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Being Human

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Sometimes, I hate technology. I want to take my phone and my computer and I want to throw them in the ocean with a rock attached to them so that I never see them again.

After the initial panic, withdrawal and night sweats, I am sure that overall I would lead a much more peaceful life. I know that it is never going to happen, especially in the career field that I have chosen, but a girl can dream, can’t she??

I find myself often not liking what technology has done to us. It has made us lose our humanity.
It is too easy to be someone you are not. It makes everything an emergency and urgent. It makes it too easy to hide behind a screen instead of actually talking to someone...where they could actually hear your inflection, tone, voice, face, and see your body language. 
Technology, like texting and sending emails, makes it hard for the other person to actually figure out what you are trying to say because it makes it the responsibility of the reader to interpret your words. AND...to eve…

Safari in Africa

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After the climb, we spent the next the next 6 days on a safari whirlwind tour...spending 2 days in Tarangire, 2 days in Ngoro Ngoro Crater and then 2 days in the Serengeti.
I am just going to share some pics and some of the stories and funny observations that I had during this time.

Tarangire consisted of having a “tent” room. It had electric (at night) and my very own “shower." I quickly got to learn what a monkey lock was (those tricky monkeys!!!) AND why we cannot leave our rooms at night without an armed (machine gun) escort. I also learned that Tsetse flies love me a little too much and about very large spiders that want to kill me in my sleep. Also, I learned about why one should always drip the faucet whilst in a tent room in Africa.

The Story of the giant spider and the ants that must have brains. Picture me getting into my tent room after many days of hiking.I took my boots off and was very excited about taking a shower. I went to turn the water on and lo and behold, there…

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro Part 3

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You still reading? HA. As you can see, it has been quite an adventure. It tested every bit of me both physically and mentally...but I did it! It amazes me how much more we are capable of than our minds make us think we are.

Summit Night/Day: It is almost 10pm and they just woke us up so that we can get moving. I am sitting outside on a rock with just the light of the moon shining on while I write this. So it might be messy and hopefully I can read this later. The stars down here are absolutely amazing and quite possibly the best I have ever seen. I have already seen 2 shooting stars. They are making us eat and I am going to do my best to do that even though I am not hungry. I have an awful headache. This camping at 15,000 feet isn’t the best. LOL.

I can see headlights everywhere heading up the mountain. There is a whole trail of people slowly walking up. What a freakin’ cool thing to see. Just a bunch of lights heading towards the sky.

I have my 323 layers of clothes on and I sure hope t…

Climbing Kilimanjaro Part 2

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I am back again! Continuing on here with my journey of climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 3: Camping at 14,000 Feet Today I realized that I have all of my days wrong because I never changed my watch to Tanzania time. I am not sure if it has been 3 days or 4. LOL Slept like crap even after taking 2 ambien and now I am up at 5:14am. I have my headlight on as I am writing this. I am completely frozen in my tent so I can’t leave or go to the bathroom until I hear someone else get up! The zipper won’t open!

Haven’t had coffee in 4 days...so you know what that means. Shower either. Thank God for these wipes...that is all I have to say!

I am happy I brought my foam roller with me. I taught all of the porters how to use it last night and it was hilarious to see all of them yelling and screaming with pleasure as they rolled their IT bands and backs. I am going to give them my roller when I leave as a parting gift. I will probably give all of my gear away. These dudes are tough. I learned that being a port…

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro Part 1

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A few years ago, I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. the peak is 19,347 feet and it was the toughest thing that I have ever done. Mentally and physically.

The journey was filled with lessons...with love...joy...friendship...hardship...grit...perseverance...overcoming obstacles and triumph.

Today, I am going to tell you the story about it.

One of the greatest things that I had started doing many years ago, is to keep a travel journal on my journeys. I remember the intricate details that way. From time to time, I take them out and read them and it makes me smile. It makes me recount the special moments that meant so much to me back then. If you don’t do this already when you travel, I highly recommend it. Mine aren’t fancy. They are plain brown thin notebooks with the stories of my life, lessons and travels in them.

Now, for those of you who don’t know me, 2016 was a rough year for me. I had gotten out of a very abusive relationship with mental and physical scars, my belove…

The Tribe - and Why Every Woman Should Have One

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Did you ever stop and think about what kind of people you are friends with?  I mean really think about what they are like as human beings. If not, then you should pause for a moment and do it right now. I’ll wait.

What are they like? Do they have good habits? Are they successful? Do they work hard? Are they nice and kind? Are they a good influence? Do they build you up? Have your back? Make you want to be better?

Or

Do they gossip? Use you and others? Drag you down? Lazy? Mean? Judgmental? Are they jealous of you or others? Are they rude or mean? Are they a bad influence? Full of drama? Selfish?

You might think that it doesn’t matter what your friends are like...that it only matters what you are like. You are wrong. You are who you hang out with. If your friends are all kinda jerks, then you probably are one too. If you have friends that build you up and are positive influences, then there’s a great chance that you are the same way.

It is funny how that works, isn’t it? The tribe that…