‘member when…? Mt. Kilimanjaro

I was organizing (and by organizing I mean I was unpacking boxes that have been in my closet since I moved in my house…over a year ago) my home office and came across the certificate from my Mt. Kilimanjaro climb.  I actually did a double take because I had forgotten that I actually climbed the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Who the heck forgets something like that? Let’s rewind for a bit and recall the following fun facts:

  1. I had ZERO experience – The last thing I climbed was a gate when i was a kid. And I was running from a dog at the time so it definitely wasn’t intentional.
  2. I was SOLO – With the exception of the crew who came with the package to carry supplies and cook my meals I climbed this mountain by myself.
  3. When in Rome Tanzania – Since I was a tourist who was already in Tanzania, had already been on safari in the Serengeti, knew I would NEVA EVA EVA EVA NEVA set foot back in this country why the heck wouldn’t I climb a random mountain?
  4. I actually never reached the top – So in true Vee fashion I was a few meters away from the top and developed mountain sickness. In case you don’t know what the  which includes hallucinating, vomiting, and

Are you happy?

Happiness-Quotes-Part-1-21   Take a quick moment and ask yourself this question, “Are you really happy?”.  I’d love to say that as the writer of this blog, Defining Happy, that my life is filled with skips through lavender fields, impromptu moonwalks down the sidewalk, and an abundance of happy days but that’s not the case. I’m Continue reading

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Are You Already Slacking On Your Resolutions?

Ok so I guess I’ve abandoned this blog been away long enough.  So let’s get this party started…..again.

It’s a brand spanking new year and judging by the decreasing amount of cars in the gym parking lot it’s about that time where some of us start to slack on our mile long list of New Year’s resolutions.  I know we are all tired of hearing the cliché Continue reading

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Its been 8 months since my last post and as much as I’ve missed writing I just couldn’t bring myself to sit down at this laptop and release.  My thoughts were constipated.  Restricted by a cluster of what I had left in my past, what was happening in my present, and the uncertainty of my future. Until this morning, when the overwhelming feeling of blockage and the lack of productivity went away and the yearning to discover and create my “what’s next” overcame me.

In 2013 I had Continue reading

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I’m Possible


I was recently on a telephone conversation trying to gather some information for a move I’m trying to make in regard to my career.  The cat on the phone seemed more than eager to tell me that what I was trying to accomplish was “impossible”.  He had repeated this word about 5 times in a matter of seconds. Before I knew it I had completely shut him down by replying, Continue reading

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….in peace.

This post (well any post for that matter) is well over due.  It isn’t that I haven’t thought about writing.  My pen is definitely my therapy….it has been for 30 years.  I think I’ve been apprehensive to put thoughts to paper for fear that I wasn’t ready to release and inhale what I was feeling.

For the last few weeks I’ve been grieving the loss of my right hand man…my biggest supporter…my one man cheering section…the man who has set the bar so high for any man who will ever come in to my life…my grandpa.  He passed away on March 30th and ever since that 6 am call I had been feeling as though my heart stopped beating also.  Like I too had taken my last breath. Continue reading

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Baby I’m back

I’ve read stories about people coming back home after long term travel abroad and it being difficult for them to readjust or find their place in the world.  After having so many off the wall, unexpected, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences on a daily basis it can be a shock to the system to come back to mediocrity.  I had planned to take a few months to regroup and think about all that I had accomplished and realized during my travels and how exactly to incorporate that in to my “new life”.  However Continue reading

The art of serenity


Although a tad bit harsh you have to admit that you can’t get any more real than the statement above. I will absolutely admit that as a teenager….I used to be some what of a hothead.  While that didn’t include embarrassing myself in public if things didn’t go my way, anyone (and I mean anyone) who didn’t do right by me would feel the wrath. Continue reading

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