At 37, I had never taken a break on life, where I paused in trying to get to the next step to truly and simply live. I went straight from high school to college to working full-time. Although I quickly moved up the professional ladder to Director and loved my career, after 15 years in my industry, I felt burnt out and needed to take a moment to figure out who I was outside of my employment. So in July 2016 I resigned from my job with the following plan:
- Spend time with my mom – In the 20 years since leaving home, I’ve only done quick trips back. I wanted to spend quality time with my mother and not feel rushed to get back to work.
- Go on a road trip with my husband and our dog – We agreed to go to Yosemite for a few days and if we didn’t kill each other (so to speak) we would continue on. We spent a week in Yosemite rock climbing then traveled over 3,000 miles across the western U.S. sharing an amazing adventure.
- Not think about work for a minimum of three months – if I was really going to enjoy this time off I needed to allow myself the space to not be consumed with finding the next job or worrying about finances.
It sounds hokey but I do believe that by giving myself those three gifts, a world of opportunity has opened up to me that never would have been possible had I stayed where I was and not taken that pause. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I like that.