The Pressure On New Moms to Be Perfect Is Overwhelming

By De Elizabeth

It begins, appropriately enough, with pregnancy: the need to do everything — and I mean everything — to perfection. Drink enough water. Exercise, but not too much. Eat healthy foods, but watch out for ones that are dangerous. Get the nursery ready, but don’t over-exert yourself. “Sleep while you can,” but not on your back. Prepare as much as possible, but know that some things are out of your control.

That lack of control, that constant mystery, that’s what’s so difficult when striving to be as perfect as possible. You can have all the information, and yet, you don’t really know what’s happening inside your body, not until the baby is born and it’s all over.

But it’s not really all over, because a whole new layer begins. Continue reading

We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

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By Jillian Stacia

I’ve spent my entire life waiting to become.

When I was a little girl, I thought I would have it figured out by the time I was 16. I glorified 16. It sounded like such a fun and sophisticated age. I would have a boyfriend and a job and a car. I would know what I was doing. I’d be confident and capable and fun and smart. By 16, surely, I would’ve arrived. I would’ve already become. Continue reading

Ringing in the New Year without Old Resolutions

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By Kate Kole

I am a New Year’s resolution pro. Not in that I successfully keep to all the resolutions I set, but rather, in that I’m really practiced in setting them. I’ve forever viewed those well-intentioned commitments as my opportunity to become a heathier, happier, more successful, and generally better person across all boards. Resolutions satisfy the perfection craving part of my soul. Continue reading