I've been on an extended leave of absense from regular employment. I still wake up and go to a cafe/office of some sort. I work on the projects that hold some interest for me. Usually cryptocoins, smart contracts, or novel programming languages or software architechture in general. In the last year I've been proud of the bitcoin web assembly project and more improvements on gluon the irc assistant. When I'm home I have a different set of projects, mostly remote RGB lighting (circuit board layout, fabrication, 3d modeling and printing), and some woodworking.
Having near total freedom to work on stuff is a great feeling, though its greatest challenge is to find meaningful work and stick with it. I'm lucky to have a lifelong interest in software, computers, and electronics, so the area of work is already defined. How to apply that in a useful way takes some creativity. (to be continued)