Sabbatical Stories

Find inspiration from others and their journeys.

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Monisha

A mother and nonprofit founder takes a break from work and gets a better perspective on identity, family, and her role in the company she founded.

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Kimberly

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

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Bethany

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

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Shea

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

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Doug

After leaving a toxic work environment, a finance executive steps into full-time parenthood to support his family and re-discover joy.

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Winston

A year above the Arctic Circle to spend time with family and reconnect with personal and professional goals

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James

Newly-minted US resident uses time to heal, 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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Mary

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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Zhalisa

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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