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The Self Starter Guide

What!?! Another website? Another blog? You betcha.

I don’t want to inundate you with countless websites to keep track of but as I said in my previous blog post, I decided to form a new project. It is called the Self Starter Guide and is meant to motivate my readers and to get them to start working on their own projects!

I read a lot of personal development blogs and found that they are so useful in getting me grounded in life. There are so many times when I feel like I am failing and these blogs help reaffirm that I am, like many others, just learning about life as I move along. I want to be an inspiration and source of motivation for others as well and thus the Self Starter Guide was born.

That blog will be updated much more frequently that this one was. There will be three blog posts a week and I know that this will need a lot of my dedication and time. I am more than willing to put myself out there and provide as much experience as I can.

I ask that my readers who have been following me here the past year and half, migrate over to the new page. I’m going to use this blog as a personal blog and will post every so often but the bulk of my content will be on the Self Starter Guide.

Check it out and thank you so much for being so dedicated!



Wow. It has been a while since I last posted in this blog. It is the longest I have gone without posting something and for that, I ask for forgiveness. Then again, these things happen and one shouldn’t be hard on themselves for lingering off path. This is an important lesson to learn because I feel like there is pressure that we feel from time to time to honor expectations. But life happens and sometimes it gets in the way of working on projects. Nonetheless, I am back to write this post because I’m here to inform everyone of a new adventure I am embarking on.

In the past few months, I created my own film and TV production company. It’s my first business and so far it hasn’t taken off, well, because like everything in life it seems, it requires money. But that has not deterred me because I am so aware that a new business takes time to grow and I am willing to wait it out and see what happens. In the meantime, I’ve been working on finishing my first E-Book, which I have decided will also be published in print copy. It should be out at the end of December for everyone to purchase. The funds from this book will help fund my production company.

Aside from film and TV, I am huge into personal development. Although this blog was a step in getting me to write and practice putting my thoughts down, I need a different website to provide personal development tips to a broader audience. I will be creating a new website, similar to many of the other personal development blogs you have seen online that caters to that demographic and audience. I find all of these self-help websites so instrumental in building a community and I highly encourage everyone to read all their blogs as much as possible.

I don’t want to say the name of the website yet but I hope to premiere it in the next few weeks. Along with blogging, I will have a weekly inspirational message video and podcast that I’d like to share with my audience members. It’s going to be basic for now and I know that this will all take time to grow and expand but I am just so ecstatic. It’s great to have a project that you feel passionate about and making this blog is definitely one of them.

My dream is to work from home, earn passive income, and to be able to write and travel at the same time. It is my hope that this can become a reality because going into an office sucks sometimes and I just personally love freedom. It is a luxury that we often take for granted and just the idea of being bound and tied down by the demands of others is just way too strenuous. Being able to live a life where you can have your own set of rules and pattern of work is something I desire immensely.

Here’s hoping that all my fellow readers at this blog will transfer over to my new one once it has premiered. I wanted to provide an update for those of you wondering where I have gone for the time.

A Letter to Myself in 5 Years

I was going about my daily routine of reading blogs from different writers on the web and I stumbled upon Celestine Chua’s Post on LifeHacker

(42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself).

Most of the practices that she mentions are things that I do on a regular basis and all of which I wholeheartedly agree. But one of the things she listed was to Write a Letter to your future self and I found that to be such a grand idea. I wish I had letters from my life a couple years ago and see where my mindset was at the time and how it compared to now. Who I was 5 years ago is completely different from the life I live now and I wish that I had some record of it. That said, I went about writing the letter and found it a valuable experience and encourage all of my readers to do the same.

I’m not going to write about the specific contents of that letter but goals, dreams, and advice to my future self played a huge role. I hope that when I open the letter in June of 2019, I will have accomplished all of my main goals that I had laid out in the letter. I will mail the letter out via USPS to my business address and have it kept there until a couple years down the road. I can’t wait to see my progress. Here’s a picture of me with the drafted letter. Take part and in the challenge and see where it takes you!


Writing My Own Obituary

I’m currently reading “Achieve Anything In Just One Year” by Jason Harvey. What I have been doing this past year is to write in my journal every single day, according to the assignment of the day in his book. I am currently on Day 146 and in this section, it asks us to write our own obituary.

Obviously this idea is quite morbid. Who wants to think about our undoing or our end. Who also wants to write about it and what’s the point? According to Jason, the point of the exercise is that it allows us to think about our life and how content we are about it. It makes you think about what people think of you at the end of your life and whether you feel accomplished by everything that you have done or not. It is an exercise that encourages participation and active engagement and to prevent yourself from procrastinating too much in life. You get to focus on the time that you have left and to make sure that you utilize it as much as you possible can.

Without further ado, here is a short obituary that I wrote for myself. It’s going be weird coming back to it in a few years.

The Life of Anh Phan

Anh Phan was born on May 2nd, 1987. He passed away peacefully on September 9th, 2072 at the prime age of 85. He was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and emigrated to the United States when he was 3. He was raised in the city of Worcester, MA for many years before making the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Mr. Phan had a long and prosperous career. He earned his bachelors at Emerson College in 2010 in the degree of Visual Media Arts. After several years on a variety of television shows in the industry, he made the transition to the field of education. He earned his California teaching credential in December of 2014 and started his elementary education career that following January. He further pursued his education by earning his Masters & Doctorate degree at California State University – Northridge in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

A renowned educator and disciplined in the field of self-help, Mr. Phan traveled across the United States and spoke at conferences to help improve our education infrastructure and to motivate young students to be active with their life. He wrote several best-selling self-development books as a means to encourage the general population to get started on the right path.

Mr. Phan was always an ambitious and driven characters who always saw the best in his friends, family and colleagues. His smile lit up the faces of many who had the fortunate opportunity to know him. But behind his warm nature was also a fiery spirit as well. He was an avid dodgeball player throughout his youth and participated in several long distance races in his career. He used his athletic experience to help coach youth Cross country teams to great success.

Mr. Phan was a gracious character and will be missed for his kindness, enthusiastic energy and contributions to his community.

He leaves behind his husband, Taylor Jacobs of 50 years, along with two sons and two daughters.

Post thoughts on the obituary

I definitely felt weird writing this. Not because it involves death but I found myself wanting people to praise me. I had to come up with adjectives to describe how I think people think of me and it seems a bit conceited. I know I have certain traits that my friends tell me are quite appealing but to write about it, felt a bit off. It definitely made me think about my career goals and really put into perspective of how I envisioned my life to look like. It boiled down to educator, motivational speaker and best-selling writer. We’ll see how this turns out!

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