When Sophie met the Hunreal Andrea Horan

If you haven’t heard of the HunReal issues you really need to get onto it fast! I had the pleasure of catching up with Andrea Horan the woman behind it and madam of Tropical Popical, our fav place to get our nails looking hot. The HunReal Issues came about around the time of the last

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How bikes changed the lives of these African students…

In Umoja secondary school in Eldoret, Kenya, Muslim girls are riding bikes to school. In rural Kenya, many students can’t go to school because of distance. Most girls can’t go to school as they have hours and hours of jobs to do around the house. Now cycling is changing all of that. In Kenya, it

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Stranger Things Star Winona on Meeting her Bully as a grown up.

Stranger Things star, Winona Ryder, has recently spoken about meeting her childhood bully in a situation we can all only dream of. She started by sharing the awful experience she had in school “I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit,.As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, f***** [that

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How celebs use exercise to help with anxiety

Exercise has so many benefits, and reducing anxiety is one of them. When we’re stressed or worried, we can feel a build up of nervous energy and movement is a really good way of letting all of that energy out and helping you centre yourself. Sometimes it can take some time to find the best

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Generation what? What are we thinking?

  So I might be alone on this one, but there’s something about a good set of stats that really makes the geek in me jump for joy, particularly when they are focused on our lovely little island, and even more so when they ask questions about sex and relationships. So I was basically beaming

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Where will you focus your energy today?

The world seems to be full of inspirational speakers and self-help books. Its hard to find one who can really cut through the crap and get to the bones of how you feel and how we can all stop stressing ourselves out about things that don’t really matter. Brené Brown is your only woman. Everything

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Feminism 101: By Katie

feminism ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/ noun noun: feminism the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Feminism is the theory of political, social & economic equality between the sexes. At its root, feminism is about achieving equality among the sexes, it is campaigning for women to be given the same opportunities as

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Cara Delevingne talks about her depression

Model, actress, and now author, Cara Delevingne  has always been honest and open about her struggles with depression. Earlier this month, she shared more of her story with the online magazine “Net-A- Porter”, saying that she always felt there was “just something dark within me”. Mental health does not discriminate, and we can have the

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Why starting 5th year was hard for me…. By Katie

Last Year, which was my Transition Year, was the best year of my life. Now, I realise that seems like a bit of an extreme declaration, but I do stand by it. Transition Year allowed me to get in touch with things I knew I was passionate about and try things I never would have

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Stop what you’re doing because we found the perfect podcast

Here at Shona, we are the worlds biggest podcast nerds. Ask us a podcast related question and you will be dragged into a vortex of “oh, what about,” “hey have you tried”, “oh that sounds, good, let me write that one down” and you will regret ever muttering the term out loud. Podcasts are the

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How to study like a pro….

There never seems to be enough hours in the day to study, have a social life, and get some ‘me time’. Studying always seems to take up much more time than we want it to, but here are some simple tricks you can use in order to study smarter and get more done, leaving you

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Our Thoughts on Males. A Helpful Clarification.

No, we do not hate boys, but thanks for asking. At the Shona Project, we work with primarily (but not exclusively) girls. For the most part, people are fine and cool with that. But some people are not, so we’re here to clear things up. Men and women, boys and girls are all awesome, because

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We made the news!!!

Last Friday, the lovely Eleanor Mannion from RTE news came to hang out with us and the girls from the Presentation secondary school in Kilkenny. We had such a lovely day, these girls are so lovely, so honest, and so open. Meet them all below…….

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Why is my imaginary friend picking on me?

When I was small I had an imaginary friend called Jenny. I’m the youngest of 4 girls and my sisters were a good bit older than me and would never play with me so I came up with Jenny. Jenny and I would have tea parties, I’d tell her all of secrets and we would

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How to stop a bully dead in their tracks…

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 have even tried to bully others before they get to the one who

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How to support a friend who is struggling: By Jenny

Often when a friend tells us that they are feeling a bit down, or have recently been diagnosed with a mental health issue, it’s difficult to know what to say or do. It’s an automatic reaction to panic, and avoid talking about the issue. However that friend will often have confided in you for a

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Dealing with Trolls: By Nicole

Everyone has different views and opinions on the way the world works. This is something you basically learn in school. But when it comes to the online world, somehow, some people feel that they have the right to say whatever they want to others, and in some cases, will go out of their way to

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Why Maysen is Walking from Cork to Donegal…

Can we all just take a second to appreciate Maysen Forbes, who is currently walking 560 miles from the bottom to the top of Ireland, to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health Ireland. Maysen, who has suffered with “anxiety, depression and self-harm” in the past, is just over half way through her monster hike, which

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