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Hi! My name is Logan Beddes, and I’m so excited to meet you! I have been writing on Medium since August 2019, and it has been so fun to watch it evolve into what it is today. I’m most excited about the features that make it easier for writers to interact with their audiences and vice-versa.

For those of you looking at my profile for the first time, I wanted to give you a brief introduction so you know whose writing you’re interacting with. I am a student at Brigham Young University studying Communication Disorders. My wife and I met…

Newsflash- So Was 2020

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all had people in our lives saying they’re excited for 2020 to be over since March. If you don’t, you are likely that person for someone else.

At the beginning of the year, I was optimistic. I felt that 2020 was going to be my year. At the end of the year, I can confidently say that it was.

I can already feel you asking, “But Logan, there’s no way your plans went the way you wanted. How can this be your year with everything that’s happened?”

It hasn’t gone as plan. At all. I’ve gone…

A Call for Writers to Change the World

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The Information Age is decaying.

With our current trajectory, we are transitioning into an Age of Misinformation.

People are exploiting and extrapolating fake news and “alternative facts” to manipulate others for their own personal gain. We don’t have to go very far back in our history to see the truth of this. Take a look at Pizzagate, climate change, or COVID-19 to see a variety of false claims, some absurd, yet still hold danger if believed (injecting bleach anyone?)

Recently, I came across The Misinformation Age by Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall. Published in January 2019, O’Connor and Weatherall…

Spoiler Alert: It Isn’t Just About Consistent Writing

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I can’t tell you how many times I have seen professional writers claim that the only thing setting them apart from other writers is consistent creation. All you have to do in order to make a living on your writing is show up and publish every single day.

Sounds too good to be true, right?

Now, don’t misunderstand me. I am not disagreeing with the great advice you’ve received to write consistently. Consistent, hard work speaks for itself in a lot of ways. You do need to show up every day if you want to build an audience.

If you…

5 Timeless Tips I’ve Seen Work

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Let’s face it. There is a clear bias against young professionals entering the workforce. We are entitled, high-ego, low-preparedness, all wrapped up in clothes we can’t afford. It can be a daunting task to push past these misconceptions for those that are trying to establish themselves as professionals in their field, but it’s not impossible.

The fight to be seen as a professional is one that I still fight every day. Every day I go to work and school, I am constantly mindful of how I present myself. …

What is the story that you tell yourself?

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My name is Logan Beddes. I am a 23-year-old college undergrad at Brigham Young University studying Communication Disorders. I’m also a writer, artist, and woodworker. This is the story I tell other people.

We all have two stories- the story we tell to other people, and the story we tell to ourselves.

My name is Logan Beddes. I’m a 23-year-old that is trying to get my undergrad. I don’t know if I’ll ever be good enough to attain my doctorate of audiology. I’ve dealt with depression most of my life, and I don’t think I’m going anywhere in life because…

Despite what people might tell you, they aren’t the same thing.

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Stop right there. Before you read another word, I want you to answer a quick question. You don’t have to share your answer with anyone, and there will not be a test on it at the end of this article- so feel free to be as straightforward with yourself as possible.

What makes you happy?

Back in January, I began a journey by researching happiness. I’ve read countless articles, several books, theories, and experiments whose sole purpose was to figure out what makes people happy. Ten months later and I’m still digging.

One reason I’m still digging is because of…

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I look back to New Years Eve 2019 and can’t help but laugh. For about an hour that morning, I wrote out my goals in my notebook and made plans to achieve them. They included things such as:

  • Get a 4.0 and increase my chance of a scholarship
  • Increase my audience by 5,000 followers
  • Be able to pay rent with my writing
  • Beat depression and anxiety for good

The last goal on that list inspired me to declare 2020 as a year of genuine healing, and I spent the first couple of months researching depression, finding happiness, and seeking fulfilment…

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It is time to face the facts. We were already struggling with mental health concerns before COVID struck, but now the concerns are even more widespread. People that would normally have good mental health have succumbed to depression and anxiety as the world around them shifted. Now more people are working at home, people are avoiding gatherings, and we aren’t able to connect like we used to. More people are feeling isolated, and that is often when mental illness strikes.

I have written a lot of articles this year on mental health, and they have been the most consistent in…

What to do if you’ve hit “pause” since the pandemic started

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If you’re like me, 2020 has completely turned my life upside-down. In March I felt like my life was put on hold. I paused everything as my school, work, and ultimately my life, got flipped on its head. Normal went out of the window, and I went into survival mode. I stopped writing, I quit most of my extra hobbies and activities, and I bunkered down on school and work. In some ways it’s been good for me — I’ve been able to analyze my goals and motives and opinions in ways that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Logan Beddes

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