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.
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Author Lindsey Pollak had always made a point of projecting polish and control – useful for her work as an in-demand speaker and workplace expert. In March 2020 she had a year of speaking engagements booked – until she didn’t. Over a two-week period, she lost over six figures in business as clients cancelled bookings and took back deposits.
As the family breadwinner, she had no choice but to figure out how a workplace expert adapts when the workplace disappears. Then, Lindsey and her family had to adapt even more when a space heater in the apartment below them sparked a building-wide fire. The family watched from the street as their home burned. Lindsey had to relocate, retrench, rebuild – and recalculate, which became the subject of her next book, and this episode of “Your New Life Blend.”
Host Shoshanna Hecht talks to Lindsey about rebuilding a life and a career in the face of unrelenting change and challenge, how trying to project perfection can keep us from asking for – and receiving! – the help we need, and how we just never know what people are carrying.