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Meet Victoria D. Nguyen of Adulting with Vicky

Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria D. Nguyen.

Victoria, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It’s funny how our childhood ambitions can find their way back into our lives as adults, even when we thought we said goodbye to them in pursuit of a more predictable, stable career path. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I realized those same ambitions are manifesting in ways I never considered.

I always wanted to write, do meaningful work and be surrounded by inspirational people – to have a voice and use it. I didn’t know what job that’d equate to so I went the corporate route after college and continued to work on creative endeavors on the side.

Those side projects eventually led to my first published poetry book The Little Things, blog Told by J. Doe and podcast Adulting with Vicky. Without realizing it, I was creating platforms to give myself and others a voice, thus satisfying my goals as a child.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There are a few defining moments in my adulthood that gave me the courage to see these projects through. This is the one that started it all. On the cusp of graduating college, my chronic anxiety and clinical depression had reached an all-time low, to say the least.

Just as it was getting better, I was involved in a major hit-and-run car accident and was left with a misaligned jaw, nerve damage, an injured back and what I later learned was PTSD. My mental and physical health felt like they were crippling all the while, some of my loved ones were battling cancer and other serious illnesses.

At this point in my life, I didn’t speak out about my mental illnesses or anything else I was grappling with for the sheer reason that I didn’t want to be identified by them.

However, I knew other people were dealing with more difficult hardships than me and might feel the same loneliness I did. Enter the creation of Told by J. Doe. In a sense, every passerby in our life is a John or Jane Doe. And with our focus so pinpointed on our own complications and triumphs, we often forget about what others might be going through.

By reading or submitting to Told by J. Doe, I hope someone might find consolation, hope or validation. Because of that experience, I gained the courage to share my most vulnerable thoughts and decided to publish a poetry book with my affirmations on self-love, life, and relationships the following year.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Adulting with Vicky story. Tell us more about the business.
My latest endeavor is Adulting with Vicky, a coming-of-age podcast about millennials navigating adulthood. Each week, a guest and I dive into their “adulting” journey with a focus on their life experiences, career, relationships or expertise.

I also incorporate other matters of importance, such as the prominence of mental illness in our current society, cultural/generational gaps and how technology and social media affect us.

Through my show, I have the privilege of hearing stories from some of the most resilient and genuine people I’ve ever met. I receive pitches from potential guests who are passionate about a topic but don’t think they have much to say. It always turns out that they do.

Most of them just didn’t have a platform that allowed them to find their voice. My hope is that I can help them find that voice through Adulting with Vicky so that their story may impact someone else.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I wouldn’t say I believe in luck as much as I do timing. While opportunities can arise serendipitously, I wouldn’t have been able to make the most of them if not for the groundwork I did beforehand. I believe Roman philosopher Seneca was the first to say, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

As far as “bad luck” or obstacles go, I would not have learned resilience and grit without them. Both my positive and difficult experiences taught me the importance of looking at the bigger picture, pivoting when necessary and accepting that the path you take may not be the one you expected.

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Patrick R. Ramos, Lewis Leong, Thienhuong Nguyenphan

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