Archives for Planning a Sabbatical
Endings are powerful experiences. As the season of shopping, glittering lights and cookies gains momentum, we are letting go of the final days of 2012. How was it for you? Living the life you want? Too busy for much of anything? Cat got your tongue?
Soon we’ll all receive the greatest gift of all – time. [...]
We can learn a lot from the story line, “sabbatical idea to departure.” But, the story of what happens next provides the best information to help us to look closer at our own ideas about taking time out from work
Who doesn’t want answers to these questions:
Just how did those teenage daughters like being away [...]
This is a guest post from Allie Blankenship, a freelance writer and consulting analyst who is fascinated by business and finance. In her free time, she is teaching herself to code.
In today’s world of electronic communications and banking, identity theft is a real threat. Even more so if you are traveling. So those who are [...]
Without purpose, a sabbatical won’t make you happy. I’ve interviewed many individuals who thought all they needed to do was negotiate the time away, arrange for their work to get done, and instruct the tech department to dissolve temporary access to their email. Then, totally disconnected from work life, the grand experience of their sabbatical [...]
While your organization may show high interest in joining the list of companies with established sabbatical programs, this economy may have temporarily stalled or diverted that high interest.
No need to despair. You can do it yourself! Really? And how might that work?
For inspiration, tips, tools and real stories of people who have added sabbaticals to their [...]
Our local food pantry executive director, Timothy Evans, wrote an eloquent essay, “Who Are You Gonna Listen To?” for the June Manna Food Bank-Pensacola’s newsletter. Evans ponders the obscure economic indicators celebrity economists use to discern the message of the economic recovery he keeps hearing about on broadcast news. He says he’s hardly encouraged since the message of [...]
A good friend is packing up to move six states to the east – closer to the ocean where it won’t snow. Without a job for over a year, she figures her spirit will get a boost in new surroundings where the sun shines more days than in Cincinnati. In no time she’ll be inspired to tackle a future [...]
Faced with the decision of moving toward a break in your career involves many moving parts. The negotiation with your boss, the planning and execution, and assuring positive outcomes for you and your company – all deserve to be well thought-out.
But spinning wheels over and over ideas are what some of us are really good [...]
I received an email from Brendan McGovern, CFO of Meetup, and here’s what was below his name:
From Feb 4 - May 16, I will be out of the office enjoying Meetup’s sabbatical program. I will be traveling around the world, and per Meetup sabbatical policy, will not be checking email & not working. Sound nice? [...]
Planning a year sabbatical can be an exciting time, but it can also be a daunting task, especially for a business owner like Karen Bloom. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of her company, as well as her 60th birthday, Karen plans to take a sabbatical in the year 2012. In order to [...]
I believe in being the best mom or dad you can be, just not at the expense of living the life you want for yourself. Asked when one plans to accomplish some of the things that he/she has identified on the “dream list,” here are familiar responses:
Just as soon as the kids get a [...]
Not one of us would trade places with the 33 Chilean miners pulled to safety yesterday after 69 days trapped in a mine. And maybe that’s too bad. According to media reports, many of those men will begin to live their lives very differently.
Their group “career break” has allowed them an enviable perspective. After [...]
Sabbaticals and career breaks are amazing experiences – or can be. But sometimes listening to individuals express their ideas about what they’d like to do is as exciting as exploring competing healthcare plans. Why? The ideas are vague, not aligned to specific personal or career goals and reflect small-inside-the-box thinking.
Here’s what people have said when asked what they [...]
Ever mull over a decision until it was too late to get it right? Or spend a lot of energy agonizing on what to do in a dilemma? Are you such a slow decision maker that life is passing you by as you ponder about a career break, finding work you love or seeking a [...]
A raft of new research suggests spending money on an experience will make you happier than those new shoes or a Borsalino Super Fino Montecristi Men’s Fedora ($950).
“We’re moving from a conspicuous consumption – which is ‘buy without regard’ – to a ‘calculated consumption,’” says Marshal Cohen, an analyst at the NPD Group, a retailing [...]
Forget the backpack and walking sticks. Ditch the health goals. To set your eyes on a place or thing is all it takes for an extraordinary sabbatical experience.
People returning from a career break often talk about the impact of the expereince by describing something they saw, not something they did.
What they carry back into the real world [...]
Last month I spent a week on a walking tour in the Northern Lakes District of England with poet, David Whyte. In community with 21 others, I experienced the pastures and mountains, villages, locals, cuisine, pubs and sheep (lots of sheep) of the region. The treks were challenging; so is life. No matter your age, title, or size of [...]
Sabbaticals should be designed as memorable journeys. Start now by carving out 15 minutes of silence.
You might have a 3-, 4-, or 10-week break from your career that’s either being offered up by your employer or one that you’re doing on your own. Picture that time filled with nothing as of yet. Now, think of the [...]
When yourSABBATICAL offered me a guest blog spot, I happily took the leap. This is one of my favorite sites and subjects—and my soul grins knowing that other wandering, kindred spirits are out there. Are you one too?
If so, then please plan ahead to join us at the First Annual Sabbatical Summit, a overdue gathering [...]
Inspired by a fifth-century conversation between Zi Zhang and Confucius about the practices of wise rulers in The Analects, here are five excellent practices for those taking time out from jobs and careers. Even those who have no sabbatical in sight can cultivate a sabbatical mindset using these best practices.
Practice the arts of attention and [...]