Haley Draznin
Journalist

Faced with an hour to yourself (perhaps a problem you don’t often have), what do you do with free time?

I love a good podcast or audiobook. Right now, I’m listening to No One is Coming to Save Us and Glennon Doyle’s We Can Do Hard Things. I just finished Want: A Novel by Lauren Steger Strong.

What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed?

An oversized cardigan! I throw it on top of everything I wear, if I’m lounging on the couch or going out for dinner.

What’s the last song you listened to?

Piece of my Heart by Janis Joplin. I’m an old soul when it comes to music and always happiest with a classic rock playlist: Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison, George Harrison, and Paul Simon.Did you learn anything new in the last 12 months that has surprised you?

The female body is a miracle. This is my first child and pregnancy. All of these physical and emotional changes happening to my body are a blessing and beyond my wildest expectations…I am not finding out the gender of my baby, so that will be the biggest surprise yet!

What is a parenting quality you admire in one of your parents, friends of siblings that you’d like to emulate when you become a mother?

The unconditional love a parent has for a child, everyone explains it as an indescribable feeling, and I can’t wait! I have incredible role models in my mom, sister and grandma who have always put their kids first and instilled strong family values and traditions. My mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law, aunts, cousins and friends have also taught me a lot along the way. I’ve seen first-hand from colleagues that motherhood is not just a balance, but a juggle. I’ve received helpful career advice conversations about being a working mom and learning to say no. 

2020 has dealt us all with lots of challenges - what was a low moment in 2020 and how did you overcome or face it? 

2020 was a lot of change for me professionally and personally, all accelerated by the pandemic. I left my dream job at CNN after 10 years to try something new and join a financial media startup, Real Vision. I also launched my own production company, HayNow Media, a passion project that I have been writing about in my journals for years...My husband and I moved out of Manhattan, leased our first car, drove across the country and we are now in the middle of buying our first home… This year has continued to teach me to live in the present, to hold on to the past but not dwell on it, and to not fast forward so quickly to the future.What are you most looking forward to in a post-vaccine world? What bar, restaurant, or place are you most eager to visit?

Travel! I love wandering around a new city and exploring a country. I get a lot of creative inspiration from immersing myself in different cultures and meeting all types of people… My husband’s family is from Morocco. My brother and sister-in law were planning to get married in Marrakesh before the pandemic. I can’t wait to travel there and celebrate. 

Do you believe in setting personal goals? If so, how do you hold yourself accountable to them?

I think it’s important to set both short-term and long-term goals. I often ask myself if I am fulfilled by my current routine, and I work to prioritize my daily and weekly schedules, so I am on the right path. Practicing gratitude helps slow me down so my thoughts are not racing at a mile a minute and allows me to think clearly about the personal goals I wish to achieve in the coming months, or dream goals I set for myself in the coming years.  

How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?

I was raised in a tight-knit community and benefited a lot from that support system – social, academic, religion. As I become a new mom, I continue to feel community is more important than ever. Now that I am pregnant, there is definitely a new sense of community that I have been exposed to and motherhood is what links us all together – whether it’s a stranger mama in Starbucks telling me about a local music class, or a DM from a new mama that I had gone to college, high school or camp with. It’s incredibly valuable to have this new mama community to learn from and lean on.Shop Haley's Look: V-Neck Ribbed Jumpsuit