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Elsa
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How has your life changed since the pan or plan demic?

My business has been steady so I'm lucky in that regard. I no longer go to mass which is a shocking change I would have never anticipated. I would have expected to go to church more, not less... just as time passed, I mean. I have liked mass.

The main difference is I am dramatically more isolated. This is by choice for the most part. I don't want to deal with the rigmarole, and stepping carefully. I also don't want to bother anyone or make anyone uncomfortable.  The easy option has been to retreat.

I've acclimated to this now which I think is true for a lot people. Rather than run around, I have focused on my work. People are stressed and I really need to hit a high bar. I've also studied quite a bit.

My transit suggest I should get out there, but I feel like this, with Pluto leaving my 12th for my 1st.

I also don't want to deal with bullshit or crazies.

I truly hate lying.  I just don't think it is something I should do, based on how I am built so I will avoid it at all costs.

The kind of truth I've discovered during my Pluto / 12th transit is interesting to me but repulsive. It's so hard for me to be disingenuous, I feel it's preferable to isolate for the specific goal of avoiding conversation. If I can't answer a question, honestly, I'd not like to answer it at all.

I'm really glad for in the interaction with clients.  Things mean a lot right now and that goes in both directions.

I have never seen myself as "avoidant" but I've sure become this way. I was shocked at the backflips I turned this week in order to not give my opinion on something (to a non-client), when it was being rabidly solicited. i just didn't want to suffer the fall out. The same person punished me greatly for the last truth I told them. So this is the situation - the faucet dried up.

What about you?

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We stopped eating out during the lock down and have not really picked up the practice again. I cook almost every meal Smile It's a money saver!

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@jana I love that!! I have recently made the switch to about 98% home cooked meals. It's already starting to change my relationship with food. Yes what a huge money saver it is!

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So much growth. So much. I've expanded my cirlce. Tested myself. Thrown myself into the fire multiple times. Been humbled too. I've worked on keeping relationships with those I disagree with but would never be upset with over that, and would never want to lose them. In that way, I've learned what I value and what lines I'm willing to cross and not cross. I've altered course for my future. I became way less materialistic. So much has come into focus. Even if we could snap our fingers and return to 2019, I would not. 

On the more negative side, I definitely have a mild PTSD over certain things and I don't know if that will ever go away. That's probably true for nearly everyone.

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@dolce   --  RE:  mild PTSD    .....mmmhhhhh.  I think you are on to something.  And this has become a very narrow streak that I do not like about myself.

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I have also been withdrawing. This whole set up has really changed people, not always for the better. Whilst standing back and observing, I have noticed a lot of, toxicity, for want of a better word, from various people I called friends, and have stepped back enormously. At the same time, I stood back and took a good look at myself, noticing negative patterns and reactions, which I am in the process of letting go. It feels good!

It sounds so self-indulgent reading that back, but I have been a people pleaser for far too long, and I'm really enjoying going deep within to heal myself of all that needs letting go. Outside of myself, I'm making sure I always do the 'right thing' and just put one foot in front of the other 🙂 

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I was already a germaphobe, now I'm nearly OCD.  I was already reclusive, now I'm a hermit.  I was already a procrastinator, now I'm a sloth.  The to-do list gets longer as I get lazier.  But I walk more, eat healthier, read and research in ever widening variety. 

I miss seeing folks from church, bible study, old house club, local businesses, but some keep in touch, and I now watch three amazing churches online.  I miss the bargains I could find shopping in person, but I often get amazingly upgraded substitutions at no additional cost in my grocery delivery.

I feel sad for my extensive vintage wardrobe that will likely never be worn by me again, but I'm packing most away securely since I finally found an exceptional rescue-funding thrift shop to will it all to.  I'm glad I'd already retired and travelled and explored most places I longed to see.  I'm thankful to live in free and mostly sane FL where life is and has been essentially functional for most. 

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@warped I feel sad for my extensive vintage wardrobe too and love that you found a solution.  I've lost so much weight no longer eating high fat prepared foods I'm in a smaller size which I am happy about but am missing my coat collection!

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Great topic!! I feel like the list of positive things for me is endless. To name the most important...

-Became a better conversationalist due to the advent of TELETHERAPY - I do therapy with kids and had to move to online for a year. About 20% of my clients are still online. I feel like a more socially flexible introvert in an extroverted world nowadays. 

-I have a very clear set of values like I've never had before in my life. Truth, liberty, justice - the We The People stance has been so strongly solidified in my heart and I stand up for this now. It sure has taken some really sh*tty worldwide circumstances for this to actually happen.

-Spiritual awakening. I have had more time to meditate and learn about expanding my consciousness. I've been able to make my home more comfortable place to do inner work and meditate.  I started attending church for the first time in 23 years. (Makes me sound ancient when I say that... I'm 33 lol)

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