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What Matters About Peer Pressure

When it comes to end of life reflections, the one I remember the most came from the very wise centenarian who said ‘no peer pressure was the best part of being 100’. Thanks to Author Natalie Savvides, our guest on Episode 10: Peer Pressure Inside Out, we won’t  have to wait that long to evade…
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Family Matters Now More Than Ever

UIO: You Inside Out

UIO: Your Family Inside Out, the ninth in the podcast series, is out now. Offering  straightforward conversation with Helen Lewis, founder of Literally PR, this episode takes a closer look at why setting boundaries, for example, can be the difference in a healthy and an unhealthy relationship. The thing is: if there are no boundaries,…
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Undressing Gender Stereotypes

Unisex Clothing: Not The Answer

Until the recent announcement that the retail giant has gotten rid of boys and girls labels in children’s clothing, John Lewis could do no wrong in my eyes. But with this news, I have to tell you – my eyes are stinging. Make no mistake about it I vehemently dislike gender stereotypes. I do! And…
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Live Life Wherever You Are

You Owe It to Yourself

Depending on who you ask, autumn is closer than you think.  While astronomers maintain that fall begins September 22, meteorologists say its tomorrow–the first day of September. I vote for the latter for a number of reasons. From fresher days to earlier nights, there is a newness out and about. Even if one isn’t fortunate…
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UIO Releases Special Episode on Sex

On Sex and Sexuality

Yes, you read that right. But don’t expect anything out of the ordinary from this podcaster. Episode 8: On Sex and Sexuality is done in a similar style as the other podcasts and rightly so. A highly complex and sometimes contentious topic, it is one that can’t be ignored in any relationship.  And as teenagers…
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Don’t Worry: Be Happy!

Easier Said Than Done

Great advise, if you ask me. But it is much easier said than done! In my latest Huff Post blog, I explore why worrying incessantly is futile. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says: ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’ (Matt. 6: 34)….
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What Really Matters to Teen Girls

UIO: Your Values Inside Out

Reflecting upon my own teenage years, I remember valuing what I wore to school, the condition of my hair and its length, and what car my parents would use to collect me after cheerleader practice. Likely, the latter came from feeling embarrassed when my dad picked me up one day in an old collectors car…
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Opening Up About Mind Matters: Tips for Teen Girls

UIO: Your Mind Inside Out Released Today

More than half-way through the UIO series of ten, the new podcast for teenage girls, Episode 6: Your Mind Inside Out was released today. Timely indeed as the notion of dealing with mental and emotional health becomes more apparent in society.  Back in April, for example, Prince Harry admitted seeking grief counselling twenty years after…
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Let’s Talk About Hair, A Serious Matter

UIO: Your Hair Inside Out

Hair is serious matter, although often trivialised. Seriously!  More times than I care to mention, I have fudged the truth about my weekly standing appointment to avoid losing a contract, a place at the table and all the rest. But that was back in the day. These days, I’m out of the closet. It’s your…
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A Taste Of Travel For Teens

With or Without Parents?

Nothing like travel to get us moving, thinking, living. And summertime is the perfect backdrop for it for anyone but especially for teens. With many schools already out for summer in the US and those in the UK letting out soon, teens are on the move and rightly so. During this crucial time in their…
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