Last update: April 22
- Published a sweet article about the Colorado River!
- Recently finished slow-tripping from the east –> west coast via the southwest
- Winter Summer Camp was back-burnered because I was unable to enter Patagonia
What’s a sabbatical?
A sabbatical is an extended period of time without paid work—but it’s more than just a vacation.
The earliest version of idea derives from the Sabbath: taking a break from fieldwork every seventh year to let one’s land heal. College professors have classically taken sabbaticals every seven years. Today, lots of adults take sabbaticals, which they may also call “gap years” or “mini-retirements.” This great article explains the concept and offers advice for planning your own sabbatical.
After 15 years of continuous work (2005-2020), the time feels right. Life has been awesome—filled with summer camps, international trips, writing about topics I’m passionate about, speaking for motivated audiences, and lots of personal adventures. I’m neither hyper-stressed nor burnt out. Yet it still feels important to pause, consider what comes next, and say “no” to most little things until I find my next hell yeah.
I further explain my decision in this 8-minute podcast episode: