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Where I document my happenings, my life, and my thoughts.

I realized that I haven't updated you guys on things lately. That's mainly because the kids are out of school and we are making the most of this summer. This will likely happen every summer until my kids are too old to want to hang out with momma.

Now, I want to let you in on a little secret. I'm actually a rather private person. I find social media-ing hard. I find instagram-ing and twitter-ing hard. I find this blog hard. I would much rather live in the moment and enjoy what it is that is happening in front of me when it is happening instead of taking a bunch of pictures or live facebook videos or whatever to show everyone else. I have to force myself to do those things. Do you know how many birthday parties for my kids or family get togethers or friends hangouts that I've attended and forgot to take a single photo or remembered the camera after half of the people had already left? More than I can count. Yeah, I'm pretty terrible and this stuff. So why do want to force myself to do this anyway? Well, to stay relevant. To remain in people's minds and they don't forget about me. I still have something to sell and I don't want them to forget that. Do I want to shove it in people's faces that I am running a little business that sells a few things? No, of course not, but I want them to remember that when they need something I have, they will think of me. That isn't really the ONLY reason, but it is the main one. I have a lot of friends and family that worry about me and wonder how I am doing. It is way easier to update everyone on a single post rather than answering everyone's questions individually.

I have a lot of ambitions with this website. I want to help people. I have a lot of life experiences and mistakes to work off of. That is one of the things I liked about bartending. Sometimes people just needed an ear and I was more than happy to give it. But gosh darn it, it's hard to give advise when no one is asking it. I want to make tutorials and teach people stuff, but first I have to figure out what it is people want to learn. Yeah, this is stuff I need to work on.

OK, if you are still with me, I will give you an update on the cancer stuffs. My last scan was memorial weekend and I know I never gave an update on the results. Well, that is because the results weren't as spectacular as I had hoped. The hot spots are still there. Boo. My next scan is Aug 10th and I'm hoping everything will still be the same...or maybe gone, but I don't want to get my hopes up. I'm honestly not that worried about it. 

I will wrap this up with my advise to you. Live in the moment. There's no need to show off or try to impress others. Live for you and your happiness because whether you like it or not, you are stuck with you for the rest of your life. Why would you not treat yourself like your own best friend? But don't forget to love others as well. Treat them how you want to be treated and let go of those who poison your life and happiness. 

That is all. <3

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- IMVU, the leading avatar-based social network today announces that it expanded its executive team by hiring Daren Tsui as the chief executive officer (CEO), Lauren Bigelow as the chief product officer, Victor Zaud as the senior vice president of marketing, John Burris as the chief development officer, and Lomit Patel as the vice president of growth. The strengthened executive team will help accelerate product innovation, support continued mobile growth, and continue to build the world's largest avatar-based social network. 

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Recent studies have shown that loneliness is on the rise and the lack of strong social connection is now considered a determinant of overall health and wellness. IMVU envisions a world of deepening friendships through highly connective virtual shared experiences.  Instead of posting past each other on Facebook or Instagram, IMVU user interactions are hyperpersonal - the experience is similar to the fidelity of face-to-face interaction, but at a heightened level, which enables users to find a meaningful connection like in the real world. 

That social aspect of the online experience is exactly the focus of IMVU. As CEO Daren Tsui explains, "Virtual worlds will be the next generation social platform connecting people in a way that exceeds both face-to-face connection and the curated feeds of Facebook and Instagram. At IMVU, we are spreading the power of friendships through our product's experience to address the rising rates of loneliness in all generations."

 

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So I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter! The boys and I got a bit crafty with our Easter eggs this year and turned out some really cute eggs. I just finished putting the video together so now you all can watch us make our eggs with their cute little outfits! :)

If you want to purchase these accessories for you Easter eggs for next year, they are now available in my store! Here is the link: Eggcessories! 2018 Full Collection

 

 

 

~April

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I develop for IMVU, but exactly what is IMVU?

When I first meet someone the conversation usually veers to the topic of “what do you do for a living?” and I say I create 3D content for an online video game and then they look super impressed as if I worked on Skyrim or something. If I tell them that I develop for IMVU I am often met with blank stares. I ask them if they know what Second Life is and am usually left with more blank stares. I then go down the line of World of Warcraft to the Sims and even Farmville if I have to until I finally see that little lightbulb go off above their heads. Most people my age have never heard of it. The average user is in their late teens to early 20s. The average developer, on the other hand, is in the 30s to 40s range.

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Well, you can either watch the video above, or you can just read ahead to find out the results of my latest scan.

I went in for a CT scan yesterday (March 16th) to check the status of the lymph nodes we have been keeping an eye on for the last couple scans. Well, I am happy to say that the nodes are still stable. No change in their size which is pretty cool. In case you are unaware of what I am talking about, the previous few scans a couple lymph nodes in my neck have been showing up enlarged. They are not sure if the cause is from the radiation treatments I had or if it is due to additional cancer. The last two scans have come back pretty much the same so they are becoming more confident that it is just from the radiation and not residual disease. I go back for a full body PET scan in 2 months and if that comes back clean again, I will be officially considered cancer free!

If you want to read my entire cancer story, read this article here: https://miakascreations.com/index.php/blog/9-my-melanoma-story​

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