Work at a private school
I ditched the corporate world and got a job at a small private school.
I now live 5 minutes (driving) from my work.
I work with interesting, creative people.
I work 7 hours a day, tops.
I have ample vacation & sick time.
People appreciate what I do.
I have freedom to work on projects that interest me (provided my core responsibilities are met).
The pay is much lower when I was in the corporate world, but I do consulting on the side (& on my own terms) to make up the difference.