Choosing adoption – Danielle’s story

At 26, Danielle reflects on a choice she made at 15 – to put her baby up for adoption. One of the scariest times in her life turned out to be one of the most fulfilling. This is her story in her own words.  I found out I was pregnant when I started to feel ill. Not typical morning sickness, … Read More

Love Lessons from My Exes

As part of our new mini series, Love Lesson from My Exes, we’re sharing what women of all ages have learned about love (and themselves) on the dating scene. Here are Susan’s love lessons so far. 1. Holding a grudge against an ex will only be harmful to you, not to your ex. 2. Good sex is not a good enough reason to stay … Read More

Body “Positive” or Body “Pretty Sure?”

As a follow-up to Madi’s post about body acceptance , the Aunt-bassadors, our advisory group of more then 50 fierce, fearless women, weigh in with their own perspective on body image. It’s something we all still deal with in our own way. Sometimes, when it’s too hard to be body “positive”, the best we can hope for is body “pretty sure.” Mary E: I … Read More

Fat is my frenemy

I am a plus-size freshman at the University of Alabama – a size 22, to be exact. Yes, that is a gentle increase from the size that most girls my age are, and that’s okay. When some people think of someone who is plus size, they think “fat”. That is the most disgusting, terrorizing three lettered word out there and … Read More

Love Lessons from My Exes

As part of our new mini series, Love Lesson from My Exes, we’re sharing what women of all ages have learned about love (and themselves) on the dating scene. Here are Luann’s love lessons so far. One lesson that it’s taken me a lifetime to learn (I’m 52 years young) is that a relationship can only be a REAL thing if you are willing … Read More

Emotional Abuse – The Scars You Can’t See

“Hey.” That’s all the text said but I deleted it immediately. It was from a guy friend of mine and I was afraid what my boyfriend at the time would say if he saw it. Something inside me clicked when I deleted that text. I thought to myself “Why the hell should I be afraid?” Almost in daze, I began … Read More

The Career Gap: Finding Joy Between Jobs

Michelle G., one of our fierce, fearless Aunt-bassadors, shares what she’s learning during a career gap. Turns out, what seems like a black hole on your résumé can actually be a time of growth and unexpected joy.  As a general rule, I avoid giving advice. I think that I’ll either jinx myself the moment I say “this fact is absolute” or … Read More

Love Lessons from My Exes

As part of our new mini series, Love Lesson from My Exes, we’re sharing what women of all ages have learned about love (and themselves) on the dating scene. MJ’s a personal trainer, Taekwondo Black Belt and all-around cool girl. Here are her love lessons so far. Long distance is not for me. The world will want you to abandon your own hopes and … Read More

Virgin Territory – A Beginner’s Guide to Sex

My first time was about as far as you can get from a Nicholas Sparks novel. I was 19, a technical virgin willing to try any (PG-13-rated) thing except actual intercourse. One night after a party, I was rolling around in bed with a casual friend. Clothes were coming off, we were both tipsy but not drunk, and he said … Read More

Ink Again: Why my second tattoo probably won’t be my last

“Is there something you want to tell us? “Why would you do that? “Are you depressed?” “That’s weird.” Given the responses to my first tattoo, a semicolon that symbolizes suicide awareness, you might think I’d be gun shy about getting another one. But while the semicolon was a reminder that, despite my anxiety and depression, my story is not over, my … Read More