This was a conversation from July 2023 that was a conversation between Michelle Varghoose, Paul Millerd, Tobi Ogunnaike, Cécile M, and Matt Yao – all people with direct experiences taking sabbaticals.
Sabbatical Experiences and Motivations:
- The participants shared their personal experiences of taking a sabbatical, discussing the challenges and rewards of leaving their jobs and taking time off. They emphasized the importance of creating space in their lives and the freedom they found in taking a break from work.
- A significant theme was the shift from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. This change was described as both scary and liberating, as it involved redefining personal definitions of success and abundance.
- The participants also discussed the emotional journey of a sabbatical, which often led to a deepening of emotions and self-understanding. They highlighted the importance of sitting with and processing these emotions.
- The conversation touched on the topic of money and how to financially prepare for a sabbatical. The participants shared their strategies and emphasized that everyone’s relationship with money is personal and unique. They also discussed how their relationships with money changed during and after their sabbaticals.
Travel and Environment:
- Travel was a significant theme, with some participants sharing their experiences of living in different places during their sabbaticals. They discussed how their environments influenced their experiences and how changing their surroundings led to new insights and perspectives.
Transitioning Back to Work:
- The participants discussed the transition back to work after a sabbatical. They shared their experiences and insights, including how their relationships with work and money had changed as a result of their time off. They also discussed the challenges of explaining their sabbatical experiences to others, particularly in a work context.
Advice and Encouragement:
- The conversation ended with the participants encouraging others to consider taking a sabbatical. They offered support and advice, emphasizing the value of reaching out to others who have had similar experiences.
- In this piece (one of my favourite), I share some of the big shifts that happened to me in the first 8 months of my sabbatical. I write about my journey into embodiment and my slow but definite move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset
- Dreaming of a Sabbatical – a (free) little guided journey to help you think about whether a sabbatical is the right move for you.
- On Sabbatical – a really cool (paid) guided journey with insight, structure and resources to help make your sabbatical a transformational experience.
- ’On Sabbatical’, the substack where I share stories from the year I spent away from the corporate world including stories about money and about untying my identity from work
- @cecile_mcm on Twitter
- Build A Wealthy Spirit Podcast
- How to Quit Your Job guide
- @matt__yao on Twitter
- Build in Climate (climate tech newsletter)
- On the Rise podcast
- The Ultimate Guide & Reasons To Take A Sabbatical
- The Pathless Path (book)
- The Pathless Path (podcast)
- @p_millerd on Twitter
- so you’re a writer now? – contemplating identity loss one month into my sabbatical
- unshackling myself from golden handcuffs – what do you do when your money becomes a prison?
- how i feel about where i am – reflecting on my sabbatical 7 months in
- how to design a sabbatical – guide that suggests how to structure a sabbatical in phases
- isn’t it unwise – prose poem on slow travel
- @Gunzzzy on twitter
- Wandering the Grey on substack
33k+ Sold! (Top 1% Book) The Pathless Path is Paul's book about walking away from a "perfect" job with a promising future and starting over again. Through painstaking experiments, living in different countries, and a deep dive into the history of our work beliefs, Paul pieces together a set of ideas and principles that guide him from unfulfilled and burned out to what he calls "the pathless path" - a new story for thinking about work in our lives. Learn More & Buy The Book Here