There’s a lot of smack talk out there about our young Millennial friends, and I admit that I’ve occasionally played along. What kind of Gen Xer would I be if I didn’t?! Warning: Sarcasm ahead. A friend of mine likes to call Millennials “special snowflakes,” referring to their inexplicable need to be appreciated as extraordinary … More Bring on my sabbatical! Why should Millennials and Baby Boomers have all the fun?
We aren’t rolling around in extra cash in our spare time, but we are professionals with good jobs who have been responsible in paying off debt, saving for retirement, and living within our means. Still, we don’t have bundles of fun money laying around like Richie Rich. So, once we decided to take a year … More What would you sacrifice for a year of freedom?
When we first decided we wanted to take a sabbatical, to leave our jobs for a full year and LIVE FOR A LIVING, we weren’t yet clear on where we would go or what we would do or exactly when we would do it. And to be honest, we are still planning to leave lots … More The Long-Awaited Birth of our Sabbatical Travel Itinerary–oh, the places we’ll go!
As we prepare for sabbatical, I have long lists of things that I’m looking forward to doing when I have more time and space. But why wait? I’m starting to ease into sabbatical now by introducing these rituals or habits into my daily or semi-daily routines. These little customs make me feel good, relax me, and … More 20 Super Easy, Feel Good Rituals to Start Now!
“Minimalism is about creating space to live simply and meaningfully; it’s about living intentionally.” ― Laurie Buchanan, PhD In preparing for sabbatical, I started to think about all of the things I would need to give up in order to live more simply and on a much smaller budget. So I decided to do a 30-day … More Minimalism Challenge: 5 weeks to a simpler, well-balanced life
As you experience any big life change, it is often reassuring and motivating to reflect on the wise words of others who have gone before you. As my husband and I have been planning for our sabbatical, we have often relied on the encouragement and inspiration of others to keep going, to get past the … More 100+ Provocative Quotes to Inspire Your Sabbatical or Amazing Adventure!
Your values are at the core of who you are. They influence the decisions you make in your life and, therefore, the path on which you find yourself. They develop over time and become ingrained. They may morph as you have new experiences, and sometimes one or more of your values may take a backseat … More Embrace your values. Change your life.
I’ve come to realize that I live a lot of my life in fear. Fear of failure. Fear of judgment. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the disaster just around the corner. I don’t think I’m alone in that. Oh, and cliffs, I am terrified of cliffs. At … More “Do one thing that scares you every day” -Attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt
What is a Vision Board? Vision boards are basically a collection of words and pictures that you assemble to keep you focused on a goal or on a specific vision of your future. “If you build it, they will come.” -Field of Dreams Many people say that envisioning your goals in this way makes it … More Vision Boarding 101: Proceed, but proceed with an open mind
Why a sabbatical? About a year ago, I came home after a long day at work, completely stressed out and depleted. The bouts of anxiety and exhaustion on both the personal and professional fronts were becoming more and more frequent and the time needed to recover was becoming longer and longer. The weekends were no … More Living for a living: our decision to take a year-long sabbatical