There was an article in our weekend paper about a 13 year old girl who died while sniffing deodorant to get high. While sniffing deodorant may seem harmless fun - it's not. If your life is so bad that you need to resort to chemical intervention you need to talk to someone. Lifeline (13 11 14) and Kids' Helpline (1800 55 1800 or http://www.kidshelp.com.au) offer free and anonymous counselling.
Life is full of great things that you should sniff/smell:
Freshly baked bread
Freshly baked cupcakes
Check out this great Pony Tail at The Beauty Department.
Every teenage girl in the universe should watch this YouTube clip!
In 2012, Israel became the first country in the world to bring in a 'photoshop law' where advertisers must disclose if photos they use have been photoshopped. Models with a Body Mass Index of lower than 18.5 are also banned from modelling.
Research by Marilyn Krawitz at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle has found that seeing digitally enhanced images in the media can create negative body image issues in young people. Let's be real about the media. You too can look like a cover girl - with a truck load of photoshopping.
Every cloud may have a silver lining but some of them have a lot of rain and hail too. Life is not all sunshine and happiness but it's what we do in life's storms that shapes us. We can sit inside moping or put on our gumboots and sing in the rain. When you're in the middle of a downpour it sometimes feels like it's never going to end but it's helpful to remember that this too will pass. So grab your umbrella and embrace the tough times knowing that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Letters to your teenage self have been around for a while but there were a couple that went viral this International Women's Day. Here is mine.
Dear Teenage Amanda,
Stop worrying about what other people think. Be comfortable being you even if that means being a nerd. You are so much more than what you look like on the outside. You are clever, funny and compassionate. At the same time you should spend some time looking after the outside. Always wear sunscreen and never perm your hair.
Eat healthy! Forget about dieting and avoiding 'bad' food. All food is good in moderation. If you don't heed this bit of advice - buy shares in Mars.
Your parents are two of the most remarkable people you'll ever meet. Be grateful for the sacrifices they make and spend time with them while you can.
Forget about boys and falling in love - they're not emotionally equipped to deal with serious relationships at this age and there's plenty of time for that later. You will find Mr Right and he'll be worth waiting for.
Don't bother with trashy teen magazines they are full of dodgy advice, fashion you can't afford and trashy gossip. Choose uplifting and positive things to read, watch and listen to.
You can't choose what life throws at you but you can choose how you respond to it. Above all, keep your faith.
Don't try to grow up too fast - enjoy the journey.
Who are the women that inspire you? All Four Australian of the Year Awards in 2015 were Awarded to Women. 21 year old Drisana Levitzke-Gray has been deaf since birth and won the Young Australian of the Year for advocating the rights of deaf children around the world to be taught Auslan.