Should You Dare to Think About a Sabbatical?

About a week ago, Gail and I returned from a 30-day sabbatical. It was one of the best things we have ever done. We spent sixteen days in the mountains of Buena Vista, Colorado, several more days in Portland, and the rest of the time at our home outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

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In April, I stepped down from my position as CEO of Thomas Nelson. (Though I am no longer in active management, I remain the Chairman of the Board.) I felt God calling me into a new chapter, and I wanted to take time to fully explore what it was going to look like.

The time away was just what the doctor ordered. It was tremendously meaningful. So much so, that Gail and I are planning to spend one month a year doing this. I realize that we are in a unique position. (It takes a certain amount of vocational freedom and financial resources.) However, I regret that it took me more than 30 years to take my first one.

I really think we could have done this long before now if we had just been intentional. I would strongly encourage you to think about building this into your plans. Don’t be too quick to dismiss the idea. Maybe you can’t do it this year, but you might be able to do it next year, or in two years, if you plan ahead.

It doesn’t have to be expensive. The biggest challenge is probably working with your employer. But, amazingly, in more than thirty years of corporate management, I never had a single employee even ask me to take a sabbatical.

If he or she had pitched me the idea and explained how I, as an employer, would have benefited, I definitely would have entertained it. So before you rule it out, maybe you should give it some more thought and ask, “What would it take to make this possible?”

Here are at least five benefits of taking a sabbatical. It will give you the opportunity to:

  1. Recharge physically and emotionally. This is more important than you think. We were made to surge, then rest. It is so important, that it is hard-wired into our biology. This is why we sleep. It is also why God built it into the structure of each week (i.e., six days of work; one day of rest). God even instructed the Israelites to take an entire year off every seven years. We can’t just go, go, go, and expect to function optimally.
  2. Slow down and enjoy being. God made us human beings, not human doings. You would never know it, looking at modern man. So much of our life is defined by our activities. On our sabbatical, Gail and I loved the opportunity to read, reflect, go for long hikes in the mountains, fish, and just sit and do nothing. In fact, we gave ourselves permission not to be productive. It was difficult at first, but eventually we settled into a new rhythm.
  3. Reconnect with God. Everything in contemporary culture conspires against the pursuit of the only One who gives meaning to everything else. We can spend our days, lost in the endless flow of distractions and amusements. Over time, our heart becomes slowly buried, disconnected from God and any sense of True North. It was so healthy for us both to read the Bible and other spiritual literature, and spend time in extended prayer.
  4. Gain clarity on my priorities and goals. I used part of my time away to re-tool my life plan, design a new ideal week, and plan out the next three years. This gave the opportunity to make sure that I was making time for what matters most. In this next season of my life, I am committed to writing, speaking, and mentoring. Those are my three vocational priorities. By actually making them part of my plan—and my calendar—I have a much better chance of staying focused. It also gives me a filter by which to say no to other opportunities that come my way.
  5. To secure alignment with your spouse. As the prophet Amos asks, “How can two walk together unless they are in agreement?” (see Amos 3:3). The older I get, the more important this is. Although I believe my wife and I can have a positive impact on our own, I also believe in the power of synergy. Together, we have the potential for our combined efforts to be greater than the sum of our individual ones. This is why it is so important for us to be in alignment.

There are definitely some things we will do differently next time. Taking a sabbatical is probably like any other activity or skill: you can get better at it over time. But at least we have started. I can’t wait until we do this again next year.

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  • Melissa – Mel’s World

    My husband and I have actually been talking about this on and off for a few years now. We’ve been in full time ministry for over ten years and well…we’re needing that time to rest, refocus and just rest in Him. It’s not in the plan for this year, and maybe not next year, but it is absolutely something we are working towards within the next few years. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, you have no idea how much it helps. ~ Melissa

  • bethanyplanton

    I feel like I need to work a couple more years in the nonprofit world before taking any kind of sabbatical. 

  • Maureen

    Michael, have you ever blogged a definition of a sabbatical? How does it differ from a vacation?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have not. I’ll give that some thought.

  • http://twitter.com/willscookson Will Cookson

    I’m beginning to plan my next sabbatical – hopefully for 2013. Had my first on in 2007 – six weeks to which I added 2 weeks holiday. It was an amazing time. Got to go to the Holy Land, a week on retreat up a mountain as well as lots of reading etc.

    My next one is the long one (clergy in my diocese get a sabbatical every seven years) – thirteen weeks!! Really looking forward to that one and deciding what to do with it.

  • http://twitter.com/CoachTheresaIF Theresa Ip Froehlich

    Most people find our sense of self-worth in doing and producing. This may be the biggest reason, besides the fear of rejection by the employer, workers do not take long sabbaticals. My husband and I are also learning to not wait till we get the one-week or one-month vacations. Instead we find mini-sabbaticals each week and each month to regain perspective on life, to reconnect with God, and to realign with each other.
    Great post with practical application. Thank you, Michael.

  • http://twitter.com/angelwings1723 SabbaticalScapes

    Great post on sabbaticals! I took a huge step of faith and quit my corporate job, at the height of the recession,  to go on sabbatical to travel and do things I’ve always wanted to do.  Since then, I have been learning to play golf,  taken flight lessons, travelled globally, and just recently started working on my doctorate degree. It has been almost 2 years and counting and I haven’t regretted anything.
     
    Most people do not realize that there is more to life than the hustle and busyness of everyday life. It is ok to live a slower lifestyle.  Many are concerned about the money. But, with planning, prayer, and faith, it can be done. Moreover, it is worth it. Time is the only thing we can’t get back.
     
    I have been documenting my experience and adventures on my blog http://www.sabbaticalscapes.com/. Where will your dreams take you?
     
    Blessings!
    ~Angie
     
     

  • http://www.irunurun.com Travis Dommert

    The response to this post is indicative of the chord being struck…people are tired.  I just read a great HBR article from 2001 on the topic, The Making of a Corporate Athlete.  

    No one asks a professional football player why they have so many days off (plus the summer).  Yet, most executives go, go, go all day (and into the night) for weeks and years on end.

    They call it linearity…going and going all the time with out rest and recharge.  The opposite is oscillation, varying your stress and peak performance behaviors with recovery.  Oscillation recharges and yields higher performance in ALL facets of life: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.As a small example, our founder Mark and I took a few days earlier this spring to go work at the Biltmore Estate (we just loaded up and camped out there each day in a fresh setting, sans cell calls).  The first day felt forced.  The second day we started actually having BIG ideas.  Ideas that just wouldn’t have come under the constraints of an over-scheduled day in the office.We have committed to make our 2 day retreat a quarterly event.  It is VITAL!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love the concept of oscillation. Perfect metaphor.

  • Ben Holbrook

    I think a sabbatical sounds a great idea. When i have mentioned the idea to colleagues before its always amazed me the number of obstacles people come up with to why it could never happen. However i think you have outlined some excellent benefits Micheal.

    I guess for most people there is a financial cost, but if you can budget it into your finances then like anything it becomes a possibility. I read recently about a state in Australia who encourage teachers to take a sabbatical every 7 years. You can opt to pay a small bit from your monthly to go towards it.

    I have just started using the ‘life plan’ and for me with 3 young kids, the sabbatical is not yet in reach, however i intend to ensure i give time to regulalry recharge, plan and reflect throughout the year.

  • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

    Powerful thoughts here Michael. I only wish I could manage to get an entire week off. I will be praying for the opportunity to do this some day.

  • http://everydaysnapshots.com Dave Anthold

    I think we should all dare to think about a sabbatical; however, rarely do many of us ever act upon it.  I would love to take a sabbatical, but I do not have the financial means to take such an endeavor, nor does my company support sabbaticals (paid or unpaid).  If I had a sabbatical, I would choose to spend it working on a my 1-3 year plan, reflection, and possibly working on a book.

  • Jmd02c

    Michael,

    Great post.  Very insightful.  How about now posting how to ask your boss for a sabbatical?  You have been a unique position, both by taking one and being the boss, to explain how we can discuss the benefits with our employer.    

  • http://www.etiquetteexpert.com Jacqueline Whitmore

    Michael, did you and Gail take your dog to Colorado? That’s my challenge.  If so, how did you find a pet-friendly place to stay? I’d love to take my dog with me when I go on sabbatical.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      We could have taken our dog, but we didn’t. We had a daughter at home, so she took care of him.

  • http://change.me Oleg Sinitsin

    One of my unrealized dreams is to take my 2 sons trekking for several weeks somewhere in the wilderness. No outside world distractions, just me and my boys.

  • Gary Owen

    Great post, Michael.  I first heard about sabbaticals a couple of years ago from Steve Dulin, who is a founding elder at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.  His ministry is MasterPlan Ministries, http://www.masterplanministries.org.  He is a big believer in sabbaticals and take 3-4 a year.  He also has a lot of great teaching on applying Biblical principals to business.

    I’ve been drawn to your blog over the past couple of months as you and he are walking a similar phase in life right now.  He sold his company about 18 months ago, and is focusing his time on ministry consulting and speaking.

  • http://toppup.com Russ Pond

    I love the concept of a sabbatical. At our church, sabbaticals are encouraged (and required for pastors).

    For some reason, I haven’t done one. As the owner of my company, I’m in a unique position to go on sabbatical. I could easily set aside time to do so, but I guess in many ways, I am afraid of being really, really bored, since I like to be working and doing things.

    You wrote: “In fact, we gave ourselves permission not to be productive. It was difficult at first, but eventually we settled into a new rhythm.”

    In my own little warped way, being unproductive feels like failure to me. If I can get over that, a sabbatical sounds amazing!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, you have to confront this one head on. There is a time to be productive (God gave us six days for that); and a time to be unproductive (the Sabbath).

      • http://toppup.com Russ Pond

        Yeah, I know you’re right. I just need to do it. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  • http://sevensentences.com Geoff Talbot

    Hi Michael,

    Congrats on having the courage to slow down. I think most of us afraid to slow down, or we get addicted to our work in some ways.

    Really great advice for a younger dude like me, that loves to work. I am going to try to program this sabbatical into our family life, when we finally have the time/resource etc.

    What was it that stopped you from doing it earlier? Did you think about it and keep putting it off? Or did it just not “seem” possible?

    Thanks Again
    Geoff

    sevensentences.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think the problem was all in mind. I dismissed the idea without ever really thinking about it.

      • http://sevensentences.com Geoff Talbot

        Thanks for admitting that.

        Geoff

  • http://suburbiauncovered.com/ Matt Powell

    #5 is great point.  We don’t often remember that when we are thinking about the benefits of a sabbatical.  I have not ever been able to take one but I have noticed how much the small one week or even weekend outings deepen the communication in our marriage.  I’d imagine you would be able to talk through things in new deepness through an intentional sabbatical.  thanks for this… you have challenged me to consider when… I know it won’t be this year but as you’ve said I should work on putting it on the calendar.

  • Espeir1700

    Michael,

    That’s a great idea about a sabbatical. If we are unable to take a sabbatical because of time constraints and financial constraints could you offer any advice for those of us who are not in the place to take one? I would love to but right now its not feasible because of the stage of life that I’m in. I’m an introvert by nature so sabbaticals and time away is good for my personality type.

    Thanks,
    Eric

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think most people don’t take sabbaticals is because they think they can’t. Your mind comes up with a 1,000 reasons why it is impossible. I think they key is let your mind soak in possibility for a while. Ask, “what would have to happen for this to work?” Then ask, “How badly do I want to do this?”

      • Espeir1700

        Thanks Michael. That’s a great coaching technique!

  • http://www.workoptionsforboomers.com/ Pat Katepoo

    How to ask the employer is the challenge. I love this topic and was excited to read your post because I am oh-so-close to finishing a free ebook called The Six-Week Sabbatical Escape Manual: How to Get Management Approval of Your Extended Travel Dream. Your readers are welcome to read a couple of excerpts here: http://www.workoptionsforboomers.com/six-week-sabbatical

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This sounds like a great e-book. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roger.messner Roger Messner

    Dude, glad for you. But all this would do for me…or I imagine any of my peers is cause them to loose their homes.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Unless you plan for it.

      • Maureen

        I don’t mean to be unkind, but it does seem sometimes, Michael, that you are out of touch with the common working man. We are living day-to-day, barely making our mortgages and putting food on the table. If we are fortunate to get a two-week “vacation”, it’s spent doing odd jobs like house painting to try to make enough money to pay for extras like Christmas presents. Perhaps we’ll take some time to visit the grandparents if they don’t live too far away and it won’t cost more than a tank of gas. Asking our boss for a sabbatical is laughable. How would someone taking time to reflect and dream and pray enhance their job on the assembly line? If I worked for a publishing company (especially a Christian one!) of course my boss may see a connection between my job performance and a sabbatical, and may allow me time off. But my husband who works at the city dump? There are three or four guys just waiting to take his job! If he asked for a sabbatical, he would be fired and replaced that very day. Your answer to “plan for it” doesn’t address these very real issues. The only way I can see to “plan” for it is to sacrifice a week of vacation with my children, send them to grandma’s, and stay at home where it’s free, alone with my husband to dream. Maybe that’s what you mean, but it’s a far cry from your lovely, expensive month away travelling the country. You don’t seem very sympathetic to the average worker.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I don’t intend to be unkind or unsympathetic. But what is the alternative? You sound very unhappy. You can either stay in your present circumstances or plan for something different. I am not suggesting it is easy. I am suggesting it won’t happen until you have the intention to create something else.

  • Jmhardy97

    I was one of those who never took vacations. Work was the way to get all things. I was on my way t0 the top. Then I took one and realized that there is more to life than work. There are beautiful things like friends and family out there. I realized that God created a beautiful world and I just needed to slow down and enjoy the moment. It was the best decision I ever made.

  • http://fromtheunknown.wordpress.com Terry Lange

    I wish that I was in a position to take a sabbatical.  I have heard from many people that it is just the thing they need in order to help them refocus.  I am currently looking for vocational full-time ministry and I am currently working a secular job that does not offer any sabbaticals to its employees.  Some churches that have adopted the practice, allow a sabbatical to be taken after 5 or 10 years of service.

    For me, if I were able to take a sabbatical, I would enjoy spending more time with my family.  I would also like to get serious about possibly writing a book.  I would also be able to tackle the project that has hung over my head for a long time – going paperless and getting rid of tons of files/paper.  The only thing missing from being able to accomplish that is time and money.  Money to be able to purchase the high speed scanner and a shredder to shred the paper and eventually recycle it.  Time to be able to devote to seeing this project through to fruition.

    Maybe someday….

  • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

    I’ve never been in a position that has allowed me to get away for a sabbatical but I have taken weekends away to recharge. At times these have been much needed life lines that have kept me focused and sane. If you can’t take a month, try a week or even a weekend. I highly recommend it.

    The key I’ve found is that you need to go AWAY from home. Home is full of tasks you have to do (especially for women). By going away from home you have space from the demands of life to recharge and refocus.

  • http://sheridanvoysey.com Sheridan Voysey

    Fantastic thoughts, Mike. 

    Last week I completed something similar at Swiss L’Abri, the retreat/study centre founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer (here’s a review of the experience: http://sheridanvoysey.com/what-i-found-at-swiss-l%e2%80%99abri/

    In our frantic time we seldom truly retreat from the distractions of the world to find clarity.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      My wife and daughter each spent time there. My wife, 35 years ago for a summer. My daughter, four years ago for a year. Awesome experience for both of them.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Sheridan, that looks amazing. Thanks for the link to your post… although
      the link didn’t go through, I was able to find the post here:
      http://sheridanvoysey.com/what-i-found-at-swiss-labri/

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    30 day sabbatical is a great idea. I thought of the same in my past experience. I hope it will be a great time to recharge and refresh and reconnect ourselves with our purpose in our life. I should be exploring whether this is possible in my current context. Thanks for the creative suggestion Mike!

  • Cindy Hirch

    Actually I’ve had an opportunity to do that very thing although, because of the circumstances that allowed it to take place, I didn’t realize it initially. It wasn’t intentional, but what came as a result has been very intentional over the past year.

    What I have gained is a new perspective and clarity. The opportunity to seek God’s direction for my future unlike anything I had ever experienced in the past, without all the previous filters and fog. I am meeting people that have a tremendous positive influence on my life. I have a keen sense of who I am and how God made me. It has been a tremendous time of growth personally and in my walk with Christ. I am moving forward in leaps and bounds up the mountain and loving it even on days that are challenging.

  • http://paulwilkinson.wordpress.com/ Paul Wilkinson

    “I realize that we are in a unique position.”

    Always be thankful for that.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I’m not in a financial position to do this in such a way as you did.  However, I do schedule in “mini” sabbaticals frequently, several times a year for a day or two up to a week.  Some are family oriented, others are alone, but they are so worth it!

    Reading through your list of benefits, I love the concept of human beings vs human doings.  Thanks!

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  • guy melton

    Im on my second Sabbatical. This one is 5 months. That seems impossible as a Pastor of a church of 2-3,000 but you used the word “Intentional” and you said no one had asked! As founder of the church of 20 yrs I decided to ask! Now every pastor on staff gets one every 5 yrs they are with us. I believe most Pastoral burnouts, moral failures and church hopping would all most cease if Churches and Pastors took intentional plans for Sabbaticals. We need a good book or manual to share with churches and pastors! Most think its impossible and it is not. God bless you and Mike next one needs to be at least 2 months, maybe every 2-3 yrs.
    Guy Melton, Oasis Church of South Florida 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Guy, thanks for sharing this. Thank God for your courage in asking and for the benefit, not only to you, but to your entire team!

  • http://thisdreamersjourney-lynne.blogspot.com/ Lynne Holder

    Wouldn’t it be sweet to be in a position to take a month away. My husband and I, both self-employed, can hardly get away for a weekend. You’d think all that hard work would translate into the financial resources to get away, but hopefully soon.

    In my experience in the working world, the idea of asking my employer for a sabbatical would likely have been seriously considered by only one–a British professor I worked for in my research days. He had a totally different take on leadership than his American counterparts. He truly valued the people who worked for him and was concerned for our well-being, professionally and personally.

    American-style management is all about the bottom line–how much you can trim staff and push those left to maximize profits without  mistakes. Taking time away is such a burden on the rest of the people in the company. It’s likely to be a financial burden as well, given most people only receive 2 weeks paid vacation.

    Getting away is priceless. Even a weekend is better than nothing. My husband and I spent a weekend in Charleston recently, staying with good friends we hadn’t seen in 2 years. Just those couple of days were so refreshing because of the time relaxing, talking, connecting with our friends and with each other.

    Do whatever you can; a month or a weekend. It’s absolutely necessary.

    • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

      Yes. Get away as you can. I’m planning to be able to get away for at least a couple of weeks next year. It will take some planning and goal setting, but I figured we plan in business for results. Why not for our personal lives…? :) Blessings.

  • http://www.michaelhsmith.com Michael H Smith

    Thanks for this post and it reminds me that we met during my sabbatical, hard to believe it has been almost three years. Now I am counting down to my next one…just four more years.

    I am fortunate to serve at a place that recognizes the importance of ‘sabbatical’ and puts resources behind their beliefs. All of the key leadership positions are granted a sabbatical after seven years of service and some extra money is budgeted that allows for travel and study. The sabbatical length is seven weeks.

    During my sabbatical I was able to spend quantity and quality time with my family and also spend several weeks researching topics that would help me carry out my leadership and ministry responsibilities.

    I am now in the position of working with my staff on their sabbatical plans and this post will be a great reference.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This is such a great gift, Michael. I wish more corporations would do this.

  • Brian Gentry

    A sabbatical is one of my BHAGs, thanks for sharing the results of your time away, it’s inspiring.  It was a real pleasure to briefly meet both you and Gail in Portland at Storyline.  Thank for making time during your sabbatical to contribute to so many. 
    Keep doing what you are doing, I’m excited to see the results of this next chapter in your story!

  • FrMichaelB

    Congratulations on the sabbatical. Your post comes a little late for me. I am currently on sabbatical from my parish in Cleveland, Ohio, 3 month’s worth, thanks to a Clergy Renewal Grant from the Lilly Foundation. Everything you write about in your post is true. Glad it’s been a blessing for you; I know mine is.

    +Fr.M., currently on retreat near Tolleshunt Knights by Maldon, Essex, England.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good for you! I’m glad to know that Lilly makes these available.

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  • Ray_pulidoi

    I’ve been teaching for 25 years. God called me out of the public school system 3 years ago to teach at a Christian school. For the past 3 years I knew I was called to teach there. However, this year in May the Lord made it clear for me to resign and “be still and know that He is God”.  Wow! The amazing thing is that God provided my husband with a job that allowed me to quit teaching this year.  I know that He wants to do a new thing in me. So, for the first time in my life I am taking a sabbatical to see what God’s purpose is for my life now.
    Thank you so much for sharing! 

  • Ray_pulidoi

    I’ve been teaching for 25 years. God called me out of the public school system 3 years ago to teach at a Christian school. For the past 3 years I knew I was called to teach there. However, this year in May the Lord made it clear for me to resign and “be still and know that He is God”.  Wow! The amazing thing is that God provided my husband with a job that allowed me to quit teaching this year.  I know that He wants to do a new thing in me. So, for the first time in my life I am taking a sabbatical to see what God’s purpose is for my life now.
    Thank you so much for sharing! 

  • Betty Draper

    My husband and I are at a cross road after 30 some years of ministry, 20 some as overseas missionaries.  At 64 we are just plain tired…we surge all the time and though we love what we do our bodies are growing weaker with each surge.  Now we want to keep surging but know it has to be in a less stressful ministry.   Love the idea of a month long sabbatical. .  In fact I have had a dream of renting a car and driving up the coast of California, Oregon and heading over to Montana, visiting all those beautiful parks. Our home base it Kentucky and that is where we would end up and prayfully know what God in store for us.  So I have turned this dream over to the Lord and we will see….after all these years  of trusting Him to get us over seas and back I know I can trust Him in this.   A sabbatical would give us time to connect with each other, really listen to how the other wants to spend our remaining years.  A side note to this, in my dream my husband says we are driving a convertible.  Since our employers is God….He owns the all the cattle on every hill and Isiah 30:18 says He longs to be gracious to us….thanks for the great post. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I pray that this happens for you!

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  • Carol

    I love this!  My husband and I have been on the mission field (in 3 countries) going on our 14th year now.  Sadly, our organization does not make any provision financially or time wise for sabbaticals so we’ve never considered them.  As a president of a seminary overseas, my husband has tremendous responsibility and obligation and although I know he would LOVE to take one, he just does not feel he can take the time nor do we really have the finances.  But a sabbatical has been on my mind (and heart) for a while now.  Both
    our children will be off to college in the fall and I’m certainly entering a new phase in my life without my children and frankly, he’s in desperate need of a real ‘rest’.  Thank you for this great article.  I am forwarding it to his email :)

  • Mark Taylor

    I also just took a sabbatical of sorts – about 6 weeks away from work (which is much easier as a teacher with a summer break). I was able to do many of the things you mentioned in your post. I did a life plan for the first time (I just recently discovered your eBook and this blog), caught my breath, enjoyed friendship, read for fun, made some progress on future career goals that are hard to move on during the school year, recalibrated with my wife and discussed future plans with her. It was such a great time of refreshment that it’s hard to want to get back to the grind. Today is the first day back to school, trying to work through the emails that have accumulated.
    Though I may not have the same amount of time each year, a break like this is definitely something I’d like to do regularly. Thanks for sharing about yours.
    Mark
    ethicalexcogitations.blogspot.com

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