Blog-versary & blog break

Today, January 1st, 2017 marks the third anniversary of French Inspiration, my personal blog. I started this to keep me accountable in my daily quest for staying fit (in France!) and in my forties. It was also a way of connecting with my friends & family in the US, keeping them up to date on my life here in Europe, and to give readers a peak into the French lifestyle.

These three years have been amazing. The best thing about the experience was the new friends I have met, both virtually and in person. People I never would have connected with other wise. People who think exactly as I do, who have the same interests and the same struggles. The accountability of posting my workouts has been life changing, keeping me focused and continually motivated to always do my best. I NEVER would have run a marathon if I hadn’t been a blogger, I’m sure. And this year, I did two ! Definitely my biggest accomplishment because of my blog.

But I have decided it is time for a break. The next few months are going to be very busy for me, both personally and professionally, with things that are going to need my attention (hello ! How to finance a US college education for my senior ?!) and I have some big travel with work.

So I am taking a break. Not sure if it will be a month. Maybe I will join the Virtual coffee date at the beginning of February ? Maybe a 3 month break…. after my big travel ? Possible a permanent break ? I don’t know. I am being flexible about it.

Who know’s ? You might just see me back here in 2 weeks time !


In the meantime, I want to thank you, my readers, for reading and commenting on my blog. A special shout out to the following bloggers who have encouraged, inspired, motivated and supported me through this journey.

Judy at Chocolate runs Judy

Darlene at My First 5K and more

Deborah at Confessions of a mother runner

Holly at Hoho Runs

Wendy at Taking the long way home

Tricia at Misssippipiddlin

Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

Coco at Running with perseverance

Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC

Melanie at Happy Being Healthy

Kim at Running on the fly

Karen at Running over the hill

Janelle at Run with No Regrets

…just to name a few. The list is by no way exhaustive.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU and if you’d like to connect with me on Instagram, click on the icon on the right of the page, or… @fit_in_france

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.



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Comments: 36

  1. Coco January 1, 2017 at 1:45 pm Reply

    I’m so glad the blogosphere brought us together. I loved seeing glimpses into your life and following your dedication through your marathon training. You may be the only person I know who didn’t get injured in the process – such an accomplishment and inspiration.

    I’m so excited for your daughter. You will figure out the finances and all the rest will fall into place too.

    You are welcome to drop by for coffee anytime. 🙂

    Happy New Year, Happy Blogiversary,, and a bientot!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm Reply

      Thanks Coco and we will still be in touch by IG, definitely. If I come to NYC I will let you know.

  2. Tammi McGonagle January 1, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Happy New Year! I have so enjoyed your blogs on your training/exercise and just life in general in France. I feel through your posts I have been able to “keep in touch” with my filter across the Atlantic. I would be remiss if I did not say I will miss them and pictures of your family. I have loved to see how the girls have been growing up over the last 3 years. I hope we continue to keep in touch. Here’s to an eventful 2017!😀

    • Karen - Fit in France January 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm Reply

      Aw thanks Tammi ! And thanks for your continued support !

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner January 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm Reply

    I am so glad that I have had the chance to connect with you the past few years. It’s been wonderful watching your journey and having you join our coffee dates. I hope we see you soon. Happy 2017!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm Reply

      A coffee date would be a great way to catch up with everyone. We’ll see !

  4. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home January 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply

    I hope your break won’t be too long. I need my little French Inspiration! Happy new Year, Karen and good luck!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:49 am Reply

      Thanks Wendy. Keep up the great work on your blog and hope 2017 is good to you !

  5. HoHo Runs January 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm Reply

    I so enjoyed the peak into your French lifestyle and hope you’ll return in your own time. You simply amazed me with your dedication to the marathon distance and that incredible PR in NYC. If you ever travel to anywhere in the south, you must let me know. I’d love to meet you and it would be wonderful to share a race too. Thanks for linking, Karen. Have a wonderful New Year!

    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:48 am Reply

      If work brings me that way, I will let you know. Thanks for your inspiration & good luck this coming weekend !

  6. Fairytales and Fitness January 2, 2017 at 2:42 am Reply

    I’m glad I got to know you through blogging. I hope the time off serves you well and you are back here sharing about France and your training again soon!

    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:47 am Reply

      You have been a great support too ! Thank you

  7. Clarinda January 2, 2017 at 3:18 am Reply

    So amazing the support and encouragement you’ve found through blogging. Happy new year, and enjoy your break! 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:47 am Reply

      Blogging has been great, just time for something new.

  8. Kimberly Hatting January 2, 2017 at 3:47 am Reply

    Well….even if I don’t get to read “your words” in the next few weeks (?), I look forward to staying in contact. It’s been great getting to know you (via the cyber world). Your quest for 26.2 status was SO exciting to witness 😉 Thanks for all the support you’ve thrown my way <3
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:46 am Reply

      You are welcome. I loved following you !

  9. Darlene January 2, 2017 at 6:06 pm Reply

    Thanks for the mention. I especially enjoyed following and made me nostalgic for my year living in France.

    Hope you blog-cation is short-lived.

    I also hope you daughter studies in the US so you come visit and I can see you.
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:46 am Reply

      Will definitely keep you posted.

  10. Sharon January 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm Reply

    Congrats on two marathons this year! I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years too, it will be 3 in April and there are times when I’ve felt like I would stop but it has brought me to know so many awesome bloggers and I just can’t yet, even if I do take a break. Enjoy your time away from the blog! See you on IG!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply

      Travel & college applications are coming before the blog for the moment. But who knows, maybe I’ll be back!

  11. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets January 3, 2017 at 1:01 am Reply

    It’s been great following you on your journey and I wish you a wonderful 2017! I’ll miss your posts bit totally understand needing a blogging break. Thanks so much for the shout out too!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply

      Hope you have a wonderful running year Janelle.

  12. Teresa January 3, 2017 at 1:42 am Reply

    I only wish I had started blogging sooner so that I could have connected with you sooner 🙂 I do wish you all the best for 2017 and will be keeping up with you on Instagram! Good luck to you senior and her new chapter is such an exciting time for them!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:44 am Reply

      I hope you’ll love blogging. You get out of it what you put into it, and I just needed to put my time elsewhere for the moment. Happy to connect on IG !

  13. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style January 3, 2017 at 1:46 am Reply

    Happy new year and blogiversary! Enjoy your blogging break!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 3, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply

      Thanks Jennifer, I will.

  14. Jenn January 4, 2017 at 2:55 am Reply

    Happy blogaversary and best of luck deciding your next steps! Sometimes, a good break is what’s needed!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 27, 2017 at 7:31 am Reply

      Yes, I have filled the month with other things. I miss connecting with all the people and bloggers, but have been fulfilling my life with other things I love.

  15. Karen January 5, 2017 at 3:46 pm Reply

    You have been an inspiration to me!! and I appreciate your advice and help with the intervals and training 🙂 I feel like you, I am not sure I would have run a marathon without the support and being able to work out my fears about training through my blog. I am so thankful I was able to accomplish that and it is wonderful you have done it twice!
    You can always pop in and out – I have done that over the years…sometimes things just get really busy and blogging although wonderful is time consuming.
    I hope all goes well for you 🙂 Stay in touch!

    • Karen - Fit in France January 27, 2017 at 7:30 am Reply

      Aw thanks Karen. I loved following your training. Hope all is well !

  16. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy January 6, 2017 at 8:23 am Reply

    Oh Karen, I’m going to miss you, but I totally know how it goes! When I had my baby 2 years ago, I had to seriously dial back my blogging. I have really just done the very minimum to keep it alive. It’s been sad. BUT, I think this year I’ll finally be able to start ramping back up again. I wish you all the best! Thanks for being such a running inspiration to me! I always love all of your pictures and reading about all of your races!!! <3
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 27, 2017 at 7:30 am Reply

      Will still follow you on IG ! Hope your husband is doing well.

  17. Sonia January 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm Reply

    So glad to have “met” you through the blogging world. You have provided much needed European inspiration. 🙂 Enjoy your break and happy new year!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 27, 2017 at 7:29 am Reply

      Thanks Sonia. I truly enjoyed following your NYC marathon training too !

  18. Runaway Bridal Planner January 12, 2017 at 3:46 am Reply

    Congrats on the blogversary!
    I’m sorry you won’t be around as much, but I totally understand. My own blogging when I went back to college last fall had to take a back burner to life.
    Will you be keeping up yourr IG account, I’ve loved following your travels on there, sometimes IG is the only way I follow most anymore!
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    • Karen - Fit in France January 27, 2017 at 7:29 am Reply

      Thanks ! Yes, I am still active on IG, but after one month, I realize I am a lot less active. Have been filling my days with other things.

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