independence

I always assumed I’d become a parent. Here’s why I’m not so sure anymore.

I just turned 33

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 took a risk — and it became a teachable moment for my daughters

Now that I’ve grown up, I rarely try new things. So I decided to audition for a play.

‘Bizarre and serendipitous’: 3 stories from solo travel

Traveling alone as a woman isn’t easy — but often, it’s worth it

I’m saying goodbye to Bogotá, Colombia. Here are the 7 places I’ll miss.

After spending 11 months in the city, I’m not quite ready to go — but it has shown me what it means to find something like home

Something terrifying happened to me. I miss the person I used to be before trauma.

I long for the old me, who used to laugh easily

Here’s the real lesson of the college-admissions bribery scandal

It’s appalling, but not shocking — and it sheds light on the harmful trend of helicopter-parenting

Is solo travel thrilling or anxiety inducing? For me, it’s both.

When I come home, I enjoy sharing the travel stories that only I can really tell

I once said, ‘Having a child without a husband is for losers.’ Then I had three on my own.

I realized I wasn’t willing to gamble

A life of her own: Claire Tomalin’s memoir is a lesson in navigating independence

The literary biographer turns inward for ‘A Life of My Own’