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Wait, Olyvia. What is a “save-a-bro” mission, anyway?” You’re confused? Let me gladly explain.



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1. I don’t have to explain myself, my goals, dreams, hopes, aspirations, or anywhere I was going to anyone. Period.

2. I normalized cutting out people in my social circles who do not support me or my goals.

3. I’ve made saying “no” into my superpower. Are people mad about that? Yes. Am I? No.

4. I stopped giving a shit about hurting peoples’ feeling and said “fuck you” to people and stopped caring about them.

5. I’ve been constantly vocal about my boundaries and my comfort level hanging out with people during a pandemic. Sorry, no crazy ragers or “Olyvia time” people.

6. I don’t give two shits about validation from peers, I care more about affirmations and if I’m doing something right more so than being “right”.

7. Dealing with Imposter Syndrome required me to be comfortable with making mistakes and forgiving myself for past mistakes I’ve made.

8. My efforts will never betray me, unless I don’t put in any, then that’s the result of my efforts: nothing.

9. Saying “no” has helped me understand to prioritize and has helped me prioritize my life has helped me in more clear about my goals, my intentions, the people that I wanna keep in my friend circle, and just all-around having space and power to say “no”.

10. I confirmed I’m still a pen and paper person. I reverted back to the basic way of getting an idea is putting on paper. It has help me cut into a place in my brain where I had shut off and repressed for the longest time.

11. I stopped overthinking, rethinking, and regretting past decisions I’ve made by recognizing that I don’t half-asses decisions; once I decide to cut someone or thing out of my life, I do it with intention and for my personal peace.

12. I saved time to have an honest conversation with closet financial-literate friends to reevaluate my financial situation; I was able to improve my credit score from 600s to 750s.

13. I was able to off all my credit cards within 6 months.

14. I made the risky decision to quit a 4-year clinical healthcare career and pursue a career in advertising; taking a risk for self-betterment paid off when I discovered a wealth of knowledge and personal growth in my new career journey.

15. I dove deeper in my practice of minimalism and reduced my anxiety and increased my self-confidence by letting go of unnecessary things/objects.

16. I lived on my own for 4 months and was able to center myself, find inner peace, and channeled my motivation level to increase my productivity.

17. I openly communicated with my parents about my future career goals and education plans without fearing their disapproval; they are fully supportive, I was just siking myself out.

18. I pretended during my Zoom calls that people were physically sitting across from me in the room to increase my level of connectedness with my graduate cohort mates; we were able to create the fucking best final project in a mere 10 weeks.

19. I prioritized sleeping at least 7 hours every night and I have become more productive and alert throughout the work day.

20. I’ve made it a habit to laugh at all the dumb shit that kept happening to me, instead of getting angry, and I felt more at peace with myself.


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Olyvia Chac-Nguyen

I write about traveling, minimalism, my Vietnamese heritage, life struggles, & sometimes coffee.

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