Since quitting my job of 13 years , in late 2015, with a company that looked to be a sinking ship, I've been self employed with freelance work. I work out of my house & make my own schedule, so I'll do outside activities on a nice day and work on a rainy day. When things get slow, I find other ways to make some $. I bought a 2001 bmw 740i on ebay for $400 and wrench on that when things are slow or I get tired of staring at a screen. I also picked up a Mercedes 380 SEL for $330 on ebay for the next part out. Still have the 85 Toyota, 97 Mustang, 92 Civic and the daily 06 TSX. I haven't started the civic since 2015 I'm still on the fence of restoring back to teal or selling it.
The Weirdmobile is currently in the garage (98 Accord UTE/truck conversion) after sitting in a friend's back yard for a year. We're working on getting it finished/ready for the Gambler 500 (a rally version of 24 hrs of Lemons). We have some 29" tires and are designing a lift kit, roof basket and finally finishing up the functioning tailgate.
Despite a couple cheap german cars to flip parts from, I've been working on simplifying my life. I had a garage full of hoarded parts & wheel collection that I've been getting rid of. It feels good. Wife and I took a break about a yr ago. Part of the reason I quit my job was because I wasn't around enough and working from home was the answer, but things were already pretty bad by the time I quit. We've been working things out this year and are going to start looking for one place for us soon. Unfortunately, that means leaving my shop behind, but I can always build another down the road. It's worth it for fam. My daughter turns 5 this year!