Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Catch ya in the 10 spot!

I think it is a perfect time to reflect on not only the last year but the last decade. I have said it before and I must say it again…Life is a myriad of cyclical events and moments that keep us trucking from highs to lows, to lessons and learnings allowing us to live hard and fast. The last 10 years have been a time of so much change and so much growth. 10 years ago my vision of where I would be is so very different from where I actually am. This decade has included a university degree, a year stint living in a foreign country, realizing what true love actually is, enduring many heartaches and a couple heartbreaks too. Realizing the value of a true and real friendships. A career that in all honesty I did not even know existed where I gained so much knowledge about so many things. Realizing the definition of me, and who I wanted to be. I have also endured quite the year that was 09. My slogan for 09 was “09 is all mine” and friends I did everything in my power to own it. In many ways I did just that. I set out to accomplish various things and did in more ways then I could have ever imagined. My main feat for this past year was to take on a marathon and qualify for Boston in a time of 3 hours and 30 mins and friends I did it! I came across that finish line, smiling so big it hurt in a time of 3 hours and 29 mins. That day was maybe one of the happiest days of my life thus far. I still get chills down my spine with the sheer thought of it.
I learned a lot about myself this past year. I learned that change is inevitable and can be challenging and hard but is always for the best. I learned that kisses are definitely not contracts and that to truly love another we must truly love oneself. I learned the true meaning of being true to oneself and that sometimes down time is necessary and needed for ones mental and emotional health. I learned that words can hurt you way more then sticks or stones but one must take away something positive from each hurt and actually learn. I learned that your friends are truly your chosen family and man am I ever lucky for mine. I am sure there are moments that I can be quite a trying and hard person to love and my chosen family never walked away from the good or even the bad. They not only always gots my back but they take such good care of me and my heart. I learned that my real live nation is so damn important and although they do not always get me they always love me no matter what.
This year has been filled with so many laughs, so much loves but also some hurts and heartbreaks. I am taking such a full heart and such a healthy state of mind into the next decade. I am ready for all the funs, the adventures and all the challenges I will get to endure. Thank you 09 for everything. Catch y’all in the 10 spot.
V. xo

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Happy! Merry Merry!

twas the night before christmas and you could find surf and turf in our tum tums, some white wine being passed about and gin gynas as a night cap. Wilson Phillips blared while daddyo and V danced around the family room. Bed called and we all tucked in while Santa tip toed about and filled our stockings with much care. Christmas morning noj joined us and the gift giving began.
Christmas morning 09 has come and gone... now for a big turkey dinner with cousins, an aunt and an uncle. There will be more wine and cockers drank and I can guarantee too many laughs and a lot of loves.
May your christmas day be filled with only fun, loves, laughs and surrounded by those you love!


V. xo

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hellz ya

Last night I went out for a killer run. It was one of those runs that gots me going... Super energized, super excited and super inspired. I felt amazing and my love and passion for the run was yet again renewed. Cannot wait to start training in Jan!
Hellz ya do I ever LOVE to run!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

in the merriment home stretch

Well here we are in the midst of merriment and the holidays that have left me tis the seasoned out and hollydazed. We are a mere days away from Christmas and my shopping is done. Drinks have been drank, dinners eaten and enough parties to last a lifetime with a few more to attend. My 30ish year old bod is one tired mess. But somehow I am still rocking and rolling. I have seen and caught up with so many friends while making new ones along the way. The fun just does not stop but does it ever?
As you are aware the holidays are tough. Always have been and always will be for so many different reasons for so many peeps I am certain. But friends, I am actually quite excited this year. I am pumped to get cozy in the 'wood with my rents. It shall be a quiet xmas eve at my rents this year with just me as my bro will be spending it with his gorgeous fiancer in the t dot. Like T-gives I always use to have such high expectations of how things should roll out however not anymore. I am just thankful to have everything I have and to be loved so thoroughly by all of those around me. I am one lucky gal to have such wonderous parents, an amazing bro and an even awesomer sister to be. and my chosen fam ain't so bad either. My friends make me warm and fuzzy and fill my heart so full. I give thanks daily for these wonderous peeps in my life. We are in the christmas home stretch with fun and laughs around each and every corner...Weeeee!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

This made my Saturday afternoon & Holiday season

On Sats Afternoon I had to run some errands in Yorkville...while westbound I heard screaming and cheering behind me. I quickly turned and what to my eyes did appear but the above. A bunch of running maniacs in nothing but red speedos, cheering and jingling! It made my day and my holiday season!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Eff ya

I love my horo today. Made moody Monday a little less moody if ya know what I mean!

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
Monday, December 14, 2009

Life is producing events at an utterly ridiculous pace. So, move along quickly. You must now shift and sort out as much as you can. You won’t be disappointed. You are about to cross the threshold into a new and wonderful chapter in your life.


V. xo

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Forever in my heart

Tmo marks the date of a day that will never leave me. One day in my memories that might just haunt me always. It marks the 12th year of the loss of someone I cared for and loved very much. So tmo when the day wakes I will take a moment and think of him, remember him and thank my lucky stars that I gots to spend the time I did with him. He is remembered and never forgotten.
In honor of my lost friend, please take a moment and be thankful for all that you have in your own life, for all those brilliant people whom make your days brighter and your life better because we really are only here a short time. Love the one you are with wherever you maybe or whomever they maybe.
Love big and love deep. I promise you will not regret.
My friend remains forever in my heart and always in my memory.

V. xo

Friday, December 4, 2009

So long. Sianara. On to bigger, better & brighter!

It is funny that only last week I wrote about fear and the future and how change happens on the by to by and you must go full speed ahead with it. I was given a piece of information that was so evident but mostly so obvious. This piece of info has changed something in me. It was not happy or delightful news but real cold hard truth that has shattered the way I see someone. It lit anger deep within the bowels of my heart. It hurt. But the truth does sometimes. Am I different because of said info? No. but my thoughts and feelings are. I always make reference to the fact that life is a funny thing and it is. It really is. There are so many people out there that take and taunt and are out to hurt you. I give second chances. Always have and probably always will—but not in this instance. I always give others the benefit of the doubt. I let them prove me wrong. I believe that there is always good in someone. I have been tested so many times on this in so many ways. For the first time in my life, I am not allowing this someone anymore chances. They have rocked the boat too many times and taunted me for the last time. I am not harsh or hurtful although I can at times be dramatic and in this case I am making it dramatic in my ving nation. I am taking it personally and making my heart feel and see for once that this someone is not worth me.
So here I say goodbye. I say Sianara. So long.
This blog is not a place where I transcend negativity and it will seldom happen where I will rant or rate about such things but I need it to be known. I need it to be heard and understood for my own wellbeing and my own sanity. I already feel better. My heart is already more full and I already feel more alive. Goodbye…Now it is on to bigger, better and brighter! weeeeee!

V. xo

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Being Edgy is Positive.

With the full moon early this morn comes some great horos pour moi. I likes. I likes lots.
My fave..."You will see clearly how to alter everything for the better." But also the idea that risky sitch's coax me out of my comfort zone allowing me to be an edgy positive! weeeee!

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
You need to be a little more neurotic. We all seek harmony and happiness. Surely, there is nothing wrong with that. It mustn’t, however, be allowed to last too long. It’s the arousal of the survival instinct caused by risky situations that coaxes us out of our comfort zone. Being edgy is positive.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Don’t underestimate the power of the transformation that is altering your perception. It may not yet seem significant, but it is leading you into a new and captivating chapter in your life. You will see clearly how to alter everything for the better.

I hopes the stars are on your side aussi!
V. xo

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

And here we are already into December!

"November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."
- Elizabeth Coatsworth

Vingnation Reflects on Fear...A 12AM wake up call!

I use to fear the future. I would wake in the middle of the night, in a cold sweat and be worried about what might be or what could be. It was unsettling and disconcerting. I feared everything a girl in her 20’s may fear—the what ifs, the what if nots and everything in between. Such fears constrained me in so many heartbreaking ways...
To read more go to: Vingnation Reflects on Fear...A 12AM wake up call!


(photo courtesy of Matthew George)


Great peeps plus great food times a couple cocktails with Windows 7 equals not only a fun evening but also quite a proficient little party.

A few weeks ago my little Vingnation hosted a little get together in honor of the launch of Windows 7! That’s right, on a dark rainy evening 20 of my friends all cozied up in the private room at Marben (488 Wellington Street West, the T dot to learn all about the amazingness of Microsoft’s new Windows 7. Everyone got a chance to ask questions, putt away on computers, learning and laughing the night away.

In the excitement of the launch of this new operating system, my little nation is giving away an HP mini computer (see below for details) that YOU, one of my fave readers, could WIN. It is simple! Please tell me by way of message, picture or even video why you think you deserve an HP Mini computer…The most creative and inventive will win and be posted on via my column and on my The deadline is December 15th 2009 and should be emailed to me at: .

Get cracking and you could be rocking the show with your very own HP MINI!

To read more go to: Vingnation partners with WINDOWS 7 for an evening of fun!