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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?