Being Yourself, the French Way

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Being Yourself, the French Way


Being Yourself is a gentle journey inward that will have you feeling more connected to yourself on a regular basis. Taught in English.

From the way that the French cherish their privacy and rest, to their more balanced way of living with their emotions, to their joie de vivre and unique communication style, you will learn how to know and preserve yourself in new and easily-adaptable ways.

This self-study course is divided into four parts : Embracing Duality, Au Revoir Irrational Guilt, A Dream Life (Une vie de rêve) and My Secret Garden (Mon jardin secret).

You will receive a link to download your e-book (containing the links to your videos and audios) upon completion of your purchase.

In French Confidence, French Well-Being, French Finances, Living with Food the French Way and L’Art de Vivre, Carrie Anne explored the many facets behind the je ne sais quoi of French culture that have the world fascinated and in admiration.

Here is what one student had to say about her experience in the course :

Carrie Anne has rekindled my appreciation of every aspect of my life - and myself!

- Natalia, Las Vegas

Kindly enjoy testimonials from amazing women that have experienced this course’s inspiration, French Confidence, below : 

Better than therapy!

- Rebecca, Oxford

French Confidence is a wonderfully unique course offered by French is Beautiful in which Carrie Anne shares the discoveries she's made in her exploration of some of the mysteries of the life and culture of French women. With the gentle, caring guidance that she brings to all of her courses, you may find upon inner reflection that you will discover incredible facets of yourself as a woman as well. I highly recommend this course to women of any age. 

- Peg, Connecticut

The French Confidence course pushed me to examine my beliefs on beauty, well-being, and the concept of being unapologetic. Since completing the course, I'm apologizing less for being me and am feeling more bien dans ma peau.

- Melissa, Washington, D.C.

It’s like Deepak Chopra teaching French.

- Melanie, New York

French Confidence was a wonderful journey that taught me to reflect on my inner dialogue as well as the way I carry myself in the world. As someone drawn to the slow French life and as a French language student, I found myself appreciating Carrie Anne not only as an exceptional French teacher, but as a life coach imparting the wisdom of the je ne sais quoi of Paris and beyond. Lovely experience that I will carry with me as I become more comfortable saying ‘je suis bien dans ma peau’ with the confidence of a French woman meandering down a delicious cobble stone street, baguette in hand, red lips shimmering. 

- Lauri, New York

I truly enjoyed the French Confidence course. As a Francophile, I was able to learn more about why I'm so captured by the French culture. It was fantastic to engage with Carrie Anne's inspiring guidance throughout the course.

- Catherine, Australia 

Carrie Anne is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Her approach is genuine, clear, concise, beautiful, and quite frankly, unique. She knows the inner workings of the French mind, culture, and language from the inside out, and makes it all a breeze to learn and understand, and above all, apply. She's an absolute gem. Not only do I highly recommend her to anyone interested in all things French with my eyes closed, I'd take any course she offers that pertains to the French culture, lifestyle, and the likes. Thank you, Carrie Anne, for the absolute beauty you create.

- Isabelle, Canada

This course is a wonderful insight into how French women view themselves and how they live their lives to support themselves and give themselves confidence. Carrie Anne has a wonderful way of articulating her thoughts and in such a gentle way. Highly recommended for any woman wanting to explore what gives a French Woman that je ne sais quoi. 

- Victoria, New Zealand

Carrie has brought a gentle voice and clarity to me as a woman and mother that I haven’t been able to do myself. She does a great job offering thoughtful questions to bring one’s own thinking to concepts. Merci!

- Amanda, Chicago

Such a meaningful experience! Carrie Anne's insight is so thoughtful, kind, and full of respect for both French and anglophone cultures. The course was so timely and fun for me personally, a good mix of helpful, inspiring, and interesting!

- Emily, South Carolina

French Confidence was a lovely course and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves French culture. I plan on someday going to France and this will help me immensely understand the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of the French! Merci, Carrie Anne!!

- Susan, Minnesota

For a taste of the tone of the course and of Carrie Anne’s insights, please enjoy her podcast, The Paris Lessons, by clicking HERE.


1 hour of audio materials (including meditations, visualizations and relevant French words and expressions)

Course e-book (in PDF form)

4 video messages from Carrie Anne, made with love for you in Paris.

Who is it for?

This course is for every woman who is fascinated by the French je ne sais quoi

Who is it not for?

This course is not for anyone looking for a French grammar course - check out Basics for Beginners, the French Refresher Course and / or private coaching with Carrie Anne if that is what you are looking for.

For a taste of the tone of the course and of Carrie Anne’s insights, please enjoy her podcast, The Paris Lessons, by clicking HERE.


Access: Lifetime

Duration: Divided into four parts, it is designed to use at your own pace.

Content delivery: You will receive a link to download your e-book (containing the links to your videos and audios) upon completion of your purchase.

Commitment time: 90 minutes minimum per lesson recommended

Level: There is no pre-requisite for having studied French for this course.

Audio: 1 hour of audio materials (including meditations, visualizations, French vocabulary and personal anecdotes)

Video: 4 video messages from Carrie Anne, made with love for you in Paris.

E-book: Divided into four parts, it contains the links to your audios and videos, your audio recordings’ vocabulary and Carrie Anne’s personal experiences uncovering the je ne sais quoi of being yourself, French style - an impactful inner journey through French culture and life in Paris.


As a fluent non-native speaker who spent years in the classroom learning French grammar and later studying French literature at U.C. Berkeley and La Sorbonne, as well as classical piano at L'École Normale de Musique in Paris before obtaining real-world fluency, she knows precisely which aspects of the French language are perceived to be the most difficult and which aspects of French culture are the most mystifying. Carrie Anne focuses on those aspects in order to coach you to feeling fluent and expressing your full personality in French as quickly as possible. She has a licence (the French undergraduate degree) in philosophy from the Sorbonne and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from U.C. Berkeley ; she is currently a candidate in the masters program in philosophy at the Sorbonne.


- How long does the course run?  Although the online course component lasts four weeks, it is designed to be used at your own pace.

- How much time do I need to set aside for the course? We suggest setting aside 90 minutes of enjoyment per lesson.

- Is there homework? Oui, there are prompts and exercises meant to guide you to incorporate the French way of being yourself into your life.

- Will I be graded? Non.

- Will I receive personalized feedback on my work and progress? Non - there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.

- Do I need to be online at certain times in order to participate? No. The beauty of this program is that you can take it with you to be enjoyed anytime, anywhere that you have an internet connection.

- Will I have access to all of the course's content at once? Oui.

- Do I need to already know French to participate? If so, how much? None whatsoever. If you would like to learn the basics (or review them as a first step towards getting back into your French), then kindly have a look at our Basics for Beginners program. 

- What if I don't love it? As this course is delivered completely digitally, returns and/or refunds are not available. We encourage you to enjoy all of the available free content on this site, including our InstagramFacebookTwitter and SoundCloud accounts for more free content, to determine if Carrie Anne’s method and coaching style are right for you before making your purchase. The Université 1 & 2 programs come with a first lesson trial offer.

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