The Gift of Taking a Sabbatical
Updated: Jun 12, 2019
How many of us take the time to unplug - I mean really unplug from technology, cell phones and all the craziness and demands of our world? As I'm sitting here in the mountains of beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado ejoying my summer sabbatical, I wonder...
My first summer sabbatical was in 2018 - I spent 2 1/2 weeks in Lake Tahoe and it was beyond heavenly! Lake Tahoe had been on my bucket list for years and last year, I decided it was time to make it a reality. 2 1/2 weeks of doing nothing but sleeping in, hiking, taking long walks and enjoying the beauty of nature, reading and experiencing anything else random that happened to cross my path. To be honest, at first, I felt a bit guilty - I have a busy nutritional coaching practice and a lot of obligations at home, so who was I to take extended time off just to relax and enjoy the things that are most important to me?
What I discovered at the outset was that my body, mind and spirit were tired, and taking a sabbatical was not only good but necessary for becoming the person I want to be to the world. I also discovered that as I slowed down and unplugged, a whole new world of new, rich and better friendships was starting to emerge. I had the energy and time to listen and connect with those closest to me, hear their hearts and connect at a deeper level.
And what about fun? Having fun and laughter in our life is so important for our overall wellbeing, and how many of us have forgotten to take time for exploring, having fun and experiencing new adventures? My sabbatical time is full of fun adventures and making special memories.
As I reflect on this past year, I'm glad that I now make an annual sabbatical part of my "healthcare" plan. It's now a non-negotiable in my life - I take time to be refreshed and renewed, enjoy nature, unplug and focus on what's important - time with friends, family and most importantly, time with my Creator.
How about you? Are you willing to make an annual sabbatical part of your "healthcare" plan? Does is sound exciting and energizing or does is feel like you would lose too much ground in your career if you took extended time off? If it's the latter, it's time to make a shift, stop and tune into that dream board in your head, pull out a map and make plans for that special getaway. It's fun to dream, plan and make it happen, and if it's anything like what I've experienced the past 2 years, you'll be so glad you did!