim the lawn with a nail scissors than study. If we’re honest, we are inclined to lock ourselves in a room for two hours organising our sock drawer or thinking about what our death row meal would be, and then clapping ourselves on

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Healthcare Changed My Life – By Mikaela

Hello everyone, my name is Mikaela, I am 22 years old and from County Wexford. I am a Shona Ambassador and a healthcare assistant in a southeastern acute hospital. I joined the Shona team in January 2020 and I absolutely love the sense of community that the Shona Project brings. The support I have received

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My experience with Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania (TTM), otherwise known as Trich, is a disorder where people pull out their hair, one strand at a time, from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or other parts of the body. It can be very traumatic for sufferers. Today, Shannon shared her own experience with us, teaching us more about the condition… ** Before reading

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IWD 2022 – Here Are The Women Who Inspire Us

IT’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!! IWD is a worldwide day in which we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Celebrated since 1911, today is really special as it doesn’t belong to any one country, organisation, charity or political group. It’s a day for all of us. IWD is always a very busy day

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Mid-life Crisis At 22, Help!

Why does society expect so much of me? That word “should” has really gotten me down lately. I should have so much experience gained by now. I should have a job by now. I should have it all figured out. I should be settled in a steady relationship. I should be happy… I was happy, and then along came my mid-life crisis at 22 years

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Event!! Celebrating the Women Who Are Changing Ireland

We are so thrilled to see the return of in -person events. We’ve so missed catching up with our friends, ambassadors and supporters. So in honour of this, we’ve decided to host a special event just for you, our besties. We’re so excited to be joined by some of the many, many women who inspire

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EDAW: Moments of Freedom – By Megan

It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and once again, Megan wanted to write something about where she stands now in relation to her recovery from anorexia. This is something Megan has been writing about for Shona for the past 5 years. Eating Disorder Awareness Week is here again!! It can be quite an overwhelming week for

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IWD: Vicky Phelan Portrait Visits Waterford

Vicky Phelan is a hero. There is no doubt about that. What she has done for the women of Ireland, at a time when she would have been well within her rights to put herself and her own health first, can never be acknowledged enough. She has and will continue to, save lives. Over the

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How To Fall Flat On Your Face – By Katie

I am an actor and theatre-maker from Waterford. I started acting when I was eight and did my first play with Little Red Kettle in Garter Lane Arts Centre. I think from then I wanted to be an actor! My work in the arts has definitely moved in different ways. I spent a lot of

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Why Water Is Your Best Friend

Okay, can we all agree that we are constantly being told to drink water and why it is so important to stay hydrated? Why does anyone need to be told to drink more water? It’s obvious, right? Well, this may seem boring to you, but let’s explore why it’s so important. It will wake up

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Considering a Law Degree? Here’s the DL – By Natalia

To no surprise, entering the field of law is rather intimidating, perhaps not as realistic as the movies though; with elegant men in black and blue suits winning each time through intelligence and tricks, with a beautiful high-heeled secretary following their footsteps. The image created mostly through the film industry, or well known Netflix show

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The Many Shades of Sexuality and Gender

We’re generally not into labels because everyone is different and unique. We shouldn’t need to find a box that we fit neatly inside so that everyone knows and understands us. As a society we’re changing rapidly, trying to find new ways to respect and protect each other. And that’s a good thing. When it comes

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You Are Enough! – By Karen

I can bet my life on it, that there is not a girl or woman alive who hasn’t had thoughts (or several thoughts) of feeling ‘not enough’ – whether not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, rich enough, sexy enough, funny enough etc. We’ve all been there, but the question is, is it necessary to

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Turns Out The Gym Is Not So Scary

This isn’t going to be another one of those preachy articles or Insta posts that guilt you into going to the gym or make you feel terrible that you don’t go. Trust me, I’ve been there and only recently I’ve begun to find my feet in the gym. For as long as I can remember,

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Shona Meets – Emma Coffey, CEO of FinalBend

At Shona, we’re so inspired by young women who are feeling the fear and doing it anyway. One of our heroes is Emma Coffey. This 20-year-old legend from Cork has taken her “small pandemic side hustle”, FinalBend, into a hugely successful brand, using TikTok as a tool to build a community of dedicated fans. So,

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