Yes, I realize mine may be an unpopular view when I share with you that as an introvert, I thrived during the COVID pandemic quarantine.
Now please don't misunderstand me, I am certainly sensitive and compassionate to those who were negatively impacted during this world-wide crisis including those who lost loved ones, lost income/jobs, lost health or their very life, lost businesses, lost in-person social gatherings, lost social skills, increased anxiety, screen addiction, grief, and the list goes on and on...
Believe me, I fully recognize how fortunate I was to remain employed and paid and able to work remotely from home during that challenging time.
But my truth is, I miss living in the safety of that restrictive cocoon desperately.
Even though (or perhaps BECAUSE) the majority of my time was spent all alone, with the exception of my Jesus and my aging mother, I often times miss that peaceful sanctuary that did NOT include a stressful daily commute on Southern California freeways.
For the most part I experienced a calm, relaxed, peaceful environment with better quality use of my time during that transitional period.
I also fully understand that my truth is most likely an unpopular opinion. And that it is vital for my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health in the power of NOW to resist the urge to compare.
That particular season of life has passed. And I need to accept that fact as well as the concept that feelings aren't facts. However, during my 28+ years working in the field of education there was a period when I transitioned from working as a traditional classroom teacher to teaching the Success For All Reading program to small groups of kids. I adored that job and working with those kids! But because it was a temporarily Title I funded position, I started exploring what I could do to continue working one-on-one with kids as opposed to teaching classes of 35 students at a time.
That's when I was moved to go back to school to pursue a Master's Degree in Educational Counseling and a PPS credential. As I continue to work as a school counselor over 20 years later, I have never regretted that decision.
It feels like it's time to move again. Not sure exactly what that looks like yet. For a minute during the Lockdown I dabbled with starting up my own online business coaching The Art of Well Being @ 

 But as it turns out, product sales related work is NOT for me. Yes, I comprehend that this company practices BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS as opposed to "cold calling" sales, which I can absolutely appreciate. We do the same in the field of Education with SEL -- Social-Emotional-Learning.
If I was a new-ager, I would put my desires for the work-from-home remote job out into the Universe-- and trust the Law of Attraction to manifest my dreams.
But alas I am NOT a new-ager. No, I am a LOVE GOD LOVE PEOPLE follower of Christ. Therefore I will continue to pray for discernment allowing The Holy Spirit to lead me according to God's Will (not mine) as He makes my paths straight.
Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. 31 Days of Proverbs, one day at a time @Grateful Gwen Channel on YouTube.
I miss my Earth Dads more than mere words can possibly express. But I find joy in knowing they are all three <3


 rejoicing with our Heavenly Father for all eternity. 

 Until we meet again Dad... xoxo Psalm 30:4-5 4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.