November 2019

Time for me has always whizzed by since I moved to New York. There was always something to do at every moment. Of course, that is (was?) a major appeal of the city that never sleeps. While NYC is also notoriously expensive for accommodations, a personal perk was…


Fact: I used to hate working out. You wouldn’t think that based on my past Instagram posts, huh? Or the fact that I became a personal trainer?

When I was younger, my oldest sister Huong used to make me go on runs with her around the neighborhood. In her defense…


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Sometime in the midst of my never-ending game of catch-up studying, my friends managed to snag free tickets to the Stephen Colbert show. They were careful not to bring up too many events that they’d managed to go to together so as not to make me feel like I’d missed…


Sometime after Halloween, I was invited to a friend’s belated Halloween party. I was feeling up for it this time and had been planning out what I would wear to the get together. …


For those of you who read the last blog post, you must now be thinking, “Wow Hedda! That’s great! Mr. Richie got you some friends and now you’re not so lonely in New York!” And that’s where I’ll gladly stop you.

Take a moment to consider that that’s almost exactly


Mr. Richie and I ended up chatting Saturday morning for quite a while. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do after my dad died or how to handle it, so I asked about his experience. He told me about what had happened when his dad had passed and…


Balancing in flying crow pose in a NYC yoga studio

On Halloween, a bunch of my classmates were planning to go out. I really wanted to hang out with friends, go out, and have a good time. At the same time, I didn’t want to. Things just didn’t feel right still. A few people I had told while others I…


“I know it’s hard to imagine right now, but things will get easier with time.” Rahul, my cherished mentor and friend, placed a hand on my shoulder as we chatted during an interim in the services being held for my dad. I met Rahul on the first day of starting…


The Monday after I landed back at JFK airport, floundering in New York City again, I found myself sitting on a therapist’s couch looking at someone look at me. Well this is… interesting, I thought. It was a wide, cream-colored faux-leather type couch, not quite the type I thought I’d…


After you experience a loss, you have reckoning of sorts. I assume that it looks different for everyone. For some, it might be the cliched “life is short” kind, going off to do things they wouldn’t have normally done before — travel the world, skydive, take some other exhilarating, uncalculated…

Hedda Nguyen

Vietnamese-American millennial learning to live with loss and grief. Elite powerlifter and Columbia MPH candidate. Storyteller with www.growingupnguyen.com

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