Woke up from the rat race...
at age 32, worked in the biotech industry from 1999-2002, got a masters in molecular biology, worked some more in biotech from 2005-2009. Recently laid off in Feb. 2009 but with 60K in cash, 45K in IRAs, 10K in T-bonds. I'm disillusioned with the traditional definition of work, and seek a way to be FI or earning $ in a way that does something good for the world (eg promoting sustainable living practices) AND gives me free time (eg a 30hr work week and ability to not work 1-3 months per year). I live WELL below my means (I shopped at thrift stores even when I was earning $60Kyr). Any advice on how I can make my savings work for me while I explore "alternative work/lifestyles" like the moderator of this forum living in Argentina would be very much appreciated! I've traditionally been risk-averse, but now that I'm taking a break from the traditional work lifestyle, I'm ready for some risk to not be tied to the 40hr/week ball and chain! : )