The Sabbatical Project: Category: 20s-30s

Joel regains his true identity

Joel’s 24-week sabbatical gives him the opportunity to give back to his community and introspect to rediscover his true self.

Upon reflection during my sabbatical, I gained a deeper understanding of my work experiences. I recognized that my frustration was not solely based on unmet expectations at work, but also on my desire to contribute more my community

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20s-30sCareer changeStories

Andy moves from burnout to balanced entrepreneur

Andy’s sabbatical takes them from a software engineer experiencing burnout to an invigorated and balanced entrepreneur.

My break changed my life. It taught me how little I could survive on and caused me to re-evaluate my Silicon Valley lifestyle. It opened my eyes to new ways of being and working filled with balance, time off, and unstructured time to explore my various passions.

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20s-30s30s-40sCareer change

Oliver Goes Around the World in 52 Weeks

Oliver’s 1-year sabbatical changes his perspective on life, gives him a renewed sense of purpose and reminds him to have fun.

My sabbatical gave me a fresh perspective on life, opened my eyes to the world and the diversity of cultures within it and renewed my sense of purpose — it also reminded me how important it is to have fun!

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20s-30sMaleStories

Suneil Makes a Radical Decision

Suneil makes a decision to quit his job and pursue his long-time-dormant interests. He attains his goals, travels, and builds relationships.

We often think we’ll have time, post retirement, to travel or do the things we love. But the fact is, life is unpredictable… So, if not now, when? If you can, take a leap of faith and explore the world and yourself.

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20s-30sCreativityStories

Milena Designs Her Sabbatical

Milena leverages her design thinking and strategic skills to plan a 12-week sabbatical miles away from home.

I took 3 months off of my work without pay and so did my partner. We saved up for 6 months in advance… using my design thinking brain when planning a sabbatical turned out to be a good thing.

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20s-30s30s-40sCareer change

Bethany Finds her Sense of Self

A former government employee embarks on a journey to rediscover her sense of self after personal and professional struggles.

My sabbatical opened up my ideas about what I can do as a professional and gave me more confidence in trying new things that I don’t necessarily have the credential or experience for.

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20s-30sFemalePersonal Stories

Renee’s Lifelong Dream Coming True

A former Fortune 500 executive takes a professional career sabbatical to visit every UN member country – she uses a wheelchair!

I am so confident in myself, my relationships, and the path my life is on now.

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20s-30s30s-40sCareer change

Kimberly’s Inner Pilgrimage

A mission-oriented caretaker moves from overworked and disconnected to finding trust and alignment.

“Life is infinitely better than it was a year ago. I have more trust in the universe. I have more trust in myself.”

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20s-30sCareer changeFemale

Alice’s Permission to Explore Life

A mission-oriented teacher steps away from always working to take a sabbatical.

“I remember like getting back on that plane and thinking, ‘Oh, I’ll never be the same person again.’”

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20s-30sCareer changeFemale

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