Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

New Year’s resolutions are often used to put us down, poke at our insecurities and exploit our wallets. However, if made in a thoughtful way, resolutions can be a powerful tool for personal growth.

Using a few simple approaches, we can create a kinder, supportive and more inspirational New Year’s resolution to help us tackle our goals.

I’m plus-sized and Asian. Some days, I feel pressure to look different — but I know my body doesn’t have to fit the mold.

Any time I want a pick-me-up, I look to body-positive women for inspiration

This year, I’m no longer trying to be a ‘new me’ — I want to be happy with who I am

A desire to change needs to come out of a place of love for yourself, not self-loathing

I can’t fix the global waste problem, but here are small steps I am taking to be more sustainable

Individual efforts may seem trivial, but don’t get discouraged