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  1. Amanda Cleary Eastep
    September 27, 2017 @ 8:49 am

    This idea is intriguing, and it helps me to see that the way I spent the past two years working for myself was not unlike a sabbatical. During the three years prior to launching my content marketing writing business full time, I had been building clientele as I worked full time in higher ed marketing. I just recently took a job in publishing, which I love, but I was conflicted about leaving behind what I had been building for five years. But nothing could ever take away the thrill of leaping out on my own and learning to run every aspect of a (very) small business. When I look at it from the perspective of a structured sabbatical, I pursued a dream, took chances, and grew professionally but, more so, personally. Something else happened while I was building that small business that relates to all of this. In the Jewish and Christian faith traditions, we recognize a Sabbath day, and when I found myself working seven days a week (mostly because I was taking care of clients in the wee hours around my day job), my teenage daughter reminded me to observe that day. What happened was that the work still got done, and I enjoyed a full day of “recess” each week to be with my family, worship, garden, rest, etc. Thanks for expanding my perspective, Jacqueline! (Darn, that journal is sold out…but so cool!)

  2. Deirdre Breakenridge
    September 27, 2017 @ 8:59 am

    Thanks for sharing your story, Amanda. It’s great that you pursued your dream, took chances and learned as a result. The structured sabbatical can do a world of good. I think we’ll be hearing more on the topic as people share their successes and challenges. I also find it amazing that your teenage daughter reminded you to take a day of rest. I’ve learned so much from my daughter over the years too.

  3. Jacqueline Jensen
    September 29, 2017 @ 4:07 pm

    Wow, what an amazing experience you shared, Amanda. Thank you for reading and writing this comment. Leaving behind what you had built for 5 years must have been a big decision to make. I’m glad you pursued a dream, chose growth, and took chances! Way to go 🙂

    – Jacqueline

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