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Coming up: a panel, a launch, a project
I have exciting news and resources to share with all sabbatical-curious readers...
Today I have exciting news and resources to share with all sabbatical-curious readers...
A (free) sabbatical panel on 27th of July where five experienced sabbatical-takers will share their thoughts and respond to questions (see picture below)
A (free) online experience that I'm launching soon to help anyone who’s on the fence decide whether going on sabbatical is the right move for them
An introduction to The Sabbatical Project, a website full of incredible (and free) resources for anyone who is thinking about taking the leap or has already leapt
A sabbatical panel
On the 27th of July I'm joining four other sabbatical-takers for a fun and candid conversation which you are all invited to join. On the panel you'll find:
Paul Millerd, the author of The Pathless Path, an inspirational blog post called 'The Case For Sabbaticals', and countless tweets on the future of work
Michelle Varghoose who shares sabbatical stories on her Substack, and is also a podcast host for a podcast called 'Build a Wealthy Spirit'
Matt Yao who's been posting thoughtful reflections on both Twitter and his Substack 'Game of One' since he quit his job earlier this year
Tobi Ogunnaike who's published a resourceful guide called 'How to design a sabbatical' in Every (paywall) and writes 'Wandering the Grey' on Substack
... and me, who went on a year-long sabbatical in 2022, returned to work five months ago and have been sharing reflections online at every step of the process.
96 people have already signed up for the call (!)
And many have already shared with us what’s on their minds… looks like we'll be talking about a variety of things like how to set intentions for your sabbatical, how to structure your time, how to handle the (perceived) stigma that comes with not working, how to manage money anxieties, how to prepare for your return to work, and generally how to turn this into a transformational experience.
Sign up here for this online event.
I'm really excited about this!
I’m launching a new (free) online experience!
I'm excited to say that I've been busy building a little online module for people who are considering going on sabbatical and are not quite sure whether to take the leap.
In there I cover questions like:
How long should a sabbatical be?
What should I do?
How do I know I should go on sabbatical?
I'm really worried about money!
There's 30+ minutes' worth of material in there in the form of videos and guided exercises I've created specifically for the occasion.
I expect it'll be ready in a couple of weeks... if you're interested, stay tuned!
And for those who have already decided to go on sabbatical, I'll simply encourage you to sign up for the sabbatical panel on 27th July (see above), explore the resources from The Sabbatical Project (see below), and also consider signing up for 'On Sabbatical'
‘On Sabbatical’ is the self-paced online guided journey I've created specifically for people who are taking the leap, to help them make their sabbatical enjoyable, transformational and full of life. In there you will find insightful videos, useful resources, a budding community, as well as short exercises and longer quests to help you reflect on your journey and take action in a playful and constructive way.
I launched 'On Sabbatical' a couple of months ago and have already received some wonderful testimonials from people who've engaged with it!
I’m so happy I’m struggling to resist sharing some of them here… Check this out!
An introduction to The Sabbatical Project
The Sabbatical Project is a fantastic resource for anyone who is thinking about going on a sabbatical or already on sabbatical.
The team has collected dozens of stories from people who've gone on sabbatical. Simply scrolling through the stories will show you how varied the sabbatical-taking population is, and if you read more closely you'll get an idea of the variety of sabbaticals they all went on.
Interestingly their research not only demonstrates just how valuable sabbaticals can be to individuals, but also how employers can benefit from their valued team members taking a break from work to relax, explore the outside world, and return to work more energised and creative than they were before they left. The work they're doing has the potential to change company mindsets around sabbaticals in a similar way to how the pandemic changed company mindsets with regards to working from home.
They've also written a couple of reference pieces on sabbaticals and have collated useful resources from across the internet.
I want to point out a few resources you may find useful:
A research-based article on the transformative power of sabbaticals
A podcast which makes the case for sabbaticals from the business point of view
A sabbatical manifesto in the form of a book (to be published in 2023)
A cohort-based course to accompany you on your sabbatical
I hope you enjoy diving in!
Until next time…