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Why I Disappeared For 5 Months 👻

Why I Disappeared For 5 Months 👻
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #48 • View online
Hi friends!
Let’s chat about the ELEPHANT 🐘 in the room, shall we? Why did I ‘disappear’ from creating social media content for 5 months?
Simply put - the type of content I created ‘clashed’ with my professional work scope then. Don’t want to go into details, but I ended up feeling pretty devastated and demoralised even though I somewhat understood where the company was coming from. I had put in hours of blood sweat and tears into scripting, filming and editing my content, and it was something I was incredibly proud of!
It’s hard when you put in so much hope and effort into something, just to have to stop halfway.
Internally, I could feel myself withering away bit by bit, like there was a certain amount of disgruntledness I just couldn’t shake off. So I did the only thing I knew and I shut my unhappiness out, and drowned my sorrows by over indulging in - you guessed it - food 🍟 and TV 📺.
So when it came down to it, I guess this was actually one of the factors in my decision to move - and just a few weeks after my move, I’m pretty sure I did the right thing by myself.
I never knew how much not being able to ‘create’ actually weighed me down.
It’s really odd, but I feel like I’ve somewhat gained ‘a new life’ with my new creative freedom. I’m able to finally breathe and I have more energy to continue to pursue my journey of building a following. Honestly though - I never would have known how much I enjoyed content creation until this happened to me - so I’m still grateful to the company no matter what. I’m also incredibly grateful and lucky that my current company is super supportive of my creative endeavours. Whether through YouTube, TikTok or my Newsletter - I’m ready to continue this journey ahead seriously!
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them - Walt Disney
So really, thank you for relentlessly following this journey 💛 I really appreciate all the continued support!
Till next week!

My Favourite Things This Week 💛
Disney+ Movie - Cruella
Emma Stone was AMAZING as Cruella!
Emma Stone was AMAZING as Cruella!
As soon as I saw the trailer, I knew this would be a show I would NOT be missing. Emma Stone really did justice to the part of playing a young Cruella. If she didn’t eventually go down the crazy streak of kidnapping the Dalmations - she may have just become another cool ‘Devil Wears Prada’ lady. Actually, they are both pretty similar aren’t they?
I actually love what Disney is doing with creating stories to showcase ‘Villains’. I’m often reminded by these films that everyone is shaped by their past. How some people turn out today, was just a result of how they were treated and events that happened to them - so it’s always super important to be as empathetic as possible and to try to understand why everyone has that certain perspective or behavior.
In any case - I loved the humor and acting in this movie, and definitely rate it 5 stars :)
Funny story, this book was initially recommended to me by one of my good friends (THANKS AUDREY!), but I only picked it up to read in preparation for negotiating my salary for my new job 🙊
I’d recommend this book in a heartbeat to anyone who wants to learn the art of influencing and pushing back. It’s not easy, and may feel odd at first, especially when you are trying to negotiate. I’ve been trying some of the techniques on people, and surprise surprise - it works! It’s not a book on all theory as well - the writer is actually an Ex-FBI agent who specialised in negotiation, so the stories he shares are quite interesting. Don’t worry, his techniques obviously can be applied in the real world as well.
On another note, I’m thinking of starting a random book notes / summary section on my website, or maybe creating videos on it. Wondering if this would be interesting for some of you? Let me know in your email replies :)
Video Of The Week 🎥
Culture Lessons from my 7 years at Google (Part 2) #shorts
Culture Lessons from my 7 years at Google (Part 2) #shorts
Please watch it, and give it a like 👍🏽 as it really helps support the channel and subscribe to my YouTube channel OR my TikTok Channel here if you found value in this video! 🙏🏼
Of course, sharing the videos with anyone who may potentially benefit from this information would help me a ton as well! 🤗
Kindle Highlight Of The Week 📖
What I am appreciating about work so far is that I get feedback really quickly and I'm able to iterate as and when needed!
What I am appreciating about work so far is that I get feedback really quickly and I'm able to iterate as and when needed!
Photo(s) Of The Week 📷
The Mandatory Work Shot I get each time I move!
The Mandatory Work Shot I get each time I move!
Sometimes you just meet incredible people who are in your life. Grateful for these folks - #LinkedTOKforever!
Sometimes you just meet incredible people who are in your life. Grateful for these folks - #LinkedTOKforever!
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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 month, 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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