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Should You Take a Sabbatical? 3 Women Weigh In

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Should You Take a Sabbatical? 3 Women Weigh In
Imagine exploring the Pacific Northwest and finding your way to Kurt Cobain's house. Or taking a Trans Siberian train trip from Moscow to Bangkok. Or how about six months in nature hiking the Appalachian Trail? Sound like something you've always dreamed of? Maybe it's time for a sabbatical.

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The sabbatical

The sabbatical

Traditionally, a sabbatical involves a break from work, granted by your employer, and after taking a mutually agreed-upon amount of time off, you return to your work. 

  • A sabbatical can be used to consciously achieve your goals.
  • A sabbatical might be necessary if you feel drained, unmotivated or exhausted.

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Reasons for a sabbatical

A sabbatical is a chance to readjust, refocus, and get refreshed for the next phase of your life.

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Contemplating a leave

  1. Save as much money as possible in advance. 
  2. Find a support system. Self-doubt or criticism from others could prevent you from taking a sabbatical.

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