Truth moment: I hate shopping. In theory it seems like a great pastime, filled with hours of browsing delightful garments until you finally put together the perfect look worthy of the runways of New York, Paris and Milan.

But this fantasy is often cut short by the simple task of trying things on. I love my body, I truly believe all bodies are wonderful but nothing makes my self-esteem fall to the dressing room floor like a fight with some denim. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m getting older or maybe all this self-care is starting to pay off because I’m done allowing an arbitrary number dictate my self-worth.

Women’s clothing didn’t begin to standardize in sizing until the late 1940s, and in their mission to measure all 15,000 women, no one was considering my ethnicity or body type. Even today, this archaic system of measuring is still pretty convoluted.

I’ve finally decided to say “no more.”

As a new mom, I was inundated with advice. Here’s how I’m gaining confidence in my decisions.

How do you learn to navigate making choices for your child as a new mom?

Teaching made me realize adulthood is a myth. I want to show my students it’s okay to be human.

We’re all just humans, figuring it out one day at a time

I got breakthrough covid. It made me appreciate the vaccine more than ever.

Despite the odds, I feel very lucky