5 things that might have helped

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I started writing on Medium around four months back and imagine my surprise when I received an email from Medium congratulating me on being a Top Writer in the topic of This Happened To Me. Though it was a totally unexpected honor, it made for a very pleasant surprise.


None are big guns

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These past 5 months on this platform has been quite the ride and I thought it would be a great idea to take a moment to appreciate the pubs that have been an important part of my journey.

You may be surprised to know that these are not big pubs with massive followings and yet they have not only taught me a lot about writing articles but also connected me with some exceptional editors & other wonderful writers.

Some folks are under the misconception that a writer can only gain traction by publishing in big pubs but not only do…


How it led to a love-hate relationship with food

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“Problems are not the problem; coping is the problem” — Virginia Satir

When I was younger, I didn’t have the tools necessary to cope with anxiety and stress. I found my stress fix in the form of ‘emotional eating.’ And my go-to snacks were chips and soda.

According to an article in Healthline, stress eating “involves using food as a coping mechanism to help you feel better. Typically, it has nothing to do with physical hunger and everything to do with soothing or suppressing uncomfortable feelings and situations.”

At 16, infatuation can seem like love like no other. When I…


Are those reasons valid?

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My friend Gigi is this gorgeous — vibrant personality — great job, always stylishly outfitted and intimidating on occasion.

That is how she presents herself to the outside world. For the select few who are permitted into Gigi’s world, she can be a completely different person….more subdued, insecure, and prone to mood swings.

Of late, she is deeply unhappy and less communicative — mainly because she is at the receiving end of her family’s disapproval.

You see, she is someone who believes in second chances but her family does not — - or at least as far as marrying a…


3 helpful tips for writing article titles.

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I admit I don’t make use of any resources to produce an SEO perfect headline that may or may not trigger an ‘article clicking’ frenzy. I do mine the old-fashioned way — by going with my instinct. And I’m happy to say that it works for me with regards to views and helping me qualify for the Medium bonus.

This doesn’t mean my articles have achieved viral status yet but hey I’m not complaining.

Even though I have been writing for about 5 months on this platform, my MO for the first 3 months used to be spending less time…


Guest Prompt By Simão Cunha Week 2, Day 3: “If the time machine was invented today, what would you do?”

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” - Buddha

When I was 18, I won a minor beauty pageant complete with a glittering tiara and a huge bouquet of flowers. It was indeed a crowning moment of my life. What I didn’t realize then was that being declared most beautiful for one fleeting moment and the resulting attention in no way meant that this was how the rest of my life was going to look like.

My experience has been that in spite of a crown, life has a heartbreaking way of…


5 observations about my Medium stats

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Recently, I received a notification that I was mentioned in an article by another writer for my success on Medium. This happened after the publication of my article titled “What I learned from Breaking 5000 views and 500 followers Milestone on the Same Day” which has become quite popular.

Before you roll your eyes on yet another Medium “success story,” let me say that this is not an article about shortcuts to achieving success because I, for one, am not aware of any. …


He chose not to press the delete button on the relationship.

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Davin is my bestie’s brother. Despite being a regular kind of guy with a cute lab named Reese, he hasn’t had much luck on the dating scene. The last long term relationship he was in ended a couple of years back when he graduated college. He was almost to the point of swearing off dating apps when lo and behold he met Nelia.

Everyone thought she was well worth the wait. Talk about being drop dead gorgeous with an advanced degree in astrophysics!

“Appearances are deceptive and behaviors reflective.”

A clingy partner is someone who is overly attached or emotionally…

Yana Bostongirl

3x Medium Top Writer. Avid follower of Thich Nhat Hanh. Yana writes about life, relationships, self awareness and everything she has a passion for.

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