Today I’m super excited to bring you a very special guest, my dear friend and client, the writer Augustine Blaisdell.
When she arrived in Paris from NYC in 2009, answering an ad for an apartment exchange, she was a woman on a mission: learning how to help women become more visible while researching and writing a book about feminism.
Augustine just published her book, Women à la Mode, her memoir about writing that book. It is a delightful read with its breezy pace and thought-provoking insights into feminist thinking in the last ten years up until today.
As she interviews one leading feminist figure after another, she also charts her personal story while embracing the city on the Seine, falling in love and becoming a “lifer” in France in the process.
Augustine has always known that she was a writer — and got to where she is today because she decided ahead of time that was her identity, even before publishing her book.
In this fascinating conversation, we talk about the power of answering the question "what makes me happiest?" and why making powerful decisions is, well, so decisive in creating the life you want.
Today she’s living her dream of helping women as a coach to budding writers, while happily married with two children on the Côte d’Azur.
You can buy WOMEN À LA MODE at your local independent bookstore or wherever books are sold.
Augustine Blaisdell earned her MFA in creative writing at Columbia University and her BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College. Fluent in French, she also studied at the Sorbonne and lived in Paris for over nine years. She is a member of the French associations Femmes au-delà des Mers and Femmes d’ici et ailleurs. Blaisdell leads an international literary salon online as well as teaches the courses French Feminists on the Beach, Counterpoint, and Writing Into the Known. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she currently lives in the Côte d’Azur. Women À La Mode is her first book.
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PS. Here is the step-by-step process to living your own version of the good life: asking yourself good questions and making powerful decisions. Both of which are oh so much more fun and effective to do with a coach on your side cheering you on. 🥳
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