My midlife sabbatical: DAY 1

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Why start writing today? Because -  right now - I’m about to take a huge risk and hopefully change the course of my life.

I just quit my job to take what I'm calling a midlife sabbatical. I'm veering off the planned  "path" that Corporate America sucks you into. And I'm scared.

So why did I quit?

I'm burnt out, work-wise. My husband had open-heart surgery eight months ago and I decided life is just too short to stay on the same path that is no longer making me happy. The balance of life turned on me in some way. I’ve been working for 25 years and I'm tired. Teachers get sabbaticals - I need one too.

I’ve been working since college for the past twenty-five years in corporate marketing. I’m a forty-five year old suburban woman with a great family. I have a beautiful nine-year old daughter, adorable dog, and really great husband. I’ve made good money the whole time. I’ve never not worked. I like making money. Plus I tend to freak out at any major life change. But I'm still doing this.

Please note this is not a good financial decision by any stretch. But fortunately my husband and I decided we could afford my “midlife sabbatical” for about a year – and then I'll need to go back to work.  

I do have a plan.  I hope to harness the power to act on it by sharing it here. My goals are:  

a)       Discover what I really enjoy doing, since I don’t feel I’ve fully, truly figured that out

b)       Get to the gym and get in shape because my body is starting to wear and tear; I’ve suddenly realized every part of me isn’t miraculously staying strong on its own

c)        Enjoy spending more time with my daughter

d)       Figure out what kind of work I want to do with the rest of my life to both make money and not be miserable (hint: I don’t want to continue in the same field I’ve been in for the next past twenty-five years.)

Let’s call this my diary. Yes it’s really my first blog post.  But I know that blogs are places to vent, just like diaries, with the added bonus you can find out if anyone else is thinking the same crazy stuff you are.  

So is what I'm doing idealistic – yes. Sound like anyone you know?  I hope so.  I know I’m not alone in this. Stay tuned. And stay with me.

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