I've been thinking a lot about balance lately.
Balance is a word that gets thrown around in Second Life quite a bit. People are looking for it. People are trying to achieve it. People feel unbalanced.
But you know, so many people see the world in black and white, yes and no, full force or nothing at all. Either they're in Second Life for 20 hours a day, forgetting family, friends, and work, or they can't be in it at all and then spend 20 hours a day telling us how much better they are without it.
Balance isn't black and white. It's shades of grey, pink, lavender, gold...all those pretty colors that blend together and make something new.
You can HAVE a wonderful, amazing, inspiring Second Life without giving up your physical world. It happens all the time, you know. People work, eat, sleep, have friends and lovers and family, and still find time to be in Second Life and enjoy themselves. It's not a yes or no thing. At least, it shouldn't be.
Balance isn't about saying "This makes me happy, therefore it is all or nothing." Balance is about saying a mixture of things. No one is 100% one mood or another usually anyway. :)
Years ago I was in a yoga class and this quote came up. It's beautiful and I've been wanting to share it but I never could find the right time. But since I'm being all hippie like and Zen right now anyway, it's as good a time as any. :)
"There's no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves"
Ok, the hippie stuff is over. LOL Last night Sophia and I went out to SLink and bought the bare prim feet. So cute! Now I know what you're thinking. "I can't get prim feet! I can never get them colored right!!" I know, I was the same way!! But this super awesome amazing tinting tip from the Virtual Freebies blog changed it all! If you're too busy to head over to check it out, here you go:
Enable the Advanced menu if you haven't already (control+alt+D).Go to
Advanced >> UI >> Show color under cursor (down the very bottom).
This brings up some tiny white letters in the lower of your screen. For me
they display just above the sound controls. When you move your cusor across the
screen the numbers will change and spit out the RGB as the first three numbers.
Ignore the last number, it usually stays at 0. Move your cursor to just above
your moody shoes where the skin joins and take a look at the values. This should
give you a starting point for coloring prims to match. Yay!
As a tip, any "pure white" of 255,255,255 when *worn* on the body as clothing
or skin... is 205,205,205 on prims (in my viewer anyway).
The tip came from Symphony Skins designer Claire Harford, btw. I tried them out on a pair of SLink shoes I got around Valentine's Day and was so happy! You WILL want to get on a posestand for it, though, because I tried to do it just standing up and every time I shifted, I lost the numbers. LOL! Plus you have to play with it because your skin is not just one flat color. Or at least, it shouldn't be. If it is...um...get out of 2004 and into 2009, thanks.
Then this morning the awesomely cute Sai Pennell dropped a pack of poses on me called - get ready for it - Balance! I love Sai's work. Her poses are always so natural and great for fashion blogging. :)
I have to go strut around looking at my barefeet some more now!
Oh, and for those of you who like that sort of thing...
Skin: 'Meows in the Nude' by Belleza
Eyes: 'Forest' by Miriel
Hair: 'Chel' by ETD
Shirt: 'Electric Girl' by Celestial Studios [Discount section, only $15L!]
Jeans: Classic blue jeans by Zaara
Skellyflies headpiece by Canimal
Barefeet by SLink
Poses by Imperial Elegance
Back tattoo by me