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

At all times — but especially around the new year women are surrounded by messaging about how to become thinner. Last year I found myself wanting to exercise more and lose weight, but I was afraid I only wanted it because of social conditioning. As the author of a graphic novel with body-positive themes, I worried that if I lost weight, I would be visibly caving to patriarchal beauty standards. Eventually, I realized that I had to listen to my own body and do what felt right to me — a skill I learned from great feminist women in my life.

I am not writing this piece to be prescriptive about losing weight or not losing weight. I want to share that learning to listen to my body and hear it above the cultural narratives was difficult, but very rewarding.

When life gets chaotic, here’s what I keep in mind to forge ahead

Some days, it can be hard to step back and see the big picture

What life would look like if coffee were a person

Imagine if your morning cup of joe came in human form