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

Any woman (really, any person) can tell you that our relationships with our bodies are complicated. As we move through adulthood, we often find our bodies don’t bounce back easily, and we might feel betrayed by achy knees, sore backs and jeans that don’t fit the way they used to.

Training in martial arts has given me so much appreciation for what my body can do, the way my body moves and carries me, how high I can kick and how hard I can punch. My pants size doesn’t factor into how well I can spar, and I don’t measure my self-worth by my waistline anymore. I haven’t lost any weight while training, but I have lost my desire to shed pounds. It has been truly revolutionary for me.

Here are 5 ways I’m being more sustainable this holiday

Christmas is wonderful — and also one of the most wasteful days of the year

I used to think ghosting was cowardly. Now, I know it’s occasionally necessary.

Popularized by my generation, the practice has always made me uncomfortable

I worked in retail for two years. Here’s what shoppers should know about what happens behind the scenes.

No. 1: You have to have thick skin