Unemployed, early retirement, sabbatical…whatever it is called, I have been doing it for one week now. I think I would like to call it a sabbatical. A sabbatical as defined by wikipedia is: “a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year. The concept of sabbatical has a source in shmita, described several places in the Bible (Leviticus 25, for example, where there is a commandment to desist from working the fields in the seventh year). In the strict sense, therefore, a sabbatical lasts a year.” This sabbatical is happening for me as a result of a move to a new place and no job. And to be clear, I am so glad to have the opportunity to take a sabbatical. I have no regrets or hesitations about doing this.
I recently watched a TED talk on “The power of time off.” The author of the TED talk is a successful business owner and every seven years he closes his business and takes a sabbatical to help refresh his ideas and increase creativity. He suggests that when taking time off, one should have a plan to help provide focus and structure to one’s time. Now that my sabbatical has started, I need to figure out my plan. One part of my planning will be to not plan too much! Because I am a planner, sometimes I try to plan so much that it is stressful.
Therefore my plan will be to go one day at a time, one week at a time. I will have goals but I will not put too much pressure on myself to do stuff, to achieve something or to accomplish everything. I will be present in every moment, whether it is cleaning the house or doing coursework or walking the dog.
During this first week of my sabbatical, I found that it seemed like it was too good to be true. I felt like someone was going to take it away and make me go back to work! Luckily that didn’t happen but it has helped me see what an amazing opportunity this is and that I am very fortunate. I am fortunate to have a husband who supports and encourages me. I am fortunate to have the resources to allow this to happen. And I am fortunate to have an amazing puppy to keep me company!
My goals for week 2:
1. Eating: Start the Whole30 eating plan. Today is Day 1.
2. Puppy: Train the puppy to walk with a leash. Thus far he has refused to allow us to walk him with a leash. He will sit on the sidewalk and absolutely refuse to walk. I have high hopes that by the end of the week he might walk around the block.
3. Fitness: Go to yoga class. Walk Hamish everyday. Usually our walks are at least 1 to 1.5 hours or 5 to 7km long. I will continue this.
4. Blog: Continue to blog. Learn more about making my own website.
5. Course: Start next week.
Long Term Goals:
1. Complete the whole30 on Feb 10. Continue this pattern of eating.
2. Start earning an income from home and online. (In 1-2 years)
3. Complete my Masters. (In 2-3 years).