Letters To Our Younger Selves: By The Beat Girls

We are obsessed with the Beat girls. Paula, Shonagh and Trish are beautiful, successful, strong and full of confidence. Right? Well yeah, sometimes. Just like the rest of us, they are wonderful works in progress, and all have had times when they struggled, made bad decisions, were too hard on themselves, or forgot to focus

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On Perspective

Life is full of ups and downs, and its true that your perspective and outlook on life has a huge bearing on how you approach challenges, and how you react to and recover from them. This poem sums it up so well. It was written by an 11 year old girl called Chanie Gorkin, an

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“Sex Education” My Thoughts: By Joy

Sex Education is hard to describe as a TV show, its kind of a comedy, kind of a drama, kind of a documentary. Its also kind of sweet, kind of heartbreaking, kind of educational, and very very explicit, (its over 18’s for a reason people). Here’s why Joy thinks you should watch it….. I think

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Jameela Strikes Again

Jameela Jamil is on a crusade. The “Good Place” actress has been calling out the beauty industry for some time (we’ve talked about this before), for setting unrealistic standards and preying on the insecurities of women who feel like they’re never good enough in order to take our money. This week she had a go

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Aspergers and Me: By Skye

Hey there! So, again, my name is Skye Turner and if you read my last article for Shona, you’ll have read me talk on depression and the stigma around it and my experience with it along with social anxiety. But there was another aspect of my life I struggled with that I refrained from writing

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Why You Need To “Kondo” Your Brain

Its amazing how the surname “Kondo” has become a verb in the 3 weeks since Marie Kondo’s show was released to Netflix. Charity shops all over the world are heaving with bags of donations as we all say “Thank you, Next” to half our wardrobes, and clear boxes are flying out the door of Mr.

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How I Fought For My Own Future: By Tammy D

For many of us, going to college is an expectation, its not a case of ‘if’, its a case of ‘when and where’. Many others grow up in a different world, one that feels hopeless and helpless. Tammy Donaghy grew up in a home where addiction controlled everything. In spite of that, she created a

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Benefits’s New Brand Ambassador Breaks Boundaries

We were so excited to learn that Benefit Cosmetics had chosen a model with Down’s Syndrome to become the new face of their brand. We thought it was an amazing sign of inclusiveness, equality, diversity and universal beauty. Imagine our surprise when we found out that this trailblazer is Kate Grant, who hails from non

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What To Say Instead of “I’m Fine” When You’re Not Fine…

Most of us suck at asking for help. We’re not sure if that’s a girl thing, an Irish thing, or a human thing. Asking for help with our mental health is a whole other level of nope. “I’m fine, everything’s just peachy, thanks for asking.” According to Clinical psychologist John Mayer, this is often because

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Beautiful Apologies & Promises from the Tuam Girls

We travel all over Ireland meeting students in schools and speaking to them about identity, strength, influence, focus and, above all else, kindness. Yesterday we spent the day with the girls in Scoil Bhride Tuam, and the second years did amazing work. As a group the all promised to let go of any issues that

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Repost: How to Stop A Bully In Their Tracks

We first shared this a year ago, but its definitely worth a reshare. Bullies have existed since the dawn of time. Often as a result of having no power or control in their own lives, bullies take out their frustration on easy targets, for no other reason than that, they are easy targets. They may

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Is Social Media Making You Sad?

We love social media, its an amazing way to find out whats going on in the world, chat to friends and seek inspiration. But we need to know exactly what we’re dealing with, and new research has shown that the depression linked to social media is almost twice as high in girls as it is

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Why Water Is Your Best Friend

Its such a simple and obvious thing to be told to drink more water. If we’re honest, talking and thinking about and drinking water is a little boring. But when we think about it, there are so many reasons why we should all be drinking more.   It will wake up your brain: If you’re

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Book Recommendation: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Have you watched everything on Netflix? Need a good book recommendation? We just finished “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” and we loved it! While it was released in 2017, we tend not to read new releases as they can be expensive, so we wait until the good ones become “vintage” and then we get stuck

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Emerging from Sadness: By S x

I knew myself I wasn’t happy, we always know even when its buried deep within us. I just had nothing to be sad over, you know? On paper everything looks good in your life, but this is often when we ignore ourselves the most- when we don’t really know what’s wrong. I started 2018 with

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3 Million Women Protest Against Inequality In India

On New Years day, in Kerala, India 3 million women formed a human wall which ran for 600 Kilometers (!!!) in a protest against the religious laws which discriminate against women. One law in particular prevents women from entering the famous and sacred Sabarimala Hindu Temple. The temple banned women of “menstruating age” (between 10

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The January Blues: By Libby

Statistically, Monday the 22nd of January is “the worst day of the year”. This is because of weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing new years resolutions and low motivation levels. January is the most terrible month of the year. The most triggering, the most depressing. Only the strong escape January unscathed. Because in

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Shona in Zambia: The First Update

I hope everyone had an amazing time over Christmas, I know I certainly did by spending the afternoon of Christmas Day floating down the Zambezi River with other volunteers and getting my first sighting of hippos and elephants which was amazing. I’ve been at holiday camp every morning (we got Christmas Day off) getting to

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