I Set a Date! (for my Sabbatical)

I Set a Date! (for my Sabbatical)

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This week, I set a date.  That’s right. I set a date for when I will officially be starting my sabbatical. I’m not ready to share what my date is just yet, but suffice to say, a year from now, I will be taking a sabbatical from my job. While I’ve now been planning for a sabbatical for some time, I hadn’t yet finalized some of the details - like setting a date. So, what led me to set a date with such conviction this week?  Picture this: working all weekend and too many nights this week. Feeling beyond burned out and underappreciated.  I had set up some time about a week ago with my HR partner to talk through something I wanted to discuss with my boss. Instead of…
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8 Signs of Burnout and How to Recover with a Sabbatical

8 Signs of Burnout and How to Recover with a Sabbatical

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“I’m so tired, but I can’t sleep, [standing on the edge of something much too deep.]” The Sarah MacLaughlin song, “I Will Remember You,” always pops into my head when I think about burnout. Burnout and avoiding burnout is one of the most common reasons women consider a sabbatical. The struggle to avoid burnout is particularly real right now. COVID’s unique challenges are making work-life balance so much more difficult. Trying to avoid burnout is one of the biggest reasons I am planning for my own sabbatical next year.  Eight Signs of Burnout Here are the biggest warning signs that you are already burned out or are on the path to burning out.  1. Being Tired but Not Sleeping  Whether you lay awake at bedtime and can’t fall asleep or you…
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Does Money Motivate You?

Does Money Motivate You?

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I previously wrote about the importance of finding your “why” when it comes to taking a sabbatical.  Whenever you are doing something big and sort of scary, you need to know why you’re doing it. You also need to have motivation. Motivation is what will drive you to continue, even when it’s hard. Recently, I read Drive by Daniel Pink. One of the most interesting questions he tackles in his book is: does money motivate people? More specifically, he examines the research about whether money motivates people and if this ultimately leads to happiness.  According to Pink’s research, reaching a certain dollar value in savings shouldn’t increase my happiness at all. In fact, having a goal of saving a certain amount of money is not a “good” goal in that it won’t…
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Finding Your Why for Taking a Sabbatical

Finding Your Why for Taking a Sabbatical

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One thing I’ve learned in my sabbatical journey is that it is going to take a lot of extra work. Over the next year, I’m going to have to work extra hard, save more money, and skimp on purchases I might otherwise enjoy.  This won't be easy.  Whenever we are doing something hard, we need a really good reason - a purpose - to keep us going.  Some might say that this is your “why." What’s Your Why? Discovering your “why” may be the most important question you ask yourself. If you want to succeed, it may be the most critical question you answer. If you want to reach your goal — a sabbatical, a year off, a trip around the world, or just a break — you must know…
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My First Sabbatical

My First Sabbatical

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About 15 years ago, I took my first sabbatical from work.  I quit my job with plans to spend a year traveling around the world.  That was the goal. I wanted to experience the world while I was still young, without kids, a mortgage, or a real career. And I did it. Though, it ended up being about a six-month trip because, the truth is, it got sort of boring. That’s right, traveling the world got boring. Not because there wasn’t enough to do or see.  But there wasn’t enough challenge. What I remember most about the end of my trip is feeling like I had too much time to think.  I started having bizarre dreams about people from my childhood. It was all enjoyable, but it felt like a…
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Samantha’s Sabbatical: Intro and Frequently Asked Questions

Samantha’s Sabbatical: Intro and Frequently Asked Questions

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Hi. I’m Samatha.  I’m a working mom, corporate employee, our family’s breadwinner, and mom of 2. I love my job, but I am ready for a break.  I’m thrilled to be joining Women’s Money for a regular series during 2021 to tell you about my plans to take a year off. That’s right. I’m planning to take a year-long sabbatical from my job in 2022.  In this introduction post, I’ll answer some of the most common questions I expect to get about my plans to take a year off work. Why are you taking a sabbatical? What are you going to do with your year off? While only a few people know about my plans, they have all asked me -- why are you taking a sabbatical? Is this like…
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