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Celebrate your uniqueness, celebrate our similarities, celebrate love.

angelia trinidad



@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.

It doesn't have to be perfect, It just has to start.

angelia trinidad

A lot of change has been happening in my life lately and I find myself having to constantly remind myself of these words.

Emotionally I haven't been perfect, in my speech I haven't been perfect, in my action I haven't been perfect. But I thought about it and I realized I wouldn't expect a friend of loved one to be perfect all the time, so why do I constantly expect that from myself? Sometimes it's ok to be not ok.

I stumbled across a Barbie vlog where she talks about something similar. She expresses feeling blue and how unfair it is for us to always expect ourselves be happy. She ended her vlog with "you can't have spring without the winter and I think the winter is beautiful too."

We can't always expect things to be perfect or even be good right away. Perfectionism has killed more dreams than anything else. The best of the best we're all beginners at one point. All artists were once amateurs. All teachers once students. The only thing that differentiates the noob and the expert is experience, trial and error and persistence.

Here's to having the courage to do the thing that scares us, and being okay with progress over perfection.


Finding Your Passion

angelia trinidad

New York City

New York City

Finding your passion is a lot like dating.

You don't go out and tell the first person you meet that they're the love of your life. You go out, you try something, you see if it works, and if it doesn't, you learn from it and move on. It's an ongoing process of putting yourself out there, trying something new, being uncomfortable, and doing that until you're happy with where you are.

I think that people expect instant gratification when it comes to picking their career or finding their passion. They like to idealize what other people are doing and hold themselves to a completely different standard. I think it's necessary to check in with your gut and ask things like, Is this what I like to do? Do I wake up in the morning and feel excited — even for the challenges that come with this? Being honest with yourself is so important. Again, when you're in a relationship with someone, it's not a matter of thinking, I'm going to be with them forever. It's asking yourself every day: Am I happy in this relationship? If not, am I willing to take action to change it?

Give it chances, give it time, be patient with yourself, and make sure to put yourself in the best opportunities to find that passion.

A lot of people love to volunteer, or create things, or work on teams to help the world, and there are a lot of great organizations that do that kind of stuff.

The flip side of that is understanding because of your choices, what kind of livelihood can you afford — and then being okay with that, too. Understand that there are pros and cons to everything. You can get a job that pays really, really well where you do work and you hate it. And also you could find a job [you love] that pays very, very poorly and you're starving. Finding the happy medium between these two things is really important.