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koko is an online place for teenage girls and a great resource for youth leaders. View films, blogs, insights and support about living life to the full – enabling girls to ‘keep on keeping on’ in a hope-filled way.

What will you do with the voice you've been given?

What will you do with the voice you’ve been given?

This question got me thinking about the moment a baby enters the world. Go with me here! The midwife and parents-to-be gather in suspense, anxious to hear that first cry - a sign that the baby is alive and well! The relief, comfort and joy often captured in that moment, when the gift of a new voice is heard for the very first time, reminded me of the power for good in using our voices from the moment life begins.

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The call of the nightingale

The call of the nightingale

This week my friend Catie drove 100 miles to hear the call of a bird called a nightingale. When I read her post about it I was like, whaat? Why would you drive all that way, just. to. hear. a. bird.

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Try again and try again

Try again and try again

Have you ever seen those cushions that look all tied up, like a knot? My friend Claire showed me hers that she bought in Iceland, which is where they originate from. They’re called Icelandic Knot Cushions and the moment I saw Claire’s, I wanted one.

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Don’t play compare

When I was a young girl, and through into my teens, I obsessed over what other girls looked like. 'She's prettier than me', 'She's thinner than me, 'She has a much better personality than me'... it didn’t actually matter what it was, because it all boiled down to the same thing: I wasn’t good enough - I needed to change.

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Be your own kind of beautiful

As an artist within the music industry it’s so easy to play the comparison game... her hair is bigger than mine, that song is better than my last release, her social media following gets more likes, and so on.

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Does that seem fair?

'THAT’S NOT FAIR!' she shouted as I handed her a 1p coin. 'We should get way more than that!' And that’s when I knew she understood.

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Thank you trees

Ok, so it’s no secret amongst the people that know me that I totally love trees. I must bore all my family and friends when we go on walks as I’m always saying ‘Ah look how beautiful that tree is!’ or ‘Look at the shape/colour/height/of that one!’

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Door in a wall

Who’s knocking on your door?

I used to sing a song at my Girls’ Brigade group that went like this: ‘I stand at the door and knock I stand at the door and knock If anyone hears my voice and opens up the door, I will come in. I’ll eat with him and him with me, Revelation chapter 3, Jesus’ word’s in verse 20.’

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Do you need to sweep up?

Three days ago someone upset me, they said something that really hurt. And three days later it’s still on my mind; every time I think of this person I feel cross, frustrated and let down.

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