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My 4 simple rules that you can copy to lose weight.

Me drinking a gallon of a water a day — Losing 20 pounds in 30 days challenge.
Me drinking a gallon of a water a day — Losing 20 pounds in 30 days challenge.
Me drinking my gallon of water a day.

Between my grief and moving forward, I have gained weight, my “Kummerspeck.” Most people did, and while it may sound cliché, love yourself, and be kind to ourselves, we still have to work on that belly fat — fast.

I am fat, and I have no excuse.

Life continues. The world is getting back to normal. Employers ask their employees to be back in the office, and some may even allow you to bring your pandemic pet.

The research has shown, 61% of people during the pandemic has gained weight. …


Positive affirmations for healing — We become what we think about.

30 Powerful Affirmations for Healing Your Mind and Attitude Every Day
30 Powerful Affirmations for Healing Your Mind and Attitude Every Day
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Affirmations for Healing Your Body

Affirmations are a great way to change your mindset to help your body heal. Affirmations are positive statements that we repeat to ourselves repeatedly to reprogram how we think to help us attract more of what we want in our lives.

Here are a few affirmations that have worked wonders for me. When we find ourselves frustrated, lacking purpose, or filled with doubt, it’s often because we feel like we’re flying on a cloud that’s constantly getting sucked up by bigger and bigger clouds that pull at us.

Mother Nature likes having us around. She put us here in this…


A question my inner critic asks

Will I Be a More Successful Writer if I Was White? In photo, different paint color
Will I Be a More Successful Writer if I Was White? In photo, different paint color
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I have been writing a lot lately, for me it is therapy. I want to come out, that I also happen to be a non-white person living in the Philippines. I am a Filipino who happens to write, or should I say, a Filipino writer.

English isn’t my first language but having been born from a different generation, I grew up with it. I learned it in school and at home. English is my second language. I’ve always read American authors. I watched American movies and even as I write this today, I am listening to American music.

I have…


Did I get enough to buy myself a nice warm hot coffee latte and pay the rent?

Arigato Money, Xin Xin — medium writer
Arigato Money, Xin Xin — medium writer
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July Bonus — It’s out.

July is my birth month, and I expected to receive a bigger writing bonus from June. I needed the money to have a small birthday party and to help me pay the rent.

And to be honest, I was disappointed when I “only” got $50. From $500 the first time, Medium gave out the surprise writing bonus in April to $100 in May and $50 in June.

I was disappointed at myself.

The inner saboteur was quick to take this opportunity to cast self-doubt and make me feel like an impostor.

And I have to admit, I felt defeated, and…


When you find yourself in an abusive relationship, it is never too late to break free and choose yourself.

Shame
Shame
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We often wonder, why does it take abused women long before they leave their abuser? I have in the past asked,

Why only now?

I have five sisters, and I will never allow any of them to be abused by their lover or husband. Likewise, my Mom will never allow it. She never experienced any form of abuse from our father.

We all have seen it in so many cases when the women will wait decades before they can come out publicly to name their abuser, as we have seen in the case of Bill Cosby, and people would always…


“Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse, and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention ”— Nightbirde.

Nightbirde
Nightbirde
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Nightbirde drops out of America’s Got Talent

Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention. I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of ‘AGT.’ Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it — but we knew that already. Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me. Stay with me, I’ll be better soon. I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams.”

When I first heard her sing…


Like any emoticon, it starts with a colon.

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I wrote my first story in August when I must have mistyped and lo and behold a discovery.

A huge list of emoticons to spice up my stories. If this isn't a new feature here, it is my first time to know about it.

Hidden Feature or Not?

I finished writing 100 stories in 10 days, and while this month I want to take it easy, I still want to write at least one story each day.

A typo leads to discovery. It starts with a colon (:)

Emoticons or Emoji

Emoticons Started With a Joke Gone Wrong

In 1982, Neil Schwartz posted a physics riddle involving…


Absence makes the heart grow fonder, applies.

xin xin medium writer
xin xin medium writer
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July is my birth month, and I was full of expectations.

A few days before my birthday, I didn’t get my “expected” writing bonus. The money is the difference between having a lovely birthday celebration and paying the rent on time.

I was surprised the first time I received the $500 writing bonus. I was so happy and bought a few things. Not only that, but I also shared it with my family. That is how we are in our family, money is to be shared, and money should be spent — albeit wisely.

In June, I received $100, and…

Xin Xin

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