08/20/2013 12:29 pm ET Updated Oct 20, 2013

The importance of a work sabbatical.

I took a year-long, unplanned work sabbatical. Here's what made me realize I needed it:

In six months, I got married. Moved to a new state. Started working remotely at my job. At the same time my father was very, very ill. I discovered I was scheduled to be the primary caregiver of a family member with Alzheimer's. My father was the primary caregiver, while he was very ill, because he didn't want me to worry about caregiving responsibilities.

Then my father died.

My heart was broken.

I was juggling a lot. I was overwhelmed. I was really sad. I had too much on my plate.

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