Meet Argentina’s First Teacher with Down Sydrome

When Noelia Garella was a little girl, her parents had to fight to get her into school.  Now 31, Garella just became Argentina’s first teacher with Down syndrome, joining an elite group of teachers around the world who are proving that optimism and determination can break down even the toughest stereotypes. Garella told the news

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Interview: Kate McGuane Designer

Cork Based ceramicist and designer Kate McGuane talks to us about how to embrace and nourish your creative spirit. Hi Kate, you are a very talented young designer. Where you always artistic? Thank you Tammy. I was definitely a creative child. I can remember spending hours colouring, drawing and painting when I was quite young and nothing

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Squad Goals: Alanis Morisette

Are you pissed off? Do you hate your parents? Did a boy break your heart? Our gift to you today is Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morisette. In 1995, girls were cute, sparkly and spoke in high pitched voices about boys and fashion. Those who didn’t were kept in dark places away from daylight as society

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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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Guest Post: What should I be eating?

Show us a woman who doesn’t have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with her body and we’ll show you a leprechaun riding a unicorn to Narnia. Every single one of us feels that our sense of worth equates to our weight. Bex is a nutritionist and a personal trainer and she has lots to say

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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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Rooms around the World

If you were to look at the bedrooms of young women all over the world, what do you think they would look like?   Messy? Probably. Pink? Sometimes. Smelling of the half eaten bowl of Coco Pops under the bed? Almost Always. John Thakwray travelled to over 55 countries and photographed over 1,00 bedrooms of young people. The pictures

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101 Ways to Deal with Stress

On your first day of class, you are usually handed a mountain of notes and told to get stuck in and say goodbye to your social life for the next six months. For the past ten years, Brett Phillips, a psychology teacher from California has been starting his class with a list of 101 ways to

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Am I Pretty Now?

Karolina Maria, from Norway, posted a video to Instagram called “Am I pretty now?” The video shows Karolina (20) scrolling through Instagram and getting more and more unhappy with her appearance. It starts with the contouring, followed by falsies and eventually she has completely changed her appearance. “I think it’s just so crazy how plastic

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The Worlds Most Amazing Letter

Sometimes, after we visit schools, we get emails from girls to tell us about their lives. Sometimes they ask for help, and we are happy to refer them to people in their areas that can do that. Sometimes, they want a good oul vent, and that’s grand too. Sometimes it to say they liked our

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Video: About my anxiety

One in three teenage girls suffers from anxiety, according to a survey of 14-year-olds for the Department for Education in the UK. Orli, a 17-year-old girl from north London, talks to her friends about her anxiety, how she plans to beat it and stop the stigma surrounding it. Its a good watch, speaks for itself.

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Aoife Mullane: Print Queen

Aoife Mullane from Bray is killing it right now. Nominated for lots of awards including the Image Interiors & Living Design Awards, her designs are really, really  beautiful. We asked the NCAD graduate about making her passion her job. Hi Aoife, you are a very talented young designer. Were you always artistic? I have always enjoyed being

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On Loss

On Wednesday night a dark cloud descended on Waterford, one that is palpable. The young people, who usually fill the streets with energy and vibrancy are silent. Parents and friends are devastated, wondering how to help their children through this, wanting to take their pain away and knowing that they will never be the same again.

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Guest Interview: On getting to grips with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning difference affecting the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It is not laziness, disruptive behavior, or a general lack of comprehension. To see for yourself how some people struggle to read, have a look at this website and you’ll get it. Siobhan works in finance in London. She manages

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Guest Post: A Letter to My Bully

M, I saw you yesterday, you were in town with your kids. You looked tired, the kids were acting up, you wore no wedding ring and you didn’t smile once. I had no desire to say hello, or for you to see me. Maybe you did, I’m not sure. If you did, did you think

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