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

As my seasonal depression begins to fade, I have been looking deep within myself to understand how and why I go to such dark places. Recently, I had cocktails with a friend. She revealed a nugget of truth about herself that was so powerful it made me reconsider how I value my relationships. Specifically, how I value them more than I value myself. I’m so deeply invested in my friends and family that I barely take care of myself. Often, after weeks of ignoring my own needs and boundaries, I crash hard. It’s time to start putting myself first. I am a strong advocate of helping loved ones, but you can’t serve others when your well has run dry.

Welcome to Menstrualand, the world’s first period theme park

This place isn’t real, but I sure wish it were

I signed up for the extra money, but cat-sitting came with unexpected benefits

House-sitting and cat-sitting have been healing

I’m half-Mexican, but I pass for white. Here’s what it feels like to inhabit two racial identities.

I’m fiercely proud of my heritage, but can’t fully immerse myself due to a language barrier