@passionplanner believes that no matter where you are, you have the power to create the life you’ve always wanted.
It is what I remind myself when I feel overwhelmed. It is what I remind my staff when we lose sight of the bigger picture. It is what we try to instill into our community, every day.
But for years, I’ve been holding back on a huge part of the life that I’ve always wanted. I’m learning to not be ashamed, to be proud, to be unapologetic, to be me.
I am proud to be me. I'm proud to be a woman of color, a millennial, a CEO, a Filipina. I've always been openly proud to be these. But there has been something I haven't been openly proud to be... until now. I'm proud to be queer.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to start.
I’ve always tried to find the perfect time to publicly come out. Pride 2016, I chickened out. My 26th birthday, caption was not up to par. National Coming Out Day, too cliche. After realizing that these were all excuses, I vowed to myself that I would do it by Pride 2017.
So here I am, coming out, in perfect millennial fashion. I’m taking the leap, following my gut and being true to myself, regardless of the consequences.
Is this going to make people upset? Will people vow to never use Passion Planner again because of my sexual identity? Will people give me advice to never share my personal life online? Will some people judge me or treat me differently? Yeah, probably. But I’ve learned that no matter what I do, not everyone will agree with me, and that’s okay.
There will always be flowers and there will always be weeds. I will choose to focus on the flowers. The people who genuinely care about me and my well being. The people who put my happiness over their comfort. The people who take the time to ask questions and understand where I am coming from before making assumptions that suit their agenda.
I’ve written a lot about the topic, but don’t really know the perfect way to do it. I know this isn’t perfect but it’s a start.
Happy pride y’all, celebrate your uniqueness, celebrate our similarities, celebrate love.