Your New Life Blend

Shoshanna Hecht

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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Rachel Dodes & Lauren Mechling, Authors, "The Memo"
1w ago
Rachel Dodes & Lauren Mechling, Authors, "The Memo"
Have you ever looked at someone who seems to have it all — the job, the glam, the life — and wondered, what the heck did I miss? That's the premise of the much-anticipated new novel "The Memo" by Rachel Dodes and Lauren Mechling, about a woman flailing in life and love, stuck in a rut while all her friends seem to flourish — and realizing it's because they got "The Memo," and she didn't. At her college reunion, she is given the chance to go back in time and change her life. The novel invites us to ask ourselves... would we? And other, thornier questions: what does it means to be happy and successful? Are those the same things? If we had the chance to go back and course-correct our lives, what would we be giving up? In this episode of "Your New Life Blend," Rachel and Lauren talk with host Shoshanna Hecht about how we define success (and how it is defined for us), how even successful women can feel like they missed the memo (yes, even incredibly accomplished writers like Rachel and Lauren who together have written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, the GuardianUS, Elle, the New Yorker, Buzzfeed and more), and what it means to choose — and love — the life you are living. SHOW NOTESWebsite:Rachel Dodeshttps://www.racheldodes.comLauren Mechlinghttps://www.laurenmechling.com Books: The Memo: A Novel, by Rachel Dodes & Lauren Mechling https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-memo-rachel-dodeslauren-mechlingHow Could She, by Lauren Mechling https://www.laurenmechling.com/how-could-sheOther Writing:Rachel Dodeshttps://www.racheldodes.com/writingLauren Mechling https://www.laurenmechling.com/journalism-1Podcast: "Nope" with Rachel Dodes & Brian Hecht https://www.racheldodes.com/podcastsSocial Media:https://twitter.com/racheldhttps://www.threads.net/@racheldodeshttps://www.instagram.com/racheldodeshttps://twitter.com/laurenmechlinghttps://www.instagram.com/laurenomicshttps://www.instagram.com/thecloglife
Christie Marchese, Founder & CEO, Kinema
May 1 2024
Christie Marchese, Founder & CEO, Kinema
Christie Marchese is the founder and CEO of Kinema, a next-gen platform for filmmakers to share their work (and get paid for it!), to find new audiences and experiencing the magic of going to the movies as intended - in community. That's magic that Christie knows well, as a serial entrepreneur who has built a career around surfacing important work and bringing new audiences together to drive social change and tell stories that matter. (She was previously the founder & CEO of the impact agency Picture Motion, and worked in strategic roles at Righteous Pictures, Participant Media, Norman Lear's nonprofit Declare Yourself.) Community is also a North star of Christie's life, guiding her investment strategy, vision of family planning, and in the short term, how many people she and her husband can cram joyfully into their amazing lower Manhattan apartment for book parties, screenings, fundraisers and more. In this episode of "Your New Life Blend" host Shoshanna Hecht talks to Christie about the intentionality of building community in her life as she (happily) approaches 40 and the joy of working and building alongside your chosen family.SHOW NOTESWebsitehttps://kinema.com"Meet Christie Marchese, whose company Kinema wants to revolutionize film distribution," Fortunehttps://fortune.com/2023/08/10/christie-marchese-founders-forum-2023"Christie Marchese, CEO of Kinema, on Creating A Mission-based Company," WieSuitehttps://www.thewiesuite.com/post/christie-marchese-ceo-of-kinema-on-creating-a-missionbased-companySocial Media:https://www.linkedin.com/in/christiemhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/kinemahqhttps://www.instagram.com/christiemarchesehttps://www.instagram.com/kinemahqhttps://twitter.com/ChristieMhttps://twitter.com/kinemaHQhttps://www.facebook.com/KinemaHQ
YNLB Highlights: Advice & Real Talk from 11 Inspiring Women
Apr 25 2024
YNLB Highlights: Advice & Real Talk from 11 Inspiring Women
For the past two and half seasons, we have been lucky to have some truly amazing guests here on "Your New Life Blend," who have shared so many amazing insights. As we hit that Q2 crunch time, we wanted to share some of it to help you refocus on your own priorities, goals, and boundaries (we love boundaries). Please enjoy this great advice and insight from Dorie Clark, Bridget Todd, Vanessa Bennett, Candice Cook, Lyz Lenz, Hitha Palepu, Christina Wallace, Stacy London, Bea Arthur, Morra Aarons-Mele, Abby Falik and of course, "Your New Life Blend" host, executive and personal coach Shoshanna Hecht. We hope you enjoy it! We'll be back next week with more great Season 3 guests. Featuring:Dorie Clark, Author & SpeakerSeason 1, Episode 13https://dorieclark.comBridget Todd, Founder & Podcaster  Season 2, Episode 9https://www.unbossedcreative.comVanessa Bennett, Author & EntrepreneurSeason 2, Episode 16https://lessawkward.comCandice Cook, Entrepreneur & AttorneySeason 1, Episode 16https://www.candicecook.comLyz Lenz, Author & JournalistSeason 2, Episode 8https://lyzlenz.comHitha Palepu, Multi-HyphenateSeason 2, Episode 3https://hitha.beehiiv.comChristina Wallace, Author & HBS ProfessorSeason 1, Episode 7https://christinawallace.comStacy London, Style Icon & Midlife AdvocateSeason 2, Episode 6https://www.instagram.com/stacylondonrealBea Arthur, Entrepreneur & TherapistSeason 2, Episode 1https://www.beaarthurtherapy.comMorra Aarons-Mele, Mental Health Speaker & AuthorSeason 1, Episode 4https://morraam.comAbby Falik, Social EntrepreneurSeason 1, Episode 12https://www.abbyfalik.com
Lindsay Scola, Sleep Advocate
Apr 17 2024
Lindsay Scola, Sleep Advocate
Sure, we all get tired. But Lindsay Scola's tired was different. She was constantly exhausted, dozed off frequently, experienced night terrors, anxiety and brain fog, and sometimes, hallucinations. Doctors suggested that perhaps it was her demanding career working with high-powered leaders in entertainment, politics and government (including being part of the Obama administration), but still, this had been going on for two decades and Lindsay knew that something else was going on. It took years of telling doctors about her symptoms before finally, at age 35, she got confirmation that yes, her tired was different: she had narcolepsy. Armed with this new information about her own health, Lindsay has become a patient advocate and sleep evangelist, writing and speaking widely to share her story and help others find clarity about their own health. In this episode of "Your New Life Blend," host Shoshanna Hecht talks to Lindsay about her sleep journey and the complexities of sleep issues for different people (yes, your tired might be different!); how to best advocate for ourselves with medical professionals (before they pass you a pamphlet and send you on your way); and how to be ambitious and productive when our bodies are not cooperating. SHOW NOTESWebsitehttps://www.lindsayscola.com"For Years Doctors Told Me My Constant Exhaustion and Night Terrors Were Normal. They Weren’t," Selfhttps://www.self.com/story/constant-exhaustion-narcolepsy-essay"Waking Up to a New Era of Sleeping Well: In Conversation with Lindsay Scola," Thrive Global https://community.thriveglobal.com/waking-up-to-a-new-era-of-sleeping-well-in-conversation-with-lindsay-scola"Everyone Around Me Was Tired: I had no idea my tired was different," WieSuitehttps://www.thewiesuite.com/post/everyone-around-me-was-tired-i-had-no-idea-my-tired-was-differentSocial Media: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-scola-a75b431https://www.instagram.com/lindsay.scolahttps://www.threads.net/@lindsay.scola
Glynnis MacNicol, Author, "I'm Mostly Here To Enjoy Myself"
Apr 11 2024
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 NOTESWebsitehttps://www.glynnismacnicol.com/I'm Mostly Here To Enjoy Myself: One Woman's Pursuit of Pleasure in Parishttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/736781/im-mostly-here-to-enjoy-myself-by-glynnis-macnicolNo One Tells You Thishttps://www.glynnismacnicol.com/noonetellsyouthis.htmlPodcast: "Wilder"https://www.glynnismacnicol.com/wilder.htmlNewsletter: "Good Decisions"https://glynnismacnicol.substack.com"I Think We’re Alone Now. Welcome." New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/style/self-care/coronavirus-living-alone.html"Growing Up Meant Learning How to Wear Red Lipstick," The Cuthttps://www.thecut.com/2014/12/growing-up-meant-learning-to-wear-red-lipstick.html"I Miss My Lipstick," New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/15/style/lipsticks-to-wear-with-masks.htmlOther Writing:https://www.glynnismacnicol.com/other-writing.htmlInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/noonetellsyouthisReferences:The Other Significant Others: Reimagining Life with Friendship at the Centerhttps://www.amazon.com/Other-Significant-Others-Reimagining-Friendship/dp/1250280915Birthrates are plummeting worldwide. Why? https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/19/opinion/ezra-klein-podcast-jennifer-sciubba.htmlTheLi.st, founded by Glynnis MacNicol & Rachel Sklarhttps://nypost.com/2020/11/24/exclusive-womens-social-network-sold-to-shokets-new-power-media
Jessica Bennett, New York Times Journalist & Author
Mar 20 2024
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.comBooks:Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace This Is 18: Girls’ Lives Through Girls’ Eyeshttps://www.jessicabennett.com/booksNew York Times stories:https://www.nytimes.com/by/jessica-bennettPodcast:In Retrospect with Susie Banikarim and Jessica Bennetthttps://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-in-retrospect-with-susie-122206786/Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/jessicabennetthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jess7bennetthttps://twitter.com/jessicabennett
Amy Shoenthal, Author, “The Setback Cycle"
Mar 5 2024
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.comBooks:The Setback Cycle: How Defining Moments Can Move Us Forwardhttps://www.amyshoenthal.com/the-setback-cycleA Magical Day in Sunnysidehttps://www.amyshoenthal.com/bookForbes column: https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyshoenthalVisionaries Collective:https://www.visionaries-collective.comSocial Media:https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyshoenthalhttps://www.instagram.com/amyshohttps://twitter.com/amysho
S. Mitra Kalita, Journalist & Founder
Jan 3 2024
S. Mitra Kalita, Journalist & Founder
S. Mitra Kalita is the CEO & Founder of URL Media, a network of high-performing Black and Brown news media organizations that serve, support and center communities of color, and she has plans for 2024. Fresh off a $500 thousand grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Mitra has a mandate to expand URL Media's essential editorial work and reach — because 2024 is an election year, and Black and Brown communities need news and information they can trust. This has been Mitra's mission since founding URL Media during the pandemic, along with community newsletter EpicenterNYC:  to bring crucial information to her community in a way that would actually reach them, and be trusted by them. In this episode of "Your New Life Blend," host Shoshanna Hecht talks to Mitra about how she is is leveraging all the skills of her years in legacy media (CNN, LAT, WSJ, Quartz & more) in order to marry information with trust — all while recognizing that this will be an election year unlike any other, and we will all have a role in fighting for our democracy. Websiteshttp://mitrakalita.comhttps://url-media.comhttps://epicenter-nyc.comSocial LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/s-mitra-kalita-377738Twitter/Xhttps://twitter.com/mitrakalitaBooksSuburban Sahibs: Three immigrant families and their passage from India to Americahttps://www.amazon.com/Suburban-Sahibs-S-Mitra-Kalita/dp/0813536650My Two Indias: A journey to the ends of opportunity https://www.amazon.com/My-Two-Indias-Journey-Opportunities/dp/935029012X
Binta Niambi Brown, Attorney & Music Executive
Dec 7 2023
Binta Niambi Brown, Attorney & Music Executive
Binta Brown is a woman of letters. Two of those letters are "J.D." and they have undergirded her career, first at top Wall Street firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore and then as a partner at Kirkland & Ellis advising global entertainment and media companies, as well as in her leadership roles at iconic American institutions like the American Theatre Wing, Barnard College, Columbia University, and the New York Philharmonic (this is very partial list). Binta is also a lifelong musician (she plays 13 instruments), and took the leap into the music industry and artist management, including at Keep Cool/RCA Records and then with her own omalilly projects, a full-service talent management, media and entertainment company. Binta was quickly recognized as a force, and was named to Billboard's 2020 Hip-Hop & R&B Power Players list, 2020 Women in Music List and 2021 Change Agents List, among numerous other honors, and she worked with critically-acclaimed artists including Chance The Rapper. Binta has also had a number of challenging health issues and between shifts in her professional life, her health, her family and the pandemic, she has a lot to say about how to live life with intention. Binta talks about all of this and more with host Shoshanna Hecht on this episode of "Your New Life Blend," including how to see our own humanity in each others' stories (but maybe to consume a few less of each others' IG stories).Show Notes omalilly projects:https://linktr.ee/omalillySocial Media:https://www.instagram.com/batnibhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/binta-niambi-brown-07a303/