Meet Purl, She’s Quite The Trailblazer

This is Purl. Purl is the star of Pixar’s latest short movie, in which she plays herself, telling the story of equality, inclusion and diversity. The movie follows Purl on her first day working at B.R.O capital. She arrives super excited and optimistic about her new job, and dying to meet her colleagues and new

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Lets Talk About Porn..

Lets get real. Many, many teenagers are using porn to learn about sex. This is problematic for a number of reasons, most of which revolve around the fact that porn gives a very unrealistic picture about what love, relationships and sex are actually like. “The sad truth is that the vast majority of young people

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Our Favourite Quotes About Love 💖💖💖

Its Valentines Day!! We’re all feeling the love today here at TSP. For us today isn’t just about romantic love, but love for your friends, your family, your fellow humans and the world around you. However, the most important relationship you’ll ever have, is with yourself. Fall in love with yourself, all day, every day.

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How To Believe in Yourself

Most of us doubt ourselves and feel vulnerable at times. Even those who seem super-confident in social situations are often freaking out on the inside when it comes to small talk and meeting new people. Here is some advice from Dr.Phil on how to believe in yourself and fight that self-doubt. Thanks Phil, you lovely

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Happy IDOWAGIS19 Everyone!! 🔬🔬🔬🔬

Welcome to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2019! I am writing this to you, rather fittingly, from a celebration of the women of the Periodic Table (which I’ll be mentioning a lot this year!) in beautiful Murcia in the south of Spain. I’m here to give a talk about a secret

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You May Not Be Pretty, But You Are Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️

Do you feel like you’re not good enough? not pretty enough? not slim enough? Fit enough? smart enough? popular enough? So many of us feel like that, to the extent that it affects our mental health, our relationships, our friendships. It robs us of the confidence and self-belief we need to pursue our dreams. It

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5 Times CXG Songs Nailed Mental Health

There is no other show around like “Crazy Ex Girlfriend”. On the surface, it is colourful, funny and whimsical. But despite the rainbows and flashy musical numbers, this show digs into serious issues like inequality, sexuality and mental health in a way that has never been done before. Through all 4 seasons, we’ve watched Rebecca

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The Periodic Table: Cooler than you think!

If you’re studying science at all, you need Dr Claire Murray in your life. (Note: you can’t actually have her as we own her and keep her in our filing cabinet.) Claire is OBSESSED with science and she has a knack of making every bit of it sound as amazing and interesting as it actually

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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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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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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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