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Tam Pham's Blog

Heyo! I'm Tam, founder of Bachata Library. Here are two things you must know about me:

  1. I love learning new things and having new experiences – I dropped out of university to work directly for startups. I once quit my job to study chess full-time. I moved from California to Toronto with no hesitation. I quit my job again to train bachata full-time. I moved to México City with zero knowledge of Spanish. And many more stories that make life so exciting and fun.
  2. Human connection is everything – I aim to surround myself with kind, playful, and inspiring humans. Hell yes to building community. Say hi to me on Instagram.

I write about my adventures, learnings, and reflections as I experience life. Subscribe below if you're into it. Or don’t.

Life is short – make the most out of your wild and precious life.

Featured Posts

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4 Realizations That Made Me Quit My Job, Again 😳

How a solo retreat to México helped me realize I needed to leave my job and start Bachata Library, a course that helps people become amazing Bachata dancers.

4 Realizations That Made Me Quit My Job, Again 😳
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I Took a Bachata Sabbatical For Six Months. It Was Awesome.

A recap of my bachata sabbatical where I ate, slept and breathed bachata for six months. This trip took me to Mexico City, Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona, and Toronto. I'd do it all again if I could.

I Took a Bachata Sabbatical For Six Months. It Was Awesome.
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My Journey On Learning Spanish In Six Months

How I went from zero to having full conversations in Spanish after six months using the learning strategies I've honed from becoming a chess expert.

My Journey On Learning Spanish In Six Months
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What Should We Do When It's Too Expensive to Live?

The cost of living is ridiculous. With half of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, life is freaking stressful. What should we do?! I explore five major "solutions," share the pros and cons of each, and reveal what I'm currently doing.

What Should We Do When It's Too Expensive to Live?
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You Don't Have To Find Your Life Purpose Through Work

I used to look down on people who had regular 9-5 jobs and pursued their hobbies on the side. I thought the dream was to find what you love and never work a day in your life. But over the past 7 years, I've changed my mind, and here's why.

You Don't Have To Find Your Life Purpose Through Work
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I Quit My Job to Study Chess for 7 Months and Beat a National Master

The lessons learned from 57 tournament rated games, 200+ hours of deliberate practice, and finding out who I really am in the process.

I Quit My Job to Study Chess for 7 Months and Beat a National Master

Recent Posts

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Year in Review 2023

Every year on my birthday, I reflect on my highs, lows, and everything in between. This tradition is an amazing way to measure backward and appreciate how far I've come. Here's how my 2023 went.

Year in Review 2023
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Random internet bloggers have changed my life

You need someone to show you the light. To show you what's possible. To model what a different life could look like.

Random internet bloggers have changed my life
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My experience dancing bachata in Toronto

The bachata scene in Toronto got a glow-up! This is my personal experience learning, teaching, and dancing sensual bachata in Toronto, Canada.

My experience dancing bachata in Toronto
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Be ruthlessly honest about why you work

There's a gap between your current and your ideal relationship to work. How risky would it be to make a change? Or at least a step in the right direction?

Be ruthlessly honest about why you work
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Finding Happiness in México City 🇲🇽

I feel so alive and myself in México. This post is dedicated to my top five reasons why I love it here, the downsides, and my philosophy on choosing where to live.

Finding Happiness in México City 🇲🇽