Has your life ever been turned upside down?

This query was posed by my minister last Sunday. (See Scott, I am listening.)  I laughed inside my head when he asked the question. Maybe I even chuckled out loud because I can take it a step further. Not only has my life been turned upside down, I think I’ve been living upside down for some time.

 Let me explain. The first four decades of my existence would be considered easy. The bumps were pretty much just that…bumps. I had great, supporting parents, a nice family, and wonderful friends. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone. I lived a happy Mayberry existence sans the whistle.

Then one day all hell broke loose. I won’t share the brutal details, except to say for me, I’d hit my personal rock bottom.

In the beginning, I had days I didn’t want to get out of bed. But I did. Slowly upside down became almost normal, and I liked it. I grew, even reinvented myself  a time or two, and I took it one step further. I became a serious writer. A bad serious writer in the beginning, but a writer just the same.

Until my life spun upside down, I didn’t have a real goal or a dream. I thought my purpose was to be a wife and mother, nothing more. But upside down helped me realize I’m so much more. Writing was the one constant in my life, and I strive to get better. After almost ten years of pushing, learning, and experiencing pure joy from something within me that I didn’t know existed. I’v been fortunate to connect with other writers and finally I understood why I always felt a tad out of step with the world. I wasn’t meant to live right side up.                     

My upside down life led me to be me. However difficult the journey-I’ll be forever grateful.

How about you? Do you have an upside down story?










About Debra Jupe

Hi, I’m Debra and I write romantic/suspense novels, with a bit of steam and a lot of fun. Creating stories is my passion. My favorite days are when I can tune out the universe, huddle over my laptop, and let my imagination go wild. More of my loves My kids-I am the proud mom of two. Son, Stephen and daughter, Hannah. I’m also a proud mother-in-law to Astrid and Ryan. I’m a huge animal lover and am “mom” to a houseful of adopted fur-babies. Animals know, when they show up at my house, they have a forever home. Texas-I’m a lifetime Texan. Born in Waco, I grew up in a small town, south of the city. In my early 20’s, I left and lived in different areas within the state. Twenty-eight years later, I happily returned home. I hope to have one more move in me. My dream is to live by the ocean, sit on the deck with a glass of wine and write. Bucket List accomplishments-In my 40’s, I did something I’d always wanted to do, which was return to school and further my education. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in 2011. My day job is working in the education system, teaching special needs children. Inspiration-Growing plants in my flower beds, painting, photography, travel (love the beach), I was born to shop-now if I just had the money, and I can be easily bribed with a tasty meal of Mexican food. Oh yeah, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Writing-I received my first publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press in 2013, and my initial release debuted in September the same year. I’m an active member of the Central Texas Romance Writers of America Chapter, and I serve as secretary of the group. Amazon.com, WildRosePublishing.com Follow me on twitter @AuthorDebraJupe Keep up with the latest updates by liking my Facebook page www.facebook.com/authordebrajupe DebraJupe@gmail.com or on my Facebook page Author Debra Jupe
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