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I wish I had been prepared for the grueling journey

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“Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right.” — Amy Joy

I’ve been writing for over 10 years. Yet, most of that writing has included fiction, poetry, product descriptions, social media posts, ad copy, and content for client’s blogs and websites.

I thought that experience prepared me to write on Medium.

I had no idea what I’d gotten myself into.

What I’ve learned writing on Medium

I started writing on Medium in March 2020. I wrote feverishly for 2.5 months. I didn’t progress quickly enough. I needed to pay bills. So, back to the freelance writer grind, I went — writing for clients.

Last…


Effective communication can improve your life and career

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Communication skills are an important factor in having successful relationships — both in your personal life and career. To enhance your communication skills, you must speak, listen, write, and read well.

There are three communication channels to cultivate in your life:

· In-Person

· Spoken Word

· Written Content

To communicate effectively, you need to send and receive messages the right way. This article delves into ten steps on how to improve your communication skills.

Step 1: Become a better listener

Maintain good communication levels in all aspects of your life by becoming a better listener. Don’t talk over someone. …


His Joy is my strength and hope each day

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“The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.” — Russell M. Nelson

The joy of the Lord is my strength. This statement is found in Nehemiah 8:10: “…for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” This statement is true and has been true in my life since I got saved many, many years ago.

It’s possible to have joy in the Lord even when life stinks. I’m thankful that joy in the…


Writing word portraits about inspiring people I know

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I have been writing on Medium for about 1½ years. I’ve done a little bit of money writing here, but I had to stop publishing articles to focus on other freelance paid assignments.

Recently, I read an article from one of the top Medium writers, Sinem Gunel who has earned a lot of money from her content. It was very inspiring, and I got encouraged to start writing here again.

I prayed about the best way to write weekly content, without writing just to write and hoping that content would get views — and thus earn money. I wrote an…


Unconventional steps to enhance your professional life

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“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” — Sheryl Sandberg

Conventional wisdom works for some people, but it may not be working for you. Maybe you need to shake things up in your professional life and try something different. Consider implementing the following unconventional career tips to enhance your professional life.

1. It’s okay to rock the boat

You likely heard that you shouldn’t rock the boat. However, always going along with the status quo will never set you apart. There is a caveat. When rocking the boat, do it within reason.

When you’re always playing it safe…


No one should have that much power over your life

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Renowned advice columnist, Ann Landers said, “Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” I’ve used that expression a lot — not letting anyone live rent-free in your head. I didn’t know that it originated with Ann Landers until doing research for my article today.

However, I have years of experience allowing people to live rent-free in my head. I’m the type of person who over analyzes EVERYTHING. Thankfully, my husband doesn’t and he’s a good sounding board when I need to talk things out.

Yet, in my teen years through my early thirties, I…


He never changes and that gives me peace

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“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” — Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)

Yesterday I heard the phrase, God is my one constant in life. I can’t remember where I heard it. Maybe it was on one of the conservative talk shows that I listen to or one of the YouTube videos I watched that night.

Where I heard it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the truth of those words. Just like the verse in Hebrews 13:8 says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God will never change. That’s a good thing.

He is the one…


Your creative process and productivity decreases

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There were several things this weekend that occupied my mind and stressed me out. I thought I’d given everything over to God in prayer about it and that I’d have a productive workday today.

That did not happen. Instead, procrastination took over.

I had spent time with the Lord in prayer and did my devotional time when I woke up. Yet, throughout the day, distracting thoughts (about those three issues from the weekend) kept swirling around in my mind — making it extremely difficult to concentrate on my writing projects today.

Several choices to make

I had several choices to make. I knew I…


Maintaining a positive and emotionally intelligent attitude is key

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No one wants to have a difficult conversation in the workplace. Maybe you have to bring up a complicated topic with someone on your team about their performance on a project. If you have issues with conflict resolution, you may want to avoid the matter and hope the problem will go away.

However, you cannot avoid situations that need to be resolved. A toxic situation in the workplace may only continue to fester if you don’t know how to handle that difficult conversation that needs to happen.

A study by CPP, Inc. showed that approximately 2.8 hours every week is…


Embracing the good things in life

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“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.” — Alek Wek

Memories are a part of us.

We have good memories and bad memories. It’s important to cherish the good memories and find a way to deal with the painful ones — and move on from them.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. — (Romans 8:28, NKJV)

Experiencing pain and being hurt by others is never…

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