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Meet Trailblazer Susan Nguyen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Nguyen.

Susan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was supposed to be a nurse. At least, that’s what I told myself until my sophomore year of college. I craved a creative outlet in the midst of my Anatomy classes, thus, Strut with Susan was birthed!

I’ve always loved fashion, writing, and planning, so what better way to be creative than through a blog?!
Through various internships, I got the opportunity to learn so much more about this virtual world and myself. Once you look past the glamour, it’s a whole lot of sweat and sleepless nights. Don’t be fooled.

Taking this into account, I was able to develop a schedule that works for me- sleepless nights included. Since I can’t hang after 10 pm, boy, was this rough! It truly is so dang hard to keep yourself accountable when you’re in charge of your own time! But my tears and tough nights have continuously proven to be incredibly rewarding, and I can’t wait to see what’s next in this journey.

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 have definitely been smoother roads, haha! One thing I struggled with, as I mentioned previously, was my time management. You know how when you’re in school, you always suddenly HAD to clean your room whenever you sat down to study? Yea. It was like that. When I have external deadlines, it was much easier to keep myself accountable. But for whatever reason, I always think I have something else to do when I sat down to conceptualize ideas for my own work!

Another struggle was my support system. I grew up with very practical-minded people, so it was a battle to prove myself to them at first. But what I learned from this is that only you can make your decisions. After a while, whoever wants to stay around you will stay.

My advice for young women starting their journey is to know that you are not your job, which is something a very wise lady told me recently. Your character defines you, not your professional career or how much money you make. We only have so much time and work for most of it. We might as well like what we do, right?! Honestly, I’m still learning all of this myself. So the one takeaway is, be happy!

We’d love to hear more about Strut with Susan.
I am the founder and head blogger behind Strut with Susan, a fashion, and lifestyle blog! I write about my personal style, beauty tips, and my progress in navigating life. Regarding style, I’m a minimalist who loves pops of color. I comfortably wear black and white, but am always open to venturing out in a glittery silver dress! I’m super proud that I took this risk of putting myself out there the way I do. We all know what gets on the internet stays on the internet (terrifying!). No matter where I’m headed with Strut with Susan, I am determined to keep my brand as authentic to who I am as possible. What you see online will normally be what you get in real life… with the exceptions of my off days! But you all are always welcome to come say hello on my blog or Instagram!

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
The blog that first inspired me was Kayture by Kristina Bazan. I was amazed by how real she was able to stay while being in the public eye. She recently revamped her whole image, and I’m pretty excited to see where this new road leads her. Another blog is Chriselle Lim’s. I think she paved the way for Asian American women who are also working mothers in this field. It’s been an incredible experience watching her succeed in her content, family, and products. She’s definitely someone I look up to. As for podcasts, I LOVE The Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon. I’ve learned so much from her webinars and figured I should sign up for the podcast. I’m so happy, I did! I feel like her podcasts give me the chance to virtually learn from those before me, so I can put those social media best practices to use. I also am a huge fan of Darling Media! I always know I’ll get a good read in whenever I see Darling Media emails.

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