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.

During the summer, dappled sunlight transports me back in time. Here’s how.

Suddenly I’m 13 again, waiting for my mom to pick me up from swim practice

I say ‘I’m sorry’ way too much. I’m refusing to do so anymore — and I challenge other women to do the same.

Refusing to over-apologize doesn’t make women rude

I work as an art tutor for high schoolers. The way they choose to portray female bodies is deeply worrying.

It’s easy to help students with skills — but more difficult to change their perceptions of beauty