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I’m Lesley. I spend most of my time working onΒ Newsletter GlueΒ and looking for delicious things to eat (like πŸ•). I’m also on Twitter a lot.

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  • I began the quarantine with smug confidence. I’m not smug anymore.

    Newsletter #26 Life under lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t at all what I expected. Being stuck at home has felt like I’m slowly falling into a state of disrepair. Like an abandoned bicycle left in a forest. Over time, paint gives way to rust, tree roots ensnare metal spokes, and manufactured mineral makes its […]

  • Actually, maybe I WILL work for exposure…

    Newsletter #25 Waddup friend? Last week was really busy as dabao.directory became far more popular than I possibly expected. If you had a hand in it, thank you. You’re awesome. And I really appreciate your support! A friend of mine recently posted this on Facebook. Someone’s been going around asking his friends about working for […]

  • What I learnt from building a COVID-19 food directory in 4 days.

    Newsletter #24 Last week, I built dabao.directory. It’s a list of restaurants with COVID-19 special offers. So far, 1,687 people have used my app and I’ve manually amassed about 100 restaurant listings, ranging from hawkers stalls to fine dining. I also found out that my accountant had heard of and used dabao.directory prior to me […]

  • Good mistake/Bad mistake

    Newsletter #23 Howdy, friend! Here’s a small win I’d like to share: I’ve managed to workout every day since I started my COVID-19 streak. I hope you’ve been keeping healthy too. I want to introduce the concept of good mistakes and bad mistakes. This is a tool I use a lot when coaching frisbee, and […]

  • Push-ups, burpees and running during the quarantine

    Newsletter #22 Howdy friend. Here’s the first ever newsletter on consecutive weekends. In light of the quarantine and increased time spent at home, I thought I’d change up my publishing cadence a little. Instead of fortnightly, I’m going to write short newsletters every week and perhaps a longer one every month. Let’s see how this […]

  • What’s counter-pressure? And why it’s necessary.

    Newsletter #21 Counter-pressure is all about making sure competing interests are sufficiently represented. This lets great work happen. Let me break that down by giving you an example. A friend has been subject to excruciatingly long, pointless work meetings. Going by the counter-pressure principle, I believe the problem stems from the boss being in charge […]

  • Why I write this newsletter (plus celebrating a milestone)

    Newsletter #20 I’m really proud to have made it to #20. I first started this newsletter on 21 May 2019, nearly a year ago. I haven’t always published on time, but I’ve kept publishing, which I think is more important. In celebration of this milestone, I thought I’d write a few thoughts about my newsletter-writing […]

  • Learning the lay of the land

    Newsletter #19 Trying to learn something new is often intimidating and overwhelming. There’s a ton of new information coming at you and making sense of it all feels impossible. Because of this, your ability to quickly get the lay of the land can be a game changer.  Wait, what exactly is the lay of the land, […]

  • Keep showing up

    Newsletter #18 My last newsletter was a month ago. I don’t have a reason for not writing it, I just didn’t feel like it. To be honest, I don’t feel like writing this one either. But that’s precisely why I’m doing so.  Shit gets tough. Life happens. And the number of things I need to do is starting to […]

  • Let’s talk about self-talk

    Newsletter #17 I’ve been learning about self-talk recently. That is, the inner narrative that explains, encourages and rationalises our behaviour, decisions and life events. Self-talk is incredibly powerful because it both surfaces and reenforces our world view, beliefs and ideals. Once I started paying attention, it was easier than expected to make out what people say about and […]