Hey there! I’m Debi and I’m really glad you stopped by.
If you’d like to know who I am, and the type of things I talk about, feel free to scan through the information below.
ON MY PERSONALITY
I’m opinionated, outspoken, and passionate… about life, the people I love, and the things I believe in. I’m also honest to a fault (don’t ask me a question unless you’re ready for an honest answer) and stubborn (but willing to agree to disagree).
And I’m VERY (did I mention VERY?) sarcastic. I was raised in a house that knew no other way to say things, so I’ve had YEARS of practice… please don’t take it personally. I know there are people who believe ALL sarcasm has some truth to it. But if ever there comes a time when I want to let someone know I have a problem, it’ll be directly said… I don’t use a backhanded approach in those cases. 🙂
I have a son who I raised on my own who will be the first to tell you that I’m not perfect and I’m certainly not typical when it comes to parenting, but he turned out pretty damn well if I do say so myself! I share my methods, insights, and mistakes here in the hopes that other parents can learn from my mistakes. Leaving an online account of the trouble that boy caused me so he can continue with the “Mom, MUST you talk about me?” question for a lifetime… well, that’s just a bonus.
ON AGING (OR AVOIDING IT AS THE CASE MAY BE)
I’m 50 going on 30 and I’m not ready to start sitting around waiting for age issues to happen (as many of my friends are). I have every intention of fighting this thing they call aging, so I’m constantly reading and testing to see what works and what doesn’t. Then I share what I’m learning. I realize that what works for me, may not work for everyone but hey, it’s a place to start.
ON LIFE EXPERIENCE AND MONEY
I’ve got experience in areas that range from fast food to computer programming to driving a big rig to owning my own business, with a whole lot of other things mixed in. I’ve seen both sides of the financial coin… I’ve been broke and on public assistance so I could finish college, and I’ve earned more in a day than I used to earn in a year as a programmer. I prefer the latter.
I believe that it IS about the money! Because life WITH money means better nutrition, better health care, more time to relax and enjoy life, and ways to deal with what life throws at you without spending days, weeks or months stressing over how you’re going to handle it.
ON GETTING (AND STAYING) HEALTHY
At 40, I decided it was time to start improving how I eat. Of course I may soon decide exercise is a necessary evil as well, but I’m just not quite there yet!
I’ve started eating in a low carb, high fat way that’s finally letting me get rid of those extra pounds that increase my risk for breast cancer.
Of course this also means that I’m learning to cook some new things. I hate cooking. I hate dishes even more. But I’m willing to do it (to SOME degree) if it means no joint pain, less cancer risk, and a healthier “yes, we’re defying the aging process!” me.
The fun part for my readers is getting a glimpse of how many ways I can cut myself, burn something (myself included), or cause other household damage (I’m sure some day my son will be more than happy to share about the day he had to dump my flour container onto the stovetop fire I started!)
Yes. I have some. Not many that I still claim or speak to, but there are a few who still admit I’m blood. You get to hear the stories about them… the good, the bad, and the ugly. Keep in mind that there are two sides to all stories, with the truth landing somewhere in the middle. But I don’t care… because you’re only getting MY side (unless it’s about my son… in which case you may find rebuttals in the comments)!
I eliminated ALL family skeletons from our closets when I had my son. I refused to ever put him in a position where someone could hurt him one day by revealing a “secret” that no one talks about!
OTHER THINGS I LOVE TO TALK ABOUT
Friends – My friends are learning that they’re fair game when it comes to my blog. If we talk, text or have communications in any form or fashion, you may show up on my blog.
Pinterest & Image Editing – I LOVE Pinterest! Probably because I’m a visual person. So I’m constantly learning about image editing and ways to make my pictures more fun. I’ll be sharing what I’m learning along the way!
Family Tree Stuff – I’m less into the whole structured genealogy as I am the stories. To me, it’s the stories that make your family what it is, moreso than the date on your birth certificate. But I’m always looking for ways to organize the information I find and play with the photos, so I’ll let you in on that stuff too.
Life – Yes, I have strong opinions and things I stand for. And yes, I post them here. You’re welcome to come state your opinions as well, regardless of whether you agree or disagree. I’m always open to opposing views and debates (as long as it’s civil and grownup-like). If you don’t have the ability or desire to agree to disagree if you aren’t able to change my point of view, you may want to avoid these posts altogether. 🙂
THE BOTTOM LINE
People either really like me or they really don’t. But even those who don’t like me, typically at least respect that they know where I stand.
And look. My son thinks I created this blog to embarrass him (because I do talk about my family and he’s been my entire life for nearly 30 years). I say I created it to rally support for him because people will find out what he’s had to put up with throughout his entire life!
It’s taken me years to figure out who I am, who I wanna be, whether I like being that, and what I might wanna change. Changing is a process. It takes time. There’s stuff I wanna improve, but for the most part, I really like who I am… at least most days.
Sure, I have days that I’d like to leave myself at home and go out with someone a bit more reserved…someone who won’t state her opinions first and think second. But it takes practice…discipline…and most important…desire.
And honestly, I find very few days that I desire to permanently discard many of the traits that I use to teach, protect, explain, or defend those who are unable to stand up for themselves.
Mom always said, “If they’re picking on me, they’re leaving someone else alone.” And I’ve met many “someone else’s” who don’t know how to deal with someone who’s rude or ungrateful or doesn’t mind stepping on other people’s feelings.
So God made people like my family members who rarely keep their mouths shut when it matters! 🙂
But here’s the good news if you’re still reading and I haven’t scared you off… mom also taught me that everyone has a right to their own opinions (of course I always had to watch the tone I stated them with!).
So if you wanna hang around, feel free to throw your opinions out here. I may agree. I may disagree. I may argue and stand my ground until I’ve lost my voice…but you’re welcome to do the same. And when it’s all said and done, we can agree to disagree and move on to other topics to see where we have things in common.
I look forward to hearing from you and what your thoughts are. I love to learn as much as I love to teach!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at Debi aka GenXBrat
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