It’s all about ME – what would you like to know?
Hello! Welcome to my ‘About me’ page.
Here’s a quick run down:
I am a bit quirky, full of energy, enthusiastic, into social media, sharing things and looking for the positives. But who am I really?
I am Debbie – I am a wife; mother; daughter; sister; friend; blogger; reader; runner; walker; cyclist; Rail Trail enthusiast; traveller; Rotarian; Whovian; teacher.
And now I’m a retiree!! Very early retirement!
I’ve been called a humming bird on speed and WonderWomanDebs. There are stories there believe me!!
I have three beautiful daughters who are all grown up 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!
Until recently (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 point has changed recently due to the government deciding to outsource Education services in gaols (jails) to an external provider. This means my job has been made redundant, along with hundreds of others across the state. These professional educators are to be replaced by clerks, on a lower salary rate with no education qualifications required, and they will do basically the same job that I have been doing for over 20 years. I have not taken to these changes very well and have gone through an array of emotions. 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 will retire from a teaching career spanning 39 years in January 2017, so we will have time to do lots of things while we are still young enough!
I am into keeping healthy and have learnt how to run again. I feel fantastic as a result of my efforts and I sometimes blog about my running journey.
Travelling is in my family’s blood and I love to blog about our ravels. Now that we’re retired we will have lots more time to indulge in this passion. I have a page dedicated to our adventures and travels.
I’m also an avid reader and document all the books I read during the year (it serves to remind me of what I’ve read!) on my reading page.
I love taking photos while I’m out and about and will often include these in my posts. I try to participate in the Weekly Photo Challenges most weeks. I enjoy Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest and you can see my links to all these on my Deb’s world on social media page .
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 love 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 also enjoy participating in #FridayBlogShare, where readers post a book review following a set list of questions which spell out FRIDAY.
- 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 an older post that tells some of 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 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!
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 also love to hear from you. Leave me a comment to say hello 🙂
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