33 episodes

Re:considering explores how to navigate your career, relationships, and the values that guide you through the inevitable changes of life. Each episode co-hosts Bob Baxley, Meredith Black, and Aarron Walter talk with people who’ve figured a few things out about living a satisfying life filled with meaning and show you how you can too.

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Re:considering explores how to navigate your career, relationships, and the values that guide you through the inevitable changes of life. Each episode co-hosts Bob Baxley, Meredith Black, and Aarron Walter talk with people who’ve figured a few things out about living a satisfying life filled with meaning and show you how you can too.

    Episode 30: Figuring out friendship with Kat Vellos

    Episode 30: Figuring out friendship with Kat Vellos

    Friendship is something that’s easy to take for granted. Meeting friends in our early years might have come easy but as we age friends move away, people couple off, careers and families start and suddenly making friends isn’t as easy as it used to be.


    As many studies have shown, if you want to live a longer, more fulfilling life you’ll need to invest in friendships now.


    In this episode we speak with friendship expert and author of We should get together: The secret to cultivating friendships, Kat Vellos. Kat shares practical guidance to jumpstart and strengthen your friendships.


    Show notes, a transcript, and links from this episode are at: http://reconsidering.org/episodes/30

    • 56 min
    Episode 29: Giving up on productivity with Madeleine Dore

    Episode 29: Giving up on productivity with Madeleine Dore

    Are you one of those people who thrives off a check-list? It feels satisfying to complete things, but the satisfaction only lasts for a fleeting moment as a cleared check-list invites more tasks. It's an exhausting treadmill that inevitably gives rise to guilt and shame when we can't keep up.


    Madeleine Dore, author of “I Didn’t Do the Thing Today; letting go of productivity guilt” joins us to talk about giving yourself permission to let go to focus on what really matters. We’ll talk about the difference between happiness and satisfaction, burnout and how to spot it, and how to create your own user manual so we can live a more energized and rewarding life that’s tailored just for us.


    Show notes and links for this episode are at http://reconsidering.org/episodes/29

    • 46 min
    Episode 28: Embracing remote work with Annie Jarvis

    Episode 28: Embracing remote work with Annie Jarvis

    A few years ago, most of us were still heading into the office five days a week. But the pandemic changed the workplace dramatically. Most of us now work from home or are working in a hybrid environment, which has introduced challanges in our both our personal and professional lives. How do we navigate these changes?


    Annie Jarvis, Vice President of Product at Indeed, joins us to talk about the future of remote work, what she’s seen working at Indeed during the pandemic, and her experiences as a leader working in a remote environment.


    Show notes and links from this show: http://reconsidering.org/episodes/28

    • 44 min
    Episode 27: The power of mentorship with Felix Lee

    Episode 27: The power of mentorship with Felix Lee

    Mentorship can be a powerful force that improves life but it's often hard to come by. Most of us struggle to ask, “will you be my mentor” and may not even know what kind of support or commitment we're asking for.


    Felix Lee, founder of a thriving community of mentors and mentees called ADP List, saw a lot of people losing their jobs and looking for guidance and support during the pandemic. He also recognized that the crisis had caused people to raise their hand to support those in need. At just 25 years-old, Felix founded an organization that's connecting mentors and mentees in the design and technology industry around the world and chaning the trajectory of thousands of careers.


    In this episode, Felix Lee shares the power of being a mentor, the rewards of receiving mentorship and how people can come together to enrich and improve their lives.


    This episode is brought to you by Indeed Design (http://indeed.design), a resource for designers, researchers, and all UX professionals who do design work that matters.


    Show notes and links: http://reconsidering.org/episodes/27

    • 49 min
    Episode 26: Rethinking education with Connie Liu

    Episode 26: Rethinking education with Connie Liu

    High school sucks. It’s socially awkward, culturally confusing, and academically irrelevant. And though the first two might largely be an inescapable part of the teenage experience, the third is of critical concern to both the stability of society and the health of the economy. Which is why we wanted to spend some time learning more about what’s happening in the world of primary education and the ways in which it’s affecting the future of work.


    In this episode, we’re joined by Connie Liu, founder of Project Invent – a non-profit who’s stated mission is to “…empower students with the 21st-century skills to succeed individually and make an impact globally, through invention… creating a generation of fearless, compassionate problem solvers.”


    A graduate of both MIT and Stanford, as well as a former high-school teacher at the Nueva School in Silicon Valley, Connie has been a part of some of the most innovative educational institutions in the world. That’s given her a unique perspective about both the current state and the future of high school education. Her insights and observations highlight the challenges, opportunities, and promise of where primary education is headed and what that means for us all.


    This episode is brought to you by Indeed Design (http://indeed.design), a resource for designers, researchers, and all UX professionals who do design work that matters.

    • 52 min
    Episode 25: Finding headspace with Leslie Witt

    Episode 25: Finding headspace with Leslie Witt

    As recently as a decade ago, most of Western culture dismissed meditation as a sort of “touchy-feely” pursuit with no real value.


    Thanks in large part to the rise of meditation apps like Headspace however, that attitude has dramatically shifted from one of skepticism to one of curiosity heading towards broad acceptance. And just in time too as the pandemic and lockdown revealed for all of us the perilous state of the mental health system and the importance of emotional self-care.


    Our guest today is Leslie Witt, the Chief Product and Designer Officer at Headspace. In this episode we’ll touch on the importance of preventive mental health as well as the challenges of taking care of yourself when you’re also struggling with the demands of being a business executive, a mom, and of course—your own full person.


    Show notes and transcript: http://reconsidering.org/episodes/25


    This episode is brought to you by Indeed Design, a resource for designers, researchers, and all UX professionals who do design work that matters. Learn more at http://indeed.design

    • 51 min

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