Friday Five : A day in the life

I love this week’s theme for the Friday Five link up ! Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run always have such fun ideas ! Don’t forget to check them out !

I am a full time working professional, wife and mother of 2 teenage daughters, living in Paris, France. Here is a quick peak into some moments of a typical day…. welcome to my life.

1. 6:30 a.m. I get up. I like the quiet time before anyone else, I like to take time to check social media, have a good breakfast and sip my coffee for 30 minutes.The kids have to be at school for 8:10 a.m. or 9:05 a.m. so they sleep as late as possible, but we still see each other every day.

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2. 8:30 a.m. I am driving to work listening to my favorite radio morning program which I listen to on the drive to work. I love the journalist, very provocative but pro-business whose analysis is spot on. @ssoumier is his Twitter feed if you speak French !

3. 12:30 p.m. I eat lunch in the cafeteria at work, as almost no one brings their lunch. We have many choices, from salad bar, meat, fish and vegetarian. There is always something healthy and it is subsidized by the company so it is very reasonable. I don’t take pictures of food at work, but this is similar : protein and veggie (minus the wine).

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4. 9 a.m. / 2 p.m. 5 p.m. I am regularly on the phone. I often speak to China first thing in the morning, Germany, Switzerland or the UK mid day, the US end of day… and possibly Mexico or Brazil. Pictures of New York and the UK from recent travels :


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5. 7:15 p.m. I leave work to be home within 30 minutes. By the time I get home, make dinner, we eat around 8:30 or 9 p.m. 6 days out of 7 we eat as a family.

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The French workday is shifted back a couple hours compared to the US, so my arrival time at the office and time I leave is fairly typical.


Tell me something about your workday !



Comments: 8

  1. It’s nice that you have healthy and free lunches at work! Your kids get to go to school at a much more civilized time of day!
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  2. cecilie March 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Do you work from 0830 (or 9) until 7 every day? How long lunch do you have? Here in Norway, I work in the govermential affairs, we have fixed hours so our normal day is 7.45 hours including 30 min. lunch…

    • Karen - French Inspiration March 21, 2015 at 7:52 am Reply

      Yes, pretty much 9 to 7 every day with 45 minutes on average for lunch. I work in a service industry though so don’t count my hours. I left work Friday night at 8:15 p.m. !

  3. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork March 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm Reply

    I’ve heard the French lunch time is often a couple hour break or so. Is that true in your situation?
    That’s so neat how you interact with people from all over the world on a daily basis! Do you commonly use English as a common language? Or do you know many other languages?
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    • Karen - French Inspiration March 21, 2015 at 7:51 am Reply

      Absolutely everything is in English. For lunch, our break is anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Usually 45 minutes for me…. its important to eat well and I never eat at my desk.

  4. Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! March 17, 2015 at 4:22 am Reply

    Love the peek into your day! That’s interesting that you’re at work so late. I am always told how late I work here (until at least 6 then a long commute) but it’s shifted a bit with so many evenings for concerts.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration March 21, 2015 at 7:48 am Reply

      It is late, so it means evenings are very short for personal time but we make up for it in France with all the vacation we get.

  5. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC March 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm Reply

    thanks for sharing – i loved reading about your day! i think it’s awesome that you speak with folks in so many different countries during the course of your day!
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