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Why We Quit Our Jobs In Advertising To Scrub Toilets

How Far From Home | Posted 09.25.2015 | Travel
How Far From Home

It seems like we're having the time of our lives. And don't get me wrong: we are. But it's not all ice-creams and pretty landscapes. So far, I think we've tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, two tons of rocks shoveled and 60 meters of pathway laid, for starters.

Questioning the Growth Mentality

Yonatan Neril | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
Yonatan Neril

Let me share with you something amazing: the drops of the U.S. and other stock markets have been occurring at the end of the Sabbatical year. In the Jewish calendar, the year ends in September, and the Sabbatical year (in Hebrew 'Shmita') is a once in seven year rest observed by some Jews in Israel based on teachings of the Bible.

You're Gonna Miss This

Susan Rosenzweig | Posted 08.04.2015 | Women
Susan Rosenzweig

How often does this happen? That rare opportunity when, after years of struggle and uncertainty, the storm clouds part and all your hard choices pay off. When the big picture is finally revealed -- and suddenly, it all makes sense.

Why I Chose to Volunteer in Ghana

Lindsay Cooper | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Cooper

I don't know if this will help me find my purpose. What I do know is that sitting in front of my computer day after day waiting for my purpose to find me is going to get me nowhere. At least now, I'm going somewhere.

Pruning the Oak Tree: How My Sabbatical Benefitted Everyone

Todd Ross Nienkerk | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Todd Ross Nienkerk

Early last fall, I took a five-week sabbatical. By making a deliberate effort to take a step back and delegate all of my responsibilities -- by eliminating the long shadow I cast as a business owner -- I let the sunshine in. New growth emerged in the form of new leadership, confidence, and possibilities for our amazing team.

Non-Voyage: 5 Reasons to Let Your Vacation Expire Unused This Year

Laura Berger | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Berger

The United States is the only modern industrialized country that doesn't require employers give minimum annual time off with pay. That makes the vacation days you get a true gift -- one that is precious and essential to your performance in life, both professional and personal.

Why Taking a Break Makes You a Better Leader

Carolina Rogoll | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolina Rogoll

Taking a break and returning back successfully makes others realize that it can be done. Sharing your reflections about your experience and how profoundly even a short break away has changed you, will show them how fruitful it can be for them as well.

How Travel Taught Me Someday Is Today

Cliff Hsia | Posted 12.14.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

Someday I'll go there. Someday I'll do that. Someday I'll have enough money and time for that trip. This is the internal monologue we have with ourselves. We let fear speak louder and louder until we succumb to it by staying comfortable within the areas that we can control.

Conquer Fear, Dream a Little, and Go on That Sabbatical

Carolina Rogoll | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolina Rogoll

Breaking away from your regular routine will let you test whether your life can be significantly better if you live differently. Maybe that means living in a different country, learning a new skill, changing jobs or completing your bucket list. But even as exciting as it sounds and the happiness it promises, the decision doesn't come easy.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: #Amsabbaticaling2014 Big Plans and What I've Learned So Far

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 10.26.2014 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

I've been on the all-writing-all-the-time (more or less) plan for almost a month now and here's what I've learned so far (with a bit about what I'm working on thrown in).

Taking Time Off Is Good For Your Body, Your Mind, And Your Business

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living

Earlier this year, researchers reported that the average American employee only takes advantage of half of their earned vacation days, and 61 percent ...

Unscripted (Kari's Story)

Kari Zabel | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kari Zabel

We should be excited to wake up in the morning and meditate, drink our morning coffee, or go to work. Why waste time showing up for a life that you don't want, doing work that you don't value, or be around people that don't uplift or inspire you?

A Magical Six-Week Life Experiment

Carolina Rogoll | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolina Rogoll

I want to be energized and more present. Give my best to others. Make meditation and watching the sunset part of my weekly routine. That is what having a thriving life means to me. And if I ever forget how to do it, I will keep going on sabbaticals to rediscover life's magic.

How A Reinvention Sabbatical Recharged This Woman's Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 08.17.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

When we are stuck in career doldrums, we have to be alert and pay attention to crazy opportunities that just drop in our lap -- opportunities that we might otherwise pass up.

Experimenting Toward Sabbatical/Shmitah in America

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Can we turn our eco-wisdom Away from climate doom, Into a joyful future? Often the climate crisis is described only as approaching doom. As the offic...

How I Came to Follow My Passion

David Cherner | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Cherner

I had finally found meaning in my own work by focusing inward, being present enough to observe some interesting trends going on around me, and following two passions deep in my belly: helping people reconnect with themselves and one another and starting new companies.

12 Confessions to Dispel the Myth of the Perfect Mother

Katie Morford | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Katie Morford

Perfection is impossible. And if you ask me, perfection is boring, inauthentic and exhausting. It oppresses and confines and has the potential for making others feel inadequate.

5 Signs You Need A Pause (And What To Do About It)

Rachael O'Meara | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael O'Meara

A pause doesn't have to be a vacation or a physical change of scenery. It can be a daily routine that you create and allow yourself to just "be." Try not to overthink anything, and remember you are just there, being.

Giving Up My To-Do List and Finding My Life

Arielle Ford | Posted 04.28.2014 | Women
Arielle Ford

In the past, I often defined myself by my work, and I hate to admit this, but my ego took a lot of pride in "just how much I can accomplish" in an hour or a day or a week.

Returning for the Spring Semester, Inspired by Judy and Patti

Dr. Michael S. Brophy | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Dr. Michael S. Brophy

This week I return to the classroom, having enjoyed time away from campus on a sabbatical graciously granted by our board of trustees. In anticipatio...

My Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2014 -- My Recap

Paula H. Noe | Posted 03.04.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I have put my life on 'pause,' by taking a year-long sabbatical in Italy; I arrived in Florence, not knowing anyone except my rental agent, and armed only with lots of advice and information from friends and an overwhelming feeling of adventure.

Find a Sabbatical at Home or Away

Ingrid Sanders | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Ingrid Sanders

Last year, I gave myself a gift. I decided to pack up my apartment, put everything in storage and step out into a journey with a very unknown ending.

Sabbaticals for Nonprofit Leaders Benefit the Executive, the Organization and the Communities It Serves

Beth Sirull | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Beth Sirull

Burnout is indeed the, 'disease of our civilization,' as Arianna Huffington aptly put it in her August 2013 post. And nowhere is there more risk of the disease, at greater cost to organizations and collective society, than in the nonprofit sector.

As the Spirit Moves Me

Jay Halfond | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

This is the first time in more than a half century when I am not planning a return to school after Labor Day. I don't need to get a new lunch box, wardrobe, or haircut, or face the annual apprehension about the challenges that lie ahead.

Sagmeister Was Right: We Need Time Off

Zahra Ebrahim | Posted 10.26.2013 | Arts
Zahra Ebrahim

We do the work we do so that we get to be in control, and yet we often find the pace of that work controlling us. So I challenge those of you who are employers, self-employed or social entrepreneurs: take a sabbatical.