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

Growing up, I always tried to be the perfect child.

Living my life so rigidly filled me with anxiety that I still carry with me today.

I worried that if I let go the whole world would come crashing down and it would be all my fault.

As I grew older I tried to find the pivotal turning point in my life where I went from happy carefree kid to worrisome young adult.

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