When Nicole Avant moved to the Caribbean to serve as the United States ambassador to the Bahamas, she left behind her husband, her friends, and a life and job in which she was comfortable. But it was because of these new challenges that Avant turned to the guiding force that has, in her mind, entirely shaped the person she’s become: her family. Avant writes lovingly of her recently deceased parents in her new memoir, Think You’ll Be Happy—the title echoing the last words Avant’s mother ever spoke to her. On this week’s episode of Table for Two, the political activist and producer joins host Bruce Bozzi to further discuss the values imparted by her relatives and the importance of always living in the present. Hear a preview of the episode below, and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

Episode 25: Nicole Avant

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