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Second Breaks
Second Breaks
Lou Blaser

Conversations about midlife, life and career transitions, and all the fabulous ways we can get better as we get older. Hosted by... more

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224. Settling Into Olderhood and Finding Our New Way Forward with Paul Long

"A lot of people get old because they think they're supposed to."Former award-winning television journalist and Emmy-Award-winning producer/writer/director Paul Long... more

28 Mar 2024 · 52 minutes
223. How Do You Prepare to Retire From a Career You Love with Merle Saferstein

How do you prepare to leave a job or career that you love? Merle Saferstein is an educator, speaker, author,... more

14 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
222. How To Master Ourselves Through Difficult Situations with Vivek Chakrabortty

Vivek Chakrabortty, CEO and Founder of The Kavi Group, a crisis management and business continuity consulting firm, "worked on himself"... more

29 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
221. The One About Change, Getting Older, The Things We Can (and Cannot) Control

A quick episode to share some big news in my world and riff on the topic of change — whether... more

15 Feb 2024 · 8 minutes
220. Sustaining Our Drive and Ambition as We Get Older with Kathy Oneto

Do we stop being ambitious as we get older? What happens to the drive we've always had once we retire?... more

01 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
219. Deathbed Wisdom for a Happier Life with Dr. Kathy Zhang

In this podcast episode, I am joined by Dr. Kathy Zhang, a physician specializing in hospice and palliative care. I... more

18 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
218. Let's Make This The Best Year Yet: Goals for 2024

Happy New Year, my dear listener friend!I'm more excited than ever to tackle my life and work goals this year.... more

04 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
217. Year-End Reflections and Key Takeaways From 2023

For the last three years, I've been capturing key takeaways from the year that's about to end. I only regret... more

21 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
216. A Conversation About Growth with Yvonne Marchese

One of the things I’ve been reflecting on more and more is my personal growth in midlife and this stage... more

07 Dec 2023 · 48 minutes
215. [Dear Lou] Family Tension Following Retirement

I'm excited to introduce a new format for this episode, "Dear Lou", where I'll be sharing questions from listeners or... more

16 Nov 2023 · 9 minutes
214. Living Our Legacy with Merle Saferstein

"An unexamined life is not worth living."  The famous quote has been attributed to Socrates, the person that many believe... more

02 Nov 2023 · 44 minutes
213. [Curveball Series] When You're Forced to Retire From Your Corporate Career with Roberto Seif

"My entire profession changed drastically from one day to the other. And I started feeling like I didn't know where... more

12 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
212. How Our Definition of Success Change As We Get Older

In my younger years, I used to measure success based on external and quantifiable metrics. Job promotions, titles, salary, and... more

21 Sep 2023 · 10 minutes
211. How Much Money is Enough to Be Happy in Retirement with Luke Mathers

If you ever thought that if you were set financially and money was no issue, you would retire immediately and... more

07 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
210. Retirement is Dead, Long Live Retirement (Modern Retirement, That Is!)

In this episode, we discuss the key themes and characteristics of modern retirement, as well as the changing attitudes towards... more

24 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
209. The Modern Retiree Manifesto: A Framework for Retiring in the 21st Century

This week, we're wrapping up the special series on Modern Retirement. In previous episodes, we've talked about why reframing retirement is... more

10 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
208. Beyond Financials: The Skills We Need To Navigate Retirement in the 21st Century

EPISODE SUMMARYThis is the third episode in our series on Modern Retirement in the 21st century. The traditional idea of... more

27 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
207. My Unplanned, Messy, and Chock-Full O'Lessons Retirement Story

EPISODE SUMMARYIt's difficult to talk about the mess when you're in the middle of the mess.This is the "true" story... more

13 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
206. What Even Is Retirement Anymore? Should Retirement Still Be A Goal?

EPISODE SUMMARYRetirement in the 21st century looks and feels different from how our parents experienced their retirement. It’s even going... more

06 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
205. [Midlife Well-Being] Keeping Our Brains Healthy with Allison Liu

EPISODE SUMMARYAre you concerned about your brain health and the risk of cognitive decline? Do you believe that memory loss... more

22 Jun 2023 · 40 minutes
204. [Midlife Well-Being] Sexual Health with Dr. Alyssa Dweck, MD

EPISODE SUMMARYDo you believe that sex after menopause is always painful and that your sexual life will never be the... more

15 Jun 2023 · 43 minutes
203. [Midlife Well-Being] Stress Relief Principles with Shulamit Ber Levtov

EPISODE SUMMARYStress is a common experience that affects our physical, mental, and emotional well-being, especially in midlife. But unfortunately, only... more

08 Jun 2023 · 43 minutes
202. [Midlife Well-Being] Intermittent Fasting with Laurie Lewis

EPISODE SUMMARYThis is the first episode in a series on Midlife Health and Well-Being. I am joined by Laurie Lewis... more

25 May 2023 · 55 minutes
201. Gratitude During Periods of Curveballs and Uncertainty with Holly Bertone

EPISODE SUMMARYI think it’s safe to say we would rather be in a state of gratitude than not. It’s also... more

11 May 2023 · 44 minutes
200. You’ve Come A Long Way Baby: A Conversation About Change with Yvonne Marchese

EPISODE SUMMARYThis is the official 200th episode of Second Breaks! I'm practically twisting myself around and patting myself on the... more

27 Apr 2023 · 39 minutes
199. Working Midlifers: How To Prepare for the AI Disruption

EPISODE SUMMARYWell, folks, it’s hard to ignore the big news these days about ChatGPT and AI. Although we’ve been using... more

13 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
198. [Curveball Series] Delayed Reactions with Stephanie Dethlefs

EPISODE SUMMARY:We don’t always recognize a curveball when we get hit by one. We don't see that we need to... more

30 Mar 2023 · 38 minutes
197. Midlife is a Call to Action: When Curveballs Hit (Part 2)

EPISODE SUMMARY:This is the second part of the conversation on why midlife is a call to action for change. If... more

16 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
196. What and When is Midlife with Bernie Borges

EPISODE SUMMARY:This week's guest is Bernie Borges, Producer and Host of the Midlife Fulfilled podcast. Bernie shares his perspective on... more

02 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
195. Midlife is a Call to Action: The Case for Midlife Change (Part 1)

In the season opener, Lou Blaser makes the case that midlife is a call to action for change. This is... more

16 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
BONUS: Podcast Goals and What's Next for 2023

In this bonus episode, I share my plans and goals for the podcast for the year. FOOTNOTES:Connect with Lou Blaser... more

26 Jan 2023 · 6 minutes
BONUS: Five Lessons I'm Taking Away From 2022

Contrary to popular opinion, wisdom does not come with age.It is the act of sitting down and reflecting on our... more

05 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
BONUS: How Different Are You From The 20-Year Old Version Of Yourself?

Have you ever looked back and considered how different you are today from the 20-year-old version of yourself?This is a... more

22 Dec 2022 · 11 minutes
194. Want to spice up your year-end review process? Try these 3 atypical questions.

The great thing about a personal annual review (i.e., one that you complete outside of your company’s requirements) is that... more

08 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
193. A Case Study in Personal Growth and Transformation with Vivek Chakrabortty

"The biggest transformation that you see in me is that I have replaced the rule book." — Vivek Chakrabortty

24 Nov 2022 · 56 minutes
192. When You Must Do a Major Life Makeover in Midlife with Lori Saitz

“There is a massive difference between content and complacent.” —Lori Saitz

10 Nov 2022 · 40 minutes
191. Spotting Fear and Navigating Difficult Conversations with Nancy Burger

“Stay in your lane. Your job is to present your points with respect and compassion. Not to anticipate the other... more

27 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
190. Pushing Out of the Comfort Zone and Doing Your Brave Thing with Yvonne Marchese

“As soon as I feel that thing that says, ‘Oh, you’re not qualified to do that,’ that’s when I, I... more

13 Oct 2022 · 45 minutes
189. The Five Dimensions of Well-Being in Midlife with Ellen Kocher and Dominique Ben Dhaou

“One of the taglines we use in our programs is ‘Don’t grow old waiting.’ Life is too short. You are... more

29 Sep 2022 · 49 minutes
188. Redefining Our Self Image in Midlife with Karen Randall

“I questioned a lot of the things I had assumed were true as well as the box that I lived... more

15 Sep 2022 · 37 minutes
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In this bonus episode, I share my plans and goals for the podcast for the year. FOOTNOTES:Connect with Lou Blaser on LinkedIn.Subscribe... more