Over 50s Lifestyle Vlogcast

On Turning 60 – Reflections on Riding the Waves of Life

November 12, 2020
Riding the Waves of Life

We all have a story to tell.  Have you ever though of writing your life story or even what has happened over the last decade.  My guest today, is my very good friend, Debbie Harris award winning blogger of Deb’s world.  Deb is coming up to a milestone birthday and has been in a reflective mode and has written a timeline of her life experiences and especially over the last decade.

It is a great idea to document our experiences, not just for ourselves to reflect on the experiences and challenges we have faced, but also for family,  friends and future generations so they get to know us as a person and what we achieved in our life.

Today, Debbie joins me to share some of her stories and experiences and what it is like to reflect on life. Even though we have been friends for some time, I still learn something new about Deb, each time we chat.

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Meet Debbie Harris

Debbie Harris - Deb's World

Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in the small town of Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, with three grown up daughters, Debbie and the Mathematician are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.

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  • Reply Debbie Harris November 12, 2020 at 10:06

    Thanks Sue, it was my pleasure to be a guest on your podcast. You inspire me in so many ways and I’m so fortunate to have you as a friend.

    PS. I didn’t mind watching it too much, and was surprisingly pleased with how it all came together, as I was feeling nervous afterwards and hate listening to myself at the best of times. 🙂

  • Reply Donna Connolly November 12, 2020 at 10:58

    Hi, Sue and Deb – It’s wonderful to see you together here. I love Deb’s idea of reflecting on her past 60 years by creating a timeline. I agree about the intensity and the highs and lows of the Sandwich Generation. 60 is definitely much younger than I previously thought! 😀
    You are both excellent models of not putting limiting beliefs on yourselves, as well as of authenticity. You also both live Sue’s closing line brilliantly — embracing and enjoying life.
    Thank you for sharing this with us. Hugs to you both!

    • Reply Debbie Harris November 13, 2020 at 20:01

      Hi Donna, many thanks for watching our interview, it was just like having a chat with Sue, so I didn’t feel too nervous being ‘interviewed’. I agree 60 is definitely much younger than I previously thought too :). Your comments about us both making the most of what we have is lovely, I’d include you in that description too!

  • Reply Christina Henry November 12, 2020 at 15:59

    Very inspirational Deb and Sue. You’re right about it being a decade of change. And being the sandwich generation. Take care, Christina

    • Reply Debbie Harris November 13, 2020 at 19:58

      Hi Christina, thanks for your kind comment, there’s certainly been a lot going on over the last decade and lots of sadness mixed in with the good bits. I’ve tried to make the best of things – as we do!

  • Reply Natalie November 13, 2020 at 00:45

    Hi Sue and Deb, Thank you for sharing this podcast with us. It’s wonderful to see you together here, and listen to your warm voices. You’re both excellent models of embracing and enjoying life by having a positive attitude, learning new things, and maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and community. Take care.

    • Reply Debbie Harris November 13, 2020 at 19:57

      Hi Natalie, thanks for your lovely comment, it was a new experience for me and I enjoyed Sue’s questions and sharing my thoughts. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. It’s always interesting hearing the ‘voice’ of other bloggers rather than just reading their words isn’t it?
      It’s not been an easy time over the past few years but I’ve managed to get through it and still smile 🙂

  • Reply Toni Pike November 13, 2020 at 06:40

    Writing a timeline is a fabulous idea – and you ladies are looking wonderful. I love Deb’s comments about how she has done so much over the last few years. It is such a huge transition when you leave work. Toni x

    • Reply Debbie Harris November 13, 2020 at 19:54

      Thanks Toni, it was a great exercise and helped me to put things into some sort of perspective as I look back. I really enjoyed chatting to Sue 🙂

  • Reply suzanne November 14, 2020 at 09:58

    Sue/Deb, I admire you both, for many reasons, and you just added a few more. Deb, you were so far ahead of your time when you packed the family off to England. I don’t know if I would have had the courage to do that. Obviously, your girls benefitted from your decision. They must be very proud of you and the legacy you established at a time when women were still seeking ‘permission.’ Sue, I love that you help us to know you better as you interact with your guests.

    • Reply Debbie Harris November 15, 2020 at 09:30

      Hi Suzanne, great to have you join Sue and I for our chat! It was a huge thing to do when we moved over to England, but we just ‘did’ it and loved every minute of the adventure. It’s amazing what courage we have within us when we need it. I think my girls are proud of me as I am of them. It was so easy chatting with Sue, I forgot it was an interview at times!! Thanks again for taking the time to watch us and comment.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 29, 2020 at 08:08

      Hi Suzanne, yes Deb certainly was ahead of her time and very brave to make the move to the UK. However, what a wonderful experience for her and her family. Thank you for your kind words of support for the podcast Suzanne, I’ve interviewed some beautiful, strong women over the first 21 episodes with more to come in 2021. xx

  • Reply Erica/Erika November 14, 2020 at 10:46

    Sue and Deb, I consider both of you friends and I still learned a great deal from this interview. Great questions, Sue, and thoughtful, wise answers, Deb. You bring up many points that resonate with women, especially after 50: Don’t take anything for granted; stay active; accept ourselves; not pressure ourselves; question our limiting beliefs; let the inner child out; and many, many more. “We are all inspirational to someone” and you are both inspirational to me. A great interview!xx

    • Reply Debbie Harris November 15, 2020 at 09:32

      Hi Erica, it was a new experience for me but Sue made it very easy. I am in awe of what she can do!! I love your summary of my points and agree wholeheartedly, we never know who we may be inspirational to! Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, you inspire me 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 29, 2020 at 08:09

      Hi Erica, I really enjoyed interviewing my good friend, Deb and learned some new things about her and her life. You inspire me Erica, to be a kind and loving person because that is who you are. Have a lovely day xx

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