52 episodes

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.

Your New Life Blend Shoshanna Hecht

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 38 Ratings

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.

    Glynnis MacNicol, Author, "I'm Mostly Here To Enjoy Myself"

    Glynnis MacNicol, Author, "I'm Mostly Here To Enjoy Myself"

    Glynnis MacNicol spent the long stretch of COVID lockdown mostly alone in small Upper West Side apartment, mostly without really touching another person. So by summer 2021, after vaccines had rolled out and restrictions were finally lifting, she jumped at the chance to stay at a friend's apartment in Paris, and immediately bought a plane ticket out of her pandemic-imposed solitude. Landing in Paris she found a city just waking up from its own lockdown, and felt in Parisians all around her the same urgent, greedy desire to enjoy every pleasure life had to offer - food (cheese, croissants, chocolate), community (in-person, Zoom be damned), and connection (very much in person, very pleasurable, very much enjoyed). She recounts it all and then some in her joyful, decadent, and insightful new memoir, "I'm Mostly Here To Enjoy Myself: One Woman's Pursuit of Pleasure in Paris," coming in June, which dares to suggest that women have the right to enjoy themselves - and their choices - fully and gloriously, without needing permission. In this episode of "Your New Life Blend," Glynnis talks to host Shoshanna Hecht about how seeking & claiming pleasure is actually a radical feminist act; the power of a free woman freely making her own choices; the joys of embracing your life unfolding at any age; and why we all deserve to truly enjoy ourselves.


    SHOW NOTES

    Website
    https://www.glynnismacnicol.com/

    I'm Mostly Here To Enjoy Myself: One Woman's Pursuit of Pleasure in Paris
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/736781/im-mostly-here-to-enjoy-myself-by-glynnis-macnicol

    No One Tells You This
    https://www.glynnismacnicol.com/noonetellsyouthis.html

    Podcast: "Wilder"
    https://www.glynnismacnicol.com/wilder.html

    Newsletter: "Good Decisions"
    https://glynnismacnicol.substack.com

    "I Think We’re Alone Now. Welcome." New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/style/self-care/coronavirus-living-alone.html

    "Growing Up Meant Learning How to Wear Red Lipstick," The Cut
    https://www.thecut.com/2014/12/growing-up-meant-learning-to-wear-red-lipstick.html

    "I Miss My Lipstick," New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/15/style/lipsticks-to-wear-with-masks.html

    Other Writing:
    https://www.glynnismacnicol.com/other-writing.html

    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/noonetellsyouthis


    References:

    The Other Significant Others: Reimagining Life with Friendship at the Center
    https://www.amazon.com/Other-Significant-Others-Reimagining-Friendship/dp/1250280915

    Birthrates are plummeting worldwide. Why?
    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/19/opinion/ezra-klein-podcast-jennifer-sciubba.html

    TheLi.st, founded by Glynnis MacNicol & Rachel Sklar
    https://nypost.com/2020/11/24/exclusive-womens-social-network-sold-to-shokets-new-power-media

    • 45 min
    Penny Abeywardena, International Affairs Expert & Soft Power Strategist

    Penny Abeywardena, International Affairs Expert & Soft Power Strategist

    Who are we when we don’t have a job? A fancy title? The heft of a prestigious organization behind us, signaling our worth and marketability? That question stared Penny Abeywardena square in the face when she left her high-powered position as New York City Commissioner for International Affairs in the De Blasio administration, a role she had served in from 2014-2022. It was the first untethered, unstructured time she’d had in two decades. It was also the first time she’d had a moment to think about what this new untethered life might look like. In this episode of “Your New Life Blend,” host Shoshanna Hecht talks to Penny about creating a new, bespoke job description, her newfound focus on "soft power" and the power of collaboration, and how her experiences as an immigrant, woman of color, and survivor of domestic violence have shaped her approach to leadership and advocacy.

    Website
    https://pennyabeywardena.com

    Soft Power Strategies
    http://softpowerstrategies.com

    Forbes Column
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/pennyabeywardena

    Social Media
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/pennyabeywardena
    https://twitter.com/pabeywardena
    https://www.instagram.com/pabeywardena

    • 35 min
    Encore Episode: Jo Piazza, "The Sicilian Inheritance"

    Encore Episode: Jo Piazza, "The Sicilian Inheritance"

    Jo Piazza has built a career around telling stories, specifically about women living lives of adventure, bravery, joy and fulfillment. In celebration of Jo's upcoming novel "The Sicilian Inheritance" - out next week! - we are sharing our wonderful conversation with her from Season 2, where she talks about the personal journey behind the book (based on the murder of her Sicilian great-great-grandmother, who was also maybe a witch). In this episode, Jo sits down with host Shoshanna Hecht to discuss her rich and full career as a journalist, author and podcaster, and shares insights into her career evolution, highlighting the necessity of adaptability, reinvention - and being your own CEO.

    The Sicilian Inheritance

    https://www.amazon.com/Sicilian-Inheritance-Novel-Jo-Piazza/dp/0593474163

    Podcast: Under The Influence

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/under-the-influence-with-jo-piazza/id1544171101

    Newsletter: Over The Influence

    https://jopiazza.substack.com/

    Other Books

    https://www.jopiazza.com/books

    Other Podcasts

    https://www.jopiazza.com/podcasts

    • 26 min
    Jessica Bennett, New York Times Journalist & Author

    Jessica Bennett, New York Times Journalist & Author

    Jessica Bennett has spent a prolific, award-winning career writing and reporting about gender, sexuality, politics, and culture, including as the first-ever Gender Editor for The New York Times, and now as a contributing writer & editor. She has profiled - and shaped our collective understanding of - numerous public figures including Jennifer Aniston, Pamela Anderson, Monica Lewinsky, E. Jean Carroll, Governor Kathy Hochul and Anita Hill. Jessica's book, "Feminist Fight Club," offered solutions for fighting workplace inequality and gender bias, and her current podcast, "In Retrospect," with co-host Susie Banikarim, looks back on cultural moments from the past few decades and rethinks our collective - and often extremely dated - response. It's all giving her a lot to think about right now as she ponders what's next in a decimated media environment as it seems like, yet again, everything is changing. In this episode of "Your New Life Blend," host Shoshanna Hecht sits down with Jessica to discuss our shifting attitudes as a society (and as an ambitious, high- achieving women), how to carve out your own job description, and above all, how to roll with an ever-changing world when sometimes what you really want is a nap.

    Website:

    https://www.jessicabennett.com

    Books:

    Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace
    This Is 18: Girls’ Lives Through Girls’ Eyes
    https://www.jessicabennett.com/books

    New York Times stories:

    https://www.nytimes.com/by/jessica-bennett

    Podcast:

    In Retrospect with Susie Banikarim and Jessica Bennett
    https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-in-retrospect-with-susie-122206786/

    Social Media:

    https://www.instagram.com/jessicabennett
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jess7bennett
    https://twitter.com/jessicabennett

    • 33 min
    Encore Episode: Cindy Gallop, Founder & Change Agent

    Encore Episode: Cindy Gallop, Founder & Change Agent

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we wanted to bring back one of our *favorite* episodes from Season 1, with the inimitable Cindy Gallop, who lives her life *exactly* as she wants and is *very good* at inspiring the rest of us to do the same. Cindy would like you to have *more* of everything you want - more money, more power, more freedom, more innovation, more connection, more joy - and yes, more sex.
    And who are we to argue?

    Cindy is also in the process of an equity crowdfunding campaign on WeFunder in support of her company, Make Love Not Porn, a social sex platform with the mission of promoting safe & informed sex for consenting adults. (The campaign’s lead investor is actress & activist Jameela Jamil.) In this episode of "Your New Life Blend," Cindy talks about her work encouraging connection, communication, and authenticity (at MNLP and with her coaching clients, and speaking and newsletter audiences!) and why she wants you to build whatever you are dreaming of with your unique voice, skills and vision. 
    We are *always* inspired by Cindy and we know you will be, too. We hope you enjoy this encore episode of your new life blend!

    SHOW NOTES

    MNLP Crowdfunding Campaign
    https://wefunder.com/makelovenotporn/

    Website
    MakeLoveNotPorn.tv

    Newsletter
    Dear Cindy

    TED Talk
    Make Love, Not Porn

    Social Media
    @CindyGallop on Twitter
    Cindy Gallop on Linkedin
    @CindyGallop on Instagram

    • 33 min
    Amy Shoenthal, Author, “The Setback Cycle"

    Amy Shoenthal, Author, “The Setback Cycle"

    What happens when you're building the life you want, and then life knocks you sideways? The layoff. The rejection. The congratulations-on-your-new-baby-we’ll-just-give-that-account-to-someone-else. That last one happened to Amy Shoenthal, whose upward trajectory in a marketing firm record-scratched when she announced her pregnancy and came back from maternity leave to find herself subtly but unmistakably sidelined.  The subsequent feelings of professional panic, alienation and displacement left her unmoored from her career expectations and goals, which took a while for her to process and regroup from. Fortunately, the regrouping led her to something even better - her new book, "The Setback Cycle" about how we process the obstacles that knock us flat and find our way back to something even better. In this episode of "Your New Life Blend," host Shoshanna Hecht (who is in the book!) sits down with Amy to discuss how to rally when we want to wallow (but go ahead and wallow a bit, it's an essential part of the process), how to check in with ourselves as we course-correct, and how sometimes setbacks are just what we need to wake us up.

    Website:
    https://www.amyshoenthal.com

    Books:

    The Setback Cycle: How Defining Moments Can Move Us Forward
    https://www.amyshoenthal.com/the-setback-cycle

    A Magical Day in Sunnyside
    https://www.amyshoenthal.com/book

    Forbes column:
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyshoenthal

    Visionaries Collective:
    https://www.visionaries-collective.com

    Social Media:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyshoenthal
    https://www.instagram.com/amysho
    https://twitter.com/amysho

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

linssul ,

Excellent interviews - and interviewer!

I absolutely love listening to Your New Life Blend. The guests are fabulous, and Shoshanna’s interview style is absolutely incredible. Thanks for this great show!

Molecular Biophysics ,

Like chatting with good friends

This podcasts celebrates the twists and turns of life and amplifies the things we speak about quietly with friends. It's a delight and refreshing. Shoshanna is a warm host and asks both the question you have and the ones you wish you had!

Sylvia Speaks ,

New listener and loving it already

Just found your show via someone’s feed on LinkedIn and got a chance to listen to your Bea Arthur episode. Fantastic. Looking forward to listening to more.

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