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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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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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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Big News…Shona is going to Africa!!

Exciting news Shona fans. This Christmas, The Shona Project will be heading to Africa to spread our message to the young girls of Zambia. The workshops will be delivered by our newest team member, and you’ll never guess what her name is. Meet Shona. Nope, we’re not even kidding. Tomorrow, Shona will be heading to spend

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If you watch one video today make it this one…

There are so many “guru’s” and “life coaches” and “motivational speakers” out there, and Youtube is overflowing with unoriginal platitudes about loving yourself and being happy in your own skin, yadayadayada. But every once in a while we find a video that really hits home, and when we do, we want to, of course share

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Can you help Roisin and Jovana with their research?

Hi everyone, Our names are Roisin and Jovana, two transition year girls from ArdScoil Na Mara in Tramore. We are both aged 14 and are in 2nd year. We have qualified for this year’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition with our project called “Cervical Check and the HPV Vaccine- Information, Opinion and Fake News”. This is

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Living With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a touchy and difficult subject, being traditionally a very misunderstood mental illness. It is generally viewed as rapid mood swings, but these “mood swings,” are usually months long, having very extreme ups and downs. People affected by it experience crushing depression and then inflated, maniac-like happiness, receiving impulses (often self-destructive) that are

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Eh? Am I A Feminist? By Libby

Recently, I’ve thinking a lot about the word “feminism”. I always identified as a feminist, anyone who knows me will agree that it’s basically all I ever talk about. But I don’t know if I like that about myself. I think sometimes we get ourselves into these little bubbles where we don’t open up our

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20 Amazing Facts About Women

Women are deadly, we know this. But here are some interesting facts about the fairer sex that you may not have heard before… The two highest IQ scores ever recorded belonged to women In 1770 it was proposed in British Parliament that any women who wore make-up should be prosecuted for witchcraft More women than

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Shona Girls Work With RTE for #BigPicture

So far, 2018 has been a massive year for the women of Ireland. As a country, we’ve had massive highs and lows, with some powerful collective initiatives like the #metoo movement  & the referendum, and some disheartening moments like the recent sexual assault case in which a girl’s underwear was used as a way to

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All those Instagram followers, but how many friends?

1000 followers and 700 Facebook friends, but who can you call? I’m not good at making friends, I think it’s to do with my depression. I tend to shut people out or I take a long time to open up and let people in. Something I’m sure of is my family. There’s four girls in my

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