We need to talk about this meme…

One of the very first posts that we published on Shona.ie was a piece naming Lizzie Velasquez our inspirational person of the day. Lizzie was born with Marfan Syndrome, which means that her body can’t store fat. She is also a very successful motivational speaker and author who speaks out about bullying and social media trolls.

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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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Women on Walls, how awesome is this?

The Royal Irish Academy is an organisation for the most brilliant academics.  It was founded in 1785 and is as gloriously fancy as its sounds. Walking through the august halls, Michelle Cullen and Eithne Harley from Accenture noticed that the portrait lined walls featured not one woman, and decided to do something about it. They

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10 Questions with Zoe Ashe Browne, Ballerina

So many of us girls dreamed of growing up to be a ballerina when we were tiny. For many of us, it wasn’t even about the dancing, it was purely the tutu. Little did we know that ballerina’s at the top of their game live the lives of athletes, making huge sacrifices, often far from their

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The Gals of St Als

Last week, I visited the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years girls in St Al’s School Carrigtwohill. The girls were open, honest and respectful, and poured their hearts into their goals, apologies and promises. In the future, these girls want to be animators, vets, camogie players, teachers, soldiers, actors, singers, and world leaders. Above all, most wanted to

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An Open Letter from Serena Williams.

To all incredible women who strive for excellence, When I was growing up, I had a dream. I’m sure you did, too. My dream wasn’t like that of an average kid, my dream was to be the best tennis player in the world. Not the best “female” tennis player in the world. I was fortunate to

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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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Guest Post: 5 Ways to Love your Body

Sandra O’Keeffe is a a personal trainer and fitness instructor, nutritional advisor, and motivation and weight management coach. She knows a lot about negative eating behaviours and how they affect our moods and mental well-being in general. She has some thoughts on how we could love our body more and was happy to share. We are

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Louise Bruton: Legless in Dublin

Louise Bruton is a wheelchair user. She’s also gas craic. She has a bespoke prosthetic leg called “Priscilla” which she says “didn’t cost and arm and a leg, just a foot.” She is a very successful journalist and Ted X Talker (you can watch her here). On her website ‘Legless in Dublin’ , Louise rates

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Read Albert Einsteins letter to his daughter about LOVE

Albert Einstein was very smart. This we know. But we didn’t know he was such an awesome Dad. In the 80’s, his daughter Lieserl, donated 1,400 letters to the Hebew University, on the understanding that they were not to be released until 20 years after his death. In this one, he explains his theory on

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Something to say? Get your knickers out in a subway…

English model, Iskra Lawrence, took her clothes off on a busy New York subway to give a speech about body shaming. There she stands in her pants, telling people how they should love their body, and be thankful for the gift you have been given. “I grew up hating what I saw in the mirror

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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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