Why Representation Matters, A Twitter Thread

We’ve never done this before. This post is literally just a series of tweets, which should apply to every minority, no matter what your race, sexuality, or gender. Representation matters. Kimberly says it all just perfectly…. You’re 8 years old. Your 3rd grade class orders chinese food & your father delivers it. You are so

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Aretha Franklin’s Most Iconic Moments

Oh our hearts are heavy today. Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, passed away yesterday aged 76 after a 60 year career. Aretha was the original diva, and an inspiration to all the baby Divas that followed; Mariah, Whitney, Tina, Celine and all the way up to Ariana. Aretha owned every stage she stood on

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How to Feel More Body Positive

Remind yourself of everything that your body allows you to do. Remember that your body is more than arrangement of skin, but a beautiful machine that will carry you wherever your life takes you. Critique what you see in the media. The beauty industry would have you believe that to be lovable you must slather

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Emma Murphy Joins the Shona Team

The Shona Project are delighted to welcome Emma Murphy to our team. Emma was catapulted into the spotlight in 2015 when she shared a video on Facebook speaking out about domestic violence. The video has been watched 7 million times on Facebook and 900 thousand times on Youtube. Emma has put the incident behind her,

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Are You Burnt Out?

Hey! Are you wrecked? Shattered? Knackered? You could be totally burnt out from overload of doing, thinking and feeling too much. Burn out happens when your life becomes a hamster wheel and you don’t know how to get off. It can happen when you’re studying, working, training or partying really hard, and you don’t allow

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Why Am I So Socially Allergic? By Abigail

I’ve always struggled to explain what sort of personality I have. When I’m out in groups of friends or family I feel like an extrovert, I can be loud and chatty and funny (if I do say so myself), I feel comfortable in large groups and I do enjoy going out and having fun. However

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5 Times Barbie’s Vlog Rocked Our World

When you think of role models for young girls, Barbie is not exactly top of the list. She has long been criticized for her ridiculously unattainable proportions and lack of nipples or other bits. However, these days she’s making a huge effort to be relatable and we’re kind of on board with it. Barbie is

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20 Songs Inspired by Anxiety and Depression

When you don’t have the words to explain how you feel, when you are alone, when you feel like nobody understands…… Music is the go to for so many of us who are going through a hard time, playing it or listening to it, you will always find a musician, singer, or songwriter who once stood

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How to Mend a Broken Heart

Ah love, what a dose. When its good its good, and when its bad it sucks. Bess Myerson said that “to fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful.” We’ve all been there Bess, keep the faith. If you’re currently nursing a broken heart, we know how much

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My Year in Vietnam: By Megan

Megan Devaney has been a Shona Ambassador for almost 2 years. When we first met her she was in recovery from an eating disorder and  shared her experiences with us in a number of honest and open posts (Read here, here and here). When we last heard from her, she was about to leave home

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Whats the Craic With…. Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a type of abusive behaviour where a person uses subtle and not-so subtle mind control techniques to make another doubt their own reality and feel that they cannot trust their own perceptions. It takes its name from a 1938 play (and its film adaptations) called Gaslight, where a charming husband slowly makes his

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Missing School? How about some free life lessons?

Most people will tell you that the older they get, the more they learn about life. Your loved ones have made many a mistake and  made many a blunder which has made them so utterly and eternally wise. The good news is, if you listen to them, and hear what they have to say, you

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Coming out for Beginners, by a Beginner

Dear Little Questioning Beauty on the Other End of the Internet, So, it seems you may have stumbled on this post looking for answers and tips on how to come out, how to be queer out loud-we’ll get to that. There is no doubt that the next few years of your life will see you

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9 Home Truths Somebody Should Probably Tell You…

The truth hurts honey! Much as our friends and family tell us we are wonderful perfect humans, the truth is that many of us could do with hearing a little home truth every now and again. When thinking about you are, the type of person you want to become and how you want people to

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How To Support a Sick Friend: By Naoishe

You guys remember Naoishe right? She suffers from Chronic Fatigue syndromes which make it very difficult to do everyday things. You can read her previous story here. Today, she writes about how to be a good friend to a friend who has an illness, and ensure that they feel supported, loved and understood…. Being a

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Working Girls: Aoife … Creative Producer, Marketing Manager, Deadly.

When it comes to the big LC and JC exams, there are a few dead “certs”. The first is that the exam timetable will inevitably always coincide with a fortnight of record-breaking sunshine (tick). The second is that everyone reaches peak obsession with what it is that you “are going to do”. So, for the

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BE KIND: Here’s Why…

So I have this friend. She is kind, quirky, super smart and really really funny. We have never met in person. My friend doesn’t feel comfortable going out, and instead is her true self online, where people can’t see her, or judge her, or be cruel to her. My friend is a transexual, who struggles

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