Despite the many challenges and steep learning curve in Second Life, I've often felt more relaxed than not when logged on - once I got the hang of it, that is. Like many others, I liked to spend a good deal of time exploring photogenic sims and taking pictures of them. I favored natural settings so once the picture was done, I would stay at the sim and just space out and listen to the sounds. I used to do monthly destination posts where I would gather my favorite sims from the past 4 weeks and write little blurbs about them. And then blogging happened. By itself, blogging is actually pretty therapeutic for me and despite any technical difficulties which might present themselves, I wind up feeling a lot more relaxed than I did when I sat down at my computer. There's something about creating which seems to put everything into alignment for me physically, mentally and even emotionally. Once I started blogging however, I found myself thrust into a wonderful and very active community which resulted in me getting much more connected than I had been up to that point and my sim-hopping was put on the back burner. So, for this challenge, I decided to revisit one of my old favorites, Mystical Fae Forest. Inara Pey did a write up of the sim here and Marcus VanDouser did a video which you can see here.
Another activity which always seems to settle me no matter what's going on in my life is listening to my favorite DJ spin the blues at Toby's Juke Joint. I've been going to her shows for about a year now and she never disappoints. I've dubbed her professor of the blues because she's taught me a lot about the genre. Although she brings a great crowd of friendly people, and despite how chatty I can be, I usually completely ignore local chat and zone out to the music. She has a regular schedule on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm and Fridays at 10:00 pm but she often takes the stream for unscheduled sets and if I'm lucky, I can stop what I'm doing and drop in. I haven't been able to make it for the last month and I hope that changes soon otherwise I might just have to rearrange my schedule again.
If you're into the blues and want to hang around some good people, check her out in world. Her name is Bray Preston Rogue (braytania) and if you join her group you'll be notified whenever she does an impromptu set. Paste this URI into local chat to join her group: secondlife:///app/group/102cb89a-dfd5-ff11-931f-313d49f23f7d/about.
Check out the #SecondLifeChallenge details here.