Co-Authors Reveal the Secrets to a Joyful, Healthy, Balanced Life They Discovered in the South of France
Ever wonder how to bring the tranquility, balance and joie de vivre of a Provencal afternoon into your lifestyle?
In their new book, Courage and Croissants, Suzanne Saxe-Roux and her husband, Jean Roux, tell you how. Published by St.-Rémy Press, Courage and Croissants shares the secrets the co-authors have discovered to reclaiming joy, creativity and family time while embracing a change of priorities and pace.
Both a gripping memoir and a practical guidebook for anybody seeking a more healthful, joyous life, Courage and Croissants takes readers along for the journey as Suzanne and Jean, shaken by struggles with infertility and cancer, trade in frozen dinners on the run, a full-time nanny and the frenzy of business ownership for a stone house amid Provence’s lavender fields. It follows their myriad touching yet humorous adventures as they uproot from the San Francisco Bay area and become acclimated to life in a quaint French village where friends take the time to kiss each other on each cheek and everyone enjoys a two-hour lunch.
Courage and Croissants also provides actionable advice from the co-authors, who are Ph.D. professional life and executive coaches as well as parents, on how to step out of your comfort zone, accept uncertainty, take risks and incite change for the sake of a joyful, healthy, balanced life.
“Leaving behind a hectic, work-driven existence to find tranquility, family time and balance is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences we’ve ever had. Having spent much our professional lives helping other people meet their full potential, we wrote this book to share the wisdom and savvy our adventure has brought us. No matter how small or great a change you seek, Courage and Croissants will give you the tools you need to reassess the present and plan to make a dream come true,” said co-authors Suzanne Saxe-Roux, Ed.D., and Jean P. Roux, Ph.D., LMFT.
Courage and Croissants concludes with a practical, step-by-step guide to envisioning, choosing and implementing lifestyle change. Through a series of fifteen specific tips, the guide maps out strategies for considering the importance of time versus money, resetting your priorities to focus on quality living, surrendering your fears, leaving your comfort zone, enjoying the simple things in life and determining how to fund your dreams.
Tell us something about yourself.
Husband and wife team Suzanne Saxe-Roux, Ed.D. and Jean P. Roux, Ph.D., have coached and inspired thousands of people over the past twenty-five years to become the best individuals and professionals they can be. Successful business consultants and life and executive coaches, Suzanne and Jean – who’s also a health psychologist and psychotherapist – offer a fresh slant on adventuring through life transitions, change, and recommitting to living a balanced and quality life. For more information, visit www.healthyjoyfulliving.com
What inspired you to write this book?
Writing this book has been a 5 year process being inspired to share our experience and provide choices to busy people in how they live their life. It was a labor of love with a message that is so important for couples, busy professionals, families, and anyone seeking more harmony in life.
How did you choose the title?
Our top choices after a number of other choices were, Hot Croissants and Bon Courage. One day, my husband said, “I got it, Courage and Croissants.” The subtitle was a bit more difficult and so we asked a lot of people via survey.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
We decided at some point to self-publish and have formed a publishing company. The experience has been a wild ride and fantastic as we have total control and can make a lot more money.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I have written a business book before but this book, a narrative non-fiction is very different. It wasn’t a choice we had to write it and we have to write more books to get our messages out into the world.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Not being a fulltime author this is difficult; a business to run, clients to consult with, and a family to take care of. Given that, blocks of time work best for both of us and focusing on a chapter at a time.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
The book is a reminder to ourselves to what we want to remember.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Do it faster… however I am not sure that would be possible as it has different iterations and are thrilled with the outcome.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
All types especially historical fiction, narrative non-fiction with lessons, self-help, action, and more. I read anything while Jean is more discriminating
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
We are working on a version that brings together the entire person’s leadership at work, home, and with himself or herself. We have compartmentalized our lives so much that the imbalance is stressing us and not sustainable. We are an entire person not just parts of ourselves. The working title is Courage and Croissants for Leaders who want to live full lives.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
You need lots of money and time. Yes, you can get a ghostwriter and go faster, but then you need more money. It all gets down to it costs more than you think and takes more time than you think.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Accomplished women who love to travel, busy professionals who recognize life is out of control, those who are wondering how to go for their dreams and those who love to travel and love France in particular.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?