When we started this Sabbatical, we told ourselves to keep an open mind and flow with whatever the universe brought us💮.
So much of our lives were spent on a schedule – not only filled by our 9 to 5 careers – but also needing to constantly sync up our calendars 📆 to even make plans with friends.
Don’t get me wrong, I love having a plan!
Living in L.A., you always need to… at least around 🚘 traffic! But I would find myself waking up in the wee hours of morning, always startled and asking:
What time is it? 🤯⏰😳
Sometimes, in the middle of the night, Michael would wake up and watch me… typing in my sleep… 📇 yeah…. 😧
The tipping point came when we were having dinner at our favorite Thai 🇹🇭 restaurant. I couldn’t help myself from yawning, trying so hard to be engaged in meaningful conversation… my mind drawing a blank when asked for an opinion. 😴
I’d tell myself to breathe: in and out, in and out… instead, I proceeded to break down in tears… uncontrolled tears and raw emotion… to the point of full on sobbing.😓
“I’m exhausted!” I yelled out… while at the same time letting out the biggest sigh of my life…
Our Sabbatical plans were put into motion shortly after. 🤭
It’s not easy for someone that is Type A and slightly OCD to walk into her boss’ office and say: “I need to take a year off for myself, no real plans… just time for me“.
It’s actually nerve wracking!
More so, when you have a young, generous, incredibly driven and hard working human being as a boss! 😶
I will never forget his reaction… he smiled, being genuinely happy for me. And then he frowned, telling me how much our team would miss me. 😓 He shared with me that he had recently met with his financial planner, that his life on paper was pretty close to perfect. 👍🏽
He had done all the right things: married the love 💗 of his life, had 3 beautiful children, a dream home and a very successful career…
However… he knew and he wished that he could spend more time with them, take more trips with them and just enjoy the little moments…
Fast forward a month and now we’re in the middle of packing, saying our goodbyes and tying up loose ends… A glass of wine turns into a bottle 🍾. Your mind plays that sort of slow montage in your head as you look around and wish you could freeze time… ❄️
Then someone says: “Why don’t they make that for adults…” 🤔
All of a sudden, your plans to leave the country and travel the world 🌍 need to be put on hold… because partnering up with two good friends and building a startup – may be -what the universe had in store for you… 🕉