Why I’m Taking 6 Weeks Off (and what I’m doing with it)

out of office

This Friday, I am launching off on my first ever sabbatical. I’m taking six weeks away from work and any work-related commitments. No appointments, no client meetings, no staff meetings, I’m not even going to step in the office unless there is blood or fire involved.

I’m also going to push the pause button on producing my weekly blog posts & emails that I’ve been producing for more than a decade now. I’m also pausing our weekly podcast, and any speaking or workshop work that I personally do.

Just to be clear, though, sparkspace is rockin’ and will continue to host meetings and executive retreats while I’m gone. I’ve got a great team in place that is handing the business like champions while I personally step away for a little bit.

Why a sabbatical? Why now? Truthfully, I’m kind of stuck. I’ve built two successful businesses that are running quite well. Like I said, I have a great team in place. I get to do work that I really enjoy. And yet, I feel like for the first time in a long time I can’t see the future (i.e., “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up”).

It Doesn’t Get Better Than This

Closeup portrait of adult couple sitting on floor at their apart

I’m not often blown away by hearing something new (or hearing something ages old for the first time). Like you, I’ve seen a lot, read a lot, and experienced a lot. I’ve studied personal and professional development for decades now.

So, I don’t say this lightly.

Brooke Castillo’s podcast last week blew me away.

Stop Trying To NOT Stand Out

Why would you want to NOT stand out?

What’s the dress code?

As someone who produces a lot of events throughout the year, I hear that question a lot.

The answer to that question typically leads to safety, security, and freedom from scrutiny. If you’re headed to an event, especially one where you don’t know anybody, the last thing most people want to do is turn heads when they walk into the room (Lady GaGa and Miley Cyrus excepted).