.. introspection, a meme ..

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“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
                                                                              ― C.G. Jung

A while ago, I had thought about doing one of the Monday memes that Strawberry Singh posts on her blog, but then I put that thought away while focusing on other things.  Then several weeks back, Berry posted her Introspection meme and my interest perked up again.  Now, a month later, I am finally putting my fingers to the keyboard and making this happen.  Perhaps I’ll try some of the other memes that Berry has posted, but I’m not going to make any promises for now.

  1. Regardless of your current number, how old do you actually feel? – Mentally, I feel no more than 30, and that is way off from my current number.  There are days when I physically feel closer to my age, but mostly… I feel younger!
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying? – Never trying… trying might turn in to success, and why wouldn’t you want to go that route?  Sure, after a few fails, it might be more difficult to try again, but I will tell you, trying again will always be the better option!  (well, unless it is trying to do something destructive)
  3. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? –  Well for one thing, I would apparently be dead.  But if 40 was the average span, I don’t think I would have focused as much on my career.  I would have traveled more, volunteered more of my time and not worried so much about building a nest egg for my post retirement years.
  4. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? – Argh.. this one is tough.  I worry in general, and I always want to do things the right way.  However I also want to do the right things.  Let’s just say I’ll worry about both of these.
  5. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? –  Well we have established that I am a worrier…but I think I’d rather be a joyful simpleton as long as I was productive and had some type of success.
  6. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? – Yes, for the most part, I think I have.  I am a listener, a comforter and try to be there when my friends need me.  I do need to reach out and initiate conversation more often as I am often challenged with that (hate to disturb people).
  7. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now? – I remember something happening that was very upsetting at the time, but nope, it doesn’t matter now.  It worked out for the better and also offered a life lesson.
  8. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? –  Another difficult question… I’d have to work out the financials, and investment options, but I probably would still work. I might change careers or jobs to do something I enjoy more or would be more rewarding.  In other words, the salary would no longer be a driving force.
  9. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? – My mom.  I only see her a couple of times a year as it is, and yep..I’d do all I could to get there for one more visit.
  10. What do you feel is the difference between being alive and truly living? – Truly living is enjoying life and making a difference (to yourself or others);  making the choices to experience new things and repeat enjoyable activities.  It is about growing and learning and not allowing yourself to become stagnate.  It is about love of people and of life.  Being alive is merely organic existence.
  11. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? –  Some mistakes hurt.  Some mistakes are difficult life lessons.  Some mistakes cause pain to others and can sever relationships.  And there are those mistakes where the lesson learned is difficult to find.  While we might learn, the repercussions of making the mistake are the main reason for the fear one faces.
  12. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? –  I worry more about being happy with the choices I make than what people might say, but I think that sometimes I do let others sway the choices as well.  I’m not sure what I would do differently… I’ll have to think on this one for a while.
  13. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? –  To live life with an open mind and to try to avoid learning prejudice from those around them.

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“To find out what is truly individual in ourselves,
profound reflection is needed;
and suddenly we realize how uncommonly
difficult the discovery of individuality is.”
C.G. Jung

So that wasn’t so difficult… perhaps I will try to do more of these!

~Sunshine

Credits:
Candy Skin ~America 02 from Glam Affair by Aida Ewing
Deep Sky Eyes from Mayfly by Arkesh Baral
Dainty Black Lashes from Beetlebones by Suetabulous Yootz
AvEnhance Mesh Hands – Casual from Slink by Siddean Munro
Hands – Avatar Enhancement Appliers for Slink Mesh Hands from Glam Affair by Aida Ewing
Opaque Gloss Fingernail Appliers for Slink Mesh Hands from KOSH by Lynaja Bade (The Arcade Gacha Event
Luna Ring [18] RARE from Shakeup! by Carrie Janick (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Trinity Pearl Earrings – White/Platinum from Earthstones by Abraxxa Anatine
Danika Dress – Hunter from EccentriciXI by diacentra Edenbaum (gift, thank you!)
Buckle Wedge Bootie – Forest – from Tulip by Minami Susanowa
Claire Mesh Hair – Reds from Wasabi Pills by MissAllSunday Lemon

Pose/Prop:  Adorkable by Adorkable Peapod

Location: Izzies

.. and the machine goes kach-ing! ..

More finds from The Arcade Gacha Event – December 2013 round.  You have until December 31st to visit and play the machines for these awesome finds!

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Credits:
Candy skin – America 02 from Glam Affair by Aida Ewing
Deep Sky Eyes from Mayfly by Arkesh Baral
Dainty Black Lashes from Beetlebones by Suetabulous Yootz
Laurie Hair w/ roots Sangria from Truth by Truth Hawks
Crop Sweater Pink from Luas Urban Style by ainaraluas
Holiday Kari Boy Shorts (V1) from [R3] by R3volt
AvEnhance Mesh Hands – Casual from Slink by Siddean Munro
Hands – Avatar Enhancement Appliers for Slink Mesh Hands from Glam Affair by Aida Ewing
Candy Cane Fingernail Appliers for Slink Mesh Hands from KOSH by Lynaja Bade (The Arcade Gacha Event)
AvEnhance Mesh Feet – Mid from Slink by Siddean Munro
Feet – Avatar Enhancement Appliers for Slink Mesh Feet from Glam Affair by Aida Ewing
Sweater Toenail Appliers for Slink Mesh Feet from KOSH by Lynaja Bade (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Luna Ring [18] RARE from Shakeup! by Carrie Janick (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Christmas Tree Earrings from Pure Poison by Shaleene Kenin
 
Stuff:
The Trilby Dacha house (mesh) from Scarlet Creative by Charlotte Bartlett (Collabor88)
Bunny Chair – Rose – from Tableau Vivant by M4ri1yn Magic
Stag Chair – Black – from Tableau Vivant by M4ri1yn Magic
Shabby Paisley Rug – Mesh – from LISP by Pandora Popstar
Anna Wood Basket Dark rom LISP by Pandora Popstar
Snowflake Pillow Bunch – Advent Gift from Trompe Loeil by Cory Edo (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Tree Candleholder – Advent Gift from Trompe Loeil by Cory Edo (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Log Fire Fireplace from Nautilina by Eristic Strangelove
Monogram Stockings from [Commoner] by Emery Milneaux (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Plurkville Diorama Warm (Rare) from {Vespertine} by Amelie Knelstrom (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Geary Dresser – Bird from DIGS by Iris Maskelyne (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Snowglobe (RARE) from iamai by Monica Outlander (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Dashing Through the Snow Chalkboard – Advent Gift from Trompe Loeil by Cory Edo (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Hppy KuKu My Friend Penguin Boy & Girl from BCC by Vitamingirl (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Advent Calendar 2013 from Trompe Loeil by Cory Edo (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Recycled Wood Photo Frame – Advent Gift from Trompe Loeil by Cory Edo (The Arcade Gacha Event)
NOEL Letters with Branch Wreath – Advent Gift from Trompe Loeil by Cory Edo (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Branch Wreath – Advent Gift from Trompe Loeil by Cory Edo (The Arcade Gacha Event)
The Forget Me Not Bedroom – Door Bed (RARE) from Olive by Naminaeko (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Snowflake Lantern – Advent Gift from Trompe Loeil by Cory Edo (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Modernis Mirror Gear  from ONE GRID by ChooChoo Sieret (The Arcade Gacha Event)
The Forget Me Not Bedroom – Nightstand (full) from Olive by Naminaeko (The Arcade Gacha Event)
The Forget Me Not Bedroom – Nightstand (empty) from Olive by Naminaeko (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Music Snow Globe/Christmas (RARE)  from floorplan by Tegan Serin (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Ornaments Garland from {vespertine} by Amelie Knelstrom (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Sleepy Bear from *BoOgErS* by Zen Zarco (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Ballerina Bear from *BoOgErS* by Zen Zarco (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Michonne Bear RARE from *BoOgErS* by Zen Zarco (The Arcade Gacha Event)
The Forget Me Not Bedroom – Floor Mirror from Olive by Naminaeko (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Hppy KuKu Backpack Peach from BCC by Vitamingirl (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Holiday Spirit Books from Zigana by Nalena Fairey (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Holiday Spirit Desk RARE from Zigana by Nalena Fairey (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Holiday Spirit Owl Lucky from Zigana by Nalena Fairey (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Holiday Spirit Gifts from Zigana by Nalena Fairey (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Holiday Spirit Hug a Mug  from Zigana by Nalena Fairey (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Holiday Spirit Canes Pink from Zigana by Nalena Fairey (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Holiday Spirit Canes Blue  from Zigana by Nalena Fairey (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Artist Reclaimed Chair [Dandelion Melody] from Flowey/Ohmai Collaboration between Flutter Memel and Anya Ohmai
Lace Curtain Xmas White Transparent from {anc} by aki69 (Christmas Expo 2013)
Frame (rare) from Erratic by Erratic Rain (The Arcade Gacha Event)

.. 2013 Christmas Expo Finds ..

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So much to find at the 2013 Christmas Expo, and I wanted to share a few things.  This year’s expo brings many creators together.  You can find furniture, clothing, poses, home decor.  Items for the holidays, for gifts, and for year round fun.  And while shopping, be sure to stop in to see the other activities in the Victorian Village.  There’s the tree lot where you can pick up a special Christmas tree and the skating area where you can strap on your skates for a spin across the ice. There are raffles and a silent auction too.  Often you will find DJs spinning some tunes, or maybe even a live singer while you are there.  And definitely do not forget to look for Saint Nicholas so that you can perch upon his lap for an awesome photo-op.  Be sure to whisper your Christmas wishes into his ear… you just never know what might show up on Christmas day!

The 2013 Christmas Expo benefits Relay For Life of Second Life with proceeds from the RFL vendors, auction boards, raffles and kiosks all being donated to the campaign for the American Cancer Society.

Check the website for all the information you will need!  If you just want to know what events might be happening, click here.   And do not forget to vote for your favorites in the AviChoice Awards before December 13th!

Visit the 2013 Christmas Expo today… !

Credits:
Blair Skin ~Pure~ Kiss Me (Blonde) RARE from Birdy by nina Helix (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Deep Sky Eyes from Mayfly by Arkesh Baral
Dainty Black Lashes from Beetlebones by Suetabulous Yootz
“Giz” Hair (Type B) Garnet (RARE)  from D!va by Marisa Kira (The Arcade Gacha Event – September 2013)
RFL Xmas Expo Sweater Dress from Botanica by CaraCali Resident (2013 Christmas Expo)
RFL Pink Tights from Botanica by CaraCali Resident (2013 Christmas Expo)
Mesh RFL Boot from Botanica by CaraCali Resident (2013 Christmas Expo)
AvEnhance Mesh Hands – Casual from Slink by Siddean Munro
Hands – Avatar Enhancement Appliers for Slink Mesh Hands from Birdy by nina Helix (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Candy Cane Fingernail Appliers for Slink Mesh Hands from KOSH by Lynaja Bade (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Luna Ring [18] RARE from Shakeup! by Carrie Janick (The Arcade Gacha Event)
Vintage Alphabet Ring (Heart Pk) RARE from ASO! By Menieelee Gelles (The Arcade Gacha Event)
 
Stuff:
Twin Hospital Bed – Rose from River Beds by River (Scamander Resident) (2013 Christmas Expo)
RFL Xmas Teddy Bear w/Hold Animation from Botanica by CaraCali Resident (2013 Christmas Expo))
Gingerbread Branch – Hearts from Myrrine by Myrrine Resident (2013 Christmas Expo)
Gingerbread Branch – Bells from Myrrine by Myrrine Resident (2013 Christmas Expo)
Christmas wall deco – leaning from Myrrine by Myrrine Resident (2013 Christmas Expo)
Flourish Christmas Tree from Thistle Homes by Liz Gealach (2013 Christmas Expo)
Frosty and Friends (snowman) from Potomac Signature Homes by Winter Loxely (2013 Christmas Expo)
Neva Captain House from Scarlet Creative for Scarlet Apple by Charlotte Bartlett (Collabor88 November)
 
RFL Christmas Expo 2013 (texture by Texworks)