As many may have noticed, I’ve been a bit absent. Sadly life throws us curve balls that take away sometimes the things we enjoy to do. Trying to establish that work life balance is always an ongoing challenge. But I have my mojo back in place and even though this is NOT something I want to do daily, it will be done more regularly again.
Before my absence, I was focusing on friendships. Some are meant to be others maybe not so much. Some people have too many restrictions and rules and forget what the true meaning of a friendship is. But I have discovered, that I have a small circle of very good friends that would give you the shirt off your back, so I’ve decided to embrace “friendships” part of my blog again.
This one is in dedication of a woman, I didn’t know well to start but when Spike passed away, she was as solid as a rock and we each day get to know each other better. (PLUS she shops more than I do… LOL). Jenn you are a gem, you have been there held out a hand, supported me through the ups and downs. And been a hoot to hang with. SO here is to you and friendships.
Ok so we were out hanging in the rain… didn’t you know rain purifies and brings new life!
Friends from all over the world. That is what Secondlife gives us. It is fantastic the friendships I’ve made and the people that I’ve lost over the past while. Cherishing those that have your back no matter where they come from is what makes it fun to explore in second life.
Mony (do not let her sing) and Mads (as I fondly shortened her name to), are two very artistic and dynamic women in SL that I have been honoured to call my friends. Truly they are amazing. They believe in having fun in SL as we all struggle enough with the drama and hard life choices in RL. If my lip is starting to droop an hour with them have me almost in tears and when you laugh that hard, who can pout or feel wrong about the curve balls life gives you.
Letting people into your life is sometimes hard in the virtual worlds, but sometimes you just have to take a chance. So as we were doing this photo, all three of us were laughing, so it took likely longer than we planned, but man was it FUN!!
There are so many professions out there that are ones to admire. In fact, no matter your business, the reality is we all contribute to society. I am daily so appreciative to the people that make my latte in the mornings. Couldn’t imagine getting through a hair raising day without it.
Having said this, this is a dedication to the nurses out here in the world. The job you do is impressive. You put up with all sorts of hardships. Deal with people either at their worst or their best. You put your heart into your job, and it is self-evident if you have ever been on the receiving end of this. So I genuinely do believe that there are Angels Among Us every day. Not saying it is only the nurses, but they are the backbone of peoples lives in trauma, cancer, chronic illnesses, births etc. Thank you for all you do!
So travel in SL, what can I say. Lately, I have been on the adventure of keeping me out of the photo again, and looking for things that make you look to see things from different angles, how the lighting changes how you perceive things. Isn’t that what life is about too? If you don’t like what you are doing, you change your direction and move towards something more acceptable.
When I went to Ukivok, I did start by doing photos of me as there are so many beautiful places to do the captures. But then I started really looking at how the artist (landowner) had placed things out to capture your eye, it wasn’t done just at random, you could see the thought process put in.
So please make sure you visit this sim. It is worth it from fish to shanty shacks, to old dishes, fish bowls etc. It was amazing what I saw as I walked around and cammed around.
A year ago I lost my best friend in SL and in RL. Spike Blackbart. He was so much to me, my best friend, confidant, lover and he taught me so much. He sings with the angels. One thing I know about this wonderful man was he loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved women, all sizes, ages and he RESPECTED them. He never belittled or demeaned any of them. He saw the women in his life as people that would compliment his life. He taught me to respect myself, love myself and to grow. The past year took me a while to come around. Like every man, I met I compared to him. But everyone has to begin a new chapter at some point. I am now able to see others for who they are. I don’t compare, but I do see similarities, which makes me realize that I enjoy the company of men that respect women and adore them.
So sweet Spike rest in peace, this baby girl has a new chapter beginning in her life, and she is going to embrace life in all worlds. Secondlife and Real.
This photo was done for you as I know you would’ve loved it. Thank you for encouraging me to embrace my art.
Travels in SL bring about a lot of imagination. Over the years I’ve met some fantastic bloggers, designers and creators of beautiful sims. What are they? Landscapers, I guess, perhaps architects as they build as well. My wonderful friend Adalynne Romano. She blogs and on top of that created Candlewood. Both she and Doc Romano are amazing people and their sim well worth the stop.
Lately, I’ve been bluesy as this winter has been so LONG. I mean really I know I chose to live where I do because I LOVE my seasonal changes. But this winter and the flipping freezing right into March now is getting a bit much. SO off running I did go in SL, and found this beautiful field of flowers. Who would’ve thought it would’ve made me feel like a kid again, but it did. Only thing I would’ve added to this area is a “swing” so one could kick up their heels and just cry out gleefully. Imagine that..how good is your imagination? Wind in your hair, feet pumping the swing to make it go higher, holding on for dear life as your hair grazes the flowers as you come back down, I am sure you get the idea.
Imagining life in a storybook sometimes is a sweet place to go. Can you imagine living amongst animated cartoons? Can you imagine fairies and talking rabbits in your life? What about some of the fictions and fantasy we have seen put out by Disney over the years. It brightens one’s day and allows one’s imagination to come alive. It doesn’t mean you should stay there as reality is just that reality. But allowing a bit of fantasy to brighten your day, makes one step have a bit more bounce in it once in a while.
StoryBrooke is a great little sim to visit. I keep going back for more. It allows one’s imagination to come alive.
Below meet a couple of the characters found at this sim. (And no they didn’t answer when I was muttering to myself *winks*)
StoryBrooke Gardens #2