Hey, friends! Happy Friday.

Any good weekend plans in store? It’s shaping up to be a beauty here on the East Coast. I’ll take it after a week of rain boots and cardigans (wtf is up with 48 degrees in June?).

It was a heavy few days in terms of news, wasn’t it? My heart broke for Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and the loved ones they left behind. It feels critical to be talking about mental health, and I appreciate those with large platforms, like Joanna Goddard, facilitating that space so gracefully. Clarifying misconceptions surrounding suicide is a good place to start. This point in particular on depression cut into me: “It feels like I’m desperately homesick, but I’m home.” — Sarah Silverman

I’d recommend every article in the Racked series, The Size Conversation, but most notable in my book was Body Positivity is a Scam. The timing is curious, because Dana and I have been talking a lot about the whole body positivity movement recently, and I’ve been trying to put my finger on exactly how I feel. Well, finger = point. This is it, this is how I feel.

Memoirs of Disease and Disbelief from The New Yorker caught my attention initially because of the Lyme reference, but the core of the article provided a much more interesting angle: is this disease a feminist issue? As the author points out, there’s a class of illnesses that remain associated with suffering women and disbelieving experts. I appreciated the light shed on the status of Lyme, but even more so the call for doctors and the institutions that direct and fund medical research to be more open to exploring this and other multi-symptomatic, chronic, hard to diagnose illnesses.

In her personal essay, I Have a Complicated Relationship with Happiness, Leandra Medine a la Man Repeller labels the conflict of pursuing happiness and actually feeling like you deserve it. Don’t we all have some blocks around happiness? We’re somewhat conditioned to believe we’re not worthy of it, and it’s refreshing (and constructive) to see someone discussing that reality.

This Cauliflower Rice Kitchari on Minimalist Baker looks like a commitment but wooooorth it. Insert heart eyes emoji.

Okay, that’s a wrap. Hope you enjoy the weekend!

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