A message from the Queen? No, just me guesting with THE GIFT OF AN EARLY AND UNWANTED REDUNDANCY – over at Cresting The Hill

EDITED 22/9/2022: This post was written in April 2020 and many things have happened since then. With the Queen’s passing last week and Australia’s National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen today, 22 September 2022, I felt it a fitting time to share this post as it’s the only one I’ve written (I think) about the Queen, apart from the one where she bestowed a Bravery Award on me via the Governor General (as mentioned above).

The Queen’s message….and mine 🙂

The Queen delivered a message last weekend, only the fifth time apart from her annual Christmas message. Did you see it?

So it was quite funny timing, since I wrote a guest post for Leanne mentioning the Queen’s Christmas address, weeks ago, and it was scheduled for this week!

Yes true story!

Here’s a snippet of my words from Leanne’s post:

Greetings to all who inhabit my World… 

Unlike the Queen, with the numerous resources at her disposal, I was unable to secure a film crew to record my message to you, which is probably just as well, when I come to think about it. I also don’t have anything too meaningful to tell you apart from the fact that we are about to enter a new decade with a whole lot of new experiences. (How right was I – bushfires, floods, coronavirus?)


As I approach this new decade, I am definitely feeling wiser, more in control and more relaxed most of the time – just don’t ask my husband (the Mathematician)’s opinion! I still haven’t got all the answers right, especially as to how many pairs of gloves I needed to pack for a Northern hemisphere Winter – current count 4, with a mix of fingerless and full gloves – but that’s another story for another day!

I agree with Her Majesty – as she said in her Christmas address – everything we do must start with small steps. The big news for 2020 is that I turn 60 later in the year – which is a lot of mini-steps – and I have a Joy List of 12 things to do before I turn 60! I’ve also come to see that the redundancy that led to my early retirement has turned out to be far better than I ever expected.

Remember I wrote these words weeks ago, before the pandemic was getting underway!

Leanne’s intro reads: Today I have the next guest in my MIDLIFE SYMPHONY series where I’ve asked others to share what they’re doing to make the second half of life the best half of life. Deb (from Deb’s World) lives on the other side of Australia to me and yet we have a great online friendship and one day I intend to have a coffee with her in her lovely glass sunroom. Today Deb’s sharing how an unexpected and unwanted redundancy from her job has shaped the second half of her life in a way that was much better than she could ever have anticipated.

There’s much more covered in the post:

  • Redundancy can be a good thing,
  • Redundancy and Family,
  • Redundancy and Grand babies,
  • Redundancy Royalty and Retirement

Pop over to Leanne’s blog to read the whole thing. It’s part of her Symphony series where midlifers talk about how the second act of their symphony is playing out. I was thrilled to be asked to join in and enjoyed writing this post, despite the subject matter at times and the memories.

The Gift of an early and unwanted redundancy

If you’d like to leave Leanne or I a message, please do so. I’d love for you to have a read of my words and share your thoughts, especially if you’ve been through something similar to me.

I will just say that since writing this post for Leanne, my gorgeous grandson was born and he’s now 6 weeks old!

I wonder if the Queen remembers our connection – she bestowed a Bravery Award on me when I was 17!

Thanks for reading my words.

Deb 🙂

You can also find Deb’s World in lots of other places – stay in touch by clicking any of the buttons below.

Debbie in rock chick mode

Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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