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

I’ve always longed to have tight-knit friendships, the types of friends I would make the godparents of my pets — a chosen family. But as I get older, I realize having healthy, lasting relationships is a lot harder than it looks. Long-term relationships involve balancing very different adult lives; we all have different needs and wants. It’s easy to get overwhelmed while trying to be the perfect best friend, but being perfect is impossible. Instead of trying to be everything to everyone, it’s more important to practice boundaries. Understand what you can and cannot take on, and allow your friends to do the same. My grandmother always used to say, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder.” Though I’m sure she didn’t coin that phrase, the sentiment is important.

My double mastectomy made me reevaluate: What do my breasts mean to me?

The decision had been weighing on me since I tested positive for the BRCA2 gene

I used to think there was one way to have a relationship. Then I discovered polyamory.

Practicing ethical non-monogamy isn’t just freeing; it’s true to who I am

How I learned to embrace my Asian curls

I used to wonder why my hair didn’t look like other girls’. Now I welcome my natural texture.