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Prof. Angie Abdou - Author - This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir.

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Memoir launched in April 2021.

“Includes research on the shy child, parent-child bonding, social media issues, and the benefits of outdoor activity and nature immersion.

Disillusioned with overly competitive organized sports and concerned about her lively daughter's growing shyness, author Angie Abdou sets herself a challenge: to hike a peak a week over the summer holidays with Katie. They will bond in nature and discover the glories of outdoor activity. What could go wrong? Well, among other things, it turns out that Angie loves hiking but Katie doesn't.

This One Wild Life explores parenting and marriage in a summer of unexpected outcomes and growth for both mother and daughter.”

A view in Elle Magazine says "Anyone who has ever been pushed to do something outdoorsy because it was good for them - or who has been the parent doing the pushing - will find this sweet tale about a growing and changing parent-child relationship all too familiar.”

A life long athlete, Angie loves writing about sport and the many lessons it teaches.

Angie is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

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Show notes

  • Who is Angie

  • Living in British Columbia, Canada

  • Being a writer since 2006

  • What Angie was like as a child

  • Loving books from a young age

  • Being a competitive swimmer and swimming for 4 hrs a day

  • Learning the lesson of showing up every day

  • Setting an early alarm…

  • Balancing swimming with everything else as a teenager

  • Being in a serious car crash at 29

  • The impact of that experience

  • Knowing it would be better to try and fail rather than never try

  • Processing the aftermath of the crash

  • Journaling throughout her life

  • Book - Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life By Natalie Goldberg

  • Book - The Artist Way By Julia Cameron

  • Writing down her goals

  • How the wilderness played a part in her life

  • Having a negative experience with social media

  • The power of nature

  • New Book - This One Wild Life

  • Feeling guilty as a mum

  • Her mother daughter relationships

  • Her relationship with her daughter

  • The difference between a child who is introverted and a child who has social anxiety

  • How motherhood changed her life

  • Having to make choices

  • Asking herself what kind of mother does she want to be

  • Being available for her kids

  • Girls, confidence and social media

  • Screen time for children

  • The benefits of doing hard things

  • Climbing a peak a week and how the goal changed

  • The challenges of hiking with a child

  • Learning from each other

  • Learning how to be a leader and how to be confident in nature

  • Where does her drive and ambition come from

  • Doing a solo 12hr challenge

  • Thinking about the car accident

  • Reminding herself that life is a gift

  • Being present on social media

  • Listening to her body while using social media

  • Stop doom scrolling and put the phone down

  • Final words of advice for other women

  • Why there is always time for a 30 min walk outside


Social Media


Twitter: @angie_abdou


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