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.
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!
Happy Holidays Readers!
I am trying to be better about my social media content and participation in RL and SL. As a part of that effort I am trying to get my vlog and blog on again. Thankfully the Blogger Vlogger Network (aka the BVN) gave me a perfect opportunity! They recently announced a Secret Santa post exchange. The idea sounded fun to me and I am always down for some fun in SL so I signed up, even if I was a little self-conscious of my lack of post regularity. BVN randomly matched me with Lauryn Arado. She is a super sweet resident from Bogota, Colombia. Since I really enjoy vlogging I approached her with helping me officially kick off my Silly Chats idea and she graciously agreed!
I really enjoyed getting to know Lauryn a bit and I hope you will too by checking out our chat!
Be sure to give her website and Flickr stream a visit, you will be glad you did!
Would you like to have a Silly Chat with me and be featured in a vlog post? Just fill out this form and that will put you on my list! I look forward to chatting with you!
Thanks for reading and I hope you have the happiest of holidays!
I get ALOT of fashion magazines. So many my husband complains about how they take up all the space in our mailbox when more than one arrives on the same day. While my RL has been so busy of late I have not had time to read them all, and I refuse to cancel them. Well, I have cancelled some of them, but not all of them. Instead I make neat little piles in a back room of all the unread magazines and slowly make my way through them.
It had been a suggestion to me as a new aspiring SL model back in my days at the AVENUE modeling school to subscribe to RL fashion magazines for inspiration. I did that and that is how long I have been getting these magazines…four + years now or so, so my piles of them in the back room of my house really aren’t that small. I will only part with the magazines once I have read through them for any inspiration.
I finally had time to try to capture some of what inspired me from the September 2017 Allure magazine, namely an article on Helen Mirren.
I’ve realized that I am the sort who enjoys prompts. What I mean is on my RL educator blog, I was part of a year long blogging club where prompts were given. I found that those prompts did amazing things for the frequency of my posting and what I posted about. I have not found any blogging prompts that would suit this blog, and I want to take more photos thanks to my ongoing involvement with VISIONAIRE, so I thought I would look not only for fashion and styling inspiration in the RL fashion magazines I get, but for photography inspiration.
Where do you get your inspiration to blog? Share with me in the comments blow. 🙂
Now that I am back, I want to share some of my latest photos with any who may have missed them.
“Dia de los Muertos” wearing Catrina by Wicca’s Wardrobe
“Vixen” wearing Vixen by Wicca’s Wardrobe
“Almost Like Praying”
A post I did for Puerto Rico using the song created by Lin Manuel Miranda to raise funds for the island.
“Evelyn” wearing Evelyn by Wicca’s Wardrobe
“Holding Onto Summer” wearing Purple Moon and Darcy Heels by Wicca’s Wardrobe
I am also wearing DUE hair in the above photo, another new favorite of mine.
I suppose that is enough back posting for now. Time to focus on the future!
Thanks for reading,
So here I am again… tho I never really left. I have been posting to Flickr exclusively, primarily because I want to just take photos and not have to be in blogger mode with links and descriptions…unless it is for Wicca of course, I am her blogger manager after all. In the end I am not a SL Fashion Blogger in the purest sense … sure I like to take SL photos and share details about them, but I am not getting a bunch of free items, so the pressure of all the links and details is off. In the end this blog is my own, and really a journal of my Second Life. So I will share the highlights of what I am wearing in my photos, but at this point in my Second Life (10 years at the end of this month) its more about the stories behind the photos, than an advertisement for clothing. Should I have something on that you are interested in and I didn’t share the details, just shoot me an IM in SL (legacy name: Silly Avro) and I will happily reply with details as soon as I can.
The photo in this post is my thank you to Wicca for gifting me with a Bound Box. I had seen this dress by Narcisse in several photos on Flickr and I just knew I would love it when I put it on. I am a die-hard Truth Hair lover so of course I am wearing some Truth. The rings are by Codex, my newest favorite for Bento rings. The photo is shot in Elysion, another favorite of mine. It isn’t just a pretty sim, they have social events as well. Most of which my RL makes it hard to attend. As always, thanks for reading.
Gotta love summer time! I am enjoying a bit of time to myself so that means I get to play in SL. I am still on my Latin summer love kick and Latin tunes dominate my playlist. One of Purple Moon’s latest releases fit the mood perfectly. So let me do the blogger thing and lay it all out…
location | http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Malaika%20Park/134/224/23
poses | (full) Devilish Poses, Side Series & (close) Glitterati – Basic 4
hair | [DUE] Oblivious V2 //
makeup | from a Powder Pack for Lelutka (the only way I get makeup anymore)
necklace | Kibitz – Feminist necklace – gold – red
outfit | :: Purple Moon :: Makena Blouse & shorts -all- MAITREYA
shoes | Wicca’s Wardrobe – Mydia Heels (@ MBA all month long)
So there it is! My latest estilo con sabor. ¡Gracias por leyendo!
¡Que le vaya bien!