By Jessica Chou

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Tell me about yourself.

I’m a founder and CEO of a global software company. My net worth is north of $50 million (£35 million). I travel a lot, but I’m based in New York. I was divorced about 3.5 years ago, and when it came time to get back into the game, I realised I couldn’t go back into conventional dating. I’m 50 years old but I probably look 38. I’m incredibly fit, I work out all the time, and I have the mentality of someone in their 20s because I just love to have fun. I jump out of planes, you know? …


By Olivia Harrison

PHOTOGRAPHED BY NICOLE MAROON.

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my mum on the phone. It was a casual conversation, catching up on what was up with both of us, as well as other members of our family. When the topic of Christmas came up, though, I felt an immediate shift. My mum became a bit more reserved; was she steeling herself? “How would you feel about not exchanging presents this year?” she asked. I breathed an enormous sigh of relief.

It turned out that my mum had been nominated by our other family members to broach this potentially sensitive topic with me. As the youngest, I’ve always been the one to cling most tightly to our various family traditions, even as my older brother and sister lost interest. I was so adamant about not giving in to the truth about Santa Claus for fear that it would ruin the holiday, that the rest of my family was forced to play along until I was 15. So it’s really no surprise that they were nervous about floating the idea of doing away with presents altogether. But, in 2020, I’m more than ready to throw out every remotely stressful custom — no matter how cherished — in the name of making things a little bit easier. …


By Sahaba Ali Hussein

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The year was 2010, Rihanna was the “Only Girl (In The World)” and at the age of 16, I was just starting a brand-new chapter in my life.

I spent the majority of my childhood at an underperforming London state comprehensive school but after my GCSEs I was awarded a place at a better-performing sixth form in what BBC News once described as “leafy, affluent Ealing”.

All through secondary school I was mocked mercilessly for what the other kids deemed my unnecessary use of “long words”. Looking back, I realise it was bullying. …


By Jess Commons

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The trials and tribulations of being a renter never end. Whether you’re dealing with nightmare landlords (or nightmare housemates), whether your washing machine is constantly on the blink or your kitchen is the size of a postage stamp, it’s understandable that you’re not thrilled with giving up half your salary for your rented pad.

With the country going in and out of lockdown, it’s likely you’re spending more time in your rented flat than you’d like to, which is making you notice all the little bits that really annoy you. All the little bits that really annoy you which you can’t change. You know, because you don’t own the flat. Despite giving up half your salary for it. …


By Sarah Jacoby

PHOTOGRAPHED BY MEGAN MADDEN

Even if you like your doctor, it can be hard not to think of him or her like your parent sometimes. On one hand, sure, you want to feel your best. But on the other hand, does this person really need to know how much weed you smoke? It turns out the answer is, basically, yeah — but not always for the reason you think.

“One of the most important parts of seeing your doctor is building that relationship, someone you can confide in,” says Albert Ahn, MD, clinical instructor of internal medicine at NYU Langone Medical Centre. …


By Ludmila Leiva

ILLUSTRATED BY NORAH STONE.

Budgets are rubbish. The idea of tracking and regimenting your spending can seem overwhelmingly tedious, and it certainly can be. Plus, at a time when money anxiety is on the up, reckoning with complicated budgets can feel like opening a can of worms. But not all budgets are created equal.

If you’re looking to get your money in order, one of the easiest, most effective ways to organise your finances is by using the 50/30/20 rule. …


By Sadhbh O’Sullivan

PHOTOGRAPHED BY FLORA MACLEAN

Jasmin, 26, is a teacher in Cambridgeshire. She’s relatively new to the profession (last year was her first year) but felt happy and secure in how she was doing. That changed when the pandemic hit.

“I worry all the time [now]! I feel like I can never do well enough and all the positive things I managed to build and get people to recognise last year are worthless.” She is currently in a probationary period at her new workplace and says that she spends the night before every review or observation worrying that “they will discover I shouldn’t really be a teacher”. On top of this, the struggle to keep up with the regularly shifting coronavirus restrictions which educators have to follow has left her feeling out of step and prone to comparison. …


By Elizabeth Gulino

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I was gifted my first-ever tarot deck this year, along with an accompanying guidebook — a set titled , by Sarah Shipmen. It’s a beautiful deck, featuring women who changed the course of history, including Joan of Arc, Emily Dickinson and Harriet Tubman. But I admit, I was intimidated. Getting into tarot is more involved than, say, downloading a horoscope app. I had no idea how to use the deck. But I always enjoyed the tarot pulls that pop up on my TikTok feed, so I pledged to figure it out.

I started with Google (“what do I do with a tarot deck?”). I learned that tarot is a form of divination. The cards are less about predicting the future than about providing guidance around how to best cope with things that crop up day to day. (The Death card, for instance, doesn’t mean you or someone in your life will die; just that you’re coping with some kind of ending or change.) …


By Molly Longman

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SOPHIE KING.

The idea that seasonal changes could affect vaginal health makes sense — kind of. Anyone who’s ever sat around for too long in a wet swimsuit knows the annoyance of a summer yeast infection, for instance. But if you’ve heard the term “winter vagina” floating around, or read headlines about how to “winterise your vagina”, rest assured: That’s not a thing.

The term “winter vagina” was used a few years ago by The Sun, in a headline asking: “Are ‘winter vaginas’ really a thing?” …


By Sarah Power

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SARAH HARRY ISAACS.

For the last couple of years I’ve found myself clenching my teeth constantly; most of the time I don’t even realise I’m doing it. I suffer from bruxism, a condition where the sufferer excessively grinds or clenches their teeth — and, unsurprisingly thanks to all 2020 has dealt us, it’s on the rise.

Many people will be familiar with teeth-grinding at night but for me the problem comes during the day as well. It starts with tightness around my jaw and by the evening my entire face aches as if I’ve just gone 10 rounds with Tyson Fury. My teeth tingle nonstop with sensitivity and my tongue often feels bruised from being constantly plastered to the roof of my mouth. …

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