Isobel and Eloise were high school friends who attended a leadership conference and were inspired to start a social enterprise aimed at eradicating period poverty. Taboo sells organic cotton sanitary products and merchandise aimed at reducing the stigma around periods. You can find out more at https://tabooau.co/pages/our-story. According to Global Citizen,* period poverty is Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand washing facilities, and, or, waste management.
Teen girls are ruling the world, or at least the skateboarding street arena at the Tokyo Olympics. 13 year-old Japanese girl, Momiji Nishiya won the gold medal, 13 year-old Brazilian, Rayssa Leal, won silver and 16 year-old Funa Nakayama, also from Japan, won the bronze. There are more skateboarding medals up for grabs on the 4th August with 12 year-old Kokona Hiraki from Japan, and 13 year-old Sky Brown of Britain competing.
I just finished reading the younger readers' version of Becoming by Michelle Obama. I love autobiographies as they give you an inside look at other people's lives. This book in particular is a fascinating look at Michelle's life from her early childhood until she left the White House after her husband's second term as the U.S. President. Michelle credits her parents for setting her on the right path when she was younger. But she also credits the many women who have helped her become who she is. I highly recommend this book.
I love this video of six year old skateboarder, Paige Tobin. She is a viral sensation but she didn't just wakeup one morning, jump on a skateboard and drop down a 14 foot vert ramp. She has been skateboarding since she was two. And she has fallen down a lot! Paige's advice to anyone who wants to learn to skateboard - never give up! I think that advice could apply to a bunch of different things.
Siala Robson made it to the grand final of the Voice last week. At just 18 years of age she has dealt with a lot of hardship in her short life. Her family experienced domestic violence and ended up living in a women's shelter. But music got her through the really dark times. Even though she didn't win the voice, she is a winner in my eyes. She is an incredibly talented writer and musician. If it hadn't been for her hardships, she might never have picked up a guitar and written her first song.
Diamonds are formed under extreme temperature and pressure. Hardships can help make your life into something brilliant like a diamond. You are stronger than you realise. If you are going through some really tough times find a creative outlet to express how you're feeling like music, art or writing. There is support out there if you need it - you don't have to go through it alone.
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I really enjoyed this book - Teagan and Sam have such a great attitude no matter what life throws at them. They have some great life advice plus there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that you don't see on social media.
22 year old Pheobe Ho is one of the 7 News Young Achiever Awards Finalists. Because of her experience of eating disorders she is passionate about mental health. Pheobe is a Headspace National Youth Advisor, was the UWA Guild Welfare Officer in 2018, won the Cruickshank-Routley Memorial Award for her contribution to life on campus, and has run many mental health programs.
When asked what advice she would give her teenage self she said:
1) Know that my self-worth as a person is more than my shape, appearance, and weight because I am the connections I’ve formed with other people, and the memories I’ve shared with them.
2) To have persevered in help-seeking and to have known that it may take several tries before you “click” with the right psychologist. I generalised my first not-so-positive experience to all other psychologists and out of seeking help for a long time. But when I found the right psychologist, it was extremely beneficial to my recovery.
3) To enjoy life, surround myself my positive people, and value me for me and all the amazing things I can do- walk, run, talk, socialise, etc. and not buy into images of body ideals on social media that are often photoshopped and an inaccurate representation of reality.