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Hey there friends! Today we’re going to talk about sabbaticals - where my reality didn’t match up with my expectations, what I was surprised to learn and 3 steps you can take to go on your own sabbatical

What We’re Talking about

  • Sabbatical expectations vs. reality
  • What I learned on sabbatical
  • 3 steps to taking your own sabbatical
  • How you can rest now – even if you can’t take your own sabbatical


Sabbatical Expectation vs. Reality

Let me paint the picture for you: I entered 2020 with high hopes, I got engaged...then the world shut down. My anxiety ran high work-wise and I had to plan 2 weddings along with dealing with the whole of 2020. 

I was exhausted. Burnt out. Go listen to episode 72 before my sabbatical. I think you can hear it in my voice.

So on my sabbatical – I thought I was going to have some BIG revelation. I thought I was going to journal my way to my next business endeavor or feel totally enlightened. Or write my book. Or create something new.

You know what I did? I slept a lot. 

I watched TV. I needlepointed. I hung out with my husband. I read by the pool.

But I didn’t start becoming a sourdough bread maker

The surprising thing I learned and what I’m still learning: 

When you’re in it, you can’t see the fruit of it.

About a month into work, I’m starting to really see the things I was brewing on start to become more clear and fall into place. 

I put so much expectation on myself and I had to learn that productivity wasn’t the big point of my sabbatical. I journaled myself out, getting way too far down the rabbit hole. I had to honestly take an intentional step back from the hustle mode I found myself returning to and choose to rest and slow down and be present. There were some really helpful things that went on, but no huge breakthrough or insight. But it was still worth it! I’m so thankful for this sabbatical. 

Operating and working from a place of rest allows us to make better decisions for our lives, our families, and our careers.

3 Steps to Taking Your Own Sabbatical

  • Decide your WHY
    • Why are you taking a sabbatical? Is it that you’re burnt out? Are you trying to get clarity? Are you trying to creatively approach a new problem
    • The goal of a sabbatical is to show up better in your work-life at the end
  • Talk to your boss
    • According to SHRM (Society for HR Management), 23% of companies actually offer sabbaticals – maybe you can start the policy at your company
    • Do NOT complain about being burnt out
    • Do come to the table with an action plan
    • Do some research on sabbaticals
    • Share how it will benefit you both
  • Mark it off on your calendar


How To Create Your Own Mini Sabbatical

As much as you may recognize the need for a sabbatical, your company may not be able to make it work. Or at least not right now. So how can you incorporate some mini sabbaticals into your weeks and months? I have two ideas for you. 

  • The Monday Method
    • Set a time aside every Monday to do something fun
    • If you do this, take a pic and tag me! Let’s get #MondayMethod trending for the good of all our working friends. 
  • Try one day a month where you are TOTALLY unreachable


I believe that through your greatest rest will come your greatest genius. So let’s learn to work from rest instead of from hustle, friend. 

Links Mentioned

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

How to Take a Sabbatical Blog Post

TED Talk about Sabbaticals

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I'm here to make sure you become irresistible to recruiters and hiring managers. In an extremely competitive marketplace, I can show you how to take back control of the job search, become a stand-out candidate and ultimately land you your dream career. Oh, and I promise to make the process fun. Yes, fun.

I'm Jena