What To Read On Medium This Week — 26

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(Originally published on Substack)

Hi, everyone! (I realized I am not just addressing Coffee Times folks but also the whole of Medium and maybe even the world — because world domination is my goal, you see 😉). How did the first week of May go for you? I want to say omg where did the months go how are we already in may but I can see you rolling your eyes so I won't. I mean, I am sure you’ve read that a few times and don't need to hear it from me again.

Me, I’ve been pottering around as usual, juggling work-writing-reading-cooking-chatting-walking-doing yoga-and all the usual things that make up my wonderful life.

I’m also continuing to enjoy heavy rains in our city — which, for us, basically means consistent excuses to drink tea and coffee and fried snacks. D’uh!

Never have I ever been more grateful that I work in the comfort of my home without the commute — for not getting stuck or stranded outside because the weather decided not to be cooperative. Sigh. My heart goes out to all those people who do not have the choice to work from home.

Ever craved fries when it is raining outside — but also wished you could eat healthily? Well, this is what you do. Swap the potatoes for sweet potatoes (more fiber), then bake instead of frying them, and … indulge!

Vidya Sury is feeling very clever about her sweet potato wedges. She is adjusting the halo around her head ©

Drool-worthy, do you think? Thank you! We enjoyed those with a pot of masala chai in big mugs as we watched the rain! Yum!

To go with that, here are some great reads I loved this week. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Bev Potter’s post where she imagines what would happen if our dogs took us to the doctor is a giggle-fest! It was as funny as it was a little bit scary! Hehe!

Jill (Conquering Cognitions)’s utterly delightful post about the rocks she came across during her walks engraved with inspiring words is so wonderful. Made me want to create something like that. But since that could take a little time, I compensated by sending some of my friends loving notes instead.

Trista Signe Ainsworth talks about how she added flair to her day by indulging in something that made her happy. Her message? Do what your heart desires, no matter what your inner critic says. I think we should never worry about going ahead and doing something that brings us joy. I am now encouraged to color my hair blue. Always wanted to!

Diana C. is the absolute queen of fabulous prompts and in this post, she offers up 20 self-discovery and reflection writing prompts that I am thoroughly enjoying. I think you’ll love it too — go check out the questions.

Nothing like sitting back and reading charming poetry and Thief delivers on that count every single time. This one is particularly gorgeous.

I really enjoy JoAnn Ryan’s writing style and this post of hers is particularly timely —with excellent tips for every writer and soothing for editors. Read it and you’ll know what I mean! (Well done, JoAnn!)

Andrey Pilipets does a great job of welcoming new writers every week at New Writers Welcome by offering a wonderful exercise that addresses all the common ailments and pains we face. The best part is you can do these exercises right away by watching his video. Go try it!

Deborah Camp’s post was heartbreaking to read. Makes you want to torture all those mean people who think nothing of animal abuse. Please read her post and show her support.

I enjoyed Sean Bennett’s post that lists four ways your mental health and your content are linked and I found it enlightening. Without giving away any spoilers, I urge you to read his post.

Ian Hanson is such an excellent writer and photographer! I love the topics he writes about. Please do read this post where he discusses how we can practice being more sustainable. He has a long list that is easy to take action on.

Scott Younkin’s post had me rolling around laughing — what a lovely story! And what a wonderful way to dress the truth with humor! Enjoy!

I now wrap up with a very good article by Aldric Chen that discusses how he prices his copywriting work. Well presented — great advice.

Prompts from our Coffee Times columnists

I encourage you to go check out our Coffee Times columnists’ prompts.

Yana BostongirlLife; Sharing RandomlyTravel; Marrisa W.Books;

Vincent Van PattenInspiration; AshleyEntertainment and

Dr. Preeti Singh’s editor’s picks

Until next week!

Got suggestions? Comment and let me know!

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who kindly commented and engaged with my last roundup. ❤

With love from the Coffee Times Team

Winston, Dr. Preeti Singh, Yana Bostongirl, Sharing Randomly, Marrisa W., Vincent Van Patten and yours truly, Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

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Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles


Writing about Self Improvement, Mindfulness, Meditation, Parenting, Health, Travel, Life, Books. Showing my diabetes who’s boss. Visit: https://vidyasury.com