my name is Debbie
I’m an Australian midlife, travel, adventure and lifestyle blogger.
Welcome to my ‘About Me’ page.
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 🙂
And I’m a retiree!! A very young retiree at 56 – it wasn’t my choice believe me!
I’ve been called a humming bird on speed and WonderWomanDebz.
The Mathematician and I 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. I am very proud of my posts where I have compared our lives at age 28, 30 & 25. 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 🙂
I am a grandmother now as well, to a gorgeous baby girl, Emilia Jane born in September 2018.
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 keeping 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 running 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.
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.
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 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 called a Humming Bird on speed by a work colleague and it’s now stuck to me.
- 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!
I’ve just found out that I’ve been nominated in the Best Lifestyle Blog for the 2019 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards! I’m over the moon and thank whoever nominated me. Congrats to all those other awesome bloggers who have also been nominated across all 10 categories and best wishes to everyone. I’m way out of my league here but I’m thrilled just to have been nominated 🙂
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.
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 🙂
Are you on Instagram? Check out Deb’s World here: Instagram for photo updates
You can also find Deb’s World here – let’s stay in touch!
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