This is an email from Mind, Body and Wallet, a newsletter by Yard Couch.
My Favorite Stories on Medium That Added Tremendous Value to My Life
“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” — Tiny Buddha
Medium is b̷e̷c̷o̷m̷i̷n̷g my favorite community.
Writers share, criticize, inform, and love. Even when I interact with my critics down in the comments, we always get to a place where we can understand where the other is coming from. That doesn’t happen on the internet often.
My only fear on Medium is that I don’t connect with enough writers.
That’s really why I write every day. To connect with more people in hopes of one day meeting these total strangers and laughing about life. And I’ll remember on that day, that it all started here, in a few articles on Medium, when I showed them some of my vulnerabilities, the mistakes I’ve made, and the lessons I’ve learned.
And they did the same.
Building a community is hard work. Especially one that spans across the world. But I think it’s possible and it’s worth it. A good place to start with that dream would be by recognizing five writers whose stories I deeply admire.
John Griswold: Woodworking Extraordinaire
John Griswold is profound. He’s the person I’ve interacted with the most in my comments and I’m all the happier for it.
We’ve gone back and forth like two generals at war. Usually, by the end, it’s me surrendering and admitting I need to do more due diligence in a story.
John holds others to a high standard, and it shows in his work. He’s a master carpenter with a wealth of knowledge on woodworking, public policy and history. He’s also quite a formidable writer. Even poetic I’d say.
I’m planning on bingeing his stories like a good HBO series, but a good place to start with is his recent article, “Joined to Centuries of Woodworking.”
Nat: A Gifted Writer to Keep on Your Radar
Nat just started on Medium late last year, and I can tell she has a lot of promise to make it big.
There’s honesty and altruism in her stories. It pairs nicely with the pragmatic financial information she provides for her readers.
I’m very excited to see where she goes next.
My favorite story of hers is “I Bought $5 in Starbucks Stock Every Day Instead of Buying My Morning Coffee.”
Jordan Mendiola: Medium’s Kindest Writer
Jordan Mendiola was the first writer I connected with on Medium.
The pandemic had just started. He was in the Army and I was getting out. It was our interests in investing, running, and all things fitness that allowed us to hit it off.
I think the first person you meet in a new place makes or breaks everything.
If that first person discourages you from writing, you may give up and pursue something else. But if they emulate positivity and inspiration, you may decide to stay — and it may be the best decision of your life.
If Jordan is the first person you interact with on Medium then consider yourself very lucky. He’s bursting at the seams with positivity. I’d recommend reading his story “Why I Give 50 Claps on Every Article I Read.”
Cody Collins: Someone You’d Want to Start a Business With
Cody Collins is like a brother to me.
We met in college, and since we’ve been through the best, the worst, and everything in-between. It’s been a wild ride, and we’re still in our 20s with a lot more left in the tank.
Cody had the idea to start our website Yard Couch. He was also the one who decided we should bring it to Medium.
With close to 1000 followers on our Medium publication— and a place that I can call home— I can say he has very good ideas. Yard Couch was what I needed and I’ll never be able to thank him (or our other friend and founder) enough.
Check out his story “Pizza is Extremely Overrated” and tell him why he’s wrong. Linked here.
Alyssa Atkinson: Unparalleled Inspiration
I think Alyssa Atkinson has silently inspired me more than any other writer on Medium. She’s a former D1 cross country and track runner. Atkinson provides some of the most informative, digestible health info on Medium.
She goes into incredible detail about her experience training as a top runner. One story that always remained with me was her coach making their XC team go for 5 a.m. swims while the rest of the campus was sleeping in their warm beds.
What Atkinson really inspired me with, however, was her work ethic on Medium.
We started writing around the same time — less than one year ago — and she has since blown up to unimaginable proportions. Atkinson publishes once, even twice daily while still managing a large Pinterest following and a new YouTube account.
Me, being a competitive person and runner who also obsesses over healthy habits, couldn’t help but be tremendously inspired by her work.
She’s already prolific so it’s hard to nail down one story of hers to read, but I’d recommend “You Don’t Hate Oatmeal, You’re Just Making It Wrong.” Her oatmeal recipe sounds strange, but is surprisingly delicious.
What’s Next For Yard Couch
I hope you enjoy their work as much as I have. I’m going to keep up this segment once at the beginning of the month and once at the end, with three new writers each time.
I’d love to start interviewing these writers as well, so if that interests you shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care and enjoy your week.