The Purple Fig
The Purple Fig is a blogazine for real women by real women (cool, strong, outspoken women you’d want to have a glass of wine with). Raw, relatable stories on everything from looking for love to staying in love; from partying to parenting; from cooking to meditating.

It is a community where women share personal stories — no ego, no shame. We're about life, love and all of the stuff that makes us yearn, squirm, and giggle. These stories make up the authentic and intriguing journey of a woman. Share your story and join the convo.

Entries by The Purple Fig

The Disease That Causes Unusual Weight Gain in 17 Million Women

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Often mistaken for obesity or unusual weight gain, one disease affects more than 17 million women nationwide, and most are unaware it's a disease at all.

Meet Jasna, a 43-year-old female from Utah who suddenly found herself gaining a significant amount of fat in her legs and thighs.

The bizarre...

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Do All Only Children Secretly Wish For Siblings?

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Do only children pine for siblings? Most of the parenting world seems to think so. Parent-friends have warned me of the perils of leading my son down the dark and isolating path travelled by the only child.

Apparently it's a path frequented by the selfish, the unsocialized, the entitled, the...

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Cheating Made Me a Different Person From the Very First Kiss

(6) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 8:49 AM

My horoscope this week mentioned something about secrets. That my hard crab shell wouldn't totally protect me against prodding outsiders or temptations. And that if I wasn't careful, those thinner parts would crack, letting past lovers and old vices squeeze through. I read this on a lazy Sunday morning, laying...

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My Sister Gave Me Her Eggs: A Journey Through Fertility

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Part One

Five years ago, I called my sister to tell her that I was pregnant; she happened to be just waking up from a dream where she had given me an egg.

Now we are in the waiting cubicle of an IVF suite in downtown Toronto. She in the...

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My Crush Invited Me For Group Sex, Should I Go?

(7) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 7:33 AM

I consider myself well-versed in the sexual arena. I have had too much sex with too many partners under surreal circumstances in exotic places. But while I have been a very sexual creature, and a very active being, there is still so much I have left to explore. This became...

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How I Was Rewarded For Having Only Two Sexual Partners

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:05 PM

About two years ago I was a virgin. My only notions of real sex were what I had gathered from movies and books. Sometimes it was romantic and unreal where the woman's hair and make-up was left untouched. Sometimes it was gritty and impersonal, but still something I wanted to...

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Valentine's Day Is More Than a Dinner Reservation

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 11:25 AM

According to Wikipedia, Valentine's Day evolved in 18th-century England as an occasion for lovers to express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering chocolates and sending greeting cards. Nowadays, we spend hours writing out cards for our children's classmates, if we're single it can be just an annoying...

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No B.S. Guide to Surviving Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 7:49 AM

The day many people dread and others anxiously await is fast approaching. I'm talking about the day where countless women expect some sort of grand love gesture. A candle-lit dinner for two in a restaurant that tripled the price for its famous spaghetti and meatballs. A surprise proposal with the...

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Five No-B.S Tips For Surviving Cancer in Your 20s

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:23 PM

"Mom, I have fucking Cancer. I'm a jobless, degreeless, broke 24 year old that's going nowhere in life."

That was me two years ago having a meltdown over the phone. I had just received a thyroid cancer diagnosis a couple of days earlier. Although I was shocked something like...

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I Couldn't Stay in a Loveless Marriage

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:10 AM

I am 32 but people tell me I look 18 or 20. Does that mean time is on my side? No, this piece is not about how kind time has been to my face. On the contrary, people tell me I need to "loosen up," I think too much, I...

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How To Chase Your Dreams in Your 30s

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Three years ago, my days looked very different. I was an elementary school teacher, with 12 years under my belt. I was packing my lunch and eating it at exactly 11:05 everyday. I taught 7 subjects a day, day in and day out. I was a great teacher. It was...

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For the Sake of Getting Laid

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:43 AM

I can't have sex without a connection. True story. It has dawned on me, within the past few years, that is just isn't something that's going to happen for me. I need a semblance of a relationship, feelings, emotional connectivity, in order to Go There.

I wish I were more,...

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2014 Dating Resolutions You Must Consider...From a Guy

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 4:23 PM

One of the most common complaints I hear from my girlfriends is how much they hate going out on dates. The men they meet -- if they even bother to meet them -- are all wrong. So just in time for the New Year, I thought I'd provide my top...

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Your Career Ain't Over Till It's Over

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Sixteen years ago, at this very time of day, I was probably stimulating a rat. No, not in that way.

In 1997, I was in university studying neuroscience, and when I didn't have class I volunteered in a lab. The prof I worked with was studying epilepsy. My job was...

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I Don't Care About Kim Kardashian

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 4:42 PM

I don't care about Kim Kardashian. Wait, that's not entirely true. I have to admit, I do look at pictures of her as if I were driving by a guy mooning someone on the street -- I can't help but look and wonder, why is this happening?

I hear yammers...

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The Colourful Yarn That Binds Me to Syria

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 3:56 PM

"Did you hear? The protest started in Syria." I remember taking those words as good news. Two and a half years down the line, those words would embody one of the darkest moments in our young millennium.

Before the conflict, Syria to me was 'the place.' I visited with my...

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Separating Insecurity from Reality

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 4:07 PM

When my son was 18 months old my babysitter breezed into my home office reveling at the fact that she had walked him all the way to a play centre, then to the school to pick up my three-year-old (like walking to the island of Manhattan for a toddler).

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How I Learned - The Hard Way - That Being Perfect Doesn't Guarantee You Love

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 4:28 PM

There I stood for the first time in my life, completely, utterly, emotionally naked, in front of a man who rejected me.

I had met a man only a month prior. We immediately connected. We talked for hours by phone before we even met. The mere sight of his name...

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My Awkward One Night Stand With a Friend

(20) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 8:27 AM

I'd known of Jake for years. We were from the same town, belonged to the same Temple and knew the same people. But it wasn't until we wound up in the same law school that I actually met him.

We became fast friends. His very powerful and giving father had...

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How My Kids Learned to Feed Themselves By Themselves

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:41 AM

I squeezed my hands into yellow rubber gloves and headed for the toilet. Glamorous.

After leaving this gruesome chore for far too many weeks and months, I shut myself in the basement bathroom and told the kids I wasn't coming out until it was clean.

I avoid rubber gloves, raw...

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