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.
Washington Post columnist Helaine Olen has always been fascinated by work and how it dominates our lives – and, since March 2020, has been fascinated by the profound shift she has observed in our relationship to work since the pandemic sent so many of us home, and sent so many others directly into harm’s way.
These observations were the basis of her recent article, “How the Pandemic Ended America’s Bad Romance With Work,” in which she explores the forces compelling what she calls “a great reconsideration, a great renegotiation” with work in this country and exactly how much of it we actually want in our lives.
In this episode of “Your New Life Blend,” host Shoshanna Hecht speaks with Helaine about the societal forces that build movements from the ground up, and what happens when giant swaths of the workforce abruptly realize that work won’t love you back.