About Debbie Roes

Thank you for visiting my website.  Here’s a bit of information about me and my background…

Debbie Roes - portraitI am a personal development writer who has authored two books on the topics of smart shopping and wardrobe management.  I also write the “Recovering Shopaholic” blog, an online community dedicated to helping those who struggle with Compulsive Buying Disorder.

In addition to writing about the common but often secretive and shameful subject of compulsive shopping, I have also written about the topics of self-esteem, personal style and image, health, eating disorders, body image, time management, stress management, goal setting and achievement, relationships, and spirituality.

Please visit my Archives Page for a partial list of my personal development articles.  You may peruse my articles by topic or browse the titles to see what interests you.

My Education and Professional Background

I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and am a Certified Life Coach.   In my previous work as a professional coach, I helped clients with such diverse issues as weight loss, career transition, dating and relationships, and business growth. I also worked in the high tech industry for a number of years as a program manager, web developer, and writer/editor.

I have presented speeches and trainings to multiple corporations and associations on personal and professional growth topics, including stress management, managing change, goal-setting, weight loss, and time management. I was an active member of Pacific Beach Toastmasters for seven years and held a variety of leadership roles within that organization. I also served as the District 5 Webmaster for Toastmasters International for several years.

Wardrobe Styling and Recovering Shopaholic

During 2011 through 2013, I ran a wardrobe consulting business in which I helped women increase their confidence and improve their body image through the process of defining and enhancing their personal style.   My services included closet audits, personal shopping, event styling, and “shop your closet” outfit creation sessions.

I started “Recovering Shopaholic” in January 2013 in an effort to heal my decades-long compulsive shopping problem.  I was surprised and pleased to grow a committed readership within just a few short months.  I feel tremendously blessed to be able to inspire others to face their compulsive shopping problems and simplify their wardrobes.

My Writing and Services

Writing my blog re-ignited my lifelong passion for personal development and I decided to transition out of wardrobe consulting (more about that HERE) and dedicate myself more fully to blogging and writing. In addition to writing my blog and articles on various topics, I authored two books during 2014 and plan to write additional books and develop online courses.

I published my first book, “UnShopping:  Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,”  in May 2014.  This book contains the best of my smart shopping solutions from “Recovering Shopaholic,” categorized into logical sections related to various shopping-related situations and challenges.   

My second book, “End Closet Chaos:  Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” was released in December 2014.  This book highlights the many wardrobe management tips and strategies that have been featured on the blog since its inception.  Topics addressed include wardrobe size, closet organization, wardrobe tracking, and how to pare down your wardrobe. I also feature suggestions for taking care of your clothes, tailoring, packing for travel, and defining and enhancing your personal style.

Although I have been focusing primarily on writing since I closed my wardrobe consulting business, I may also return to my previous loves of coaching and speaking in the near future.   As my service offerings evolve, this site will change to represent my new professional ventures. Stay tuned…

Personal Life and Interests

I live with my wonderful husband of thirteen years, Mike, and our two adorable cats in the Point Loma area of San Diego, California.  We love the area in which we live and enjoy taking almost daily walks along the bay or up the hill to view the ocean (on a clear day, we can see Catalina Island, where we were married on July 4, 2001!).

My hobbies include going to the movies, reading, taking classes, attending personal growth seminars, learning new technology, dining out, and exploring new areas.   I still love shopping but am gradually learning to put it in its proper place in my life while also cultivating new interests and passions.

I Appreciate Your Support!

Thank you for your support!  If you have any questions for me or would like to connect with me, please visit my Contact Page.