JM’s Journal: Growing Through the Daily Journey

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Growing Through the Daily Journey

Becoming a Better Writer by Practicing Writing

by J.M. Troppello

“The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.” – Ray Kroc

I printed out the curation guidelines for today. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, I’ve been making a more concerted effort in writing content on that platform which will provide value to readers and hopefully get curated by the Medium curators.

If you’re not familiar with the curation process, basically, it means that your article was deemed worthy of further distribution through emails, apps, their homepage, and more. The platform has recently changed to a more relational distribution system, so curation is not as important as it used to be—to get more exposure and earn money. However, curation is still one of the important factors in succeeding at Medium.

I’ve been a member of the Medium Partner Program since March 2020. I’ve only had two articles curated. Other writers have a much higher curation rate. Yet, I’m still proud that two of my articles met their rigorous curation standards for high-quality work.

After carefully reading through the 7 pages of the curation guidelines and distribution system, I am more motivated than ever to contribute my best work to this platform. My success may be coming slowly. Yet, I’m still progressing, and I’m becoming a better writer through the process.

Growing Each Day

“Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s almost always due to personal growth.” – John C. Maxwell

As I thought about the growth in my writing journey today, it brought to my mind how important it is to grow and develop as a person each day. We’re a spirit. We have a soul. We live in a body.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thessalonians 5:23, NKJV)

Life is about having experiences. Some are good. Others are bad. That should not be a surprise to you. When you have a bad experience or have to deal with negative or argumentative people, you have a choice. You can become bitter or better from that experience.

You can allow yourself to grow emotionally (in your soul) and in your spirit. I speak from experience since I used to become more bitter through those negative experiences in life. However, God has been working in my life in powerful ways through the years. I’ve learned some invaluable lessons.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

I love that quote from C.S. Lewis. There are SO many things in life that I wish I could go back in time and change. Obviously, that’s impossible. However, I can make positive changes in my life and work toward a better ending. I hope you can embrace the lessons that come to you each day and allow God to work in your life.


About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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