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!
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!
In my last post I alluded to trying out some new things this coming year in SL and one of those things is having a son! Well, I have a son in RL and he has long been interested in SL and quite the lil gamer himself, so I made him an account so that he and I could experience SL together! There are a few things I have in mind for him, and I won’t share those things just yet as I am not sure how many of them will materialize, but if they do, my son and I are going to be cracking up quite a bit. He really is my lil sidekick and I love him to bits. Made sense to me to share Second Life with him where we could have even more fun!
Since I was all excited about my Bento makeover I was just as excited to make my son a cool looking, age-appropriate avatar! I admit I was kinda scratching my head on this one as there sure are a lot of toddler avatars and toddler fashion, but no where near the same offerings for more teenaged looking avatars. Knowing how much Trouble Dethly of PENUMBRA/Eclipse & Spotlight (such a busy guy!) supports the toddler community in SL, I figured he was the right guy to reach out to (not to mention he is super cool and my bro) and I was right! He connected me with Kenzie Thomas Numbers (mckenzieky) of MESHMERIZED and that is all it took! My son’s avatar is perfect and he has some fun kid appropriate clothing. My son’s skin and shape are from MESHMERIZED as well as his cute lil lip tattoo. In this photo, I wanted him to dress up and not clash with Mommy’s outfit so I took him over to ISON and got him a few things including the Scoopneck Sweater he is wearing. His hair is Boys & Girls 27 from Dura.
Once my son’s avatar was ready and I handed it over to my son to play with, I asked him if he might want to model like mommy and he was like “YEAH!” Next step, launching my son’s teen modeling career!
Thanks for reading! Oh, and in case you are wondering what I am wearing, I pulled out some oldies but goodies from my inventory! I am wearing a Truth Hair called Soliel from 2013 and a Valentina E Floral Bohemian Coat from 2015! I am also wearing Kunglers Lakshmi Necklace and Jeune by Rowne Emeline Leather Jumpsuit. The pose is by KaTink and called “Besties for Life” (so true) and the photo was shot on the KaTink sim.
It has been quite some time. I am sure you have seen blogs go from active to inactive and anywhere in between. I was never a truly prolific blogger, I don’t always have something to say or anything newsworthy to share. I am just a resident enjoying her SecondLife and who happens to like to blog about it sometimes. I recently celebrated my Rez Day…9 years in SL! I wanted to do a post, but the stars did not align right for that. I have spent half of my 9 years in SL exploring and learning how to role play, then I spent the second half of those 9 years breaking into the SL modeling scene. I am very comfortable with both and enjoy both sides of my SL to this day. I do feel the familiar urge to do something new with my SL, perhaps I get that urge every 4 years or so…who knows.
What has captured my interest of late is all chatter about Bento. If you don’t know what I am talking about you will have to visit Strawberry Singh’s blog because as always, she does an excellent job explaining things. Between her and Wicca Merlin, I got a crash course in Bento. As a model in SL your brand is important. Your uniqueness is your brand, which includes your face. It was this line of thinking that kept me from getting on the mesh head bandwagon. There was little way to modify them beyond skin and I just couldn’t accept that as me. I was very impressed with my fellow models who were able to work skins and layers to their advantage and make their own unique face, but I still figured anything I would do would still not give me my own unique face so I held off.
Now that Bento has arrived and I watched my dear friend Wicca (my mesh head queen) work various heads (Bento and not) and share her experiences with me. I felt confident after a few conversations and screen shares with Wicca to dive in and give making my own unique face with a Bento head a go. I was so excited to use a Bento head that I went for the Bento hands too! Both were just the refresh I needed. While I love my avatar, I knew it was time to give her a make over, which can be both time consuming and frustrating. Not this time! I have a new Bento me now and am very pleased with the results. Just like when I finally found Silly’s face (that she has had for 3ish years), I felt that same feeling once I had the right skin on and had tweaked the sliders to my liking. I know this is likely not the final look for the new Bento Silly, but I am very pleased with her beginnings!
I have some other things in mind for my SL in 2017, and I hope to be back with another post soon to talk all about that!
I blog as much as my RL allows and I LOVE when I am offered something special to blog like SCALA’s upcoming FREAKSHOW – Carnivale.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 9, 2016
SCALA™ PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS FREAKSHOW – CARNIVALE 2016
SHOPPING EVENT: OCTOBER 28 TO NOVEMBER 13, 2016
FASHION SHOW: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2016 at 2:00PM SLT
ENTERTAINMENT: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 from 12:00PM – 6:00PM SLT
SLURL: TO BE ANNOUNCED
FREAKSHOW – Carnivale is an immersive full-sim shopping experience set in an abandoned, desert town where a creepy freak show has set up shop. The two-week shopping event will include a Halloween fashion show extravaganza on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:00PM SLT; as well as a six-hour block of entertainment, Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM SLT. Entertainment will include dancing to the sounds of popular Second Life® DJ’s; Calrek Nansen, Seashell Dench, Iozi Wasp, Lichi Moonwall, and Freakshow Zsun. With a dazzling live circus performance by the ChangHigh Trinity Sisters mixed in, it is sure to be a fun time and strange, macabre, or quirky costumes are highly encouraged.
Media sponsors for this event are Avatar Social Network, BloggingSL, BRM Radio, DesigningSL, Eclipse Magazine, Moolto, and VersuS Magazine. Brand sponsors are B E N D E R, Chop Zuey, Meva, RAPTURE™, Wicca’s Wardrobe, and Zibska. With a total of 60 brands participating, shoppers and costumed party-goers can also expect to see the following brands: 22769, 7 Deadly Skins, Adoness, Aleutia, Alpha Tribe, Athena Couture, Bauhaus Movement, Baxe, Beyond Persuasion, Black Haus, by Nacht, Carrie’s Lingerie, Chaotic Creative, Chimeric Arts & Fashions, Dark Passions, Deluxe Body Factory, Diamante, E-Mesh, Essences, Ghee, Glitter, Glitzz, Hollyweird, Indulge Temptation, JUMO, KAYLiTHiUM, KiX, La Boheme, Legendaire, Les Sucreries de Fairy, Lilith’s Den, LiViD, Lushish Catz, Lyrical Bizarre, Madrid Solo, Me Sew Sexy, Medieval Fantasy, Naminoke, Nephilim, Pastiche, PICHI, PINUP, Pose It, Prey, Prism, Slackgirl, Supernatural, Vero Modero, Virtual Diva, Virtual Textures, Whitecity, Zanze, Zickenkiste, and Zyn.
About SCALA™: Twice award-winning modeling Agency and Academy, SCALA™ brings together the best and most experienced team of professionals on the Second Life® fashion scene. SCALA™ Productions organizes fashion events on two-sims, complete with music production and voice over, and one of our main goals is to offer paid employment opportunities to Second Life® event planners and event producers while showcasing new talents in content creation.
SCALA™ Models Academy course has been designed to help aspiring models build their careers by covering all major aspects of professional modeling. We stay on top of best runway practices and current trends, relaying that knowledge to our students who typically become some of the most professional models in the industry after graduating from SCALA™.
SCALA™ was founded on January 6th 2014 by Seashell Dench – award-winning professional model with one of the longest careers in SL, and Kryptonia Paperdoll – the most experienced runway instructor in SL since 2006, when she created her first modeling academy.
For More Information: (#scalafreakshow) | http://www.scala-sl.com/freakshow-carnivale/ | https://twitter.com/ScalaAgency | https://www.facebook.com/SCALA.SL/
There are so many amazing designers who are a part of this event. There is no way I can possibly blog them all, so that means you had better mark your calendar and come see them all at SCALA’s FREAKSHOW-Carnivale!
When I saw the offerings for Ghee I thought their Fortune Teller outfit was rather nice, little did I know it came with a crystal ball you can hold as well as a fortune teller booth! Fortune Teller appealed to the gypsy in me and the added bonus of the accessories just appealed to the silly in me. LOVE the whole ensemble. The mesh is very nicely done and detailed. Oh, and the crystal ball and fortune telling booth actually give fortunes! You will be the life of the Halloween Party in this outfit from Ghee!
Fortune Teller fits the classic SL avatar, has FitMesh options, and sizes for SLink, Belleza and Maitreya. The corset, skirt and sleeves are all separate so you can surely mix this up with other items from your inventory to make it anything you like. It also comes with 3 headscarves that are not photographed because this hair from Truth (Solstice) just went so nicely with it!
I have been wanting to blog this romper for some time now (it was at the last round of On9 and is now in store), as it has quickly become my new favorite romper. (I ♥ ROMPERS) Of course it is by Wicca’s Wardrobe and is called Melinda. (My RL name is rather close to Melinda so that made me smile.) Melinda fits all the most popular mesh bodies which is a huge plus for me as my alts wear Belleza and there is so little of the good stuff for Belleza in comparison. The pose I am striking is from one of my favorite pose makers, THE Linda Reddevil of Devilish Poses. She has three new sets out and the pose I am using is 1-52. I have been living on the Elysion sim lately since giving up my own land due to limited SL time. Elysion is a lovely sim. I could never simscape as nicely as they do there. I enjoy finding new places to stand as I style and work on notecards, so it was only natural that I would feature this wonderful sim as my backdrop.