It’s all about ME


Hello,

My name is Debbie

I’m an Australian midlife, travel, adventure and lifestyle blogger. 

Welcome to my ‘About Me’ page

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This is me!

Who am I really?

I am a bit quirky, full of energy,  enthusiastic, into social media, sharing things and looking for the positives. 

I am Debbie –  a wife; mother; daughter; sister; friend; blogger; reader; runner; walker; cyclist; Rail Trail enthusiast; traveller; Rotarian; Whovian; former teacher.

UPDATE: I’m now a grandmother too – as of 11 September 2018 – I am known as Granny Debs to baby Emilia  – our first grandchild πŸ™‚

And I’m a retiree!!  A very young retiree at 56 – it wasn’t my choice believe me!

57 years bold
57 years bold

I’ve been called a humming bird on speed and WonderWomanDebz.

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WonderWoman Debs! Get it?

Family:

The Mathematician and IΒ have three beautiful daughters who are all grown up now and making their own way in the big wide world. I like to write about my family sometimes.Β  I am very proud of my posts where I have compared our lives at age 28, 30 & 25.Β  I also compared the life of my mother and me at the age of 53.

My youngest daughter wrote a post about me and she is my first ever guest blogger. I’m thrilled with it! My eldest daughter is a travel blogger too at The Wandering Darlings and wrote a great post about her Travel Loving Parents – us!  It’s a fantastic read πŸ™‚

I have enjoyed being the MOB (Mother of the Bride) twice now and our latest wedding was in Fiji!  It was amazing fun!

I am a grandmother now as well, to a gorgeous baby girl, Emilia Jane born in September 2018.

Granny Debs
Granny Debs

Work and Retirement:

Up until December 2016  I managed the delivery of Educational programs in a minimum security correctional centre for males. I have blogged about a lot of things over the years – but I never really mentioned my work in the gaol. That all changed when the government decided to outsource Education services in gaols (jails) to an external (cheaper) provider.  This meant my job was made redundant, along with hundreds of others across the state.  These professional educators were replaced by clerks, on a lower salary rate with no education qualifications required, and they do basically the same job that I had been doing for over 20 years.

I did not take well to these changes and experienced an array of emotions, as you can imagine.  I have written a few posts about the situation and if you want to see what I’m talking about click any of these links – Education beats crime every day, On being made redundant, Jailhouse Blues and  Mantra for the future.

On the plus side my husband, the Mathematician, retired from a teaching career spanning 39 years in January 2017, so we now have lots of time to do things together, while we are still young enough!

I’m pleased to say our first year of retired life went exceptionally well!

Running and cycling:

I am into keepingΒ healthy and have learnt how to run again. I regularly walk, run or cycle and I feel fantastic as a result of my efforts. I sometimes blog about my Β runningΒ journey and cycling holidays.

Adventure and Travel:

Travelling is in my family’s blood and I love to blog about our travels.  Now that we’re retired we have lots more time to indulge in this passion. I have a page dedicated to our adventures and travels.

As at May 2018 we embarked on the trip of a lifetime, what I’m calling our Odyssey, travelling for 3 months to UK, Iceland and Europe. I’m recording our travels in weekly posts – you can find them here if you’re interested! Our Odyssey posts all in one place.  Iceland was a real favourite – so much so I wrote a post (tongue in cheek) 10 reasons why you definitely shouldn’t visit Iceland. 

Top Retirement Blogger
Top Retirement Blogger

Reading:

I’m also an avid reader and try to document all the books I read during the year (it serves to remind me of what I’ve read!) on my reading page. I’m in a book club and enjoy reading books I may not have normally looked at.

Photography:

I love taking photos while I’m out and about and will often include these in my posts.  I used to participate in the Weekly Photo Challenges most weeks but WordPress has since ceased offering that challenge. I now link up to Terri’s Sunday Stills instead πŸ™‚

I enjoy Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest and you can see my links to all these on my Contact page .

In 2017/2018 I also participated in a 52 week photography project. It was a fun, creative project and made me think outside the square at times, as well as improving my skills.

10 things you may not know about me:

  • I love all things orange and yellow.
  • I love a good cup of tea – black, very weak and a dash of honey!
  • I live in a small rural town in NSW (Australia) and enjoy our easy lifestyle.
  • I have a compulsion to step on crunchy leaves and bark just to hear the satisfying crackle/crunch. I’ll go out of my way to step on a suitable looking candidate. I’ve recently added jumping in puddles to this compulsion. I wrote a post about it called Big Debbie’s Purple Boots based on a children’s book.
  • I completely lose myself when reading a good book.
  • I like helping others and doing good in the world – being a Rotarian helps satisfy this urge.
  • I have a Bravery Award from the Queen.  Here’s a post that tells the story.
  • I hate spelling mistakes but sometimes do make them (horror!).
  • I was told that inmates (and some staff) within the the correctional centre found me to be  very intimidating – you have no idea how much this amused my daughters! I’m not really scary, I promise!

BONUS:

I was nominated in the Best Lifestyle Blog for the 2019 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards!Β  I’m over the moon and thank whoever nominated me.Β  Congrats to all those other awesome bloggers who have also been nominated across all 10 categories and best wishes to everyone.Β  I’m way out of my league here but I’m thrilled just to have been nominated πŸ™‚

Nominated in Best Lifestyle Blog category
Nominated in Best Lifestyle Blog category

In May 2018 I was place Runner Up in the Hidden Gem category at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards in London!  I was thrilled to be there to meet other like minded bloggers and make new friends.  You can read all about it here – Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.

Annual Bloggers Bash Awards
Annual Bloggers Bash Awards

Follow me????

So,  after reading all that, if you’d still like to follow my blog – then please feel free to come along for the ride!

I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment to say hello πŸ™‚

Are you on Instagram? Check out Deb’s World here: Instagram for photo updates

You can also find Deb’s World on other social media platforms below – let’s stay in touch!

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221 Replies to “It’s all about ME”

  1. Hi Deb,
    I also wanted you to know that YOU are my 100th fellow labmate in my ‘experiments’. Thank you so much once again! I think you’ve inspired me for an idea…it’s started ticking in my brain right now…will keep you posted in case it works out…. Cheers!
    Preeti

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  2. I just finished reading your three blog entries comparing yourself to your three daughters at their ages, respectively. Wow! I loved reading them and I can see why they are three in which you are most proud (the blog entries, not the daughters, although I am sure you are most proud of them as well!). I especially like the fact that you were honest and straightforward about who you were. Oftentimes, we read either a grossly exaggerated, hubris-filled description of oneself, or a blog entry full of self-deprecating humor; yours is a breath of fresh air.
    I have to admit, Ima gonna steal your idea πŸ˜‰ I have two daughters of my own, ages 21 and 22, and I can’t believe that I never thought to sit down with them and talk about who I was when I was their age, I mean, really talk.
    Thank you for allowing your readers a peek into your life. ~v.

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  3. Wow, I am honoured that you read them and enjoyed them so much. I loved writing them and talking with my daughters about our lives. I am thrilled you are going to ‘steal’ my idea and look forward to seeing the results if you decide to share. Thanks again for your kind words, you made my day. πŸ™‚

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  4. Thanks so much, Debbie, for stopping by and deciding to follow! I do hope you enjoy what comes into your email box. It still amazes me that two people (like us) who live on opposite sides of the world can touch base with each other so easily! πŸ˜€

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  5. Hi Deb

    Glad to be able to stumble upon your blog and I absolutely love it. Travelling makes us joyful, adventorous and teaches us to remain happy. I read through some of your stories and they are beautiful. I loved Cheddar too, we want camping for 3 days in the same village last summer. Oh my my what a beautiful tiny little village.

    Happy Travelling!!!

    xx
    Aanchal

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for following! I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog πŸ™‚ Always like hearing that people like Cheddar, it certainly is a lovely little village.
      All the best to you.
      Deb

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  6. Well HI THERE! From way over here in Michigan. Thanks for following my blog. If I can figure out how to do it I’ll follow yours! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I am SO not technical. I have a running friend that we call the Energizer Betty (from the old battery adds that featured the Energizer BUnny that just kept going and going and going…) …I think you might be a younger version of her! She ran a marathon on her 70th birthday. AMAZING. I used to run..then I broke my foot. Then I ate too much. Now I think about running. Some of the time. Sigh. ANYWAY, nice to meet you!

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    1. Nice to meet you too. Haha, not sure I could run a marathon now let alone when I’m 70! You managed to follow my blog so you are going well. I look forward to following your blog with interest!

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  7. Hi Debbie, I’ve nominated you for the five day black and white photo challenge. Blogging is all about having fun so taking up the challenge is, of course, optional. The guidelines are straightforward. In fact there are only two:
    1) On 5 consecutive days create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
    2) Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.

    Here’s the link to my response to the challenge
    http://jillscene.com/2015/03/02/black-and-white-photography-challenge-day-3/

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  8. Hello, Deb, nice to meet you! We live in Northern Illinois. Thanks, for following my blog. I haven’t many posts there yet and need to be more active there. My hubby and I are both retired and have been traveling often to Puerto Rico where we hope to start spending long term. We used to go to Jamaica quite often. I would absolutely love to travel to Australia, such a beautiful country! My husband’s mother and husband were stationed there for 10yrs. with McDonald Douglas but that was probably 30+ years ago. Sorry, I didn’t mean to write a book on your site, lol! Take care!

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  9. Hey Debbie. I found your blog from the blog party and reading through some of post makes me smile. No wonder you have so many comments. You got an exceptional way to put feelings into words. Keep the work up and enjoy the party!

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  10. Hello, Deb! Just clicking around the blogosphere and commenting on blogs that I think are fun and interesting, and you’re one of them. October is my birthday month, so consider this an invitation to my month-long birthday party. Hope to see you over at That’s So Jacob sometime! Ciao for now!

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  11. Hi Deb, so glad I have stumbled across your lovely blog. I am totally loving all your posts and beautiful photos. And I feel like I resonate with you. Look forward to following your continuing journey.

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  12. Hi Deb. Thanks for visiting and following Flying Goannas. I hope you enjoy our travels. When I read your profile I thought for a moment you were a friend of mine named Deb who works in a correctional facility. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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    1. Hello! Many thanks for your comment and for visiting my blog!! The boot camp should be a good source of information and networking. Looking forward to visiting your blog too.

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  13. Well, anyone who likes travel, loves the colour orange, and has won a bravery award from the Queen sounds wonderful! I am doing the WordPress Bootcamp comment thingy and need to find new blogs to comment on. You are helping me out here, thank you. I just found you on the Commons page. Your blog looks very interesting and I look forward to reading more about you.

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  14. I’m still working through your lovely blog. Is this a custom site? I would love to have my blog archives listed like you, with a photo, in grid form. You have been blogging a while, well, much longer than me, and you seem to know lots and lots!

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    1. Hi Georgie, my site is a premium theme called ‘Traveler’ and I’m glad you like it. It suits me and what I blog about. I like the grid layout too. I’ve just left a comment on your post thanking you for mentioning my blog. I have been blogging for a while but working full time and being involved in lots of other things, means I have to be organised with it all. I don’t know about me knowing lots and lots though πŸ™‚ I have done a few of the other blogging u courses and gained a lot of information from them and met some amazing bloggers. Now I’m following you too!!

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  15. Hi Deb! First of all, I want to thank you for visiting and following me. As a new blogger, I’m still amazed whenever I get a new follower. I suppose confidence will come with time. This about page is fantastic…I love it. It clearly explains who you are and your vibrant personality definitely comes through. We are alike in some ways, but not in others. I’m an introvert and don’t like leaving the house much. Whereas, you sound like an adventurer who lives in a cool country. But, opposites can often help one another by filling in those voids each one lacks. Not that you lack anything!

    Anyways, thanks again for stopping by, and you can be sure I will be visiting here again too! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely words Melissa! It is hard when we get started to realise that others may be interested in our blogs and ramblings, I’m still surprised like you are when people follow my blog. I’m sure we can be of help to each other and I look forward to following your progress too. Thanks again.

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  16. What a fun About page. You cracked me up with the hummingbird-on-speed label πŸ˜€ I would love to know more about your Bravery Award πŸ™‚

    I too get completely absorbed in a good book to the point where hungry husbands and household chores cease to exist. I will also deliberately step on crunchy leaves – although living in a desert with not many shedding trees can put a damper on that particular hobby.

    Will definitely be back to read more.

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    1. Hi Diya, thanks so much for leaving me such a lovey comment and for the follow. It’s nice to find your blog and I’ll be back. I’m not surprised that the desert doesn’t have many crunchy leaves!!

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    1. Welcome to my world all the way from the land down under. Nice to meet you. Thanks for the comment, I do something very similar. It lets me see something of the blogger and if I like what I see I press follow. I found a few new blogs from the blog party too. Enjoy the weekend.

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  17. Hey i had a site change, when you get a moment check it out and subscribe/follow, its all my beloved randomness with more to comehttp://lifeseverydayrandomness.com/

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  18. OMG I must have been too shy to even leave a like in the early days of reading posts. SO I have liked now and re read it. I have re read it and My goodness. Number & Deb, is there a corresponding post for that? For number seven? And I thought WTF is a whovian ? Looked it up to discover I am one too. Not up to date – but a fan none the less, Do you know this blogger’s work? https://autisticinnerspace.wordpress.com/category/collage/

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  19. Fascinating bio Deb! Orange is my favourite colour and I love tea, and many of the things you mention. Funny you love crunching leaves for the sound, my love for high heels stemmed from the clacking sound the heels made hitting pavement when I was a tiny child, lol. Nice to connect. I’m now following. πŸ™‚

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  20. Hello! I see you like Thursday Doors and other wordpress challenges almost as much as me! When I saw your name was Deb Harris, I wondered if you were my sister in law, who has the same name as you, and who I’ve rather lost touch with since my brother died, but I can see that you are definitely not! But you sound a lovely person and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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    1. Thanks for your great comment! I can assure you I’m a nice person πŸ™‚ I do enjoy the WordPress challenges and Thursday Doors when i can get a good photo worth sharing. I hope to see you around the blogosphere in the future, I always enjoy your posts by the way.

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  21. Just caught up on your enforced retirement, sorry to hear that. It happened to me last year, but you know it was just the best thing really. I was sitting out a job I loved and was very good at for a company whose upper management had changed and cared not a jot that my role led to a smooth operation and no complaints. I was invisibly working, in fact so invisible that when the financial cuts came they could lose me…some satisfaction in knowing 6 months down the line, it’s chaos πŸ™‚ But, I haven’t looked back and I’m loving it, trying not work, but if I have to so be it. Take care and enjoy, it’s a hugely rewarding time, like payback for all those years of graft!

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  22. Hi, thanks for following Talk About Pop Music. I hope you enjoy the tunes! Don’t forget you can follow my personal blog at Steve-Says.net if you’re brave enough. Cheers, Steve

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  23. You have a wonderful blog! Look forward to reading more of your posts. And #4, #5 and #8, I am totally with you πŸ˜€
    And just from reading this page I can guess – your enthusiasm must be contagious πŸ™‚

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  24. Hi Deb! What an inspiration you are to me! I have only started my blog about two months ago and I am still new to all of this! I love how much personal information you are giving. What do they say? You’ve godda put it all out there right!

    I am sorry to have read about your work situation. If I can add two cents for my thoughts it is that I recently also discovered that sometimes God makes things not work out to give us time. Time to spend with Him, time to enjoy our family and time to truely live up to our calling! And boy are you inspiring!

    Best of luck with your time to come and I’ll be following your blog along with several others!

    Xx

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and leaving me a lovely comment!! Welcome along and good luck to you with your blog. I’ve been to visit and am now following along.
      In regards to personal info I just tell it like it is. I forget sometimes that it could end up anywhere but have had nothing but positive feedback so far. It’s a good way to document my thoughts.
      I’m happy with how things are going and am just trying to make the most of it all. Thanks again and stay in touch.

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