The Sabbatical Project: Category: Solo

Sonia’s 3-Month Healing Sabbatical

Sonia takes a sabbatical to heal from burnout and grief, spend time with her friends and family, and understand what healing means to her.

While I hoped and expected my sabbatical would shift my mind –quiet it, slow it down– I was completely shocked at how much this pause brought me into my body…

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30s-40sC-levelCreativity

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

Shea’s Crisis-Prevention Strategy

Shea took three months before starting a new job to unwind, reconnect with family and loved ones, and to experiment creatively.

I wanted to be connected with myself and centered enough that I could go into my next job fully myself. But also to not have the job take over my whole personality.

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30s-40sFemaleHealing/burnout

Zee’s Rediscovers Her Identity

A tech leader goes exploring — inside and out.

“My sabbatical gave me the space to explore my passions and really identify my life purpose. It has changed the whole trajectory of my life.”

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30s-40sCareer changeFemale

James Rekindles His Sense of Wonder

Newly-minted US resident uses time to heal from burnout, and to explore.

“If there are things that you really want to do that you can’t do in a full-time job or if you don’t do it in between when the hell are you going to do them?”

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30s-40sHealing/burnoutMale

Mary Feels Like Herself Again

A nonprofit leader steps away to heal and choose how (or if) she wants to return to her dream job.

“My hope was that by stepping away, when I came back, I would actually be choosing this again, as opposed to it just happening to me.”

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30s-40sCompany-sponsoredFemale

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

Paul’s “Adult Internship”

Using sabbaticals to test out hypotheses for work and life.

“Maybe some people need the sabbatical because everything is just perfect. At least for me, this has never been true. If there’s something that lingers as an open question or aspiration, I give myself theme and space to explore it fully.”

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30s-40sCareer changeCompany-sponsored

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