World Welcome to the Self Issue of the Highlight
I was a type-A mum trying to 'have it all,' and I suffered a breakdown. Here are my 5 tips to help any working mum prioritise self-care on a daily basis.
Jessica Milicevic is the owner of Maven Media, a strategic branding and marketing agency in North Carolina. She wrote a list of ways working mums can practice self-care without sacrificing too much time or money. Disconnecting, enjoying quiet time, and practicing self-compassion are easy ways mums can prioritise their wellness. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The term self-care has become one of those buzzwords so overused by bloggers, marketers, and influencers that it almost has no authentic meaning left.
For nearly a year, our spheres have gotten smaller, our friend circles tighter. We’ve packed away the clothes and the trappings of the lives we once led, and take Zoom calls with bare faces. The changes may have seemed inconsequential in the short term, but as the pandemic stretches on, we are often left only with ourselves, and been forced to confront the very idea of self — who we were, who we are now.
For this month’s issue of the Highlight, we took this shifting understanding as our cue to explore how we present ourselves to the world, sometimes going unseen, sometimes tweaking the details of our stories to get ahead, sometimes learning to accept ourselves, even if others cannot.
U.S. Refers to Palestinians After Delayed Netanyahu Call, Israel Does Not
The White House said Biden "underscored the importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians," but Netanyahu's office made no such reference in its own account.The White House said Biden "underscored the importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians," but Netanyahu's office made no such reference to long-running dispute in its own account of Wednesday's call.
Photographer Joana Toro has spent months peering behind the masks of the Mickeys, Minnies and Batmans of Times Square to learn the stories of those whose faces we rarely see. Though Times Square makes up just a speck of New York City’s geography, before Covid-19 stunted tourism, those flashiest few blocks were an economic powerhouse, one that supported a whole ecosystem of street vendors, ticket sellers, and costumed characters from Mickey Mouse and Elmo to the Naked Cowboy. “They are at once a highly visible and invisible presence,” writes Vox’s Emily Stewart. Today, with tourism at a troubling low, they face untold economic hardships as marginal entertainment workers — so important for the Times Square “experience” but rarely seen behind their masks.
NBA: Edwards with Dunk of the Year: "Was okay"
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 81:86 in a weak game against the Toronto Raptors. In a low-level game there was an absolute highlight, namely a dunk by Anthony Edwards via Yuta Watanabe, who is already a contender for the best dunk of the year. © Provided by SPOX Anthony Edwards posted dunk of the year against Toronto. "This is probably the best dunk I've ever seen live," said Wolves forward Jaden McDaniels about Edwards' slam and teammate Jake Layman no doubt agreed.
Mayukh Sen tells the wild tale of J. Ranji Smile, regarded as one America’s first Indian chefs (and perhaps its first celebrity chef), who courted the press until his star fell. Smile is largely forgotten by the food world, but the way he toyed with his public image made him an unlikely media star in 1900s America.
For some, their self-concept revolves around style. As lockdown and the subsequent year of working from home has transformed everything in fashion, killing the very notion of “business casual” and giving rise to the sweatpant twinset, is it okay to mourn the selves we used to be? Hilary George-Parkin talks to people whose work and lives during Covid-19 have meant leaving behind clothes that gave them a sense of identity.
And finally, Aubrey Gordon — also known under the pseudonym Your Fat Friend — writes about beauty ideals and the search for love. “I do not lie awake at night, longing for a thinner body or some life that lies 100 pounds out of reach,” writes Gordon. “For me, my body isn’t good or bad; it just is. But I had never seen a fat woman in love.”
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These stories run the gamut, but each is a reminder of the perennially evolving way we see ourselves in the world.
Life was never easy for New York’s costumed performers. What happens when the tourists disappear?
By Emily Stewart
Concept, photographs, and additional reporting by Joana Toro
The wild and irresistibly saucy tale of the curry con man (coming Thursday)
J. Ranji Smile served Indian food and tall tales to a hungry American public. Was he the first “celebrity chef” or a crook? The truth is complicated.
By Mayukh Sen
To all the clothes I’ve loved before (coming Thursday)
Reconciling the sweatpants-wearing me with the fashion-loving woman I was just a year ago is an existential crisis like no other.
by Hilary George-Parkin
Such a pretty face (coming Friday)
Culture tells us bodies like mine are impossible to love. Don’t believe it.
by Aubrey Gordon
Corona and our awareness of self-care .
Corona has turned our lives upside down. In order to emerge stronger from this crisis, it is worth taking a look at your own self-care. Because times of challenge are offers in life to determine the status quo and to realign yourself if necessary © ISTOCKPHOTO How do we use Corona as an opportunity for a new self-care awareness? ISTOCKPHOTO Step out of the shadows Self-care is about the ability to take responsibility for one's own health, well-being and life satisfaction.