Lydia Lee

Freedom Instigator, Reinvention Strategist, Infamous Cackler
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Feel Good About How You’re Living
and How You Make a Living.

We all feel this pull to do something bigger with our lives.

But many of us aren’t living in alignment with our values and priorities, and we find ourselves
engaged in the wrong kind of work.

 

It isn’t always easy to make a shift in the way we approach life and the way we work. Identities that stem from our careers, communities and the expectations of others can sometimes hold us back from pursuing something more meaningful.

The truth is, we are constantly evolving and the ability to reinvent ourselves is a skill we must adopt in order to make our highest contribution in this world. Traditional careers, education, and societal norms don’t facilitate this adaptation.

The initiative and ambition to choose an unconventional path are necessary if you want to stop living on autopilot, lead a meaningful life, and do the work you were meant to do.

We’re grown adults with seemingly unlimited choice. Yet many of us feel trapped in a work situation where we do only what others expect of us. Every day. Five days a week.

Why am I so sure?

Because I’ve been there myself.

I had climbed the corporate ladder and bagged a cushy six-figure job.  I worked 60 hours a week, lived out of international hotel rooms, and agreed to be paid out for my vacation days in fear my workload would become overwhelming if I took time off.

As an overachiever and the daughter of an immigrant family, success meant that I had to sacrifice my wellbeing to reach the top, but instead, I was on my way to an epic burnout.

It was in 2012, in Moscow that the inevitable occurred.  A total emotional breakdown was followed by physical collapse.  Even when I wasn’t mentally prepared to face the truth of what I had sacrificed to attain “success”, my body had a way of telling me enough was enough.

On paper, I had done everything I was supposed to do to be happy, but I was miserable.

I had to ask myself:  “Is this all there is?”

The Search For Profit and Purpose

It took nine months of therapy, coaching, saving, and planning.  It wasn’t easy by any means, but I quit my cushy job and moved to a tiny island in Southeast-Asia.  I was finally forging my own path, defining my own version of success, happiness, and meaningful life.

After breaking free from my self-imposed golden handcuffs, I launched a business in the same industry that had almost killed me.  But I was my own boss, and convinced that now I really had ‘made it’.

Money, freedom, and a work uniform of old pajamas and sweatpants…what more could a woman want?

Turns out the answer was annoyingly obvious: Meaning.

As a late-night experiment, I started a blog called Screw The Cubicle to document my identity crisis, as I transitioned from being a working professional to a self-employed pajama wearer.

As I started reading and writing more about the origins of purpose, I realized the journey is about more than just escaping a bad job:

People shouldn’t sacrifice their lives for work, but they still need work in their lives. The right work.

For me, the ‘right work’ has been supporting others in living lives that are aligned with their values, by creating meaningful vocations and redefining what success means to them.

Reinvention:

The art of making choices and taking action to become the person you need to be, for the life you want to have.

I’m a certified True Purpose™ Coach and Work Reinvention Strategist who helps passionate individuals, changemakers, and adventurous souls discover the work they’re meant to do, impact the world purposefully and design an inspired life.

Working with everyone from teachers to bankers, I discovered I had a knack for ‘Skills Spotting’, and a gift for helping people reinvent their work in a more meaningful direction.  I started to better understand the struggles that stop people from getting to where they want to go.  The beliefs that lead to fear and decision-making paralysis.  And the old habits that won’t budge.

Creating a meaningful work-life has been possible for me and my clients because we have:

  • Overcome our fear of uncertainty and opened ourselves to new possibilities.
  • Embraced the art of exploration, and challenged our old thinking.
  • Stepped out of our comfort zones to reimagine where we want to invest our time and energy.
  • Redefined our version of success using healthier metrics, that align with our values and priorities.
  • Stopped waiting for the ‘right time’ to start living the life we want.

My mission has touched thousands of lives, with my work featured in Forbes and Huffington Post and retweeted by Sir Richard Branson and shared by Tim Ferriss. I’m also grateful to be able to share my story and inspire people via keynotes and live workshops.

It’s Your Time To Create a Life of Purpose
And Do Work That Matters.

In this era of global connection, there’s never been a better time to lead an unconventional life and do meaningful work on your terms.   New opportunities have shifted how we can make a living and allowed us to dream bigger, bolder, and way beyond the office cubicle.

More than ever before, we need individuals to share new ideas that can shape the world we live in.

Everyone has different motivations to ‘screw the cubicle’.

Everyone has a different definition of what screwing the cubicle is to them.

Some of my clients crave freedom for travel and adventure.  I work with moms who want to be home with their children, without living in fear that someone might take over their jobs if they request maternity leave.  Others desire legacy careers, where their contributions go on to shape the lives of entire communities.

Whatever the motivation, we all want to create meaningful work that deeply satisfies us, with the freedom to do it on our terms.

I’ve developed approaches to help you every step of the way: from life transition strategies, to work reinvention plans.

Now is your time.

Start now.

A few additional facts about little ‘ole me…

🎬  I host free, weekly-ish video episodes at Screw The Cubicle TV on topics like career transitions, meaningful work, and life reinventions. 

👩🏻‍🏫  Live webcasts give me the opportunity to deep dive into the framework, philosophies, and concepts behind Life and Work Reinvention. Sign up here to get the inside scoop. 

🏝️  I currently have a home base on the island of Bali, where I live most of the year. I’ve designed this lifestyle for myself so that I can explore the rest of the world for the remainder of the year #globalcitizen. You can partake in my discoveries on Instagram

💗  I give my mother a lot of shit in podcast interviews for being a crazy, Asian ‘Tiger Mom’. The truth is, having empathy for what she’s gone through as an individual has allowed me to forgive some of the harder realities of my childhood, and encouraged us to bond in a healthier way. Relationships can change, y’all. But, we have to be the first to change. 

💑  In 2018, on my yearly summer visit back home to Vancouver, I ‘imported’ a lovely man, named Andrew, to Bali, who is now my partner. Dating with my unconventional lifestyle isn’t easy, and I’m so grateful I found someone that shares my values – a quick snippet of our story here.

🇲🇾  My original birthplace is Penang, Malaysia. I know I’m biased, but it has THE best food in Southeast Asia. Straight up, google it.

🍍  I have a weird obsession with pineapples. I know you’ve seen it everywhere. Just let me have my pineapples.