We had the good fortune of connecting with Miinkay Yu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miinkay, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I used to be my audience. Years ago I was mindlessly floating through life. Only living for vacations and the weekend. I was bored at work and tired of not knowing what to do with my life. So I made a drastic change and quit my job with no plans ahead. I just knew that I needed more time in my life to figure it out. And I thought that not having income would light a fire under my butt. In the next 6-12 months I spent my time trying to get a hold of what I wanted to do with my career. Eventually I figured it out, but I had no one to help me and no obvious resources.
If only I had some help along the way, then I wouldn’t have felt so anxious, upset and scared. So that’s the goal of my business as a career coach. I’m here to help others navigate their careers so that they can move through change and transition with more ease and confidence.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
In 2016 I decided to quit my corporate career as an IT Consultant in search of something new. I only took this leap of faith because I had tried to create side hustles or find new jobs but they never worked out. I would always come home too tired to work on the career search. But when I thought about not working at my job, I felt truly happy and free. So I faced my fear and quit my job. I had no idea what I wanted to do or how I was going to make money. My plan was to learn more about intuition and to use that to find what kind of work would be better for me. It was definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever done. But I have no regrets.
I spent a lot of time, questioning my decision and then figuring out how to be without a job. My identity had been shattered and I had to rebuild it from the ground up. I volunteered a lot, did research but mostly tried to follow that feeling of curiosity and freedom. I used up a lot of my savings, but now I see that I needed to. Rebuilding takes resources and I’m grateful that I had the resources to use. The hardest thing I had to face was uncertainty – I didn’t know if I tried this new class whether I would like it or not. I didn’t know when I might find that thing that would click. I didn’t know what I would get out of a random side job or volunteer role. But eventually I learned to embrace that life has uncertainty and that on the positive side new and wonderful opportunities will show up the more risks you take. I also learned a lot about how to use your natural skills of instinct, gut feeling, and intuition. I had lived my life just relying on my brain and reason to make my choices but now I had new tools to help me feel better about uncertainty and to make sure I’m making great decisions.
I first found bodywork, which is an umbrella term for manual work that supports bodily health. Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic all fall under this term. I started studying massage, energy work, and many kinds of therapies I didn’t know existed and I felt I had found my calling. Along the way I was sharing my experiences on my blog and on social media and many of my friends would pop in to say, “I wish I had the courage to quit my job too!” “How did you find what you love? I’m still looking.” “I don’t know where to go in my career, how did you figure it out?” And that’s where I saw a huge need for career help. Where do you go when you want to make a 180 degree change? I had to figure it out on my own, but now I knew many friends who were in the same position. So I got some coaching training and started my career coaching business.
Now I do both – bodywork and coaching. I love the variety it brings to my life and for the first time in my life I’m excited about my career.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA has so many beautiful places to offer. I’m partial to gardens and peaceful spaces so the first place we would go is the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades. It holds some of Ghandi’s ashes and is so calming that it’s hard to leave. We would then go to Mendocino Farms in Santa Monica and rent bikes to cruise along the beach. I would definitely take them to Cafe Gratitude in Venice for a true laid back California Vegan experience and have great coffee at Blue Bottle. We’d spend a whole day at Universal Studios to see the movie sets and drink butter beer. Then eat some authentic Thai food at Jitlada in Thai town. I love the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. At night we could see some improv at UCB in Hollywood or catch a show at Pantages. On Saturday morning I would take them to the downtown Flower Market to get a deep breath in the sea of flowers and then we’d go to eat some brunch at Egg Slut. I’d want to go to Holbox for some of the best seafood in LA and spend a day hiking at the Griffith Observatory. If there’s time we could go kayaking, parasailing or surfing. LA has some of the best outdoor options in the country. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be here without my teacher and coach, Alan Cohen. His calm and consistent patience reminds me to take my time and that I don’t need to rush to get anywhere. He taught me to say a short affirmation before each session – and it keeps me grounded, reminds me that I don’t need to have all the answers, and to just trust that things will work out well for everyone. These simple changes in my mindset have transformed my life and there’s no way I can measure how much it has helped me.