I think it's been about 4 years since I last posted. I've been going through boxes and organizing to sell most of my "doomsday prepper" supplies. Reminded me of EMF and thought I'd check in again! Glad to see the forum is still here for people.
Professionally, I'm back on my feet. I feel so fortunate that, prior to RSE, I had a marketable college degree and Fortune 100 experience I could leverage. I had quit my great consulting job in Dec-1999 when Ramtha said not to fly over the Y2K weekend. About a year and a half ago, the recruiter of that consulting firm found my profile on LinkedIn and called to see if I'd be interested in coming back to consulting. Even though I hadn't worked with this particular software in 10 years, business is booming in the consulting world for it and they needed people. I've had a chance to get back up to speed and now am being recruited by the Big 4 consulting firms.
Working for the Big 4 means traveling to a client somewhere in the USA each week. I'm so pleased to tell you that I have no anxiety about being in a plane twice a week! Rather, my mind gleefully adds up the frequent flyer miles, hotel rewards, and meals charged to the client instead of my monthly budget.
I'm hopeful that I may be able to retire when I'm 70. And if not, I'm not freaked out about having to work at Walmart or a casino part-time to make ends meet in my elder years. Gone is the incessant expectation to manifest "fabulous wealth" in order to "please my God." At the same time, I buy a MegaMillions ticket every week because I would enjoy retiring and doing fun things (i.e., NOT setting up a UG compound! Lol)
This is how I cover the gap in my resume...it's true enough without naming the Ramtha school or a cult...wanted to share this in case it helps others craft their story
1) I moved to the Pacific NW for personal reasons and worked for a regional consulting firm...blah blah...talk about the projects I worked on
2) In 2000, I needed to be traveling less so I took a position with xxx Health System
3) The restriction I had regarding traveling is no longer in place, and I'm interested in relocating to my roots in Chicago to be closer to family and friends.
Basically, I let the person hearing the story fill in the gap that I moved to WA for a relationship, the travel was taking a toll on the relationship and eventually the relationship ended. It's illegal for them to ask for details, and most people don't want to hear divorce/break-up stories from casual acquaintances anyway.
This past December, I put up a Christmas tree for the first time in 5 years. I bought a fake tree - proud of it! LoL.
I gave myself enough time to decorate it leisurely, and go through my boxes of ornaments. Many I threw out while I chuckled remembering the crazy stuff they represented!! It feels great to have Christmas back in my life.
I was at a party in Yelm last summer and enjoyed seeing a lot of peeps again. When they heard I was living in Portland, I was asked if I wasn't concerned about Ramtha's warnings about how bad it was going to be in Portland. My point of view is to try and demonstrate clear thinking and decision-making rather than criticize theirs or JZ's. "Well, here's what I decided...we're supposed to be living in joy, right? Well, I realized I wasn't enjoying being broke and having nothing much to do in rural Washington - and I love Portland!! Great food, always something to get out and do. I also really thought about the earth changes and realized - F**K! - I wouldn't WANT to survive and live in the clown town that Yelm/Rainier will probably be while civilization is re-established. If all that stuff DOES happen, I just want to go fast." I so enjoyed the relaxed look on the faces of the people who asked me that, and they were free to tell me that those same thoughts had crossed their minds.
I checked out a few churches in the past few years but the experience doesn't grab me. Currently, I'm looking to meet my need for community by volunteering and taking some random classes.
I'm much better now at recognizing when a psychopath crosses my path, and I give them a wide berth!! LoL!
Thank you for the update.
Your letter will help many that are Just coming out and not to sure what the future hold, like most of us you have fond out that there is L.A.R.S.E Life After RSE. and it is leberating.
Thank you again