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Balance your Passions in Work & Life

Lisa Abdilova

Andrea Slobodien leads product at 8tracks, a music streaming startup in SF, and studied Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford. When she’s not building products or encouraging friends to try Well Connected Now as one of WCN's greatest evangelists, Andrea writes songs and shares her music with others.

Andrea's story represents a rising attitude shift towards balance, one that we're also noticing across our mentoring, coaching, and therapy clients.

How can you balance your passions with your career/family dreams?

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As one perfect example, Andrea's gorgeous singing voice, artistic talents, witty songwriting, and coding skills came together in this catchy tune "Books" below. We've been listening to it on repeat for months. For all the other indie ballad lovers, think Regina Spektor and Sylvan Esso.

WCN Sing-Along: Musician/ Music-Tech Product Lead

"I wrote this song as a personal anthem of self-love, a way to remind myself that it’s enough to just be me—more than enough.

It’s not always easy finding time to write music while also holding a full-time job (and at a startup, "full-time” takes on a different meaning), but I’ve learned that it’s so important to try.

I’m better at my job when I’m happy and fulfilled in my personal life, and writing music is how I feel fulfilled.

I hope this song reminds you that it’s enough to be you, and maybe it will even inspire you to carve out time for your own passion projects."


Books Lyrics

by Andrea Slobodien

(Verse) I wanna lay in bed all day
I know that things could be better
I don’t listen to my voicemails anyway
I know that if I died I’d still be alive with what is inside of me

And if I read more books
I’d get so addicted to their hooks
And I would become so clever
Citing all those citable lines, singing

I wanna celebrate all day
I know I could be productive
I don’t measure my efficiency that way
I know that if I changed my name I’d be the same, I’d be the same

And if I read the news
I would become so boring
Spending my life pessimistically
running away from sad stories

(Chorus) I got no resolutions
I look for the problems with easy solutions

I got no way of knowing
What this is about and where this is going

I don’t appreciate being told that I’m small

(Verse) I like to analyze my friends
Sometimes I’m critical of them
But if I look into their hearts
I can see all the moving parts

And if I lost my spark
I would be temperamental
I don’t want to be anything but something that I like to be

I hate the things I can’t control
The little things, they take their toll
And I can pick out all my flaws
but I can’t fix or change them all

And if I feel too small
I start to get annoying
I would rather be myself than a second rate of someone else

(Chorus) I’ve got no resolutions
I look for the problems with easy solutions

I’ve got no way of knowing
What this is about and where this is going

I don’t appreciate being told that I’m wrong.

(Bridge) I know that things could be better
I don’t listen to my voicemails anyways
I know that if I died I’d still be alive with what is inside of me

With what is inside of me...


How are you balancing your passions in your work & life?

Are you a health coach/UX strategist? A business analyst/non-profit board member? An engineer/soccer player? A marketer/helper?

When you embrace your strengths and apply them to multiple passions, your life and career satisfaction could truly soar.

Maybe it's time to reach out?

You're welcome to email lisa at wellconnectednow.com, call/text me at 415.860.5415, or set up a free 15-minute call to learn more about WCN's mentorship, coaching, and therapy. We can talk about anything.

For Andrea's latest songs, check out her Youtube Channel

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