190: Having The Courage To Be Yourself, Being Brave To Be Queer & Follow Your Passion with Angel Trinidad

by neeta bhushan


Quote: “I knew that if I were to stay… like I didn’t want to live a lie, so I just decided and I actually created the foundation of where my goals came from actually. I was like, ‘Okay, so I might get disowned by my parents because I’m queer, so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna study really hard, get into a good college, get a good job, make my, like, get a good career, and then make my own money so I can live my own life and love who I want.’”
– Angel Trinidad

Do you have something you are deeply passionate about yet struggle to share?

 Angel Trinidad, the creative force behind Passion Planner shares her inspiring journey from feeling lost and depressed to sparking a global movement with her innovative planners. It’s a tale of redefining what success means, juggling life’s complex challenges, and standing firm in your true identity amidst cultural and family pressures. 

Angel’s story is a powerful reminder for anyone trying to find the balance between who they are, where they come from, and where they’re headed. And this episode is filled with juicy boldness you need to hear to chase your dreams.

In this episode, we talk about…

  • How gentle productivity emphasizes the importance of balancing structure and flexibility.
  • Navigating the challenges and triumphs of embracing one’s true self while cultural and familial expectations.
  • Redefining success on your terms and the role of adaptability and resilience in life’s transitions.
  • Breaking down larger goals into manageable steps for consistent, incremental progress.


Angelia “Angel” Trinidad, a first-generation queer Filipina American, is the founder and CEO of Passion Planner. She created those famous planners that have gone viral in recent years.

After graduating from UCLA with a BA in Art and a minor in Arts Education, Angelia found herself depressed, spiraling down, and struggling to find direction. Embracing the motto, “It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to start,” she took the leap and created Passion Planner, a paper life coach,  from her parents’ garage. Since then, Passion Planner has helped over 3 million people dedicate more time towards their goals and their passions with less stress and more fun.

Passion Planner’s mission is to help create a world where everyone has the courage, tools, and community to build their ideal life.

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Discussion Question

How do you balance your personal identity, cultural expectations, and professional goals to maintain a true sense of self?

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