Much of sabbatical is about trade offs. To begin with, we traded some retirement savings and discretionary spending to make our sabbatical possible. And on sabbatical, we’ll be trading our current routines and habits for new ones that reflect different priorities. A large part of my personal journey is to focus on thoughtfully feeding and … More Sabbatical Life: Trading This for That
S.E. FLEENOR writes novels and non-fiction essays centering on feminism, pop culture, and social justice. Fleenor is also a non-profit consultant and copyeditor. sefleenor.com I haven’t really written much about the sabbatical I took in 2016, which extended from the beginning of May through the beginning of January. Well, kind of. You see, I’m somewhat of … More Finding Purpose by Stepping Away: My Sabbatical Experience by guest blogger S.E. Fleenor
Music creeps into your soul, alters your mood, and just generally makes life more meaningful. We use music to keep us motivated while working out (it’s the only thing that got me through a half-marathon a few years ago), express words that we don’t have, soothe our souls during rough times, and to sing along … More Our Ultimate Playlist for Sabbatical Road Trips
The other night Trent and I had a “spat.” It was brought on by some work stress coupled with subpar communication. Sound familiar? After some huffing and puffing and a lot of talking and a lot of not talking, I was still pretty hurt and angry, and so was he. Relationships are sometimes so much harder … More We took a 24 hour vow of silence and this is what happened…
I love garage sales. Or yard sales. Whichever you prefer. I’ve never understood the difference (because when I was growing up our garage sales were always held in the yard since we didn’t have a garage), but I’ve always suspected a classist distinction. Regardless, I love going to them. I love having them. I love … More Garage Sale Season is Upon Us, and We are Lightening Our Load!
Trent has been wanting to take the camper out for a “test camp” since we bought it in January. I have been nervous about getting too far ahead of the warm weather. But March in Colorado is here, and we are doing this! No snow for us, thankfully (March is the snowiest month), and the high … More Practice Makes Perfect: Pop Up Camping “Test Camp” at Cheyenne Mountain
A few weeks ago, I volunteered at Denver’s North High School to talk about my career journey and give advice to high school students. In prepping for that talk, I realized that the three pieces of advice I had to give were the same ones that both helped me get where I am in my … More What does High School Career Day have to do with sabbatical?
My husband, Trent, and I are taking a year-long sabbatical, and like good planners we have each defined our personal priorities for that year. I suppose this could have gone badly, but we actually came up with the same three priorities, in the same order. Us Body Mind Perhaps it is not groundbreaking, but it … More Life (and sabbatical) is all about priorities, and the fewer the better