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The Positive Aging Interviews – Meet Debbie Harris

October 19, 2017
Positive Aging Series

The Positive Aging Interviews - Debbie Harris

My next guest in the Positive Aging Interviews series is Debbie Harris from Deb’s World. I met Debbie through the blogging community and enjoyed her blog and blogging challenges she takes.  As you know I love a challenge so I knew we would click.  Debbie is an ‘aussie’ like me although she lives in another state, has recently retired and likes to keep healthy so three more ticks for a friendship to develop.

Debbie has been a guest before on Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond writing about Women’s Mental Health in her post Pick your Battles & Set your Priorites for good mental health

Debbie loves to travel and since retiring has certainly not been one to sit still.  Learn more about Debbie in her interview and then I’d love you to visit her website and social media through the links at the end of this post.

The Positive Aging Interviews

Photo Courtesy: Debbie Harris

What does the term positive aging mean to you?

To me it means staying in good health, being happy with who I am and trying to accept the many changes to my life.

What are your tips for keeping fit and healthy as you age?

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I like to keep active both physically and mentally.  I walk, run, cycle and also blog regularly, to me it’s the best way to stay on top of things.  I stay social with friends, I’m in a bookclub, a movie club and participate in local community events.  I’m a Rotarian and like to give back.

What is one piece of advice you wish you had known when you were younger?  To not sweat the small stuff.  I’ve learnt it’s important to know which battels to fight and which ones to let go.

What is your favourite fashion or beauty tip?

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I don’t think of myself as a stylish person but I like to wear a pop of colour, either my orange shoes or a colourful scarf.  I don’t like looking dull!

Your blog is called ‘Deb’s World’ tell us how you came up with the name and a little about your blog?

Photo Courtesy: Debbie Harris

When I started blogging a few years ago, it was as a creative outlet.  Since then I’ve started blogging about travel, retirement, my Mother of the Bride journey, running, cycling, family….you name it just about everything!  It is really just pieces of my everyday life, so Deb’s World is a very relevant name.  I don’t take myself too seriously and am very surprised that I have amassed the following that I have!  I love an adventure and sharing my travels and stories.

What is your advice for those about to retire or who have retired to ensure they enjoy this special time of life?

Photo Courtesy: Debbie Harris

I was made redundant in December 2016 and fought the department for most of 2016 leading up to this result.  I made myself sick in the process as it wasn’t my decision to retire at age 56.  Looking back to who I was this time last year is a good wakeup call.  I was bitter and twisted, sad and angry.  I didn’t believe that I would ever feel this good again, so my advice is to get through the transition time, let yourself grieve for your old life but remember that life will be good again.  People tried to tell me that would be the case but I didn’t want to hear them.  It is a special time of my life now and I’m busier than I ever thought possible but I’m also happier.  My husband, who retired in January 2017 of his own accord, and I are having a wonderful time travelling and enjoying this new life together.

What is your favourite way to relax?

I love to read, go for a walk, listen to music or just sit quietly and shut out the world.

What was the last book you read?

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood.  Very interesting and unsettling but I enjoyed it all the same.

Meet Debbie

The Positive Aging Interviews - Debbie Harris

Meet Debbie

I am Debbie from Deb’s World, a young at heart adventurer, newly retired and loving life! My blog is about a mix of things, I really enjoy blogging and reading other bloggers, it’s such a great, supportive community we have.  I started as a creative therapy but it’s become much more than that over the years.

 

I am 56, happily married with three grown up daughters.  I am active and regularly run, cycle and walk.  I am fortunate to have the ability to travel at the moment and my husband and I have had a great first year of retirement together, seeing lots of interesting places and enjoying the freedom that comes without the stress of working.

 

I am involved in Rotary and particularly enjoy the work we do with Youth Exchange Students.  I love reading, music, movies, photography and I participate in lots of blogging photo challenges.

I am excited that my youngest daughter is getting married in Fiji next month and have been known to blog as the Mother of the Bride (MOB) for her wedding and my second daughter’s wedding back in 2015.  I’m a bit excitable!

I am enthusiastic, passionate and fun loving. I refuse to let my age dictate what I can and can’t do.  I really don’t feel my age 🙂

My About Me page is here It’s all about ME – what would you like to know?

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12 Comments

  • Reply Donna October 19, 2017 at 04:49

    Hi, Debbie – I agree that ‘Positive Aging’ has much to do with a ‘positive, can-do’ attitude, That’s something that both you and Sue possess in spades! I greatly enjoyed reading more about you here!

    • Reply Debbie October 19, 2017 at 06:05

      Hi Donna ? thanks for your comment, it’s always good to be a guest here at Sue’s blog, it makes me stop and think about what I’m doing and how I’m doing it when I answer her questions. I think you also have a bucket load of that positive ‘can do’ attitude!!
      Your support is always much appreciated ?

  • Reply Debbie October 19, 2017 at 06:07

    Thanks for having me here Sue, I always enjoy being a guest, you are so welcoming and supportive of other bloggers. This series has been interesting to meet others and hear their thoughts on positive aging and I’m proud to be included.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 19, 2017 at 22:45

      HI Debbie it is always a pleasure for me to have you as a guest and hope you will do so again in the future. I love having positive people write and share their experiences and you are certainly one of those. xx

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle October 19, 2017 at 08:50

    Thanks for all your energy and inspiration for positive aging. It is so good to see that you came through your year of hard battles and learned not to let that ruin this wonderful time of life. It is great reading about your adventures, keep them coming.

    Kathleen

    • Reply Debbie Harris October 19, 2017 at 12:26

      Thanks for your positive words Kathleen, it’s been hard but life is so good now and I truly appreciate it 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Clingan October 22, 2017 at 12:59

    Oh, Sue, so enjoyed this post. I am just becoming acquainted with Deb and love her already. Her retirement story is so much like my own. And the feelings she describes after being made redundant – what an awful term to use about a person!!! – are much the emotions I felt when I retired. Such sound advice – grieve the passing of your former ‘life’.

    Deb (and you) exudes happiness and contentment now. So glad she made it through the heartbreak that came with her early retirement. Love her suggestion of wearing a pop of color. Thank you both for the sage advice.

    • Reply Debbie October 23, 2017 at 09:01

      Hi Leslie, I’m sorry to hear you also experienced something similar to me but I do believe now it was for the best. I’ve had a hard time this year coping with my dad who is in care and is slowly fading away, so it’s given me time to be with Mum and keep an eye on her when I can. I do try to remain positive but we all need to grieve and let go of some things.
      I enjoy being involved in your sentence a day group and hearing from like-minded positive women.
      Thanks for your lovely comments, I always enjoy being here with Sue and all you other top women ?

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au October 22, 2017 at 18:14

    Hi Deb – I love reading about how you overcame feeling so angry and rejected when you were made redundant. Life can throw some real sucker punches sometimes, but it’s how we choose to respond and move on that really counts and you haven’t just moved on……you’ve thrived!

    • Reply Debbie Harris October 23, 2017 at 09:29

      You are quite right Leanne, it’s show we deal with these punches sometimes that counts the most. I’ve had more time to visit my parents (who live at the other end of the state), with dad in care and slowly fading away, it’s been good to be able to spend longer periods of time with mum. So I have adapted and am using my time as positively as can. Always great to have your words of wisdom!

  • Reply Christie Hawkes October 23, 2017 at 07:11

    Hello Deb and Sue! I enjoyed learning a little more about Deb. I especially liked that you include accepting the changes in your life as part of positive aging. Sometimes we miss the joy of new opportunities because we are holding on so tight to that which is leaving. Thanks for the important reminder.

    Happy Sunday!
    Christie

    • Reply Debbie Harris October 23, 2017 at 09:31

      Hi Christie, it’s lovely to have your comment here as well. We have to accept the changes when forced to move on but thankfully I’ve taken most of them in my stride, after the initial battles.

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