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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10 Warning Signs That Your Friend is in an Unhealthy Relationship

We are huge supporters of the amazing work done by Women’s Aid, and their Too Into You Campaign. We will do anything to help spread the word about healthy relationships and potential red flags. Here’s a helpful post they wrote just for us and our followers…   Intimate relationship abuse against young people is prevalent in Ireland, with

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Understanding Asexuality: by Amber

I want to talk about a sexuality that’s largely forgotten about and glossed over – hell, it’s not even in LGBT. Sometimes, it’s written as LGBTIA+. Sometimes. And I know humans are complex beings that have evolved for millions of years – there is far too many sexualities on the spectrum to include them all

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Stigmatised by Abigail

As many of you may know, Abigail has been a Shona Ambassador since the very start. We’ve seen her grow as a person and also succeed in many ways she never thought was possible. She had a very rough couple of years with her mental health but has overcome a lot and made us so

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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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Help! I feel cranky!

U OK HUN? We all have bad days, you woke up happy and then a couple of things happen one after another and all of a sudden your mood has taken a turn for the worse. The milk was off in your coco-pops, the bus was late and you left your homework on the kitchen

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The Many Shades of Sexuality and Gender

We’re generally not into labels because everyone is different and unique. We shouldn’t need to find a box that we fit neatly inside so that everyone knows and understands us. As a society we’re changing rapidly, trying to find new ways to respect and protect each other. And that’s a good thing. When it comes

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Why You Should Be Dancing!

Whether its a beautifully controlled rendition of Swan Lake in front of an audience or a good old twerk to a bit of Nikki Minaj in your bedroom, there are so many reasons why Dance is good for you. You don’t have to be good at it to reap the benefits. You just have to

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Social Anxiety and Me!

This article was written by our ambassador, Tanya, about her experiences with social anxiety. We wanted to reshare Tanya’s story, because it is just as relevant and important today! There are still thousands of girls who, just like Tanya, suffer from social anxiety. Here is how Tanya overcame her worries! Does the thought of a

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How to Get Over a Friendship Breakup

Who is the love of your life? We hear so much about romantic love, as in the one with all the kissing, but while boyfriends and girlfriends come and go there is no deeper and more encompassing love than that we have for our friends. When friendships end, it is devastating. But yet, we don’t talk

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Embrace your ‘Glimmers’

‘Glimmers’ are the opposite of triggers. Here are some ways which you can embrace your glimmers! What even is a ‘Glimmer’? Glimmers are small moments which spark joy or peace within ourselves. These glimmers can tell our body to chill out, or that it is safe. Some experts even say that shifting our focus from

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10 Ways to Boost Your Mood

There are lots of things that stress us out – homework, parents, just being a person. It is important to look out for yourself and your mental health. You need to be kind to yourself when you find things difficult. Whether it is adapting to a new life situation, or just needing a reset, here

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Is It Hormones? Am I Losing My Mind?

No, you’re not crazy. Teenage brains just feel like that sometimes. The teenage years can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. One minute you’re happy and the next you’re trying to figure out why everyone around you is so damn irritating! This is all perfectly normal; let us explain.   via GIPHY   The stress of fitting

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Confessions of a Teacher: Ask for Help!

Ask for Help!  Hi again, welcome back to this month’s edition of Confessions of a Teacher! Today is all about asking for help.  Picture this, you’re sitting in class doing a maths equation and don’t have a breeze how to answer it. Or you’ve just been given homework for History and haven’t a clue about

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How to Take Care of Yourself When The News Feels Overwhelming

How to Take Care of Yourself When The News Feels Overwhelming

It feels that the news has been overwhelming and scary for a long time now We had two years of Covid, followed immediately by the war on Ukraine. But in the last few days, the news from The Middle East seems to have reached another level of upsetting. We should be used to this right

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