Utah. Market researcher. INFJ. Empath Leader. Self Development. Globalist. Feminist. Equality/Mental Health Advocate. About Me: https://bit.ly/2Ijts42

Utah. Market researcher. INFJ. Empath Leader. Career Coach. Globalist. Feminist. Foodie. Equality & Mental Health Advocate. Environmentalist.

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Bio

Welcome to my profile page! My name is Quy Ma (pronounced kwee maw, if you were curious).

I’m 32 years old and I’m a first-generation Vietnamese American, the oldest of three boys. My parents immigrated to the United States after the Vietnam War to start a new life, away from an oppressive regime in the 1980s.

I was born in Oakland, California, raised in Houston, Texas, and now live in the beautiful state of Utah with my wife and two Siberian Huskies.

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I grew up poor, but like many immigrant parents, my parents worked very hard to provide us a living. If you looked up the definition of “The American Dream” in the dictionary, I’m sure you’d find a picture of my parents. They drove themselves relentlessly and were able to help put three boys through college. …


Submission Guidelines for “About Me Stories” Publication.

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The Publication: About Me Stories

Introductions

We spend our entire lives introducing ourselves to people in every situation possible. Why should Medium be an exception?

One of the most important things a Medium writer should do is introduce themselves to the world with their first post. Veteran Medium writers have also figured out an “About Me” story gives their followers additional details about who they are.

I figured a place like a publication that can host all of the authors’ introductory stories and learn more about each other would make sense!

The Publication

About Me Stories is a publication that is dedicated to hosting stories about the best part about Medium: The Writers, Bloggers, and Dreamers! You! My goal is to make this publication a welcoming place for established and new writers alike. …


Just because you’re a writer doesn’t mean you always need to be writing

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One of the common things to happen to writers is hitting the dreaded writer’s block. Writer’s block — where your mind goes blank and no matter how hard you rack your brain, you can’t think of anything to write. Maybe you do have an idea of what you’re writing about, but you’re struggling to articulate your thoughts.

Sometimes, it’s not writer’s block that could hinder a writer’s progress, but something else like lack of motivation or not having enough dedicated time to sit down and write. All of these barriers of putting pen to paper (or keyboard to digital paper) can be frustrating. …


I thought I could fight my mental illness on my own instead of seeking professional help.

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For years, I didn’t know what was wrong with me. Growing up, I came from a family that didn’t really talk about feelings or really encourage each other to be open with one another so I didn’t know where to get support or answers. My feelings were kept repressed until I couldn’t hold it in any longer — like a shaken-up bottle of soda, waiting to blow at any second.

Some days, the shaken-up soda bottle was okay and didn’t leak. I felt that I was on top of the world, ready to tackle anything that headed my way. I smiled at everyone that walked by me. I’d laugh and make jokes with my friends and co-workers. I’d feel motivated, hopeful, and driven. …


The war against misinformation on social media and fake news has only begun.

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The other day, I read on Axios that President Trump told close friends that he “wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News.” Despite my utter disdain for the man, I actually was quite impressed about the discussion of the idea.

Currently, I have a career in market research. My main job is to identify market gaps and opportunities. I analyze disruption in certain industries. And unfortunately, for the current traditional media and social media worlds, Trump’s foray into digital media could easily disrupt their markets.

Even though the battle to take the White House from Donald Trump has ended, the war to keep him off of our minds will be challenging, due to an increase of Trump’s presence in digital media and a very loyal base. …


A personal reflection on the mental health impact of negative tiger parenting.

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Brothers

I’m the oldest of three boys. Growing up as the oldest son definitely had its perks. I was older, bigger, faster, and dare I say it…wiser. Or so I thought!

I had two younger brothers. The middle brother was a year younger than I and my youngest brother was 5 years younger.

Since we were all boys, we got into a lot of trouble. Any mother of boys knows how crazy it can get sometimes! I don’t envy boy mothers one single bit! …


The key to my personal success on Medium was setting realistic goals for myself

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When I began writing on Medium on September 15, 2020, I had no idea what would happen. More than a month and a half ago, I approached Medium writing lackadaisically, not really too serious about the outcome. I was just wanting to put mind to paper and was having fun while doing it.

I didn’t even know what a publication or a Medium paywall was when I published my first story. It was curated and got noticed by a big publication immediately. I write about that experience in an earlier article.

Motivated, I started writing more on Medium. I learned more and set goals for myself. One thing led to the next and now, I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I could as a fledgling writer. …


Connecting the dots between empathy, presidential leadership, & dogs.

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Source: Jill Biden with Major & Champ — Twitter

The results of the 2020 US election represented a repudiation over Trump’s term, a return to normalcy and decency, as well as having furry animals running around the White House in the near future.

With Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump comes a few uncertainties such as the outcomes of Trump’s legal challenges and whether or not he will actually concede. Uncertainties still lie on whether Democrats will be able to control the Senate after the Georgia runoff elections.

However, despite all of these unknowns, there will be one certainty that will come January 20: For the first time in 4 years, there will be dogs in the White House again. …


Choosing the right topics, tags, and publications for your Medium story ensures you’re reaching the right audience

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As a writer of a variety of different topics, one of the biggest roadblocks I run into on Medium isn’t the writing itself but choosing the tags and publications for my articles.

Sometimes, I just write stuff without an audience in mind. When I’m finished with the content, the headline, and the pictures, I think to myself, where does this belong? How can I get as many eyes on this as possible? But there’s so many tags! How do I know which to choose? I ask myself these questions every single time I write.

Choosing the right publication is extremely important to make sure your writing resonates with a relevant audience. Additionally, choosing the right tags for your stories can help interested readers find your writing. …


Trying new things can help you feel more purposeful and sure of yourself

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One Long Road

If there’s anything that we can agree on about the last few months in the midst of this pandemic is that we’ve had a tough time processing our feelings as of late. We’re having trouble distinguishing the difference in our emotions and are left wondering if it’s the quarantine blues, depression, boredom, anxiety, or helplessness. Going crazy?

Maybe all of the above.

I remember when we moved to Utah a few years ago, we drove through West Texas to get there. And let me tell you — It’s a very long, very boring drive. It’s 10 hours of everything looking the same. Same road. Same bush. Same desert. Same sky. …

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