Thankful

gratitude

Hello Reader!

It is Thanksgiving in the United States so that means a day full of gratitude for what life has given me and time with family. Mind you, I am grateful for these things every day, but perhaps I am not as mindful of them as I should be on a daily basis. It is easy to get caught up in the task at hand, but I think it is a wonderful practice to have an attitude of gratitude on a daily basis, not just one day out of the year. I know I am striving to do this as I work to become more mindful on the whole.

This Thanksgiving I am grateful for my family, my friends, my body and all its imperfections. I am grateful for the wonderful new job I have and all the people I have gotten to know so far. I am grateful to have met so many amazing people in Second Life. I have been in SL nearly 11 years now (my rez day is coming up on 11/26). SL has never failed to capture my attention in multiple ways. It has taught me so many things and allowed me to meet people I would have otherwise never met.

I am thankful for you and I hope that wherever you are in the world, that you practice an attitude of gratitude. No matter your circumstances, there is always something to be thankful for.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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I’m Back!

positivity

Hello Reader!

I know it’s been a while. There has been a lot going on in my real life that made me take a step back from Second Life a bit. It’s not that I haven’t been here, but more that I haven’t been inspired to create images or write, which in the end left me feeling rather sad. To be honest, my real life work situation was very toxic, which can easily kill anyone’s creativity and positive mood. I am happy to report I have changed jobs. That change has been refreshing in so many ways.

As some of you who know me or have been reading me for a while may know, I am an educator in RL. I have worked with elementary aged students. After several years of that and some encouragement from higher ups, I tried my hand at being a teacher on assignment. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is generally a teaching position based out of the district office where teachers work with other teachers at school sites throughout the district in a specialized area like technology, math, science, language arts, etc. I had tried for a position like this many times in my former district and had not been selected, until a few years ago. I of course entered this new opportunity with high hopes and excitement as I am an optimist at heart. But it turned out to be nothing at all like I hoped. Rather than build me up and give me new experiences and exposure to other schools, teachers and administrators in my district, it tried to grind me down. I had a lot of low moments in that job and missed my classroom and previous school…the teachers I worked with, the kids I taught, the families I supported. I knew I had to get that back. After a very long and taxing job search (which ones aren’t right?), I landed a job in a wonderful new school district as an assistant principal of two elementary schools. I work for amazingly supportive people and am mentored by two wonderful principals. I love both schools I work at, the kids, their families, and the staff. I feel energized and fulfilled. Needless to say the change has been incredibly refreshing. I’ve been in my new position since July and while it has been amazing, there has been a lot to learn and a lot of folks to get to know. I am off this week for Thanksgiving break, reflecting on how things have improved for me professionally, but also seeing other areas in my life that need improvement…such as my academic work as a doctoral student and my spiritual life.

While some would leave Second Life to handle those things, I am one who finds creating in Second Life to be very helpful for me overall. It is a space where I can create in many ways, giving me a much needed outlet. This blog also allows me some room to share in semi-anonymity. I can’t say all the things I would like to on my RL social media…educator/administrator and all. I can’t even be as creative as I would like to be, for the same reasons. Professional persona. So here in this space I feel I can be more truly me, saying and doing as I wish…within reason of course.

So welcome back to Silly’s rambling stream of consciousness blogging!

Falling into a Burrito

Falling into Bed

Hello Readers!

I have been a busy bee in and out of SL. Life is good, no complaints here, though I do miss blogging regularly. Today I had one of those blogging opportunities and had to capitalize on it. With all the activity in my lives right now, it is a challenge to get those quiet times where I can just be creative…those are times I need in order to style and blog with any decency at all. After a morning of some styling I scratched my creative itch. Sadly it wasn’t for anything I could share on my blog, as it was a casting styling, but trust me if I am not selected I will show everyone! At the tail end of the process I had one of my newest friends in SL come into my ims. I have to say that after 8 years in SL I am always pleased when I can make new friends. This particular friend is a pose maker. I had just bought ALL his poses before meeting him (thanks Miele Tarantal)  and once we had met we hit it off like we had been pals for years. I love when that happens. In our initial conversation, after I had fangirled all over his ims praising his poses and witty names of them (I love clever people), Chance Greatrix of DARE poses promised me his next pose sets on the house. I was thrilled, but I would never expect him to really do that. Not that he is dishonest in anyway, but I don’t mind paying for quality items in SL. I have had many fun conversations with Chance since that initial chat, so I thought there would be more fun banter when he came into my ims today…but instead there were gifts! Chance has two new pose sets out…Flowy and Face Hands. So here I am in Flowy 5, falling fashionably into bed! Thanks Chance! I hope your poses are already set up in your store because I am telling folks about them!

Here is an example of why Chance’s poses crack me up. I have seen A LOT of poses in my time, but never one called “Imma Burrito!” LOL!

Thanks for reading!
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More of Me

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Hello Readers!

There is so much amazing fashion to be had on the grid that it is rare when I just get to blog my thoughts. This is about to be one of those posts.

As I shop various events (And man are there more and more of them everyday that it is hard to keep up! My favorites bar will soon be MAXED…though now I wonder if it has a limit or if I can start a second row…lol) I am finding there are more and more things available for the various mesh bodies which I enjoy seeing. I have had a Physique for a long time and love it though I am sure I will likely be purchasing a Maitreya mesh body as the sliders provide different results.

The lack of good mesh clothing for the amazing mesh bodies that are available is the main reason why I have not worn my mesh body more often and I am sure I am not alone in that. Appliers are alright, but I prefer them for tattoos…like the one from White Widow I am wearing in the above photo. Clothing appliers on mesh bodies is just too ‘system layer’ for me. I love when designers offer a fitted mesh option of their clothing at the very least, if not items specifically rigged to fit the specific bodies. I always appreciate that effort and will certainly frequent that designer more in the future (like Blueberry for example).

So why am I hung up on this? Well as a model in SL we are held to a certain standard when it comes to our size, which is no different than a model in RL.  I got used to being long and skinny and all my model friends are long and skinny too so it wasn’t anything unusual or obvious, until I tried to sit in a chair or go shopping with the masses. I often won’t sit at all because I can’t stand my feet going into the ground or my body parts being contorted in strange ways. I know this is a matter of preference, so I am not complaining at all. My avi doesn’t need to sit anyway, she never gets tired. What was surprising to me is how much tall teasing goes on from other residents. I have been insulted more than once as I mind my own business teleporting store to store by other residents who are child sized or some other form, and it is just amazing to me that people would be so bothered by someone tall that they have to make a comment. This behavior from others doesn’t ruin my day, I just shake my head and ignore it, more interested in shopping than engaging with someone who would be so rude. Besides, I am proud to be a part of the organizations in my profile and I take that seriously, I do not want to be provoked into bad behavior.

All of that being said, I do enjoy being tall but I also enjoy being curvy. With the system body there is no room for many curves when your avi is that stretched out. That is where the mesh bodies are particularly helpful. They can give you curves that the SL body can’t. In order to achieve the curves in my photos here, I merely had to bring my sliders down in a few key areas and I was still able to retain some of the model height I enjoy. After so many years spent tall and skinny (though I did try to be as curvy as a small would allow me to be…I always tried to be the ‘thickest’ skinny girl on the runway), and more options for the mesh bodies, I am spending more time being curvy and loving it.

On top of all that, June 14th was National Puerto Rican Day celebrated with a massive parade in on 5th Avenue in New York City. I was so gripped with Puerto Rican pride I had my own celebration! I broke out my corny prim flag, got some cool salsa moves and made my first machinima! It is nothing fancy, but I was pleased with the result, and am encouraged to try my hand at more of it.

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In closing, VISIONAIRE Institute had its 3rd graduation this weekend and my congratulations go out to all of the graduates! At the party on the iMoogi sim where VISIONAIRE HQ is I learned of a fun concept called Made to Model, which is an SL Reality TV show much like America’s Next Top Model (which I watch religiously). At first I figured I couldn’t do it as I am not a new model and have accomplished much of what I had set out for myself to do as a virtual model. However, I was encouraged by others to try my hand at it and I am. I encourage others to sign on for it as it sounds like a fun experience for sure. I know there have been other shows like it in SL before (so I have been told), but I have never seen them nor have I ever been on one so being the curious silly person I am, I signed on asap!  Do have a look if you are interested, and maybe slip me a vote if you are so inclined? 😉

Thank you for reading my randomness,
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“Mira a mi cara Puertorriqueña
A mi pelo vivo
A mis manos morenas
Mira a mi corazón que se llena de orgullo
Y dime que no soy Boricua.”
Mariposa María Teresa Fernández 

Prayer in C

Hello Readers!

Here is the latest from my playlist…

Prayer in C

|the details|
hair > MOON{Hair}. 21 Hours
flowers > Calavera Hair and Choker by Faster Pussycat
make up > Los Muertos White Face Paint – White by Soul Distraction
jacket > Emery – Mesh Denim Jacket Hollywood Smoke
dress > *COCO* CamiDress(FloralBlack)B-lace
shoes > Eudora 3D Quatermain Boots (Male/Female) Red 2
pose > Christina 1 by KaTink
location > Winterfall

Thank you for reading,
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“Yeah, you never said a word
You didn’t send me no letter
Don’t think I could forgive you”
~ Prayer in C by Lilly Wood & The Prick ~

Happy New Year!

2015

Hello Readers!

I have been thinking for days on how I wanted to close out 2014 on my blog…from sappy to silly…and I decided in the end to keep it simple!

2014 was an awesome year for me, full of new experiences I have enjoyed immensely. I am so happy to have shared 2014 with my friends, ones I have had since before 2014, and ones I had the pleasure to make in 2014. I look forward to what 2015 has to bring.

With the end of one year it is normal, and perhaps traditional, to close doors on aspects of our lives…not for negative reasons, but because the time has come. When reflecting on my Second Life, what I have accomplished and where my passion lies, I have decided to close the doors on the competition portion of my virtual modeling career as well as being a regular contributing writer to Style Kingdom and Cultured the Magazine. I of course am not retiring from modeling or writing, but I am redirecting my focus in both areas. 2015 promises to be a very exciting year for me in terms of projects and I am very eager to get started.

Miss Virtual World 2015 was an amazing experience and was everything I needed and wanted it to be as I knew going into it, that it would be the last competition to me. And as I have said to many friends, what better competition to end on than MVW? I have been writing for SL magazines since 2012, starting with AVENUE who gave me my start in everything that had to do with the SL fashion scene. I have met some of the most wonderful people on the grid all because of one itch I just HAD to scratch. I would not be where I am now, nor met all of the incredible people I have met, had it not been for that very fortuitous beginning. It has been an absolute pleasure to write for Style Kingdom and Cultured the Magazine and I will remain involved with both organizations.

As an aside, I will share my handy WordPress Year End Blog report. This year was a big one for me in terms of blogging and I am pleased with my growth. I would not have had any blogging successes and growth without YOU, those who take the time to read and comment on my blog and I thank you for that. I wish you all a very prosperous 2015!

Heartfelt thanks,
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“You get what you give. What you put into things is what you get out of them.”
― Jennifer Lopez

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