You can live a better life and help make the world a better place.

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Are you one of the dreamers of the world who envisions something better for yourself and those around you?

I believe you can make a difference. I believe we all can make an impact in this thing called life.

Life is a journey. A twisting, winding, bittersweet, rough and yet beautiful voyage with a destination that is often unseen.

But, let’s face it — sometimes life isn’t kind.

When it gets rough for me, I am reminded of these great words written by J.R.R. Tolkien in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers —


If your goal is to make money, you can easily do it on Upwork’s platform.

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When I come across articles where freelancers are dissing Upwork, I have to say I’m surprised. I’ve seen every kind of complaint there is, ranging from a client taking advantage of them to getting kicked off the site.

I’d done small freelancing projects before Upwork, but nothing compared to the success I experienced on its platform. I’ve been on Upwork now for two and a half years and I can honestly say I’ve had nearly zero problems related directly to the site.

Since I’ve been on Medium, I’ve also come across a lot of writers who express surprise that they…


Here’s how it changed mine.

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Many of us are pessimists and skeptics by nature. I get that. I’ve been there. With so much negativity in the world, it can be hard not to be. Sometimes we find ourselves just surviving rather than thriving, and gratitude becomes an afterthought.

All too often, we base our happiness and gratitude on our circumstances.

If I get healthier.

If I lose the weight.

If I make enough money.

If I get the job.

If this person will love me.

If.

How often do we think if we’re skinnier, better looking, have a nicer house, get a promotion, have a…


And how I think it makes me a better writer

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When it comes to faith, it tends to be feast or famine in terms of writers who talk about it. Some writers insert biblical quotes in every paragraph to get their point across. And others exhibit a more quiet faith, perhaps even a more guarded faith.

I suppose I’m somewhere in between. This moderate stance is pretty reflective of a lot of my thinking. While I view myself as a Jesus-follower, I’m quite accepting of people from many faiths and walks of life. In fact, I always say I’m part Buddhist, simply because I love the Buddhist sayings. …


Is there a simple answer why some turn to God and others don’t?

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I think that I’ve always believed in God. I had a Catholic upbringing, but the God I was introduced to in the Catholic Church is not the way I ultimately came to understand God.

For one, there were all these rules in the Catholic Church, as there are in many churches. I couldn’t eat an hour before mass, I had to confess my sins to a priest who just seemed scary to me. Then I had to say 10 Hail Mary’s after confession to ‘wipe my slate clean and be forgiven’.

Then there was the rule that children had to…


Physician Suicide: The Other Epidemic Impacting America’s Frontline Doctors

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and though every suicide is a lost life, physician suicide is the focus of this article. Doctors die by suicide at a higher rate than any other profession. More than 400 physicians each year end their life own lives.

That is, before COVID-19 overstressed an already overtaxed health system.

It is feared that 2020 will be the breaking point for many more physicians as ERs and ICUs fill up with coronavirus patients. Mental health concerns among physicians are at an all-time high as frontline physicians face more burnout and stress than ever.


More time at home doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

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The coronavirus has forced us to sit back and wait until the epidemic has fully unfolded. I’ve heard so many complaints about being forced to stay home and comply with social distancing recommendations.

But, folks, apparently the threat is real. While are facing what could potentially be one of the most significant events in our generation, we have two choices. We can let it define us or we can make the best out of a bad situation.

So few people today are accustomed to staying home for lengthy periods of time. So I understand it will a challenge for many…


You don’t have to be poor to be a freelance writer.

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I joined Medium a year ago as a part-time freelancer. In the beginning, I hoped to make a successful transition to more full-time work here on the platform, but I quickly had to remind myself that I had bills to pay.

During my time as a Medium writer, I’ve been fortunate enough to cross paths with many talented and ambitious writers who have so much to offer. I’ve been part of Medium communities where writers share their passions, successes, failures, and complaints. …


And always…

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As many of us have learned by now, life isn’t a Hallmark movie. The sentimental movies would have you believe that Christmas is a stress-free holiday where everyone is smiling. All. The. Time. And don’t forget! There are always happy endings.

Hallmark movies only exist within the reels they’re played on. The truth is that Christmas is stressful! But, does it have to be? And is there a way to feel less overwhelmed during the holidays?

We are now nearing the end of the first week in December, and I still don’t have a Christmas tree up. …


WRITING

Or anywhere you want to thrive as a writer.

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I’ve kind of been MIA here on Medium the past couple of months and that’s because my freelance writing career has just been crazy busy. In spite of me taking a break here on Medium though, I’ve still had several people reading my articles and reaching out, in particular, the ones where I talk about Upwork.

So, I thought it was time to write another article about my experience as a freelance writer on Upwork.

Standing Out as a Freelance Writer — Let’s Talk About How to Do It.

So, some of the common complaints I hear from freelancers who sign up on Upwork are:

  • “The market is oversaturated on Upwork. …

Phyllis Romero

Freelance Writer, Armchair Psychologist, Philosopher, Upcoming Author, Nature Lover, People Lover.

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