S4-EP5: Debbie and Julie-Roxane Dissect How Reinventing Your Life Really Works

Dec 3, 2021


You hear so much these days about reinvention and reinventing your life. But how does that really work?



Debbie brings her producer Julie-Roxane back on the show. Or rather, the opposite. 

Julie-Roxane takes control of the mic to interview Debbie about her experiences of reinventing her life, starting at age 14 and continuing up to the present as she turns 70. Together they explore what life reinvention really means and how it works.

It’s not that Debbie is a perfect model for life reinvention. Rather, what emerges in their conversation is a surprising life pattern. 

Why would a shy teen embrace an adventure in another country? 

What makes someone radically change course in a career?

What does personality type have to do with a propensity for reinvention?


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