25 Little-Known Facts About Me After 25 Years in Business

Hearts take flightIn November you may have seen a Facebook post going around where your friend(s) revealed several things no one knew about him/her. Each person who “liked” or commented on that post was then asked to reveal some little-known facts about themselves.

Last year, on the anniversary of my business, I revealed 24 things you didn’t know about me. So, this year, inspired by the Facebook post – and celebrating 25 years in business – I’m adding 25 more little-known facts.

1. I remember crying at the door to my kindergarten room when my mom took me to school for the first time.

2. When a new bank was being built in my neighborhood, I kept showing up asking about a job. I had no banking experience, but the President said I was hired because I was persistent in my pursuit.

Debra Jason Playing Piano3. As a kid, I started playing the piano without taking lessons. I thought the numbers on the music sheet corresponded to my fingers and it just so happened, it sounded okay when I played. I did take lessons eventually, but only lasted a year. Being told I HAD to practice took the fun out of it.

4. I was 16 years old when I started college (The City University of NY at Queens College).

5. I lived at home when I went to college. However, in my last year, my family moved and let me stay in our apartment until it sold. I lived there for close to a year with no furniture other than a cot that I slept on.

6. I started college as a Fine Arts major. I loved art classes in high school and got “A”s for effort. I really couldn’t draw a human figure, so I decided Art was not in the cards for me and switched my major to Communication Arts & Sciences.

Queen Elizabeth II Cruise7. When I was 18 my mother (who was a travel agent at the time) took me on a two-week cruise to the Caribbean on the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2). I almost didn’t go because I had Neil Young tickets. Thanks to my friends who convinced me I’d be crazy not to go on the trip. I met one of my lifelong dear friends Linda (R.I.P.) on that cruise (that’s us to the left).

8. On that QE2 cruise, I dated a croupier who worked in the casino at the craps table. When my mom, my tall, skinny British beau and I walked off the ship and told my dad “Nicky’s spending the night,” my dad almost “sh*t” a brick.

9. At 19, my girlfriend and I traveled cross country. Our parents said “Don’t hitchhike.” So, we took a bus from NY across Canada to British Columbia. Then, we hitchhiked down the coast from Washington to California.

Club Med Martinique10. In my twenties, I took my first Club Med vacation in Martinique. Loved it, applied for and was offered a position as a dance instructor/hostess. I was a speech therapist in the schools at the time and felt obligated to keep my contract so I didn’t go to Club Med. Looking back, I think I should have!

11. I love chocolate.

12. About 2 years ago, I stopped drinking coffee for no particular reason. Just stopped making it one morning.

13. I miss good Chinese food. Have never found a restaurant outside of New York that offers food as good as New York Chinese food.

14. Even after 25 years in business, I have moments of doubt & fear.

15. I once lost a project because I asked the client to sign a contract. He was insulted saying “I work on a handshake.” I called my mentor in tears and his response was “that’s your client’s loss.”

16. I don’t own a TV, but I will admit to watching “The Voice” on hulu.com

17. I live in Colorado and don’t ski. I lived on the island of Kaua`i for 10 years and didn’t surf.

18. I love long walks, but am not one to hike fourteeners. Same with riding bikes – give me some nice flat land (like Martha’s Vineyard), not a steep climb up a mountain.

19. I don’t like to talk politics. I know, I said this last year too, but it’s still true so let’s change the subject. OK?

20. I started keeping diaries as a kid – still have them. I stopped for many years and picked it up again as a young adult. Today, I write “Morning Pages” (thanks Julia Cameron) daily (well, almost daily).

On the beach w/Ike21. While I love Boulder, I miss living across the street from the Pacific Ocean and taking long walks on the beach with my dog, Ike (R.I.P.).

22. I wrote poetry as a teenager. I submitted my poems to several publishers back then and was politely rejected.

23. In 1998, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce presented me with the Small Business of the Year Award. I was honored for outstanding accomplishment as a single-person business.

Mom & Dad24. I want to love and be loved, nurture and be nurtured.

25. I miss my parents every day (I said this last year,but want to say it again). I hope they’re proud of me and often wonder what they would say to me today..

Want to reveal a little-known fact about yourself? Please do so in the comment section because I’d love to hear from you. Thanks & here’s to your sweet success.

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.


  1. I think it is great that you shared these facts. One thing that people don’t know about me for the most part is that I traveled with a band, as a friend, not a groupie or anything, when they played ozzfest when I was 20. It was the best experience ever.
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  2. That’s quite a list and we share another thing in common.

    When I was younger, I hitchhiked from PA turnpike to Texas. It took me several days to get there via the Interstate roadways and rode on the back of a truck, in a police car, inside a van and drove a VW van through the state of Alabama so the elderly driver could sleep. ROFL

    Such times… and the things we did as youngsters!

    We both have a FREE spirit!
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  3. This is an awesome list of facts about you, Debra. A great way to learn who you are. And we have the 16 at college factoid in common!

    I bet your parents would be in awe of what you do and so very proud of you. ????????
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  4. One of the few yet big disadvantages of working and buying online is the lack of personal connection between seller and buyer. And, while I’m lucky to know you as a friend, this list really adds the human touch to the great professional you are. What a super idea! And – I had that excellent Chinese dinner just recently Debra – of course it was on Christmas!!
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    • Thanks Andrea. I too am grateful for our friendship. FYI: As a kid we used to visit relatives in the D.C. area around Xmas and bring Chinese food with us on the airplane. Want to send some my way? 🙂

  5. Well Debra, you already know that we share pet parenting in common and I love dogs – mine or others, all shapes and sizes.

    Here’s one that I never quite understood but my parents nicknamed me “Rebel Without A Pause” when I was a teenager and that label stuck! Couldn’t understand it back then but when I asked my Dad about it years later, he told me that it was because I was always fighting for the underdog or taking up causes or doing things that even though correct, were not expected of a young Indian girl!

    PS. Dad (RIP) was a James Dean fan. 🙂
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  6. Wow Debra, what an interesting life you have lived and in so many locations. I admire someone who can pick up and leave. I have visited many places but have always lived in one state – Michigan. I have traveled all over the US and have enjoyed the topography of the land that is so unique for each section of the country.
    Having doubts and fears is being human and I think most people, being honest with themselves would admit it also.
    Very interesting post and I find myself reflecting back on my life with both a feeling of contentment from my last profession, but with some fear and doubt (just a little bit but it is still there) admittedly. Do we ever completely lose this – I really don’t know but sometimes I think it helps to push me a little harder.

    • Thanks John. I am fortunate to call three places home – NYC, Kauai and Colorado. I have to admit, each time I moved, it was scary because I was at different stages of my life and the idea of change (and the unknown of what was to come) was unsettling. However, I am grateful for each experience.

  7. “When a new bank was being built in my neighborhood, I kept showing up asking about a job. I had no banking experience, but the President said I was hired because I was persistent in my pursuit.”

    I’m not the least bit surprised! 🙂

    I think I’ll wait until inspiration hits before I reveal a little known fact. 😉
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  8. My most favorite place in the world in on the water at dawn, before the sun actually rises above the hills. It’s where the men in my life raised me. It’s where some of my most precious memories where made. Now you know why I LOVE to fish 🙂

    Great post and it’s good to “know you” now.
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    • It sounds like a beautiful time to be on the water Brian. It’s probably a peaceful and serene time (a good time to meditate too). And “yes” I can see why you learned to love fish as a result.

  9. I love this post but, as a full blown coffee addict, find myself wondering about #12. WHY????? Did you hit your head, possessed by body snatchers, fell under the spell of an evil wizard? LOL, just kidding 😉
    Thanks for being brave enough to share so much about yourself. If everyone would do that, I think we would all see that we’re more alike than we realize.
    Great post!
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    • Thanks DeAnna. The coffee thing wasn’t pre-meditated. I just stopped making it one morning and then found I didn’t really miss it. If it helps, I do indulge in a cafe au lait or a mocha every now and again when I’m out meeting someone at a coffee spot!

  10. NUmber 17 resonates with me since I grew up in Colorado.
    Enjoyed the skiing & snowboarding but the cold just got to me..
    Thanks for sharing your reasons..!
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    • Benito, I’m sure growing up in Colorado was a wonderful experience. I grew up in NYC and while it’s a fabulous place, I no longer choose to live there (still love to visit though). Also, having lived on Kaua`i for 10 years I know what you mean about the cold getting to you in Colorado. It took me 2 1/2 years to decide to return to CO after HI (there were several reasons for making the move), but both are beautiful places – paradise in different ways.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.

  11. I cry every time time you post a picture of Mom and Pop.

  12. Hi Debra, Your list has so many heart filled items that mean gratitude to me, especially about your parents! I miss my family and all my dogs, I lost 3 in the last 3 yrs including Miss Frida 3 weeks ago. One of the little known facts about me is that I also began pre-college very young to prepare for the U of M (11 yrs old). More fun things are that I can water ski and snow ski and plan to get back to it as I travel. BTW Telluride was one of my favorite spots to go with my Dad 🙂

    All I do will be brand new soon after a big move this past year.

    Thank you for sharing and reminding us how blessed we are, Jilly

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