Sabbatical Stories

Find inspiration from others and their journeys.

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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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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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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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Aarti

A journalist takes nine months away from work to write her memoir.

“There’s a story that’s been inside me for a while; I needed to write this book to keep living.”

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Ailis

“This experience is ultimately why I ended up becoming an entrepreneur and starting a company… it gave me the courage to kind of be willing to start ventures on my own”

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Natasha

A one year sabbatical to learn and live intentionally while touring around the world with her husband.

“The sabbatical didn’t change my mind on what I wanted to spend my time doing. It gave me clarity and courage to move in the direction I always was trying to move in.”

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Alice

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

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Paul

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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