Show Some Love

So, there’s been a lot of hurt feelings on Facebook this week, because of a newish thing called Sarahah. It was designed for businesses so that employees could leave constructive feedback for each other, but it quickly found its way to Facebook and the SL community latched on. We were off and running. Many people refused to take part, knowing full well they would not take it well if insulted or while others publicly voiced their disdain for the site suggesting that if one could not say it without hiding behind anonymity they had no business saying it at all. Meanwhile, many were like me and saw it as something fun to do and jumped right off the bridge into the Sarahah internet river.
From there it either went uphill or downhill. For many it went downhill very quickly. Designers got attacked rather viciously. Yes, many of them received a lot of praise as well, but actual constructive criticism seemed to be absent. Many others reported being attacked and bullied. While some of these people took it in stride, others were quite hurt by the cruel words they found from anonymous contributors. A few even became aware of several secret admirers. While others found disturbing messages about people wanting to wear their skin or keep their eyeballs in jars. *giggles* I can’t begin to imagine who would have left such disturbing messages. *giggles again* I think almost everyone received some positive and loving messages, regardless of whatever else they found.
I personally received a total of 34 messages, most of which were very loving, kind, and positive. I was quite surprised and honestly, I little disappointed. I had prepared myself for some serious insults. I thought surely someone would be hateful, but I was quite fortunate. I think the closest I came to an insult was a rather astute observation from someone claiming not to know me very well. I had to laugh, because they were pretty accurate with what they said although they used an outdated terminology for their diagnosis of my mental health. *laughs* I had a few somewhat flirtation comments and a few that made no sense. I got no weird or insulting comments. Mostly, it was love and I was overwhelmed.
I was quite surprised by the reactions of a few that received negative comments. Some basically threw tantrums all over Facebook. Others quickly realized they did not possess the thick skin necessary to handle cowardly insults and shut down their Sarahah links. While others kept up their pages and found a new topic to bitch about on social media.
I am saddened that so many used it to bully and abuse others, but so goes the way of the internet. I think it’s important for everyone to remember that no matter what hateful or negative comments you received, there are far more people that love you. You are beautiful and wonderful in your own way. You are all amazing creatures. Whether you participated or not, please know that you are loved…not just by me, but many others. It is my hope that this weekend we will all remind the ones we love that they are special to us. As you proceed through your weekend and eventually into next week, show some love…not just to others, but to yourselves as well. ♥

get some balls

wearing:
hair: [RA] Jessica Hair (*new* @ Hairology)
head: CATWA HEAD Tala
body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara

[Atomic] Kitten Collar
Amala – The Daddy’s Necklace
Scandalize. Revolve. (*new* @ Tres Chic)

pose by Foxcity
MINIMAL – Retro Backdrops *8* (*new* @ REWIND)

Kindergarten Tired

She wasn’t sure how much more she could take or how long she could hang on. The weight of it all was simply too much sometimes. The day had simply consumed her and she was feeling kindergarten tired. You know, when you’re so tired, you’d just lie right down wherever you are and gladly take a nap? Yeah, she was feeling that way, but she had much to do and could only take the time to lace up her amazing new shoes. Naturally while she was bent down to do so she took a little rest on her knee. In the meantime, check out those shoes! *giggles*

too much

wearing:
hairSintiklia – Hair Zoella (*new* @ Fetish Fair)
headCATWA HEAD Kathy
bodyMaitreya Mesh Body – Lara
tattoo.Identity. Body Shop – Last War (*new* @ MBA Fair)

Scandalize. Aqua. (*new* @ Aqua)
_CandyDoll_ Adela Heels (*new* @ FaMESHed)

pose by Del May
scene: uK – Uptown Fountains Set

Picnic Party

She had arrived at the park early to set up the annual picnic for her college friends. She had set everything up just right and was just lazing about watching nature and reading. She could hardly concentrate as she was so excited. She hadn’t seen some of them in ages and this was their own special reunion. They had no desire for class reunions and alumni parties. These were the special people that had kept in touch. Sure, most of it was on Facebook or over the phone…a few even used email, but this was going to be a party day. She had the best wines, cheeses, sandwiches, lemonade, fresh bread, and plenty of blankets and pillows for people to pair off to have private conversations if they wanted.

the picnic

As she lied there reading her book, she began to wonder if she had forgotten anything. Oh dear, did she have the right date? She quickly pulled out her phone and confirmed the date. Whew, that would have been a mess! She was so nervous….what if HE showed up? What if he didn’t? What if he brought a date? Why did she sign up for this? What was she thinking?
She poured herself a glass of wine and decided it was too late now, just drink and relax. Its just a picnic in the park. Yes, it would be a fun day and if no one showed up, well, she’d just invited strangers to partake and she’d make new friends. Yes, that’s what she’d do….and she’d have another glass of wine.
Eventually her friends did show up. HE showed up…without a date or a wedding ring.

picnic main

wearing:
hair: pr!tty – Lemon (*new* @ Gacha Garden)
headCATWA HEAD Kathy
skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* CATWA Head “Face Miriam”
bodyMaitreya Mesh Body – Lara
Scandalize. Aranda (*new* @ Cosmopolitan)

pose by Foxcity (edited with AnyPose)

scene:
*AF* Picnic (*new* @ Gacha Garden)
~*AF* Paper Lanterns (not pictured)
~*AF* Picnic 1 – Blanket and Pillows RARE
~*AF* Picnic 2 – Cart RARE
~*AF* Picnic 3 – Wine Barrel
~*AF* Picnic 4 – Lemonade Barrel (not pictured)
~*AF* Picnic 5 – Deviled Eggs
~*AF* Picnic 6 – Sandwich Basket
~*AF* Picnic 7 – Fruit & Cheese
~*AF* Picnic 8 – Dessert
~*AF* Picnic 9 – Personal Tray
~*AF* Picnic 10 – Basket Stack
~*AF* Picnic 11 – Bird Watching Seed of Inspiration
~*AF* Picnic Basket Seat

 

Random Run

She was out for a run like any other day. She stopped at the corner market for her bottle of water and a rest when the adorable little puppy wandered up, tongue and tail wagging. She poured some of her water on the ground for the pup and he lapped up before passing out at her feet. He had no tags and he was too cute to leave abandoned in a parking lot. She sighed and rolled her eyes at herself, I don’t have time for a puppy. She carried the pup into the store and asked the clerk if she knew anything about it. The clerk mentioned that the pup had been hanging around for a few days but no one had claimed it or came looking for it. Sady sighed again, left her number with the clerk just in case anyone came looking for the sweet puppy and took it home.
That was six years ago, the Random and Sady have been inseparable ever since.

rest stop

wearing:
hair/Wasabi Pills/ Deanna (*new* @ FaMESHed)
headCATWA HEAD Kathy
skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* CATWA Head “Face Miriam”
bodyMaitreya Mesh Body – Lara
tattoo: [White~Widow] Coco – Black (*new* @ Uber)

[Z O O M] Jinks Glasses (*new* @ FaMESHed)
Scandalize. Annie TOP. Maitreya (*new* @ MBA Fair)
Scandalize. ANNIE Sweatshirt. Maitreya (*new* @ MBA Fair)
Scandalize. ANNIE Leggins. Maitreya (*new* @ MBA Fair)
REIGN.– JUNE SNEAKERS
JIAN Lively Labs :: Black Companion Pup
{Imeka} Cutie water bottle {5}

Scene:
7 – Ice Machine II PG (pose included, edited with AnyPose)
RAMA – #selfie_RAMA Sclater Street

The Broken Clasp

She was just taking a walk in the park. She hadn’t intended on going to the very spot where they first met. She found herself frozen in her tracks as her mind wandered back in time. Remembering his smile and how beautiful she thought he was from the moment she saw him. She smiled as she remembered it was at that exact moment, as if fate had planned it all along, that the clasp on her necklace gave out and her necklace slipped into the shallow pool beneath the bridge. Without hesitation he jumped in, splashing water all over her, but retrieved her necklace. He offered to fix it for her and they headed over to a picnic table where he pulled out his Swiss army knife and got to work. They talked for hours that day and were seemingly inseparable for months after.
Then he was gone, just like that. Such a random and bizarre accident. Part of her wished she had never met him so she would never have to hurt so deeply, but she also knew that her life was far better for having known him. She knew he was a blessing from the day they met and for all their happy times, she could never fully regret that love.

this is what it feels like_001

wearing:
hairMagika – Strawberries
headCATWA HEAD Kathy
skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* CATWA Head “Face Miriam”
bodyMaitreya Mesh Body – Lara
collar: **RE** Simone Heart Collar
tattoo: .Identity. Body Shop – Rise Again
[FORMANAILS] NAILS – SKULL – BENTO – MAITREYA
Scandalize. Alice (*new* @ Souled Out)

pose by Foxcity
SAYO SCENES – Moderna Courtyard – COMMON (*new* @ Epiphany)

Wheels

She had been skating since she was in the first grade. She could skate before she even learned how to ride a bike. There was something so free about having wheels under her feet, almost as if she could fly. When she skated she felt free. As a kid she would lose herself in the music skating in circles at the skating rink, but as she got older she found the most joy in skating along in abandoned warehouses and parking garages, provided they had a smooth surface and if they didn’t well, she made a game of jumping cracks and rocks. Sure, she got some bruises and scratches from failed attempts, but that was all part of the fun. She had tried the inline skates, but they just didn’t feel right and she preferred the classic skates and always would.

practice

wearing:
hair
: MINA – Tina (*new* @ Kustom9)
headCATWA HEAD Kathy
bodyMaitreya Mesh Body – Lara
tattoo: .Identity. Body Shop – Rise Strong

Scandalize. Zenda top (*new* @ Tres Chic)
Scandalize. Zenda shorts (*new* @ Tres Chic)
fri. – Footless Socks
N-core SKATES

GingerFish Poses – Rollin (*new* @ eBento)
[Bad Unicorn] ‘B1’ Backdrop

Beautiful Love

Not just on vacation like now, but no matter where they were or what she wore, he always made her feel beautiful. Today he made her feel especially beautiful when they stopped to admire this Fortress door by saying to her, “The only thing that could make this more beautiful is you posing in front of it, my love.”
She blushed and did as he suggested. She looked at him with wonder in her eyes.
“What is it?” he asked.
“You,” she said, “you make me feel things I never felt before. You make me believe in myself in ways I never thought possible and it frightens me.”
“Don’t be scared, Darling. Embrace the light that is within you. See you reflection in my eyes and you will see what I see,” he snapped the picture then stepped forward, his gaze locked on hers, “You’ll see that you are truly beautiful.”
Looking into his eyes, she saw love…beautiful love.

posing pretty

wearing:
hair
:  Exile – Lush Life (*new* @ C88)
headCATWA HEAD Kathy
bodyMaitreya Mesh Body – Lara
::SG:: Ego Stilleto MESH Nails for Maitreya HAND
Scandalize. Ally (*new* @ MBA)

pose & background:
Exposeur
– Exposeur – Jack’s Shining Fortress (*new* @ Gacha Guardians)