Happy Birthday to My Soul Mate

More than nineteen years ago I was married to my soul mate, Kristine Marie Gubas. We actually started dating about twenty-six years ago. She was born on July 31, 1971 and the world has been a better place since that moment.

This blog post may be a slight diversion from my normal articles, but I hope you allow it based on one simple thing…


That’s right, this post comes from my heart.

Remember this blog is about Healthy and Wealthy. And, it is designed to be a daily dose of inspiration. Well, this post has all three: healthy, wealthy, and inspiration. Allow me to explain:

Obviously this is more than fitness. A healthy body comes from multiple angles. Not the least of which is relationships. Having a love interest in your life has been proven to strengthen your immune system. On top of that, a spouse offers a live-in training partner. Did you know that married men and women live longer than single folks? Even more mind blowing is the fact that single men are twice as likely to die in middle age than married ones!

Again I fall back on the fact that when I say “wealthy” I am not only talking about money

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. That said, there’s more money to be found in a marriage. Think about it… Obvious benefits come if you’re both working and only have one house payment. The other side of wealth is simply abundance of something good in life. Well, Kristine fills me with immeasurable amounts of wealth in all of these areas.

What’s not to be inspired by? I’m an HIV+ hemophiliac that was supposed to have died ~25 years ago (according to my family doctor). Instead, I’m thriving and surviving as a successful businessman, writer, dad, and adrenaline enthusiast! I sincerely feel that ALL of my successes are owed in some form or fashion to Kristine for her loving support and knowledge.

See! There you have it! I was able to wish my lover a happy birthday and you guys all got healthy and wealthy and inspirational sagely advice to boot!

Before I go, I’d like to say one more thing…

Dear bert,

I love you with all my heart. My love is stronger and greater than it's ever been before. With each day, my love grows immensely and I can foresee it continuing to grow throughout our lives. Having you there as a supportive wife, best friend, and soul mate has been and always will be incredible.

You are my soul mate. And, I am the most fortunate man in the world in many ways. Without you, my dreams would be stagnant and boring.

Happy birthday, my darling!!!

This message was typed with all of my love,
Mr. V

p.s. LAK, ZAP, and OX

About Vaughn Ripley

Vaughn is a happily married daddy, author, and CIO. He is an HIV+ hemophiliac, and is one of the longest surviving HIV+ people in the universe.
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  1. Laura Gravina says

    You are such an inspiration Vaughn! Your love and appreciation for your beautiful wife touches my heart. I think you are both so fortunate to have found one another.