Grow

Once upon a time a very long time ago, I was going through a rough time and it was an especially rainy spring. So much rain fell that spring that my city dealt with floods, which is very rare for where I live. I was complaining about my life and the rain, when a dear friend of mine spoke up and said, “Rain makes things grow.”

Spring Showers

I’ve never forgotten her words that day and how true they have proven to be throughout my life. The garden outside my house always looks happier and more colorful after rain water. And in my life…it seems that whenever I come out on the other side of hard times, I’m stronger and happier than before. This isn’t a blanket statement, obviously its not going to apply to every situation in life, but no matter what troubles come our way we must grow in order to overcome them and survive them. So, as you face the hard times that are bound to come your way at some point or another, hold onto the hope that you will grow from this and gain strength. ❤

CATWA HEAD Dyana
=DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Sahara” (*new* @ Uber)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
7mad;Ravens Bobbi Turquoise Set (necklace & earrings)
#EVANI-Chloe BLUE (*new* @ Uber)

photo shot @ Saint-Pete City

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Rock On

You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are! John Lennon

As of late there’s been more controversy on the pages of Facebook than usual. Most of it seems to be politically based, as several countries around the world are dealing with some new and not always welcomed changes. As tensions rise, people seem to act a bit rashly in my opinion. Aside from the usual FB drama of this friend removing me/you for being friends with this person or whatever weak childish excuse they’re using this week. We’ve got people unfriending each other over political views. Seems we forgot why we were friends in the first place and I’m pretty sure we didn’t come together because of our political views.

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To those people who have deemed my friendship unworthy because of my views, opinions, other friends, and beliefs…I say ROCK ON! Do you, I’m going to do me. I’m going to be true to myself. While I don’t always have a firm grasp or even a strong stand on some issues, I’m not going to bow down and take a back seat simply because YOU don’t like something I have to say or someone that I’m friends with. Neither should you.

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So just like the pioneers of Rock n Roll that fought the societal norms to be great, let us stand tall and proud of who we are and what we’ve become, because at the end of the day, the people that find our friendships so disposable probably weren’t worth the trouble anyway. We don’t have to fit the mold of what someone else seems to think we should be.  Let your inner rebel yell and yell LOUD!

rock on backOnce in a while it stings when we realize that someone we thought cared…well, actually doesn’t, but you know what? There’s solace to be found in music and loads of other amazing people around the world just dying for a true friend. So, keep your heads up and ROCK ON!

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CATWA HEAD Dyana
IKON Triumph Eyes – Silverleaf
Tableau Vivant \\ Yoann hair (*new* @ Summerfest)
[atooly] mia spiked hoops .silver.
**RE** Lolita Necklace (*new* @ Shiny Shabby)
ED. Kendra Jacket (*new* @ Shiny Shabby)
[CX] Zip Up Bracelets
::GB::cropped pants (*new* @ Shiny Shabby)
#EMPIRE – Matthiola

poses: GingerFish
location: Rock & Roll Rebel Club

Home

“Home is where my habits have a habitat”
Fiona Apple

I don’t do a lot of decor posts, but you can bet when I do I am crazy about the way it all looks. I have a few go to stores in SL that have long been my habitual furniture stores and so long as Cheeky Pea is in SL, Isla Gealach’s creations will have a place in my virtual home. I’ve watched her store grow over the years and I love that it has gotten the recognition it deserves. I could gush about her store for hours, but lets not digress.

I am continuously surprised by the amazing creations I find for my home across the grid and events like Uber are one of the reasons I have discovered some new ones. You like that little segue? LOL…If you haven’t gotten over to Uber yet, you’ll definitely want to check out the Desert Rose Set by Cheeky Pea. This set even has new animations and poses that will not disappoint you.

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This round of Uber is a must shop, but then again so are Summerfest and N21. So much shopping, so little time…and lets not mention my linden allowance. I’m pleased as punch that I was able to tie some old stuff with some new stuff to make my virtual home reflect my spirit.

I was also fortunate enough to do the same with my avatar. Snagging this delicious lingerie set from Reverie and pairing it with accessories, both old and new. I am one happy little shopper!

wearing:
Tableau Vivant \\ Yoann hair (*new* @ Summerfest)
CATWA HEAD Dyana
LUXE. Choi Lip Ring (*new* @ N21)
[atooly] mia spiked hoops .silver.
(Yummy) Talisman Charms – Dreamer  – Silver   (*new* @ N21)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
{Reverie} ‘Belles’ Lingerie Set  (*new* @ Uber)
arm & thigh chains: Zaara : Raksha Body jewelry (*new* @ Uber)cheeky1

Furnishings & Decor:
sofa, rug, pouffe, lanterns & coffee table: Cheeky Pea Desert Rose Set (*new* @ Uber)
uK – Starfish Frame Set Blue
PILOT – Flower Mirror [Ombre Teal]
:CP: Delilah Blossom Sheer Curtain
:CP: Old Fence Frames
end tables: *ionic* Small coffee table
+Half-Deer+ Baby Kraken – Tangerine Drop (*new* @ Summerfest)
Intrigue Co. – Plushie Pals: Ocho the Pacific Octopus (*new* @ The Arcade)
LISP – Mesh – Newspaper and Coffee – Blue
*AF* Flower Cart Paperwhites
cats: Mutresse-Witty Cats (*new* @ The Arcade)

poses: double take

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My Happy Place

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Everyone needs a happy place, whether its a real place, a virtual place, or just somewhere you go mentally. About four years ago, a friend of mine took me to Hazardous and it has been my favorite place on the grid ever since. Its not a fancy place, but its peaceful and beautiful. Sometimes I think it seems strange that I can feel so renewed or calm, simply by visiting this virtual place on my computer. Sitting there with the combination of their music and the ambiance.
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There are a few places across the grid that allow me to recharge my mental and spiritual batteries. Each one delivering its own unique energy. Hands down, Hazardous remains my favorite, but its a place I tend to go alone or with someone special.
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=DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Paraty”
CATWA HEAD Dyana
IKON Odyssey Eyes – Apex
.DirtyStories. Lorelia Headchain
LUXE. Choi Lip Ring (*new* @ N21)
LUXE. Triangles Necklace Gold
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
(fd) Summer Princess Shirt Dress – Cream (*new* @ Uber)
Wimey: Purest Branch Cuff Gold
Kibitz – Rosie rings – gold
fri. – Olivia.Sandals (Dust)

poses by !bang
photos taken @ Hazardous

Freedom

Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used. Hunter S. Thompson

As a U.S. citizen, I think freedom is something I and many of my fellow Americans have taken for granted. I am not going to get all political. I think there’s far too much of that going on across the internet as it stands, or maybe not enough. I am not very politically driven, I’ll admit. However, I’ve been thinking about my freedom a lot lately. Okay, maybe watching Orange is the New Black and Wentworth Prison on Netflix had a little bit to do with that. Plus, the 4th of July aka Independence Day is approaching…so yeah…let freedom ring right though my head for a week or two until I go back to taking it for granted again.

My point is that I have this incredible freedom to leash up my dog, toss in some earbuds, and go for long walks outside whenever I choose. In fact, I’d say my neighborhood is relatively safe enough that I could even do that at 2am if I wanted. I can scream to the top of my lungs that I hate (insert any political figure) and not worry about being arrested. I can dress pretty much however I want when I leave my house (albeit, that’s how we end up on sites like People of Walmart). I am pretty damn free, but I spend most of my free time, sitting on my ass in a dark room (avoiding screen glare), staring at a computer screen.

I am not complaining about the time I spend online communicating with people or any of my time online, to be honest. I’m simply saying that its time for me to appreciate my two half assed working legs (two knee replacements) and the beauty of not only mother nature, but my own real neighborhood. I encourage you all to do the same. Next time, you find yourself in SL and feeling “bored?” Log out, go outside, even if its the middle of the night and you can only go as far as right outside your door. Take a long deep breath of fresh air and embrace whatever freedoms are allotted to you.

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Lamb. Sometimes – Light Brown Pack
CATWA HEAD Dyana
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
=Zenith=Summer belted shirt dress
.:KC:. CATY Wedges

Shades of Silver

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I don’t have a witty antidote or funny story. I’m just crazy in love with this outfit. I love silver, so when I find gorgeous silver and gray items that just fall in line together…yeah. There are so many amazing events going on right now and by mixing some older things with some newer items from several events, I’ve put together this look that I’ve actually worn more than once! Shocking, I know. So, enjoy the pictures and if you get a chance check out the location where I shot these pictures…its absolutely gorgeous and I will definitely be visiting Saint-Pete City again for future photos.

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Exile:: Morning Glory Naturals
CATWA HEAD Dyana
IKON Odyssey Eyes – Apex
.DirtyStories. Barbed Headchain Silver
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
[White~Widow] Genius – Silver
.4 [ kunst ] – Septum Keeper
.5 [ kunst ] – Spike Labret
.::Dead Dollz::. Anja – Pearl (*new* @ Shiny Shabby)
15. :BAMSE: Trench Knife – Silver (*new* @ Shiny Shabby)
Izzie’s – Spring Midi Rings (silver)
#EMPIRE – Bottlebrush (unpacked)

photos taken @ Saint-Pete City
poses: Kirin, Axix, and Infiniti

Drive Away

I watch a lot of my friend struggling with letting go and walking away. I know people have often thought of me as cold and callous, because I possess this almost innate ability to walk away and let go. However, this was not a skill I developed over time. This was something that was thrust upon me repeatedly throughout my life. Being a military brat, I moved and changed schools regularly. We were never in one place for more than a few years. My family didn’t consult me or warn me that we were moving. So, throughout my childhood, I was ripped away from people and places that I loved with no say in my fate.

For many of my adult years, I did try to hold onto people, places, and things that really weren’t good for me. I wanted to establish some sense of permanence. Sadly, more often than not, I was holding on for the wrong reasons. The older I got the less I embraced change. Until one day my entire world changed overnight. I won’t go into the details, as that’s a novella at best, but that day…I made a decision that would forever alter the course of my life and thankfully so.

From that day forward, I was able to embrace what my childhood had taught me to do so many times. Move on. Move forward. Let go. Walk away. And now? When I realize that someone, some place, something is not right for my life in whatever capacity, I think it over and sometimes I fight to stay longer than I should, but once I know its time to go? I don’t walk away. I hop in the car and I DRIVE and I’m not looking back.

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hair: *ARGRACE* MISAO (*new* in store)
CATWA HEAD Dyana with Glam Affair – Catwa Applier – Aurore – Artic 01 (*new* @Kustom9)  combined w/eyeliner, lipstick, and beauty mark from Lara Hurley-Christy Pale *Catwa Appliers*
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
^^Swallow^^ Ears Pax BLACK (*new* at The Arcade)
.4 [ kunst ] – Septum Keeper
.5 [ kunst ] – Spike Labret
.::Dead Dollz::. Echo Dress
.:Avanti:. Zeta Bracelets – Platinum
Izzie’s – Spring Midi Rings (silver)
.:KC:. CATY Wedges

pose: oOo boo!ty_four
picture taken @ Elysion

Loved and Lost…or just Lost

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Alfred Lord Tennyson

This is one of those quotes that has quickly become cliche’. Yes, I accept that it is true, but damnit I hate hearing it right after a break up. In Second Life, things often move at a different pace. While some things move much slower, most things, like relationships, seem to move far too quickly. We’ve all seen the people that are partnered, unpartnered, partnered to someone else, unpartnered, new partner…all in less than a month. Everyone has their own understanding of what partnering seems to mean. For instance, I am currently partnered to the alt of one of my absolute best friends, Kess Crystal. (yes, I shamelessly linked her blog to her name, go read it, after mine…AFTER mine…LOL).

So, yeah, I did have a point, but much like me wandering loose in the woods and chasing squirrels…I’ve lost it. Just like I’ve lost the love for so many people in the 9+ years that I’ve been in SL. Instead of rambling on with my random and unimportant opinion on matters of both the real and virtual hearts, I’ll showcase this collaboration of items gathered from events across the grid. Enjoy. ❤

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hair: Lamb. Prove It – Fatpack (July Luxe Box)
CATWA HEAD Dyana with Glam Affair – Catwa Applier – Aurore – Artic 01 (*new* @Kustom9)  combined w/eyeliner, lipstick, and beauty mark from Lara Hurley-Christy Pale *Catwa Appliers*
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
.4 [ kunst ] – Septum Keeper
.5 [ kunst ] – Spike Labret
#24 Blueberry – Arm Chain – Maitreya – Gold
FDD *Leeka* corset – Pink (Maitreya) (*new* @ Fantasy Collective)
FDD *Leeka* panties – Pink (Maitreya) (*new* @ Fantasy Collective)
:[P]:– Fatpack:// The Prys Hand Jewelry (*new* @ N21)
REIGN.- ESTEE HEELS  (July Luxe Box)

Support

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Jim Morrison

I am very fortunate and recognize that I am truly blessed in Second Life, because I have a tight knit group of friends and a nice little circle of friends beyond that. I’ve recently gone through some personal issues that I’m not going to share here and didn’t even go into great detail with any of my friends.Yet, they love me enough to let me work it out on my own if that’s what I need to do and it was.
After a painful eye opening experience, I took a few days away from SL to figure some things out. When I was ready, I asked my friends for help. Those that stepped up to the plate were able to help me sort out a bit more and I was able to borrow strength and courage from them as I made some difficult decisions.
As I approach the next chapter in my life, I am confident that I have a beautiful and loving support group of various levels. I am so grateful for each one of them and their ability to let me be myself and feel whatever it is I’m feeling….or not feeling. I hope that they all know that I am here for them as well.
Thank you, my friends. You know who you are. ♥
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Sady is wearing:
TRUTH HAIR Ximena
CATWA HEAD Dyana with Glam Affair – Catwa Applier – Aurore – Artic 01 (*new* @ Kustom9)  combined w/eyeliner, lipstick, and beauty mark from Lara Hurley-Christy Pale *Catwa Appliers*
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
.4 [ kunst ] – Septum Keeper
.5 [ kunst ] – Spike Labret
Sweet Thing. Ballerina Bra – Petal (Maitreya) (*new* at The Arcade)
Sweet Thing. Little Ballerina Corset – Petal (Maitreya) RARE (*new* at The Arcade)
Sweet Thing. Ballerina Panty – Petal (Maitreya) (*new* at The Arcade)

Sino is wearing:
Modulus – Brooklyn Hair
#TheMeshProject (BETA) Head(m) – Moody
#TheMeshProject (BETA) Deluxe Body(m)
**RE** Savage Ear Piercings
[CX] Menace Arc (Black)
[CX] Venom Septum (Black)
[CX] Venom Biters (Black)
DRD left hand fingerclaw
[CX] Basilisk Rings  L TMP Male (Black)

Pose: RK Poses. Lovers rhapsody 2.(*new* @ Shiny Shabby)

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