For much of her life, Youmin Yap adhered to a fairly typical trajectory: in school, she focused on getting good grades; after graduation, she secured a stable job, and in her career, she steadily climbed the ranks. Trained in life sciences, Youmin began her career as a biology and mathematics teacher in secondary schools — a job she loved dearly — before joining a statutory board to do policy work. In 2016, she and her husband climbed Mt Kenya. From there, something inside her began to change.
To mark the launch of our upcoming Sunday Made with Liberty Fabric collection, we connected with Youmin, whose days are no longer structured around a 9-5 in the confines of an office. Today, she is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Trainer (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs), yoga nidra facilitator, mindfulness life coach, and the founder of Xiu Nature Connections, which offers immersive, nature-inspired experiences.
Youmin is wise and patient, but also forthright and curious. Between shots, she stops — literally — to smell the flowers. She excitedly points out a particular flower known as a pinwheel before offering a fallen one to us to smell. It may be wet and gusty all around, but Youmin has definitely brought her own sunshine.