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.”
A picture of me, Aria, sitting at a table with a voting booth that says “Vote from home booth 2020.”

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…


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.
A woman sitting in a car looking off in the distance, as the male driver continues to talk in the background.

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.
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.

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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A dark teal colored wall covered with a bird print pattern that has a neon sign that says “#tweet tweet.”

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.
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.

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.
A display of red, yellow, green and orange peppers for sale at a supermarket for 88 cents.

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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A desk that has a typewriter, book, pen, and other assorted items arranged in a circle with the story’s title printed over it

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 In general, unpublished drafts are preferred to published stories.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

There are 13 Medium-owned publications in total (that I know of). I’m relatively new to Medium, so I had no idea which publications were owned by Medium and which weren’t.

Please keep in mind that there’s a reason some Medium-owned publications pay for articles. According to “Everything A Medium Contributing Writer Should Know,

Medium has…


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.
A white plate, with a frown drawn on it, with a fork and knife placed upon it.

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…


Great ways to improve your resume’s experience section

A woman with glasses sitting in front of her laptop with post-its and paper next to it. She is looking off to the side sadly.
A woman with glasses sitting in front of her laptop with post-its and paper next to it. She is looking off to the side sadly.

A few years ago I was a college graduate with no job prospects. I applied to a sea of positions to only hear rejections if I was lucky, or no response at all if I wasn’t. Each passing day felt like I was less likely to find a job willing to give me a chance. The reason for all of these rejections? I didn’t have enough experience.

But that begs the question, how can I get more experience if no one will hire me?

Well lucky for you, I’ve created a list of ways to gain more exposure to your…


It’s a natural part of life

One person is kneeling and attempting to give a rose to a person standing looking disinterested and pushing the flower away.
One person is kneeling and attempting to give a rose to a person standing looking disinterested and pushing the flower away.

The other day one of my stories was rejected from a publication on Medium for the first time. I was a bit surprised because I specifically wrote that story with that publication in mind. For a moment, I started to doubt my writing abilities. But after the initial shock, I reminded myself that rejection is a natural and unavoidable part of life. There comes a point in everyone’s life where they will be rejected or do the rejecting.

What’s important is learning how to deal with rejection. Nothing in life is perfect, so inevitably, things will go wrong. …

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