I felt the same way when I got back here. Everything became super expensive with the gold generators put in place. I don't really bother with cash cards or anything like that here.
I took some time off and joined the late bus to facebook after leaving Gaia and getting my degree in Graphic Design. Social media wasn't really my thing though. These days, I freelance and also tutor on the side. Have you ever kept in touch with the other regulars from the Profile Discussion ?