Radical Sabbatical

Radical Sabbatical

Wow! Who knew? I recently sent an eblast with my intention to ditch mad travel and stay more local in 2019. The decision was met with rave reviews and business bravos. I guess a lot of colleagues are dipping their toes into the notion that less exhaustion and more exhilaration is the name of the game for them in the new year. Here’s how I’m staying engaged and growing this year: After years of teaching macro economics and business courses as an adjunct professor at a local college, I’ve crossed the aisle to teach speech communication this semester. You may be thinking “hey, that’s a crazy leap” but it’s these kinds of stretch assignments that keep me going and growing without having to board another boring plane.  How can you expand your experiential life to grow your talents without impinging on your limited time? Here are three tips to start the process. First, where is your life getting routine, boring and basically flat out intolerable? That’s your starting point! Start brainstorming, writing, imagining and conjuring how you can reframe your brain around “new shoots” or growth areas that match your interests to your skills. Or where would you like to enlarge your skills to add to your talent base? Secondly, I make it a point to hang out with interesting people that have shared some of their recent wins. There is always inspiration where they hang out and a great place to think about what might be possible for you. Keep adding members to your “interesting friends family”. I promise your life will get brighter! One colleague is a part time DJ after years of corporate retail management, another is going back to school in midlife to become a special needs teacher and another is writing, acting and publishing after a difficult divorce. Thirdly, throw a party. Yep. That’s right. We recently grabbed two tickets to a local concert in town and happened to mention it to two friends.  The next thing we knew, we quickly had ten couples gathering on a weeknight for some casual connecting. Trust me, I’m not a sophisticated entertainer but I know how to put interesting people together over a good class of wine and a winter concert. #LessExhaustion # MoreExhilaration #HappyValentinesDay #Radical Sabbatical 

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