I’m going on sabbatical

I’m going on sabbatical

Sabbatical

any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, do research, travel, etc.

a break or change from a normal routine (as of employment)

Origin: Relating to the sabbath (rest or cessation)

I wasn’t going to tell you about this – I was just going to quietly sneak out the back door and hope that no one noticed. But something about that didn’t feel right. I do my best to be as transparent with you as possible about what is going on with me – how I am continually growing and learning – so that you can learn from my experiences.

About two weeks ago I felt bled dry. I was working constantly yet not getting anywhere. I took an impromptu trip to my hometown (where I rode a horse) and since then have been unconsciously scaling back – everything that wasn’t necessary started getting cut. I lucked out with The Daily Love publishing that post last week because I wasn’t planning on writing a blog post! I stopped scheduling consultations for new clients.

sabbatical

Instead I read a lot, watched movies, and journaled.

Two days ago I realized that I was taking a sabbatical… unconsciously. As a result, I wasn’t getting the full benefit because I hadn’t given myself permission to fully embrace what I needed. So I decided to take a sabbatical – consciously. I created an intention for this time, some guidelines for technology and work (because I can’t abandon my commitments to clients out of the blue), and a list of things I want to do.

I know I could schedule posts and social media updates go out while I’m taking time off – that’s what the business advice would tell me to do so people don’t “forget” about me. But something about that doesn’t seem genuine. Without my presence and intention when things are published, it just feels empty.

So we are taking a break together.

Does it mean I won’t work? Not at all. I have commitments that I can’t just abandon. But I have put parameters on how much and when I work. I will have a few hours of focused productivity and meeting with clients a day, and beyond that I’m going to be off the computer. I’m taking a Facebook and (gulp) Instagram fast. My computer has a bed time hours before mine. No newsletters or posts; all my writing will be unfocused and creative, welcoming whatever is coming next. All those hours sucked into the vortex of the internet are going to be replaced with time in the real world.