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

Escape rooms have become really popular in the past few years. They seem to have been installed in every vacant building in tourist towns all over the country. As somebody with a fear of enclosed spaces and of being trapped, they do not appeal to me, despite my love of puzzles and themed attractions. The only way that I would agree to participate in an escape room would be if there were some kind of dog-centric one, filled with pug puppies. Although, on second thought, I don’t think I would want to escape from that.

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