Not sure which of the forums this fits in best, but I'll try this one. Hi, I’m Tammuz, I’ve been lurking around for a while, writing the occasional message. I figured I’d introduce myself as is common in these parts. First, let’s get the language part out of the way. I use English because I find it easier to express myself in, I speak Hebrew just fine with perhaps a barely perceptible vestigial accent of a former five year old immigrant. It’s just that growing up with computers in the 90s, choosing to read classical works of (science) fiction in their native tongue, I grew comfortable with the language. I came here (meaning this blog and forum) not due to some aspiration for early retirement (I’m pretty ok with doing my job, sometimes even looking forward to see what a new day may bring), but just because I had some money laying around, and I wanted to figure out the optimal use for it. The impetus for this came in the form of a phone call from the bank, informing me that I have too much money laying around in savings plans that produce a nominal bupkis and that I might want to consider investing it in some funds instead. My current situation, and this may horrify some, is having about 90% of my liquidity invest in a mildly volatile stock by the name of TSLA (There have been ups and there have been downs, but I guess this is what people who follow sports teams feel like), don’t bother trying to convince me to diversify, I’m sticking to it, though at this point I have enough and future funds will go into more conservative avenues. Workwise, I am currently in a somewhat unique dual role of a 2D artist and pipeline developer at a VFX and animation studio. They don’t pay high-tech rates, but I get more than I can spend for the four days a week I’m there. I’ve been there for a bit over four years, and I find it quite comfortable, I like the people, I like the dogs, I like the dim lighting and they don’t mind me being barefoot. It’s probably the best place one can aspire to, in this particular industry, within the confines of our small country, with the exception perhaps of the somewhat related gaming industry, but I really dislike the prospect of working for a gambling operation. As for pastimes, I enjoy a couple of long bike rides a week along the waterway. I used to do figure drawing and painting every week, but I got bored with it. I used to do Ninjutsu but that also grew tiresome. Other than that, the usual, movies, games, food, working on personal projects that I never finish. I’ve sort of given up on the romantic angle, I think I’m too set in my ways to accommodate someone else at this point, though that might just be rationalization. In regard to plans for the future, the closest thing I have to a goal is leaving the country at some point. I feel the demographics are conspiring against me and it’s best to hatch an exit strategy before the music stops. I’d like to move somewhere warm and English-speaking where I can work in my current field and level of quality. I tried looking for some work in the US, but my skills are not specialized enough to justify my relocation. So, to that end, I figured I might invest some of my excess funds in studying for an MA in Storytelling Design (I still have a couple of courses I need to redo to receive the preceding degree). I figured I’d hone my skills in a sub-field I’m interested in pursuing (I’m quite the generalist at the moment), and as a bonus get a work permit for a couple of years to find an American employer. I can handle the tuition, but having recently checked the rent in San Francisco, I’m no longer sure this is a viable course of action. Ultimately, the goal is to retire to Mars on one of SpaceX's rockets. Anyway, that’s me, most comments or suggestions will be welcomed.