Hello. My name is Nhan Pham (I prefer to go by “non” like nonfiction). I graduated from Washington State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in communication (journalism emphasis) with a minor in Japanese. Go Cougs!
Initially, the only thing I wanted to become was a bonafide journalist. It was not about the money or anything like that. I once believed in the principles of journalism and wanted to be an “honest” one. Well, my dreams did not pan out exactly how I envisioned. Long story short, I dealt with some of the worst years of my life, just trying to get any position in the field.
I will be frank. I was super, super depressed about it all. It led to the creation of my first blog from way back then. This blog will always be important to me because this site acted as an outlet for a lot of unwanted, toxic thoughts. So yes, it was a depression blog initially.
Blogging became a necessary aspect of my day-to-day existence. It kept me afloat on many fronts: emotionally, mentally and so forth. But there was a point where I had to leave the blog behind and start a new one. Why? Well, simply put, my overall outlook has improved. I felt a different blog – a fresh start needed to reflect how I feel about everything.
Generally speaking, I have found ways to find the silver lining. Your perspective does not have to be all gloomy. You can always counteract the dour elements with happy thoughts. Though I consider myself a work in progress, I want to be living proof to others and inspire those who have those rough days to keep fighting the good fight. I once thought I would lose it all at my worst, but I survived with perseverance.
Having had my share of humble pie, I have found that failure does make you hungrier for true success. I continue every day to strive toward that elusive “next stage.” It may take me awhile, yet I know I can get there with the right attitude. In fact, for me anyway, discovering different things to expand upon has helped immensely.
For instance, cooking is something I definitely think of as a real passion. Without cooking, I can safely say I would probably be in a lot of trouble at the moment. To me, it is more than just food. It is an artform. I can be creative with something unique. I have a lot to learn as an aspiring chef, but this process of soaking up information and practicing the culinary stuff is a lot of fun.
Someday, I want to open my own restaurant. Granted, it is a fleeting dream I will have to put aside until I really can call myself a proper chef. Oh well, practice makes perfect.
Remember. Things do not get easier. You just get stronger. Tough times build character. Therefore, this blog will entail me talking about a lot of concepts, which can include, but will not be limited to:
- Discovering your passion(s)
- Personal stuff
Of course, to those of you who want to support me on this personal journey of mine, thank you! It truly means a lot to me.