disability
Bumped into something? Tripped? Picked up something heavy, like my ten-pound Shih Tzu? That’ll be three hours on the couch with an ice pack.
engagement
An heirloom ring is family tradition -- my dad proposed to my mom with his skull-and-crossbones class ring, and it was the coolest thing in the world.
hair
Who was I worrying about this body hair for? Not for any potential employer, and not for the friends that were probably too preoccupied with their own appearance issues to even notice mine.
magazines
I identified as a feminist long before I opened my first copy of Vogue. But having tangible examples of what women can accomplish in publishing and journalism helped move my convictions out of the abstract and into the everyday.
chronic illness
The most profound lesson I've learned from three decades of chronic pain? Never settle for less than what you want out of life -- even when it hurts.