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Research geographer whose mind is full of too many thoughts to keep to herself. Website: https://mymorningmusings.com Elsewhere: https://linktr.ee/ariadailee

Professional geographer, budding developer, and writer

A picture of me, Aria, sitting at a table with a voting booth that says “Vote from home booth 2020.”
Picture of me voting this year using an at-home voting booth (haha)!

Hello, everyone! I started writing on Medium in October 2020. Funny enough, I thought about starting in 2018 but decided against it. At the time, I didn’t think people would like my writing or even care what I had to say. However, I’ve had a change of heart and decided to give it a try. I’m really excited to start on this journey!

I’m a first-generation American. My parents immigrated to the United States from the Caribbean and met in New York. My father, unfortunately, passed away last year.

I’m a former online tutor with an educational background in geology…


Thanks.

Three women standing together in their underwear. Two women are over-weight, while the last woman is very thin.
Photo by Roberto Hund from Pexels

There are so many stereotypes and assumptions that come to mind when many people see a fat person. A few may be that the person is lazy, or they eat a lot of unhealthy foods and don’t care about their health. However, like every other stereotyped group, this may not be true for many overweight people.

A Healthy Start

When I was a child, fitness was always important in my household. My mom and brother used to go out for a morning jog together, and my sister and I would work out to fitness shows or videos. Often, my entire family would go…


A glass window that has “Welcome to LinkedIn” written on it in white.
Photo by Greg Bulla on Unsplash

I’ve recently decided to create a LinkedIn account, in an effort to reach an audience that might be interested in my brand but would otherwise miss my content. After using LinkedIn for about a month, I really do believe that LinkedIn is one of the most underrated websites when it comes to brand-building strategies. Most people will tell you to use Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter to grow your brand.

LinkedIn has about 740 million users worldwide, with about 260 million active users monthly. It is 277% more effective at generating leads than Twitter and Facebook. I adamantly believe, if you’re…


Not all friends should be your friends forever

A woman sitting in a car looking off in the distance, as the male driver continues to talk in the background.
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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they begin to realize that they’ve outgrown a relationship. I think I’ve just entered mine. I’ve moved around pretty frequently in my childhood, so most of my childhood friendships didn’t get the chance to expire. However, I’ve kept up with a few of my high school and college friends, that I am now questioning, “Are we even compatible anymore?” If you’ve found yourself questioning a friendship, here’s a list of signs you’ve outgrown it.

1. Your interactions feel draining or tense

Hanging out with your friends should be an enjoyable experience that you both look forward to. However, if…


The one big reason I’m not hearing discussed

A man, dressed in a yellow button-down shirt, is holding up a phone to his forehead that has the YouTube logo on the screen.
Photo by Rachit Tank on Unsplash

For the last month or so I’ve been working on adding YouTube to my side hustle repertoire. While I was busy learning about YouTube best practices and picking a niche, I noticed something. This may be the best time to start a channel. Over the past year, I’ve noticed that YouTube has changed their algorithm. If you’ve been wanting to start a channel on YouTube but felt that the platform is too saturated, I have some great news for you!

The algorithm change, from what I could tell, happened early in the pandemic when the entire world was ordered to…


Tweet what you mean and mean what you tweet

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Imagine you’ve just thought of the perfect tweet. You whip out your phone knowing that your followers will love it. It’s witty and topical. But just as you hit the tweet button, you realized that you’ve made a typo. And on Twitter, you don’t have an edit option. You either have to delete the original and create a corrected tweet or respond to the original with a correction.

It’s a topic that comes up every once in a while on Twitter. Sometimes it’s even protested on Twitter through a trending hashtag like #TwitterEditButton. …


Making the most out of your busy schedule

Three wooden wall clocks with different times on them. One says 11:30, the middle one says 12:34, and the last one says 2:53.
Photo: Andrew Seaman/Unsplash

While I am privileged to have a job right now, I still struggle with paying my student loans and the cost of living. This prompted me to see if I could turn my hobbies into profitable side hustles to help myself financially.

I have many interests that I would like to explore throughout my life, like developing apps, graphic design, and writing. But I didn’t have the time or energy to devote to these interests. My job regularly left me too exhausted to focus on any side hustles. It’s hard to find the time when you have obligations from family…


What we can do about food deserts

A display of red, yellow, green and orange peppers for sale at a supermarket for 88 cents.
Photo: NeONBRAND via Unsplash

Food insecurity is more often in the news since Covid-19 is making it worse. While problems can be easy to identify, what’s difficult is finding effective solutions. There are a few solutions to food deserts and food apartheid that are worth discussing, but first, let’s talk more about the problem.

What are food deserts?

In case you didn’t read my previous story, Food Deserts Were a Problem Before and Now They’re Getting Worse, an area is considered a food desert when a sizable portion (at least 500 people or 33 percent ) of the population living in a low-income census tract is about 1…


All Medium-owned publications conveniently listed in one place

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I’m not sure if they all do, but Medium-owned publications are known to pay a few hundred dollars per pitched article that they accept and publish.

I’m also not sure if the recent changes to the editorial team on Medium will change this payout. But according to this article, Medium publications are still accepting submissions.

In general, unpublished drafts are preferred to published stories. However, depending on the publication, published stories may be accepted.

There are 14 Medium-owned publications in total (that I know of). …


Covid-19 is increasing food insecurity in the US

A white plate, with a frown drawn on it, with a fork and knife placed upon it.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many to lose their jobs, homes, and loved ones. However, there’s one other area where this pandemic is hurting people but isn’t being talked about as much: food insecurity.

Food insecurity is being worsened by this pandemic due to the financial devastation it’s caused for many. Especially since most schools are online right now, so the millions of children who rely on school breakfast and lunch are no longer getting those two meals. One form of food insecurity is called a food desert.

What are food deserts and why are they a problem?

An area is designated as a food desert when a significant portion…

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