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Finding Opportunities During Down Time

Develop Personally From The Space You Are In

The timing never seems quite right to be out of action for one reason or another. At least not for me. Famous last words before the storm, right. “Not now! I cannot afford to be sick… I’ll take a break after the this or that is over.” Barring a sudden accident such as a broken…
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On Getting Personal

Our latest podcast, On Personal Development, the last in our second series, got me reflecting upon my own personal journey thus far—the importance of gaining self-confidence and self-awareness early on in life, as well as finding role models. And though I can’t pinpoint a place in time when suddenly I knew the importance of developing…
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Get The Inside Scoop

On Being A Teen Girl Now

Nothing like getting inside information. And that is just what I did to produce UIO’s fifth podcast in this second series, which will be released next week. On Being A Teen Girl Now features 16-year-old Leah from Hertfordshire and 15-year-old Divaina from Kent. Not only do we have a timely conversation about their greatest challenges…
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What Dating Has To Do With Self-Discovery?

When we talk about dating, we often hear about either the romanticised version of it—finding a happily ever after—or the complexities—not finding a happily ever with all the pitfalls in trying too. There must be a somewhere in between, right! And as I think back to my teen years and consider the insightful information from…
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Get The Inside Scoop On Dating

New Podcast Released Soon

Having been married for nearly 20 years, I’m clueless about modern day dating—the various apps and internet sites and so on but by and large, dating is dating. And when you are a teen it can be a tad bit awkward wading into a new world that quite frankly can be fast and furious. If…
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New Podcast Released on Rising Above Odds

Advice and Insight From Hannilee Fish

As we launch the third podcast in our new series, Rising Above Odds, more research on matters related to young people has topped the news. Loneliness is felt more intensely by 16 to 24-year olds than any other group in the UK, according to a survey by BBC Radio 4’s All In The Mind in…
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UIO Launches New Podcast Series

Your Identity Inside Out

Kicking off UIO’s new podcast series, I have a fantastic conversation about identity with Rachita Saraogi and Rebecca Thomson, co-founders of Sisterhood, a social enterprise about turning girl’s self-doubt into self-confidence through creativity. Out today, Series 2: Episode 1: Your Identity Inside Out delves into questions that often arise during adolescence. How to deal with…
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The Spirit of Identity

Identity is one of those things that is always there from birth–we get many tags if you will–a gender, a race and nationality, a weight, a health check and eventually a name and all sorts of abilities and so on. Still, as if it has never been there before identity, as a huge concept, pops…
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Dating: No Need For Head Over Heels

Or Heels Over Head Either

I can’ t ever remember not having a romanticised view of dating. From fairy tales to music, storylines and lyrics are loaded with messages about the perfect partner. Over the years, finding Prince Charming, AKA Mr Right, has been the topic of loads of conversations and not just mine. Filmmakers, for example, widely use the…
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More To Identity Than Meets The Eye

There is so much to identity that does not meet the eye, yet it is what meets the eye that often describes who you are, at least to others—an African American teen girl or a black American teen girl is how I would have been described when I was about your age. And as the…
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