Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

Lately, I have been thinking about my increasing need to be around nature as a form of self-care. I spent a great deal of time outside as a kid, learning about plants and ecosystems, and came to understand how being in the forest made me feel connected to something larger than myself. Living in New York City as an adult, my relationship with the outdoors has changed, as I’ve increasingly come to realize that access to the natural world is also a political issue.

How taking care of my plants helps me take care of myself

I have ferns, succulents, cacti and more, and they all require special care

I used to hide my dad’s addiction. Now I can talk about it, but I’m still learning how to cope.

Recently, I realized I needed to let go of the weight of this secret

I used to think I wasn’t like other girls. Here’s why that was all wrong.

A lot of us are conditioned to be unhappy with the idea of being a woman