Life lessons learned from my dad

Today is Father’s Day in the US (and France) so this is a Big  Thank You post to my dad who had a very positive influence on who I am today.



Life lessons my dad taught me over the years:

  • Save money and think about the future. From the very start of my first job in high school, I had to save at least half of my paycheck. This went into the bank to contribute to my college education. To this day I invest money every month.
  • Don’t spend what you don’t have / pay what you can in cash. This is self explanatory. Besides my mortgage I owe nothing to any bank or financial institution and have no credit card debt.
  • Treat every single person you meet with respect. My dad was a pharmacist and whether it be the new employee, the boss or a customer, everyone was treated with the same respect. One of his favorite sayings : ” be careful who you step on going up because you never know who you will meet coming back down”. As I have advanced in my career, I have thought about this often.
  • Work hard because people depend on you to be there and do your part. My dad never missed a day of work in his life and neither have I.
  • Work isn’t everything. My dad owned a business when he was young but eventually sold it. It took up too much family time and he preferred family over devoting his life to a business.
  • Exercise is vital. My dad started running back in the fifties when he got out of college. Nobody ran in that day and age. He did ” just because it felt good”. He has exercised his entire life : racquetball, golf, basketball. To this day he exercises every day, either golfing or walking. As this blog is a lot about fitness, yes, this definitely influenced my exercise and lifestyle habits.
  • Everything in moderation. My dad is not one to pass up a good beer or indulge in a piece of peanut butter chocolate chip cake…. but he would never overdo.

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Thanks dad for all your support, advice (when asked for), trips made to the airport, time spent with my kids, walks and talks we have had in France or on the rail trail… and for all the life lessons.

I love you dad. Happy Father’s Day !



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Comments: 4

  1. Xavier June 15, 2014 at 10:02 pm Reply

    Hi Karen,

    Great post about your father! And a nice portrait.
    In french, we could say about him “Droit dans ses bottes” (than you can translate by: “To keep a stiff upper lip”).


    • Karen - French Inspiration June 15, 2014 at 11:05 pm Reply

      Thanks Xavier ! Il est vrai, il est top.

  2. cecile June 16, 2014 at 9:27 am Reply

    What a wonderful tribute to your father, clearly a wise man. You are lucky to have him:)

    • Karen - French Inspiration June 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm Reply

      Thank you ! I am lucky.

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