Has there ever been a better time to decide what our lives should look like? We are emerging from a once-in-a-century cataclysm where our lives were upended, our communities remade and our priorities readjusted. Now as the call to return to “normal” grows more insistent, we get to ask the question: what does “normal” look like? Did the old normal serve me? What do I want my new normal to be? And what will that mean for my career, my community, and my family? These are the fundamental questions to building our lives – and now, rebuilding them. As a therapist and coach, Shoshanna Hecht has been wrestling with these very questions in her practice – and now, on this podcast. With guests from all walks of life including media, culture, politics, tech, business & activism, Shoshanna examines the overlap of our goals, relationships, boundaries and priorities, and how we can navigate them all with self-awareness and intention. What do we want our lives to look like? Welcome to Your New Life Blend.
What stories are we telling ourselves about the world? The New Quo founder Christina Blacken works with leaders to challenge the status quo through “narrative intelligence” – understanding the power of stories to change minds, break patterns, and make better, wiser decisions.
In this episode, host Shoshanna Hecht speaks with Christina about the stories we tell ourselves in good times and in crises (and whose stories get told, and from whose perspective). Christina also shares how she applied the lessons of narrative intelligence to her own story, professionally and personally, when the COVID-19 lockdowns took hold in March 2020.
Professionally, Christina’s flourishing in-person speaking and consulting business changed on a dime. Personally, she learned to navigate her own rising fear and trauma brought on by pandemic life by reframing her own stories in order to overcome those fears and move herself forward.