Trinh could never hide her admiration for the natural world. As a child she spent her days in the forests of Massachusetts, building forts and running wild among the trees. As she grew she also recognized an interested in her for science. When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” she would answer, “I want to be a doctor.” However, it was not long before Trinh realized being a doctor, as traditionally defined, was not really her dream. In high school she discovered her passion for the arts. She took every art class available and found joy in the simple act of creating. When it came time to apply for college, she had to make a decision; to pursue her love of art or to choose science? She longed for a balance but had no idea where it could be. Not really knowing what to do, Trinh decided to pursue a career in science and technology. Of course, this decision did not end well. After working for an engineering firm for only a few years Trinh quit her job, knowing she needed something more fulfilling. Feeling confused about her life’s direction, Trinh acknowledged a pull towards the arts, still seeking a balance between science and creativity. The difficult search to satisfy this balance brought Trinh down to a low point in her life. It was then herbalism presented itself to her clearly. In herbalism, Trinh found all of her interests packaged in one place. Art, nature, science, healing, and exploration became available at once, allowing Trinh her much needed outlet for creating while also studying the complexities of life. She has found new energy in herbal studies and is eager to share her knowledge with the world – especially those in need.
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