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

In my late 20s, I felt mounting expectations — from myself and society to achieve certain things by age 30. As my 30th birthday came closer, I felt increasingly frantic. But now my goal for my 30s is to let go of what I am “supposed” to do in favor of what might truly make me happy. I also want to treat myself with more kindness.

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