I guess I should do an update of the post-sabbatical kind since I'm 18 months on from wanting to change my work/life, and six months on from the End of the sabbatical.
I haven't touted for more screen-based writing/editing work (yet) so I'm still figuring out what to do for money – you'll know when I start earning properly again as I'll cut my ridiculous hair off – but I'm a lot fitter than I used to be and my work-life balance is much healthier now that I've halved my desk-based work.
The natural consequence of all the cyber security stuff has been to set up Observed.city data privacy email via the Mozilla Open Leaders project. There's no income in that but it is in some small way campaigning for a better, less-1984-like path in our increasingly quantified and machine-judgmental world.
I seem to have started writing a blog post so my next big aim is to be more of a digital nomad, working from different cities occasionally and maybe even a surf beach in winter to escape the SAD and work on my Point Break moves.
First, I have to figure out what that work will be. Maybe it's time to resurrect my failed Thai Massage business ( 'No Pain, No Gain'). But more likely it will involve some kind of digital comms or editing work, given I now have 30 (!) years' experience in journalism and online content – just not too much! Or some other skill as yet unknown.
Ideas on a postcard, preferably to somewhere nice.