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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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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You’ve Got This! Managing Exam Anxiety & Working with Confidence

Here at The Shona Project, we work to empower the new generation of young people. We understand that growing up in Ireland in 2024 can be very challenging. We also understand that being parents, guardians or just someone with a teen in their life can also be challenging. A main stressor for our young people is

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6 Successful People Who Failed at School

“Never let schooling interfere with the tech startup you’re running out of your bedroom.” – Marie Curie Okay, fair enough, she never said that, but she may or may not have been thinking it. Its true though, when it comes to learning, and becoming your best self, formal education is not always the best way

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What Does Your 2024 Hold?

Hello friends, It’s a new year, a new start. We’re about to take down the Xmas decos, scrape the last few bountys from the selection boxes (underrated if you ask us) and are looking to the days ahead. So what do you want for 2024? And how can you make it happen? Have you made

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Our Christmas Wish for You x

Another year is coming to an end, and here at Shona HQ, we’re putting on our out-of-office, sneaking the best bars from our selection boxes (the Curly Wurleys obvs) and looking back at all that we’ve achieved this year. 2023 was our biggest year yet, but it was tough, we’re not going to lie. We

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10 Things We Need to Stop Shaming Girls For!

Us girls are divils for judging each other. Instead of embracing our differences, we constantly compete to be the prettiest, the smartest, the most popular, the most athletic, the skinniest. When we look in the mirror, we always look at our faults, and therefore, looking for faults in others makes us feel better about ourselves. This

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Which of These TV Besties are You and Your Bestie?

  Have you ever been binge-watching with your bestie, poked them and said “Hey! That’s us!” Well, here are some of our favourite ever TV friendships. These friendships melted our hearts and showed us what it really is like to have those very special people that will love and support you always 🥰 1. Miley

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My Jambo Experience – By Máiread

I joined Shona at the start of Transition Year. I had just been looking through our year group’s Google Classroom for any updates on the week’s activities when I saw that our TY Coordinator had put up an announcement looking for someone to be a Junior Ambassador for the Shona Project, along with a link

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Sports Ambassador Programme

We are fortunate to have partnered with Her Moves, a Sport Ireland initiative and are delighted to announce that we are establishing a new, Sports Ambassador Programme.    This is similar to our current Junior Ambassador Programme but our new Ambassadors will be specifically focused upon promoting sports and movement with girls in their schools. 

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F&%k Diets: by Libby

“Ships are safer in the harbour but that is not why they are made” We were not put on this earth to lose weight. To be smaller or quieter or to take up less room than we are supposed to. It’s a scary thought. That there is another, dangerously free life out there. A life where

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Tomboy or Girly Girl? Don’t Choose!

Growing up, so many of us are defined as “girly girl” or “tomboy”. But why do we need to choose? There are so many moments in movies, and in real life, that show some incredible girls deciding that they do not want to define themselves as one or the other of these boxes. Check these

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Growing Pains -By Izzy Tiernan

This gorgeous piece was kindly written for us by one of our Sambos, Izzy. The chasm between being a teenage girl and an adult in your twenties is vast, lonely, and exciting. One second, you’re lying on the couch in your family home, and your mother is making the dinner in the kitchen, the immersion

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It’s All About Perspective

Perspective is a funny thing. It’s crazy how everyone has a different view of the world around us. What we have found through growing up is that, if you think negatively, you see the world in a bad light. Nothing goes right and everyone and anything is wrong. But, if you think positively, the world

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When Friendship Twinning copying gets out of hand

When Friendship Twinning Gets Out Of Hand

We’ve all heard the old phrase “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, right? It may sound like something out of ye olde times, but it still actually makes sense. Let’s put it this way… Have you ever gotten your mitts on a pair of trainers that you have literally been wanting your whole life,

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debs - pop art

How To Have The Best Debs Ever

The debs is a rite of passage for Irish teens. It’s the night that you spend years of secondary school thinking about and planning with your friends. And then it suddenly comes around and it can all feel a little bit overwhelming. After experiencing my own debs and running Debs Week on Missy.ie for a

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The Amazing Story of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou has had a profound effect on so many of us. Her poems, songs, books and speeches have lifted the hearts and minds of so many. Oprah herself considered Maya to be a mentor and called her “Mother”. Before Angelou passed away in 2014 aged 86, she told Oprah the amazing story of how

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