You’ve got the questions, we’ve got the answers.

Q: What’s the point of taking a 40 Hour Sabbatical when I could just take a week off work?

A: The difference is in what you intend to do with the time you have. You could take the week to binge watch House of Cards, but would you really be chasing a dream or fulfilling a goal? A sabbatical is about spending time to meet your goals and go after your dreams, even if it’s only for 40 hours.

Q: How do I get my boss to agree to my sabbatical?

A: Check out the Employers tab of this website!

Q: What have other people done for their sabbaticals?

A: Jewelry-making, SCUBA diving, and learning to play guitar are just some of them! Click on the Sabbaticals tab to discover what others have gained when they gave up the grind.

Q: I really want to take a sabbatical, but I’m scared of change. What should I do?

A: There’s some really good quotes on our Pinterest board, “A Wise Person Once Told Me.” Sometimes it takes a good line or two to remind you that your happiness is more important than your fear.

Q: I have a family, a second job, and other responsibilities outside of my career. How can I take a 40 Hour Sabbatical without ditching my other non-job related responsibilities?

A: Just because you’re taking a 40 Hour Sabbatical doesn’t mean you have to abandon all your other priorities. You can easily work a sabbatical into your life outside the office by setting aside specific times for it amidst your other daily responsibilities. For example, if you’ve always dreamed of becoming a runner, you could dedicate time in the afternoon to practice jogging around the neighborhood before dinner or before picking up the kids. Don’t let your busy life dictate your state of mind. No matter how busy you are, it is possible to find the time to take for yourself and your dreams.

"Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful; yourself."

Alan Alda


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