Spotlight Interview – Secrets of Gaia

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2019 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR! WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AND THE EXPO?
As a cancer survivor, from a family with a very strong history of cancer, I try to do everything I can to help with RFL events for ACS. I have been supporting RFL in one way or another for most of my life in various capacities both in the real world and in SL. But it never feels like I am doing enough, I am one of the lucky ones, as a survivor I have managed to come out the other side of a battle that at times made me wish I was dead.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SECOND LIFE?
Just about 13 1/2 years.

WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
January 20, 2007 (Secrets of Gaia will celebrate 13 years in business in January!)

WHAT MADE YOU BECOME A VIRTUAL MERCHANT?
I sort of fell into it, I came to SL originally for a project to build a campus for a real world university here in Second Life. The first part of that project included the need to learn how to build in Secondlife, (predating mesh or sculpties) so the first couple of months that I was here I spent 8 hours or more a day attending building classes or practicing in sandboxes. My first store came about from all that practice, then once I took the Master Jeweler course, and fell in love with the challenge of making jewelry from prims. Secrets of Gaia was born, it’s expanded since then

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS?
I take inspiration from everything around me, from the sight of a beautiful sunrise, a touching story in a book I’ve read, an interesting conversation I am part of, a beautiful picture or piece of artwork, really anything or just out of thin air at times.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN. REGARDING YOUR SL BUSINESS?
To never rest on it’s good enough and always push yourself to improve and keep up with changes, because SL is always improving and changing and if you don’t keep pushing you will be left behind before you even notice!

EXPO VISITORS LIKE TO FOLLOW UP WITH OUR MERCHANTS. DO YOU HAVE A STORE ON THE GRID OR MARKETPLACE?
I have both, my main store is on my sim here:
Inworld:

Marketplace:
MP store does not have most of my items because time just fails to be on my side is

WHAT CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATION ARE YOU AND WHY?
Either the tinsel or the twinkling lights, because they are shiny and bright and light up the room the way my closest friends say I always do with my smile.

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
Loyal

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO. ARE YOU OFFERING ANY SPECIALS AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?
I will have at least 2 New releases that will be only available at the expo until after it closes. Additionally, I will have special pricing on everything that I bring to the expo. Unfortunately, as this has to be sent back so early I can’t be more specific as I am still working on the items for the event!

CAN YOU GIVE US A HINT AS TO WHAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020 FROM YOUR STORE.
2020 is going to be an exciting year, during December and Early January I will be remodeling my sim, Secrets of Gaia turns 13 on January 20th!I am planning a special celebration. In addition it’s the 12th year of the Twisted Hunts and Events that I organize so there is a lot to celebrate! I also have a couple of projects in the works worth watching for that I am not yet ready to make public!