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

I have a love-hate relationship with my smartphone. I love using it to make sure that I am not constantly getting lost, but I hate that I feel uncontrollably drawn to it whenever I have an idle moment. If I have any free time over the holidays, I don’t want to squander it — those cookies aren’t going to bake themselves.

Here are some ideas for distancing myself from my robot overlord.

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