Sabbatical Stories

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Daisy’s Opportunity to Listen to the Inner Voice

Amidst the chaos of a fast-paced life and health struggles, a sabbatical offers Daisy the opportunity to listen, heal, and find renewed confidence and clarity.

I think a sabbatical is an amazing opportunity to hear yourself. In society we always do what we are “supposed” to do. But during your sabbatical everything shifts towards you. What matters? What do you want?

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Rebecca Finds the Space to Dream Up Her Next Chapter

Rebecca and her husband take their third sabbatical, dreaming up the next chapter of their life and creating a clear plan to achieve it.

The beauty about a sabbatical is that it is a sacred time that allows you to heal, reflect and dream. We set intentions, had clear objectives and organised our time…

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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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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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Oliver’s 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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Elliot’s New Way to Be in the World

Elliot’s sabbatical allowed him to slow down, explore a new way of living, and connect to his purpose.

If you’re feeling like you’re just working all the time, just doing and taking care of things, disconnected from your own sense of magic, and needing to slow down, a sabbatical could be an incredible gift to yourself, to those around you, and to the world.

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Cady Finds a New Way of Working

Cady quits her job to take a sabbatical which leads her to discover a new way of working and take control of her time.

My break taught me to tolerate a different way of working, one that isn’t filled with daily emergencies and mini-crises. One that includes balance, days off, and time to explore creative hobbies and interests.

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Sarah Sails into a Sabbatical

Sarah and her fiancé Andrew’s sabbatical sees them sailing out into the open ocean and living differently for two and a half years.

In a world that often glorifies non-stop productivity, the idea of taking a sabbatical can be met with skepticism. However, I firmly believe that the benefits of a sabbatical far outweigh any potential drawbacks.

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Samantha’s Six-Month Sabbatical

Samantha takes a self-funded six-month sabbatical which changes her view of life and helps her chart a new course.

My six-month sabbatical shifted my entire outlook on life and will be the gift that keeps on giving — it shifted my entire perspective about how to live life on your own terms.

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