My mental health is better than it has ever been since I have gained a better understanding of what mental health is.
I believe that it’s OK for someone to leave your life. I feel stronger for letting go, even if I don’t forget.
My housemate Amanda came home from her first date with Austin, a physician’s assistant she met on Tinder, with a crazy story to tell. He’d been weird the whole night, she said. Dinner was awkward. He was goofy — and not in the way she was looking for. He would chuckle like a cartoon character. […]
Body neutrality helps women recover by encouraging them not to hate their bodies, but to also avoid trying to radically love them.
I lived alone for a month last May. I was impressed with myself because I kept the apartment impeccably clean. Having no other people there made me feel accountable for each crumb or shirt off a hanger. I didn’t have much to do while my friends were out of town. Cleaning the apartment kept me busy […]
Turkey Dump is a term we threw around as college freshmen to describe the distinct phenomenon of high school sweethearts breaking up over Thanksgiving break. I watched Hallie and her boyfriend in Santa Barbara crash and burn a few weeks before, and Liv dumped her boyfriend from Oregon a few weeks before that. Then, as […]
Josh had a weekly radio show and was part of a touring improv troupe. I had his name saved in my phone with the octopus emoji. When I think of him, I often picture him telling me he knew how to do a gun trick straight out of an old Western film. I cringed at […]
I didn’t think my “Before and After” column title would ever be so pertinent. But here I am — writing four days after the end of my relationship.
Losing a friendship can be worse than a romantic broken heart because friends don’t feel the need to break up with you.
I got boobs when I was nine and my first kiss when I was 16. My body was a woman long before I was. I had a revolving door of crushes, and not much else, from fifth through tenth grade. My friends were largely in the same boat. While our peers were out smoking in the […]