SHINE Festival 2021

Hold on to your hats people!!  Are you ready for our BIGGEST EVER ANNOUNCEMENT!!!   Shona fans will know that we love nothing more than to put on a big event! For us, it doesn’t get much better than bringing as many girls and as many inspiring women into one room as we possibly can!

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MASSIVE NEWS! We wrote a lil book!!!

We are SO excited to finally share our latest news. Are you ready! For the past few months we’ve been working on the cutest little book called “The Survival Handbook for Girls”. This book is has been lovingly put together by our entire team and beautifully illustrated by our friends at Vitamin Creative. The book

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Autism and Me – By Aoife

I’ve felt different from other people for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I had some quirks: I didn’t really play with other kids a lot, I much preferred the company of myself or my twin sister. I was quiet and clumsy, and I was always away with the fairies. I

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What I Wish I Had Known Before Starting Therapy- By Chloe

Our ambassadors are an amazing group of girls with so many different hobbies, interests, and experiences. They are always so willing to share things they have gone through, in the hope they can make someone else’s experience that little bit easier. Today, Chloe shares some of the things she wishes she knew before starting therapy… 

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Shona Heroes – Rachael Blackmore

  Here at The Shona Project, we have a list as long as your arm of all the amazing women around the world that we consider our heroes. We’ve decided to dedicate Fridays to some of these women. We’ll tell you all about them but most importantly, we’ll tell you why we love them! Next

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bully letter

A Letter to My Bully

Here at Shona, we are big advocates of writing to get your feelings out. When you get in the right mind frame, all those built-up feelings just transfer from you to the page. And the best bit? The minute you drop that pen, you feel a million times lighter! We encourage girls in our community

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Ramadan: An Insiders POV – By Eiman

This piece was written a few years ago by one of our amazing ambassadors, Eiman.  We wanted to reshare it and to all of our friends, Ramadan Mubarek!    From the 13th of April to the 12th of May this year, Muslims around the globe are supposedly starving themselves for 30 days straight in the

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The Wonderkind Pin Design Competition

Do you have a flair for art and design? Do you love celebrating amazing women? Well, we have the perfect competition for you! Our amazing friends at The Wonderkind, are launching a new range of beautiful badges, each featuring an inspiring female designed by one of you! Between now and May 28th, you can express

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The SHONA Writing Competition

Here at SHONA, we believe in the power of storytelling, of sharing our experiences to empower ourselves and those around us. We know you have all struggled over the past year, to be honest, we have too. COVID has caused nothing but chaos since it reared its ugly head. You may have felt isolated, overwhelmed,

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5 Female Artists You Might Not Of Heard Of – By Aoife Dunne

If there’s one thing in this world that I love more than anything, it’s art. Everything about it: art history, performance art, paintings, sculpture, making art, looking at it, reading about it. If I could live in a gallery, I probably would. But here’s the thing: if you try to name a famous artist off

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Shona Heroes – Jacinda Ardern

Here at The Shona Project, we have a list as long as your arm of all the amazing women around the world that we consider our heroes. We’ve decided to dedicate Fridays to some of these women. We’ll tell you all about them but most importantly, we’ll tell you why we love them! Next up,

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Woop for Ella Nethercott! Young Filmmaker of the Year

Photo credit: Irish Examiner How cools is Ella Nethercott,? This 17-year old (yes you read that right!) Dubliner has just claimed the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year at Fresh International Film festival 2021 with ‘Learning to Dance Like a Bird‘. Ella’s short film ‘Learning to Dance Like a Bird‘, was chosen out

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5 things we are not going to do in the month of April

We love a fresh new month, and we think this is a perfect time to set ourselves a list of rules for the month. These don’t have to be strict rules, think of them more as a set of guidelines that we can follow to try to improve our lifestyle and mood.   Getting lost

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What is Empathy Anyway?

We hear the words ‘empathy‘ and ‘sympathy‘ a lot. They are both used all the time, and sometimes not correctly. So whats the difference? Here’s a really simple explanation… Sympathy = I get ya boo Empathy = I feel ya boo Sympathy means that you can see that the other person is struggling, and you acknowledge

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My Nanny and Me – Grace Marie Butler

On Thursday the 21st of November 2019 at 7:40 am, my wonderful grandmother left this world, took a piece of me with her, and left so many unexpected gifts behind. I find it so hard to talk about her now because I feel like quick words here and there just can not and will not

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Shona Heroes – Dolly Parton

Here at The Shona Project, we have a list as long as your arm of all the amazing women around the world that we consider our heroes. We’ve decided to dedicate Fridays to some of these women. We’ll tell you all about them but most importantly, we’ll tell you why we love them! Next up,

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What does High Functioning Anxiety Look Like?

It’s hard to describe, like explaining the colour yellow to someone who is blind. One of our readers sent us the video below, which perfectly sums up what anxiety feels like, here’s a transcript…. “High-functioning anxiety looks like… Achievement. Busyness. Perfectionism. When it sneaks out, it transforms into nervous habits. Nail-biting. Foot tapping. Running my fingers through

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10 Irish Female Artists Who Are Worth Your Ear Time

Recently Spotify released their top ten streamed Irish artists and we here at SHONA couldn’t help but notice that all of the artists are male! While we aren’t discrediting the talent of these men, (trust us we ADORE Dermott Kennedy and Niall Horan), we think that there are loads of Irish female talent that should

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Are You Burnt Out?

Hey! Are you wrecked? Shattered? Knackered? You could be totally burnt out from the 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

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10 things to do to boost your mood

The past year and a bit has been super tough for many people, with loads of us facing a new reality and upheaval to our daily lives. Social distancing and social isolation have become our norm and it’s very difficult to remain positive and uplifted during these times. This is completely normal, but for those

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