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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

R is for REASONS

Have you ever really thought about your Reasons for being here? Your purpose, what you are meant to do and accomplish in this life?  I honestly do not question that, as my life's path has pretty much shown me the way, and I just roll with it.  Now please bare with me my writing skills, as I was that kid in HS that was sleeping every chance a movie came on BORING!~ NAP time for Debbiedoos.  The only interest In HS I had was boys,  typing, shorthand, and general business where you learned to file and index.Now do not get me wrong, I am by no means proud of this behavior I HAD, and regret it very much. I am just being honest here.  Now if my boys ever exhibited such....let's just say RUN, RUN, RUN as fast as you can! ( I can hear little bro saying that to Alex! This is a pretty good picture I found, I always made sure I had my pencil in hand, made it look like I was taking notes.  Basically, I was a rebel without a cause, so you would have thought.   Some teachers loved me, some teachers hated me. I knew they hated me because they more or less told me ( I was thrown out a few two, three, four of classrooms)  The principal knew me well, he liked me though so that was a good thing. The teachers I did have that liked me, saw there was some deep potential in me, and they wanted to help and guide me in the right direction.  I still remember them fondly. I made it through HS and just wanted out.  I wanted to get an office job.  College really was not in the cards for me.  Again, not because I had no potential, I had no drive, I had not a care or concern.  My Mom encouraged me, but I just would not hear of it...again REBEL! I did go on in life and succeed, by my definition of success. I was happy with what I was doing and still am. My life could not be  more blessed.  Thankfully because of the business classes I did take and love, I was able to get decent jobs.  I started off part time in a 5 physician practice. I had very strong work ethic, and learned that from my Mom, who worked very hard to take care of two daughters on a waitress job.  I loved what I was doing, and before you knew it, I was full time.  One thing about me, is I have a Type A personality so If I am driven toward something I love, I will succeed at anything I put my mind to. I worked there for 5 years.  In between there I worked for an attorney...not sure what my reason or purpose was with that job.  The Man was nuts! However, I did learn a lot, and in the process managed one of his 4 offices.  The first Doctors office actually called me to return, and I did, but with a matching salary, they agreed.  From there I went on to work for a Female Oncologist for 8 years, and managed her practice.  I basically did everything but inject the chemo, we of course had a nurse. want to talk about a hard job~! My first year there I spent many days leaving there crying.  By this time in my life, the Rebel was gone and I had developed more compassion for people.  Not that I did not before, but I never gave it too much thought. I was young.  Many of patients touched my life.  When I got married, the kindness was overflowing between gifts and cards.  Then when I got pregnant...I had a patient start making me a blanket, while receiving her treatments.  Let me put it this way, those patients became friends of mine, many of them and they forever touched my life.  After the birth of Alex,  Mike was still in College, I seriously could not wait to stop working, but had to for 10 short Months,  I worked two 10 hour days. We had no money, but managed just fine. I received the WIC program because of our income and I had a baby, let me tell you it was a life saver. Once I  became  a mother, that was my first and foremost priority in life, still is, nothing has changed. That was 13 years ago, and I have never returned to the work force since.  I have been very proactive with my boys and their educations. I am very driven for them, I want them truly to have the education, that I so lacked, through much fault of my own.   I have also mentioned to you all, my boys will never know the true Rebel I was.  I was a straight A and B honor roll student LMAO ( Laugh my ass off on that one)  Since I do not work I have found Blogging this past 4 months such a creative outlet that I am now tapping into.  I have always loved to decorate, have dabbled here in there with some small jobs, have always helped my friends, and pretty much change my own home every other day with something small.  Aside from being creative, I have always been very much a people person.  Love to be social, love to be part of the crowd.  My friends are kind and loving, and always have nice things to say to me and about me to others.  I have always been what you can say a sounding board for many.  SOmeone has a problem, they call me.  I usually do not have an answer, but I will listen, and sometimes that is all people need. Now onto my real REASON for this post.  Sorry it is long winded, did I mention I can talk, and as fast as I can talk I can type just as fast......
Now onto the real story....I had to preempt you with my  early teenage years background, I don't know why, just wanted to I guess!Really is not RELEVANT to this post.
There is someone out here in this virtual world that touched me dearly. And she is the REASON I posted this as  it is because of her I started this blog. There was a reason she came to me, a reason she encouraged me, and I want to thank her.
It started on a decorating site called RMS, I met many of women there, some have come and gone, some are here with me in this blogging World, and I treasure their friendships.   Well RMS  was fun and I learned a lot in the process. There where at times some negativity on there.  I am not at all a negative person, and really do not do well with negativity around me or in my's not in my life because I do not allow it.  Anyhow, this very special woman,  her user name was Glorify God.  Her first post was a garage door project that I just loved.  I went over to it, commented and from there her and I built a very short lived virtual friendship.  I remember the first time I visited her she and her daughter where at the computer reading my comment, she made me feel like I was  rock star or something.  She said her daughter jumped up and down and said that pretty girl came to our page.  You will never know how that touched me...seriously it was awesome~! Glorify God quickly started encouraging me to start a blog.  She is the one who actually came up with my name.  I would see her comments on many other posts, and she would tell everyone of her idea, and to please encourage me to start a blog.  I was no where near ready, or had even the slight bit of confidence that I could do it.  I would always thank her and tell her Oh maybe someday but not now.  Time had passed, she left the site, and I am guessing from someone who was unkind to her.  I talked about her often to my husband....I talked about a post that she had on her blog about dancing in a water fountain with her daughter. She really influenced me.  One day I mustered up the courage and started a blog, hence here I am.  I went to her existing posts and told her so.  I never did hear from her again.  I do believe she served her purpose and reason for coming into my life.  I just want her to know I think of her, and I appreciate everything she said and the seed she planted.  I am growing and learning, and really  do Love it! There was a time in the beginning I almost quit, as there where many posts on the jealousies amongst bloggers, bloggers who quit never to be seen again.  I had experienced my own share of  problems on the RMS site (mean spirited people, jealousy, etc)  and really did not want to go there again.  I decided NO, that was not going to happen here, I would not allow it, and to make it all that I wanted it to be...hence, I am, and I did!~  Do I want to reach and touch and inspire as many people as I can?  You bet I do...because that is who I am, and those are the REASONS I blog. I am in the process of making my audition tape for Oprah's new show! If you want to read about that go HERE~ Let me just say, right now, I hate doing videos, they seem unnatural to me, when I have to try so hard.  I will be taking a different approach...we shall see how it turns out. I can see why some movie stars hate to see themselves on is weird to watch yourself talk, you really critique yourself.  The one thing I know for sure, and my husband always tells me...I have a really small sized pea HEAD! will be linking this post to Jenny Matlocks, Alphabet Thursday.  Her weekly party always inspires me to write a  little more.  As you can see, I am not the best, but I can tell a pretty good for all you teachers out there that read it and quiver over my grammar, punctuation and sometimes spelling, I do apologize and can only tell you, if I could change one thing about myself, it truly would be to care more about EDUCATION the first go at it. No I am not going back to school, so forget that....moving on to the Oprah show!~
I just found this linky party too and thought I would link up...thank you:)

And don't forget about my designer bag giveaway, two up for grabs, you still have time! HERE are the details.

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Blogger Debbie said...

You go girl! You take Oprah!
I loved your story. I wasn't a rebel in school - more the by-the-line rule follower. Still, there are many things about my past I don't want my kiddos to know about:)

May 19, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Good Morning Debbie!
As I have stated before, I know so much more about you than you know about me ... and this blog is one of the reasons why. Your blog is very encouraging and full of fun things, but most importantly, your not afraid to show who you are. Thanks for sharing!

May 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Home's Where My Heart Is said...

I really enjoyed this! So, all the while you were telling about the teachers who did not like you, I was saying "oh yeah, well just wait until she has her own television show!! She'll show you!"

That is a great story about the woman who influenced you. Some people leave a mark on our hearts and never know it. I'm so glad you listened to her and started your blog :)

Blessings to you,

May 19, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger SparkleFarkel said...

You R incredible!

P.S. As for the Oprah gig, I'm Rooting for you!

May 19, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great post Deb. I didn't know a person on rms influenced you like that to start a blog. I have noticed already some bloggers are gone that were on here when we started. Where is Michelle at shades of red? Have a super day, my friend.

May 19, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger SparkleFarkel said...

(Commenting backatcha after having just read your comment to me on my "R" blog): I kid you not, Debbie, I DID think of you first off, when I heard about Oprah's audition opportunity. The weird thing is, I didn't freak out at all when I then read in your blog that you were going to let Ms. Winfrey know you're available. It was more like I got all smiley, because lucky me, but most of all, YOU, I'm about to watch a wonderful meant-to-be unfold! I've since propped my feet up and made popcorn (It's good for breakfast, too!), knowing I'm gonna get to see a Happily Ever After do it's stuff! THIS IS IT, Debbiepie! You're gonna be great, I just know it! I can feel it in my bones and right down to the bottom of my popcorn bowl!

May 19, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I loved reading your story and I wish you the best of luck with OPRAH!


May 19, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger One Photo said...

What a great story of how you got to here and now, the world is your oyster. All the very best of British luck with your submission for Oprah!

May 19, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Debbie...I love posts like this! I love getting to know more about you! It's funny to think of all the different things that happen in our lives that lead us to the place we are now! God's plan is awesome!

I am so excited for you and your new dream...I am praying for you darling girl!


May 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

You have given me inspiration too. We started our blogs about the same time. It really is a nice outlet. I did it mainly to share with family about what was going on around Halifax Lane. But, the blogworld drew me in quickly. Now, not being mean, but I have to go take an aspirin from reading your blog through the background. LOL R eally is hard.

May 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Christie Cottage said...

Great post!

May 19, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I remember Glorify God. She had the sweetest posts on my RMS space as well. She always talked about encouraging you to do a blog! I know her feelings were hurt on RMS and she asked people to only leave kind comments or none at all but you know how RMS could be at times. I wonder how she is and I am so glad that her encouragement brought you to this point. You and Kim brought me here to blogging and I love it!!

May 19, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Lori, the background is white, how does it come up on your computer? least where the writing portion is....the rest around it is busy, like me:) Let me know guys if anyone else is having the same problem.

May 19, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

it's so exciting to see that you are finding your path. There are many ways to be successful and college is just one way but not the only way. i love reading your posts, you have a way of capturing my undivided attention. I'm positive you will do well in Oprah and if you ever decide to write a book, I'll be the first to buy it. You really have a way with words.

May 19, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger All That Glitters said...

wow! I can't believe I read all that! That's how short my attention spand(?) is! ha! My grammer is terrible too! I didn't care much about school education either! now, don't get me wrong, I loved school! I just cared more about BIG hair, colorguard and boys!!! LOL! Well, I hope the oprah thang goes well, pea head!!! lol!


May 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Marice said...

great post sissy :) very well sadi! btw, got an award for you

May 19, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger linda said...

Oh Debbie i was laughting so hard i could not breath of the girl sleeping at the desk with the pencle.I did that a few times i guess the apple doesnt fall far from the tree.Its funny because people do go in and out of your life and in someway or another you touch them or they touch you.I worked with a girl who was a Cheft and one day she asked me what kind of flower did i like the best i said yellow roses and thought nothing of it .Weeks later she came to my house out of the blue with a hugh basket in her hand filled with candy coffee cookies ect and it was trimed in yellow roses she had made it.Isaid Colleen what is this about her answer was Lin you have touch me more then you will ever know even the way i look at thing now.well i never forgot what she said and was so greatful .You have a gift Debbie and you have used it well .rms your blog and who knows where this will go all i know is there is a higher power and it will lead you in the right direction:) love your Mom

May 19, 2010 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

GREAT post Debbie!!! People like you are why I started blogging- I NEEDED positive, happy, inspiring women in my life!! Thank you!!!

May 19, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Debbie~ I really enjoyed reading your story and getting to know you better! Thanks!

May 19, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Oh my sweetness thank goodness hs is in the past, i was a rebel w/o a clue....don't even that really you???? I would have never guessed! Thank you for being so candid!

May 19, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

I absolutely believe that people come into our lives for a reason. Even a short period of time can be life changing!

I'm so glad you linked up!

May 19, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

It's always wonderful to read your post, even the longwinded ones! LOL! I am like Angie, I needed more positive people in my life too, and God sent you to encourage me towards blogging too! You are so wonderfully positive and uplifting I just can't tell you what a joy that is. Maybe your friend quit blogging because of the time it was taking and nothing more, sometimes life takes over. I have one gal from RMS who I have exchanged emails w/about blogging and she was considering it but has'nt got on board yet. I hope she will, but I don't want to pressure her, any suggestions? If you hadn't encouraged me, I would'nt have ever started on my own. I wish you well with the Oprah thingy but will miss you terribly if you go! I guess I'd have to start watching TV again then. LOL! Good post!

May 19, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Great post, Debbie! I think it would be nice if you could meet up with Glorify God again. Your blog is an inspiration to me and I'm glad I found you! :)

May 19, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Great post Debbie! So you might not always write grammatically correct-who is checking anyway? I'm thinking very few of us do on our blogs. (that's what editors are for) We tend to write how we would say something if we were having a cup of coffee together...isn't that the way it's suppose to be when we blog? Having never met you in person, I'm guessing that you write like you speak & if that is true, then you will be great as a talk show host!
My guess is that your purpose- who you were made- to be is a "cheerleader" - someone who encourages and inspires enviable gift, for sure!

May 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

So nice to get to know you even more than I already feel like I do. You are a very special lady and I am so keeping my fingers crossed for you. I remember telling you back in the RMS days that you would have an awesome I feel like it was "me" who gets to take all the credit..LOL!!!!

May 19, 2010 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger megan said...

Lol, that picture cracks me up! =)

May 19, 2010 at 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deb- you are one talented woman! i love this post. I am very proud of your designing abilities as much as i am of your therapeutic comments. You've really made a very lovely lady out of yourself and i love you more for having known you better :)


May 19, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Debbie, you can WAY tell a story! Because you write with humor and heart and honesty. My impression is you truly do pour yourself with abandon in to the people and things you love. This post gives such insight in to your history and who you are; and that's what we so long to hear and know about each other. You are a very special lady. It was neat to read about the blogger who encouraged you to start up. What a testimony that people can and do make a difference out here in blogland.

btw You would make an awesome host of your own show. Keep us posted.

May 19, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I really enjoyed reading your post. It is always great to learn more about the people I visit.

May 19, 2010 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

I enjoyed your post. We could have easily been best friends in high school except I'm a lot older than you. We would have been two peas in a pod.

May 19, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Hysterical that you have a picture of yourself sleeping in school!!! Too funny. My kids will never know the true me either. No how no way! Great post!

May 19, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Short and Sweet said...

Your "R" post was insightful and delightful to read. I'm glad that you started to blog as I enjoy reading your posts.

May 19, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

loved your story ... and believe me, i was a saint in school ... at least that's what i have told my daughter ;) your life is need to know only for the kiddos ... what a shame you never did hear back from the person that encouraged you so much ... best of luck with the Oprah show ... you can post up a storm, i'm sure you can rawk the talk show!

May 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Great post, Debbie! Loved your story and that photo is fantastic. I can remember a teacher falling asleep in reading circle so catching a few zzzzzzzz isn't just for kids. LOL Good luck with Oprah. Can't wait to see you on TV! ~ Sarah

May 19, 2010 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I understand this post . But hey it was all good

May 20, 2010 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

If you were an onion, Debbie, this post would be you shedding some of that onion skin!

I enjoy your authenticity and you can I expect to see you at Saturday Centus soon!!

Great R!!!

May 20, 2010 at 6:09 AM  
Blogger Terra said...

what a great story and good reasons and so well said. Wonderful blog.

May 20, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Debbie, I love this post! It is honest & real & full of feelings! I found you when I first started blogging & I loved the variety of your posts & how your personality was shining through! Also, if my memory serves me correctly you wrote something about boating & then I knew we had a connection (1st boat ride of season was last weekend!!)

I love how you have talked about education!

I do have to say that you are also a very kind blogger. You have well over 500 followers but you take time to comment on other's blogs. You are very encouraging, which is a bit unusual for someone with so many followers.

We are all cheering you on. Go for it! Hugs, Cathy

May 20, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger amariaf2000 said...

Great post! I just found you through the alphabet party ~ so cool you live in the Carolinas, too ~ what part? I am in Charlotte.

~angela @ peonypatch

May 20, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. It's always interesting to read about how people started out on here!

May 20, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Viki said...

I didn't realize you've only been blogging for 4 months. You really learned quickly and admire all the things you write. I'm not good with grammar and punctuation either ;-)
I think what I love best about your blog is that you blog from the heart and totally seem authentic to me. Just keep it up and I'm glad you decided to make the video for Oprah.

May 20, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This was lovely!And you are awfully kind too.You are the first one who encouraged me, not that I did too much with it but it meant a lot.

May 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Four months with 400 over Followers...
you go girl..
I am your latest follower...

I do share a lot of my past with my kids and in my blog...
that's what makes yours special,Debbie...

mine is here
wanna try my meme, Weekend Funnies ?
Happy Thursday!

May 20, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Momma Fargo said...

Oh, Debbie! I am so excited for you! I can't wait...I know you will be picked. Only because Oprah has to see how great you are as we do.

Your story touched my heart. Thanks for sharing it.

I can't wait for your debut!

May 20, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Kelle Dame said...

Thank you so much for sharing! You found me on RMS too! I was really nervous about posting on RMS because of the same reason. I ended up telling those negative people what was up! :)
You keep going girl!

have you ever been to ?? Mariska is extremely talented and really nice!

All the best!

May 20, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Susan Mathis said...

Yahoooooo! Your mom found me and sent me to ya --- Garden Girl thank you thank you thank you! I give God Glory you started His Blog to encourage His children... What a sweet,transparent, encouraging story - I loved reading about your journey to the blog world and don't worry about your boys finding out you were not living up to your potential in high school... God let me help more children as a school counselor by sharing my story of having to repeat first grade than anything else He let me do there. Don't worry about the people who correct your grammer or spelling after 7th grade there is no more spelling class in the world! :) It's all about your ideas and feeling and if someone corrects you just thank them. God provided you an editor FREE :)ha ha The hard things in life are used by God to drive us to the higher roads of life! :) Go for Oprah and do not worry about the show, the video, how you look or sound -be the God given woman YOU ARE and remember you are "fearfully and wonderfully made" people do not want to see our humanity anyway they want to see our souls! :) Ephesians 3:20-23 If was and honor and a privilage to encourage you and I give God Glory and thank Him and Praise Him!
God bless you Debbie - KEEP taking the HIGH road and KEEP your first loves first - God and family :)

May 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger GFDINER - Kathy said...

You R AMAZING. What a great post. It's so neat learning about you and your wonderful soul.

May 20, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Susan, (Mom), you found her.....words cannot express what I am feeling right may sound dramatic, but I am seriously sitting here balling my flippin face off. Thank you, is all about I can say right now.

May 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

this goes to show you we all find our own path. good luck on the oprah gig...i imagine it must be a bit daunting to go through that process. go for it!

May 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Amanda Lee said...

Wow! You have such passion, I can see how HS would have bored you-- you were ready to get on with what was relevant in your own life!

May 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler said...

Great Post. It was good to learn more about you.

May 20, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger VKT said...

Wow Debbie! What a great rebel you were my blogging buddy. I had no idea we have been blogging about the same amount of time. I thought you were a pro!!! I am in Charlotte for that wedding I told you about but I may not have any down time until it is over. Blessings sweet lady. Everything for your children is still on my counter. sigh.....because I am a Real Procrastinator when it come to the end of the school year. I am so swamped with deadlines.

May 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Brimful Curiosities said...

You packed a lot into that post. I can't say that I was a rebel in HS and I didn't really sleep that much...still don't. I like the honestly in your posting and that you write what you feel.

May 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

It's amazing to me how we can touch others lives (for better or worse!) without even knowing sometime. Love the way your mind works..

May 20, 2010 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Such a great post Debbie! So inspirational. Everyone has to find their own path, in their own time. I was reading through the comments and see that you found your friend - how amazing is that! I can only imagine how you must feel being able to reconnect. Go for the Oprah gig - I just know that you'll be fabulous! Kathy

May 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Nicki Meier said...

Wow! I have never been to your site before, but I have to say, I loved your post.
Chuckled at your sleeping picture...soooo me back in the day. Except I would rest my head in my if nobody knew! :)

You definately wrote this well...certainly hope some how some way this lady finds you! Wouldn't that be an amazing thing?! :) Good luck!

May 20, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger jeff campbell said...

What a wonderful post Debbiedo...I too was and still am a Rebel...BTW I really like the 'Orange' post, especially the votives...Peace

May 20, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger H said...

I really enjoyed reading your story. I'm glad you are happy with the way things turned out.

May 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have always believed that there is a reason for everything...the hard part is not always knowing what it is...that is where faith comes in....

May 22, 2010 at 1:47 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

After I got done chuckling over the sleeping beauty photo I was touched by your post.

I really hope Oprah selects you. It sounds like you are a force.

And I enjoyed reading about your blogging inspiration. What a wonderful homage to a kind person!

Thanks for sharing this heart felt post with us on Alphabe-Thursday's journey through the Letter "R"!

It is always wonderful to visit you links!


May 24, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

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