For me, in terms of being laid off, it comes at an auspicious time. Never before have I been closer to living the life of a cultural creative, and it is my intention to take this opportunity to build that lifestyle. By cultural creative, I mean someone who is fortunate enough to use one's resources to advance oneself both creatively and financially. I.e., I plan to make money off of being me. Making pursuit of my interests financially rewarding and creatively and intellectually stimulating.
How does that play out? By becoming a Renaissance woman. Having multiple interests, and multiple irons in the fire. Having multiple sources of income rather than a full-time job. Those multiple sources of income representing different facets of my interests or areas of expertise.
Some of the options:
* Freelance UXD
* Small Business Idea To Be Revealed at a Later Time
* Blogging for Cultural and Technical Interests
* Performing Research
* Making Art
Clearly, some of these are going to make money and some are not. But, as long as some of them are generating income, I should also be able to do the rest.
Anyway, I'm embarking on this effort, and I'll be writing about it more here. Wish me luck.