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Finding My 'Why'🔥

Finding My 'Why'🔥
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #6 • View online
Hello my friends!
Hope everyone’s enjoying the weekend (particularly those in Singapore who had an extra day off due to the elections!)
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A few days ago, I had trouble sleeping. I spent majority of the time awake, thinking through what was going on in my life - work, my blog, my newsletter, my relationships with my friends and loved ones - and it hit me that I was happy. I couldn’t sleep because I was just too excited about life and it’s possibilities.
Ever since I started my personal branding / writing journey, I’ve always wondered how I could tie in all the topics I love (health, fitness, productivity and self-development) and share the knowledge I had. The problem was, I didn’t quite know who to share this with, but I just decided to build my website and post stuff up anyway. It definitely felt like I was shouting into the void, but as long as I could help 1 person with the knowledge I had, that sufficed for me as a start.
With the move to my new role at work, I’ll have the chance to work and interact with students in Singapore. And then it hit me, I suddenly felt like the stars had aligned, and the universe had finally presented to me who my niche target audience should be: Singaporean Students and Millennials! Of course that had to be it!
When I joined Google years ago, all I wanted to do was to help more students in their life journey. I’ve personally been through it, and know how hard and confusing it was navigating life - finding a job, battling self-confidence issues, feeling useless, stupid and fat (honestly, that was how I truly felt years ago). But if someone like me has made it this far, it’s entirely possible for others to do so as well, and they don’t have to feel so shitty going through the process!
It took me a good 5 years+ working at Google to finally get myself to this position I really wanted to be in. Along the way, I lost myself - but with some luck, lots of support and love, and amazing people / managers who looked out for me, I finally have the chance to be able to create impact in our younger generation’s lives both professionally and personally!
I’ve truly believed that I have found my ‘why’ - and I can’t wait to help both Students & Millennials lead a happy and healthier life (yes, therefore the new newsletter title). Even if you aren’t a millennial, I still hope my content will add value to you in some way!
I hope everyone has an incredible week ahead.
Till the next issue!
Jamie (:

My Favourite Things This Week
Kevin Kelly is a writer who has produced a ton of articles since 2000s - and is best known for the article ‘1000 true fans’. He turned 68 recently, and wrote out 68 life lesson snippets in an article! Took away a few interesting nuggets of advice, but the two I resonated the most with were:
Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.
Don’t be the best. Be the only.
Netflix - ’Minimalism’ directed by Matt D'Avella
A good introduction to the concept of Minimalism - the 1h 18min documentary puts across the main messages of ‘ Focusing on the important things’ and that ‘Less is more’.
In our current world, we’re constantly overwhelmed with both digital information, and physical clutter. I’ve personally found that by decluttering both spaces (deleting unnecessary apps on the phone, marie-kondoing my room, closet) and being more intentional about the things I want in my life, I have much more headspace to think and breathe. It’s only been a few months, but I’ve already become so much happier.
I love having background music when I’m working / studying. However, there are times when music with lyrics end up ‘interfering’ with the content I’m trying to absorb. Not kidding, I once accidentally typed out lyrics on to my notes!
I’ve compiled a list of instrumental songs curated from my favourite video games and movies (Just to name a few - Pokemon, Super Mario, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Disney movies), and I’ve been using this playlist as my main background music for the past month or so. Currently, it has about 8 hours worth of music, but I’m actively adding more instrumentals to the collection, but thought to share the love! Click on the link above to follow the playlist if you are keen. Enjoy!
Cool Stuff My Friends Are Doing
This week, I’m featuring a book written by one of my fellow Googlers, Raunak Bhandari.
Published this year, on May 14th 2020, Finding Tranquility In Pursuit of Peace is a story about 3 friends in India, as they navigate through a journey of adaptation and growth. The book is a work of fiction and the underlying themes are interwoven into the story as it unfolds. The main theme of the book, however, is about finding one’s destiny!
When and why did Raunak start writing this novel?
Raunak has always enjoyed writing since his college days in London. Moving from India to London for studies, he had to pick up the english language in a short span of time and improve his vocabulary extensively. To do so, he put in a lot of effort into both reading and writing, and even joined the toastmasters club to practice his verbal skills!
Raunak enjoys writing at night with a glass of scotch at hand, and the inception of the book hit when he was pursuing his masters degree in London. There was initially no intent to publish, but after receiving good feedback from his friends after sharing his work, he decided to try his luck to publish the book!
What was the biggest challenge faced during this process?
For Raunak, securing a contract with the publishing house was the hardest part of the whole process. Most publishing houses are not typically interested in new authors as they have to make huge investments into their books. However, once successful, they take over the more administrative pieces of things (applying for licences and royalties, design…) and even take care of the marketing, leaving the author free to concentrate on their creative work.
Once the contract was signed in February 2020, things moved along pretty quickly due to the circuit breaker. In hindsight, it was a definitely the silver lining in Raunak’s cloud!
It has been about 2 months since the book launch, and sales have gone pretty well! Raunak has already sold around 1000 copies of his book across the world!
You can order a copy of Raunak’s book through these links:
I’ve just got my hands on one, and am excited to immerse myself into it! Don’t forget to grab a copy for yourselves - I heard that there’s a potential for a sequel, so stay tuned!
Health Tip Of The Week
The body is often dehydrated due to the lack of water we drink, so make sure you keep hydrated. Another simple way to help curb your hunger is to drink black coffee. If you're still hungry after that, please eat! Follow @thefitsingaporean for daily health and fitness tips!
The body is often dehydrated due to the lack of water we drink, so make sure you keep hydrated. Another simple way to help curb your hunger is to drink black coffee. If you're still hungry after that, please eat! Follow @thefitsingaporean for daily health and fitness tips!
Blog Post Of The Week
The Pilot, The Plane & The Engineer — JAMIELYY
Kindle Highlight Of The Week
Did you know that protein are the building blocks for muscle? Makes sure you eat enough protein everyday so that your body is able to build / sustain your muscles :)
Did you know that protein are the building blocks for muscle? Makes sure you eat enough protein everyday so that your body is able to build / sustain your muscles :)
Please hit reply if you have any feedback or comments - I’ll be sure to get back to you!
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Have a great week ahead everyone.
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Jamie Lim Yin Yin

My name is Jamie, a Millennial based in Singapore 🇸🇬. I love exploring topics on productivity 📈, personal development 🌱 and career tips 🎓 to help Gen Z & Millennials navigate life. Every week, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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