And some personal stuff.
Interestingly, I have found that it is better if I trust more on my gut. With big decisions what I usually do is analyse it from every angle, list pros and cons, etc., only to come to the same conclusion that I had already intuitively come to much earlier. So a few years ago I made the conscious decision to be quicker to trust my gut and follow my feelings.
Good on you for doing the scientific research thing. I will give what I can, when I can, being a self-supporting soul also. Will be going back to this piece, and its links, several times, in order to get the max from what you have written. Rest assured, I am fastidious to the point of being a ninny, about trash and recycling. None of my stuff finds its way to the side of the road.