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

I spent a lot of my life ignoring and minimizing the shame I felt about my eczema. Instead, I went about life without dealing with the emotional consequences. It’s surprising how much shame around body image can affect our self-esteem, even when we know it shouldn’t.

Learning a vocabulary for how to talk about my experience of shame has been life-changing. I share this piece of my journey in the hope that, for others, it lessens the power of that which we hide and cover up.

Here are 5 ways I’m being more sustainable this holiday

Christmas is wonderful — and also one of the most wasteful days of the year

I used to think ghosting was cowardly. Now, I know it’s occasionally necessary.

Popularized by my generation, the practice has always made me uncomfortable

I worked in retail for two years. Here’s what shoppers should know about what happens behind the scenes.

No. 1: You have to have thick skin