About Me

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.

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.

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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hubby, Paul, and his toy – 1964 Ford Galaxie



Helen, Georgia

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, writing poetry, and encouraging others to pursue their goals. My writing and creative endeavors can be found at my blogs, Eugi’s Causerie I and Eugi’s Milieu, where I have gathered a following of kindred souls who share my passion for writing. I have authored Fanciful Delights and Mama, me and Mother NatureI am also a published author on Spillwords, PoetrySoup and beBee.com.

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


images – featured image – Pexels

other images – personal property

revised – 9/27/2019/8/8/2020/3/31/2021

227 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. annabellefranklinauthor
    Feb 08, 2017 @ 13:47:16

    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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  2. Dippy-Dotty Girl
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 09:12:14

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

    Liked by 1 person

  3. usathroughoureyes
    Mar 27, 2017 @ 20:19:35

    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. faransilverton
    Jun 14, 2017 @ 00:28:30

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

    Liked by 1 person

  5. -Eugenia
    Aug 02, 2017 @ 12:31:23

    Reblogged this on BrewNSpew.


  6. thejuicenut
    Aug 02, 2017 @ 12:43:53

    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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  7. Davy D
    Aug 02, 2017 @ 12:43:58

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

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Reena Saxena
    Aug 02, 2017 @ 12:51:17

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

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Dippy-Dotty Girl
    Aug 02, 2017 @ 14:05:08

    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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    • -Eugenia
      Aug 02, 2017 @ 19:48:13

      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. Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Aug 02, 2017 @ 18:16:27

    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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    • -Eugenia
      Aug 02, 2017 @ 19:52:42

      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.


  11. writerwannabe763
    Aug 02, 2017 @ 22:51:48

    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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    • -Eugenia
      Aug 14, 2017 @ 22:45:11

      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. thebackyardpoet
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 05:07:25

    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. Sue Dreamwalker
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 09:11:45

    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
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 12:52:23

    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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  15. pensitivity101
    Sep 05, 2017 @ 09:52:33

    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.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Ellen Hawley
    Sep 17, 2017 @ 14:51:21

    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.

    Liked by 1 person

    • -Eugenia
      Sep 17, 2017 @ 15:58:36

      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.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. dgkaye
    Sep 21, 2017 @ 21:02:15

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

    Liked by 1 person

  18. SheryL♥
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 20:33:17

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

    Liked by 1 person

  19. chirose
    Nov 05, 2017 @ 18:25:24

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

    Liked by 2 people

  20. Patty Richardson
    Feb 21, 2018 @ 13:27:16

    Loved learning more about you!!!!! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Soul Gifts
    Feb 26, 2018 @ 08:06:13

    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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  22. pranabaxom
    Mar 21, 2018 @ 16:33:48

    Wonderful About page.

    Liked by 2 people

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    May 02, 2018 @ 21:40:59

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    May 12, 2018 @ 17:29:36

    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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  26. Rich Briere
    May 20, 2018 @ 14:22:55

    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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  27. Lesleykluchin
    May 22, 2018 @ 13:36:10

    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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    • -Eugenia
      May 22, 2018 @ 20:59:58

      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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  28. thereluctantpoet
    Jun 23, 2018 @ 00:10:17

    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!!!

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  29. EsmeSalon (@EsmeSalon)
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 09:57:52

    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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  30. The Mush from the Hill
    Oct 26, 2018 @ 04:30:04

    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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  31. derrickjknight
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 12:40:29

    This looks fun

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Satyen
    Apr 01, 2019 @ 11:10:01

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

    Liked by 1 person

    • -Eugenia
      Apr 01, 2019 @ 12:16:49

      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! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  33. PrairieChat
    Apr 05, 2019 @ 05:07:46

    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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    • -Eugenia
      Apr 05, 2019 @ 12:16:57

      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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  34. robert quiet photographer
    Apr 07, 2019 @ 09:04:21

    Interesting! And the blue Ford is special!

    robert, from the other side of the pond!

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  35. balroop2013
    Aug 11, 2019 @ 12:27:55

    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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  36. Sandee
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 13:26:19

    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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  37. Jen Goldie
    Sep 27, 2019 @ 22:26:55

    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. 😊💛❤


    • -Eugenia
      Sep 27, 2019 @ 23:01:38

      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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      • Jen Goldie
        Sep 27, 2019 @ 23:05:28

        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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      • -Eugenia
        Sep 28, 2019 @ 10:02:03

        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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      • Jen Goldie
        Sep 28, 2019 @ 11:55:36

        I won’t give up.

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  38. inhiscare753
    Sep 28, 2019 @ 00:49:41

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

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