About Me

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Hello Everyone!

Here’s just a little bit about me!

I was born and raised in Orlando, FL, where I lived for 32 years before moving to the South Florida area. I spent a few years in Ft. Lauderdale and then trekked across the state to Tampa, FL  I didn’t care for Tampa, because I’m an east coast gal, and I moved back to the South Florida area where I lived for 10 years.

After a life-changing event, which was only the beginning of several major changes in my life, I moved to Marlton, NJ. I stayed for 2 years and then returned to Florida, residing in Jacksonville, FL. From there I was relocated to Atlanta, GA by my employer.

I spent 40+ years in the corporate world and retired in 2012. My career industry was commercial insurance where I was an underwriter – yep, one of those people that analyze risks in order to place insurance coverage with an insurance company.

There was a time when I worked a couple of side jobs. One of my side gigs was modeling. While I lived in Orlando, FL, Disney World was being constructed, which created various opportunities in modeling and other forms of entertainment. The other gig was a fleeting activity as a cocktail waitress, which was fun but not my cup of tea. So, I remained in the insurance industry because it was my bread and butter, which carried me until I retired.

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my modeling days

To make a very long story short, my last employer was repositioning themselves, which resulted in closing locations and transferring those employees willing to relocate. My family, which consists of my husband, Paul and our cat, Amanda moved to Atlanta, GA.

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Amanda

Well, we found Georgia a delightful place to live and made it our permanent home. We love to trek to quaint little mountain towns, which are only an hour away from our cozy little abode. The drive is lovely, and we love to take in the scenery along the way. Eventually, we want to own a cabin in one of the several small towns we enjoy.

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sunrise in Blue Ridge, GA

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Main Street retailer, Blue Ridge, GA

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Boro Inn, Blue Ridge, GA

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Chattahoochee River, Helen, GA

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Helen, GA (downtown)

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Three Dog Night concert, Hiawassee, GA – Feb. 2019

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St. Patrick’s Day 2019, Boro Inn, Blue Ridge, GA

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my hubby, Paul, in Blue, our 1964 Ford Galaxie

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me, August 2019

Come join me in my weekly word of the week challenge at the BrewNSpew Cafe

Good coffee is a way of life

  please visit my other blog PoetryPalette

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A gander at me –

I enjoyed a dedicated career in the insurance industry for over 20 years being rewarded both professionally and personally. Now it’s time for me to follow my dreams by doing things I enjoy…spending time with family, learning, sharing, traveling and writing poetry. My fulfillment comes from encouraging others to achieve their goals.

My writing and creative endeavors can be found at my blogs, BrewNSpew (Coffee-break Scuttlebutt) https://amanpan.com/ and PoemsNSuch (Poetry, a seasonal state of mind) https://amanpan.blog/, where I have gathered a following of kindred souls who share my passion for writing.

I am the author of e-books, Seasoned Delights, A Haiku Collection; and Mama, me and Mother Nature. My time is also spent as a Brand Ambassador for beBee.com, a social website based in Madrid, Spain.

Amazon Author Page link – amazon.com/author/francieugeniahoffman

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin

-Eugenia

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images – featured image – lovethispic.com

other images – personal property

revised – 9/27/2019

  226 comments for “About Me

  1. 02/08/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Eugenia, and thank you so much for taking the time to visit and follow me and the storyhounds. 🙂 I’m with you on the coffee – what writer can live without it? It’s the one thing I refuse to give up.
    Loving the chocolate wallpaper!

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    • 02/08/2017 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments. Coffee and chocolate – a good combination.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. 03/27/2017 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for dropping by my blog 🙂 So do you live around the Blue Ridge now? It does look heavenly.

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    • 03/27/2017 at 10:44 am

      We live in Roswell, Ga – about 80 miles from Blue Ridge. It is a charming little town.😃

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  3. 03/27/2017 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Eugenia! It is so nice to meet you and we’re liking your site a lot. Its gonna be fun tagging along with you on this blogging adventure and seeing the world through your eyes and words.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. 06/14/2017 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for following my blog. You’ve got lots of great stuff here on yours too 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. 08/02/2017 at 12:31 pm

    Reblogged this on BrewNSpew.

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  6. 08/02/2017 at 12:43 pm

    Cat’s are very knowledgeable, they appear to be minding their own business but they know exactly what’s going on 😉
    I love that quote too and try to live by it.
    Glad you’re getting time to travel – my husband when asked how he’s enjoying retirement usually quips that he’s so busy he doesn’t know how he ever had time to work! 😄

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    • 08/02/2017 at 7:37 pm

      That is a good sign that your husband is that busy. I feel the same way. I like to be busy and not sit around being idle and bored.

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      • 08/03/2017 at 4:49 pm

        My dad was made redundant at 59 and was lost without work. Within a year he died suddenly. My husband & I knew we needed to have a plan when he retired early and it’s worked well.

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    • 06/22/2018 at 11:51 pm

      I love the other reply I have heard – I don’t know what I do, but it takes me all day to do it!

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  7. Davy D
    08/02/2017 at 12:43 pm

    Eugenia, good to read and learn more about the person behind the poetry 🙂

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  8. 08/02/2017 at 12:51 pm

    Great to know more about you! Both of us come from BFSI backgrounds.

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    • 08/02/2017 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you. Yes, we have that in common. I see that you were in banking.

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  9. 08/02/2017 at 2:05 pm

    That was a fun read, Eugenia. Blue Ridge in Georgia sounds and looks like my kinda heaven on earth. Is heaven that pretty, I wonder… Also, Amanda has personality by the looks of it. x

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    • 08/02/2017 at 7:48 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Blue Ridge is a great place – a quaint little mountain town in a beautiful setting. You’re right about Amanda – she has a very sweet personality most of the time – lol.

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  10. 08/02/2017 at 6:16 pm

    I live close to you! We love Blue Ridge and enjoy visiting several times a year since it is an easy drive.

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    • 08/02/2017 at 7:52 pm

      Wow, how cool. I follow a few bloggers that live in our area. It is an easy drive and we visit Blue Ridge several times a year too. We will be making a trip in the fall.

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  11. 08/02/2017 at 10:51 pm

    Not ‘drivel’ at all. I’m so glad you found ‘you’! … It’s nice to have a little more information…. and by the way, I would never even consider being any kind of a waitress because I would spill most of what I served … I am amazed at how well some handle doing it…. Diane

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    • 08/14/2017 at 10:45 pm

      I don’t know why but I just saw your comment. Must be the computer gremlins are working overtime. 😉 I didn’t last too long as a waitress. It wasn’t my thing and I am surprised I didn’t drop or spill a tray of food or drinks.

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  12. 08/03/2017 at 5:07 am

    Love learning a little about you. by the way, some great photos. If my wife ever retires, we will be moving to the Ozarks. We love the Rockies here in Montana but Missouri is our birthplace.

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  13. 08/03/2017 at 9:11 am

    I so loved this Eugenia and it brought bright smiles.. loved reading and learning more about you. Blue Ridge sounds an amazing place.. I believe I heard a song about it 😀 Happy travelling days . Life now is for enjoying and Living… We have both got a similar amount of working days behind our belts..
    So keep smelling those Roses, or is that the coffee 😀 .. and of course drinking it.. xxx ❤
    Hugs Sue

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  14. markrickerby
    08/03/2017 at 12:52 pm

    Searching for your About Me page adds a whole new meaning to “trying to find yourself.” lol I’ve done the same thing (created pages then forgot all about them.) Love the Maya quote. So true!

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    • 08/03/2017 at 10:58 pm

      I’ve changed themes several times and discover pages and links I forgot about. Yes. Maya is my favorite for quotes. Thank you for commenting.

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  15. 09/05/2017 at 9:52 am

    Hello Eugenia, and thanks for the follow. Hope you dig around my blog and find things of interest to comment on. Would love to hear from you and exchange chatter.

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  16. 09/17/2017 at 2:51 pm

    I’m glad you added an About Me page. I went looking for it. I’m even gladder that your cat and husband found you on the back porch with coffee. Sounds perfect.

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    • 09/17/2017 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I have lost the About Me page a few times. I change themes frequently, which sometimes it doesn’t work out too well. I’m surprised my blogs haven’t imploded into puddles of spilled ink.

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      • 02/23/2019 at 2:44 am

        That reinforces my determination not to change themes until forced to by technological circumstance. Thanks.

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  17. 09/21/2017 at 9:02 pm

    A most beautiful and profound quote by Maya Angelou. Your blog seems warm and inviting. 🙂

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  18. 10/18/2017 at 8:33 pm

    Hi! Thanks a lot for joining Thoughts of SheryL!
    Great blog! 🙂

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  19. 11/05/2017 at 6:25 pm

    Pleased to meet you.!! Can’t wait to read more of your posts. Thank you for the blog follow too 🙂

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  20. 02/21/2018 at 1:27 pm

    Loved learning more about you!!!!! 🙂

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  21. 02/26/2018 at 8:06 am

    Hey there Eugenia, first, thanks for the follow. As a fellow retiree I can relate to most of what you have to say. In fact, I do not know how I ever fitted work in! I’m far too busy doing other more interesting things – and having cups of coffee.

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    • 02/26/2018 at 10:20 am

      Thank you for commenting and sharing those virtual cups of coffee. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  22. 03/21/2018 at 4:33 pm

    Wonderful About page.

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    • 03/21/2018 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  23. 05/02/2018 at 9:40 pm

    Hi there my dear fellow blogging friend, I have nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award. I hope you will be able to participate and share the love around by responding and accepting. Congrats and I look forward reading your posts and answers. See the link at: http://bit.ly/2rhch6O

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  24. 05/12/2018 at 5:29 pm

    Beautiful blog layout, Eugenia. I really like this About section with your bio. For a retired person your spirit looks much younger than many people in their twenties, thirties…. I see this spirit of yours reflected in the blog, so dynamic and fresh.Good job and thank you so much for the follow!

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    • 05/12/2018 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much for your delightful comment. It’s good to meet you and I look forward to reading more of your blog.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. 05/20/2018 at 2:22 pm

    Just a note to say thanks for being such a Wonderful Person and a keen source of Inspiration. Being a Newbie, when in Doubt I come here…..and I’m dazzled by what you’ve Created….and Freely Share. 🎩 🍎 ☕️

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    • 05/20/2018 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you for your very kind comment. I’ll be glad to help when and if I can. 😁

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  26. 05/22/2018 at 1:36 pm

    Hiya. I just read this for the first time, although I have seen your posts often. My youngest son lives near you. He lives in Decatur, Ga and loves it there. He works in the film industry and bought a home up there a little over a year ago since he was traveling from FL all the time for jobs. I visited him last summer and thought the Atlanta area was simply charming. I have to get used to all the hills though. Southern Florida is so flat that waiting in all the Atlanta traffic going up and down on the hills got me dizzy. LOL I keep telling him he needs to build me a Mom pod out back on his property for when I come visit. Oh, BTW, cute picture. I also modeled in my youth. I recognize that pose and the outfit so we must be close in age. Those were absolutely the most fun years. And the music was the best. But I have to confess I love the technology that this time allows us.

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    • 05/22/2018 at 8:59 pm

      I was born in Orlando, FL and lived in various cities – Tampa, Hollywood, Ponte Vedra, and the last city was Jacksonville, to name a few. I was transferred to Atlanta by my employer where I retired. Currently, we live in Roswell, Ga, which is close to Decatur. I love it here because of the change of the seasons. I had enough hot weather and beaches and enjoy the cooler weather and mountains.

      I loved the 60s and 70s – especially the music. Like you, I appreciate technology.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pic, and I wish I had kept those boots. 🙂 I’m 72 and once I learned life’s not perfect, I have no regrets. Thanks for your comment.

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  27. 06/23/2018 at 12:10 am

    My Dear Eugenia, I have so loved your words/works/!! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your About Page via JB’s reblog! I do so enjoy your writing style. This was a really fun and enjoyable post and I love getting to know you better!!

    I love that we are at the stage of life where we don’t need to keep up as many pretenses! I will reach my three score and ten at the end of October. It’s a lifetime but hasn’t it seemed to fly by faster than it should? Loved your photos and your modeling pose! Blue Ridge sounds wonderful!!! I have a fondness for Lake Tahoe having spent more than 30 years in Sacramento!

    Thanks so much for sharing and being your wonderful self (me, myself and me, Ha!) I’m looking forward to more of your works!! Thanks for your views on my site! I do so, appreciate them!!!
    Chuck
    xoxo

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  28. 07/10/2018 at 9:57 am

    Hi there, as always thank you for dropping and the ‘like’ of the Senior Salon post on my blog EsmeSalon. I would love to see you participate and share a post from your blog with us. Linkup commences each Monday at 02:00 am and end the Friday at 8:00 pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).
    Esmé from EsmeSalon

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    • 07/10/2018 at 11:49 am

      The Senior Salon is a great way to showcase your work. Thank you, Esme for this opportunity.

      Like

  29. 10/26/2018 at 4:30 am

    Hi Eugenia,

    I just dropped by to say thanks. Now that you found yourself, and a very interesting self I might add, you helped make me feel so much better about my writing.

    So thanks again.

    Next time I drop by coffee’s on you lol.

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  30. 11/05/2018 at 12:40 pm

    This looks fun

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  31. 04/01/2019 at 11:10 am

    Ah! This is wonderful. I love life stories and yours seems like a one righteously lived. Wish you happiness and many adventures ahead.

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    • 04/01/2019 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂 I added some new photos to it with great difficulty. Seems I can’t switch this particular post to WP’s new editor without making a mess of it. I don’t want to lose the comments because they’re the best part of the post! 🙂

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      • 04/01/2019 at 11:39 pm

        Yes. My absolute pleasure! Btw your blue ford is amazing!

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  32. 04/05/2019 at 5:07 am

    Eugenia, thanks for stopping by my blog and the follow. Insurance Underwriting, what fine company did you work for? I spent over 25 years providing markets and coverage for agents in the Midwest – did business with thousands of agencies and am glad to be retired and writing Haiku

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    • 04/05/2019 at 12:16 pm

      I worked for several insurance cmpanies during the course of my career, and I owned an Excess and Surplus Lines agency in the 1980s. The last company I worked for was Zurich, which my department was purchased by Farmers. I was a Commercial Multi-Lines Underwriter for the small business segment.

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  33. 04/07/2019 at 9:04 am

    Interesting! And the blue Ford is special!

    robert, from the other side of the pond!

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  34. 08/11/2019 at 12:27 pm

    Lovely introduction and some beautiful pictures Eugenia! I am delighted to meet you though I am not a coffee fan but like to dip in once in a while, love the aroma though. 🙂 Thank you for finding me in this maze of blogosphere. Have a wonderful day.

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    • 08/11/2019 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you for visiting, Balroop. It is good to meet you, as well. 😉

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  35. 09/24/2019 at 1:26 pm

    What a delightful about you, your husband, your cat and your corporate life. Georgia is a beautiful place. I have some friends that live there and you’re one of them.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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  36. 09/27/2019 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Eugenia 🙂 It’s the first time I’ve seen this. It’s nice to get to know a little more about someone you blog with everyday. Sweet! I’ve been seriously thinking of doing something similar. Seeing this I’ll probably do it. 😊💛❤

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    • 09/27/2019 at 11:01 pm

      Hi, Jen! This is a revision because I was trying to update my original. I also am adding the same About Me to my other blog. Geeez, I almost blew it away because the original was written using the Classic editor and now I am using the new editor. I didn’t want to set up a new post because I would lose the comments. To add to the mess, I had to change themes because the one I was using wasn’t working properly and also it was impossible to find older posts.

      I am glad you liked it and I hope you post one, as well! I think it’s a good idea so those of us with regular followers get to know each other. 🤪🧡🌼

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      • 09/27/2019 at 11:05 pm

        Word Press has me totally discouraged. I’m fighting with block editor and I’m extremely frustrated! I read something in a post about ppl losing older images so they won’t appear. My posts will be less fun and more difficult for me.

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      • 09/28/2019 at 10:02 am

        It took a while and patience for me to get used to the block editor and I consider myself pretty savvy on a computer. I never lost older images but some had to be resized. Once I got used to the new editor, I like it and find it has a lot to offer. Don’t give up! 🤨

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      • 09/28/2019 at 11:55 am

        I won’t give up.

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  37. 09/28/2019 at 12:49 am

    Wonderful introduction, how exciting. I really like Georgia, it a great place to live. Love the pics too! 😊

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    • 09/28/2019 at 9:52 am

      Thank you, Yonnie! Georgia is a pretty state and has a lot to offer,

      Liked by 1 person

      • 09/28/2019 at 10:13 am

        Yes it does, it is one of the states we have considered for relocating.

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