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Canadian. Mental health activist. Banker and financier who drinks too much coffee. Pursuing happiness and sharing my thoughts with others.

The goal is to make it 1,000 one day!

Do you write a lot on Medium? I surely do. Ever since I accepted the “365 articles in 365 days” challenge, I invest a significant amount of time into writing. To be fair, I’m falling behind: I published 175 articles in 290 days, so I need to pick up the pace… But it should also be about quality, right?

Below are more than 100 articles I wrote in 2020 and 2021, divided by categories. The list will be updated monthly. Most of the articles are curated.

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I recently read a few of your articles and somewhat disagreed with one of them. It wasn't hard to stay respectful and not to be mean. For most NORMAL humans having manners and acknowledging that your opinion might be different is commons sense. Sadly, not for all.

It so happens I publish a lot of articles about dating and relationships, and those that went viral got a bunch of comments. I get some nasty ones too, and recently a few trolls appeared in the comment section too, lol. I couldn't care less; I just crap on their comments and don't reply. There isn't anything more frustrating for a troll to write a nasty post expecting a shit storm in response... and then not only get crickets, but get a crap. :)

Which pub was it? I need to thank it for my success.

I’ve been writing on Medium for over a year. I discovered it in April 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, and not only was it helpful in distracting me from negative thoughts, but it also became a source of my secondary income.

I do my best to be transparent with my successes, failures, and I gladly disclose how much money I earned on Medium so far. I’m also happy to share any Medium tricks I discovered. Today, I would like to tell you about my most recent discovery: the publication that hosts all my viral articles.

I produced and…

I tripled my salary, learned a lot about my field, gained invaluable life skills, and I’m quite happy where I am.

Lit-up Toronto sign in against Toronto skyline at night
Lit-up Toronto sign in against Toronto skyline at night
Editor's note: This article is part of our Salary History series. Want to submit your own? You can do so (anonymously, if you'd like!) here.

Hello there. My name is Joanna, I’m 27, and I live in Toronto, Canada. I work as a full-time mortgage officer for a local bank and make $60,000 a year.

Here is the breakdown of my income as well as a brief history of how I got to where I am right now.


  • Age: 27
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Education Level: Three-year advanced college diploma in Financial Planning; unfinished Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Total…

Isn’t it rude to ignore comments we post on their articles?

When I first started writing online, I replied to a lot of articles and was waiting for authors to respond. But many of them didn’t, and for a while, it made me a little upset — not to the point of complaining about it, of course. However, I quickly lost the enthusiasm to comment on someone else’s work.

Recently, an article of mine went viral and there were many people commenting on it. The topic I wrote about was controversial, and readers had a lot to say — both positive and negative. There were many disagreeing with me, others were…

Is it wrong for a woman to look for a guy with a certain mindset?

Relationships aren’t easy, and being single is not a piece of cake either. I’ve been very vocal about being single about my successes — or more like failures on dating applications. According to SurveyMonkey, 59% of women and 55% of men have either a somewhat or very negative opinion on dating sites and apps.

This should be a hint to change strategies, but we don’t have much of a choice since we’re in the pandemic.

Would anyone ever want to be without a partner? I was that way for 1.5 years after my somewhat long-term relationship. But the situation is…

I have massive issues with such photos, but this guy turned out to be special.

People have very different experiences with dating applications such as Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid, and others. In 2020, 30% of Americans indicated using dating apps. But, according to some, the dating market is getting worse, and there are several things users don’t like to see.

One of them, in my opinion, is toilet selfies. I can’t speak for everyone, but I haven’t heard a single person saying they enjoy seeing those types of photos.

Dear ladies! How many times you swiped through a dating app and saw a bunch of toilet selfies flooding men’s profiles? How many times have you wondered…

You're one of my favourite authors on this platform. Not only because your articles are about sex; but even more so because they touch so many important topics: intimacy, psychology, feminism, love, relationships, family, divorce, human nature - and many others.

You are 100% correct no one should be judging you for doing sex work, and you shouldn't care what people think. And you know what else? Those who judge sex workers usually don't have the capasity to understand so many important topics and notions in life related to love, intimacy, human connections, and how men and women feel and think. I've always seen sex workers more like sex therapists. And by the end of the day, you, as a sex worker, know so much more about life than any one of us.

Based on my experience, it works like a charm.

Finding a mature partner can be a challenge. And while maturity isn’t one of the main reasons couples break up, it can be a deal-breaker for many individuals, myself included.

According to the studies, men mature later compared to women. Does it mean ladies are more mature? Not in every instance, since people are very different. I have met a lot of grown-up men and immature women. But since I’m a heterosexual female, my experience relates to “testing” males only.

I believe I came up with an excellent way to check if the man I’m dealing with is mature and…

Please don't feel envy towards Americans. They did not respond to the pandemic the right away - or at least their commander-in-chief didn't; and they lost a lot of lives due to that.

I'm Canadian living in Toronto. Guess how long our lockdown has lasted so far? 10 months. TEN MONTHS!! Thank God we can go outside to get coffee and food, as well as visit parks and exercise outside. And you know what? I know the only reason we MADE IT through the 3rd waive of COVID is by staying home. …

Joanna Henderson

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