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You don't have to try so hard...

Hey everyone! I hope this post finds you all well.

The title of this post is from the song by Colbie Caillat, Try. It's a song about accepting yourself for how you are and how you look. Most people today are not happy about at least one thing about themselves whether it's how their nose looks, how their voice sounds, their height or any other thing that people can complain about. We all know by now what the airbrushed male and female looks like and what people think is "hot" or "gorgeous."

I have been struggling with my feelings about myself too. Each day though, I try to tell myself at least one thing I like about myself. So if I stare in the mirror it's not because I love my reflection, it's because I'm looking at a positive part of myself. It could be my eye color, hair color or if I'm daydreaming, I think about a nice day outside. We can each take small steps and brief moments to tell ourselves how beautiful we are.

It may be strange that my avatar is wearing makeup in this post but my intent is to show one side of beauty with makeup on. I love my avatar with or without makeup on. I have created a look that I like. My avatar looks this way because it is how I like and it reflects how I feel about myself. I like a gentle, sweet look because that's how I am. She looks kind and unassuming. I have never made my avatar look like Jane Russell or Angelina Jolie because that's not the personality I feel comfortable with. It says a lot about us in the look and skin we choose for our avatars.

Also, I graduated from VISIONAIRE INSTITUTE on Saturday, June 13th! It is a fabulous photography/art school in SL. I learned some tips about improving photography as well as gained inspiration from the example of others. I really love that the graduates and trainees form a loving, supportive community.

At the beginning, we were shown slides that included videos about being comfortable with one's own style. How you feel about yourself will be reflected in your photos, both in SL and in RL. The classes make me think more about how I feel about myself. I think I like myself a little bit more than when I first applied for VISIONAIRE. I am so grateful to Wrennoir Cerise and Nariko Okawa. They are wonderful teachers, wonderful individuals and I hope they provide inspiration to many more students in the future! The little camera on my neck is a graduation present, isn't it great?!

eye makeup: SlackGirl Honey
dress: SlackGirl Jamil Dress Black
head: Lelutka Stella
eyes: IKON
hair: d!va Tessa brown diamond
body: Maitreya Lara V 3.4
feet: Slink high
hands: Slink elegant

pose: Glitterati 033
camera: -ATTIC- Elfman Vintage Camera Ziggyzag RARE, VISIONAIRE INSTITUTE GRADUATION gift

location: Winter Moon

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