The reality was a lot different though, and with my husband we moved to Northern Ireland to pursue his career.
I guess I really needed me-time without distractions, so three months after our arrival the world went into lockdown and a year down the line… you know the story.
When I called time out, I felt useless – how I went from being one of the most confident, over-achieving business executives to this was inexplicable at the time.
It was numbing not being able to see any good in myself. If you asked me at the time what the next move would be, I would not be able to tell you – Sabbatical was my safe word that justified my actions. I just couldn’t face telling people I was burnt out – looking back I do not think I could tell myself this either.
Any way locked up in a new country I was forced to face things head-on. My husband is a key healthcare worker, so he was not at home during the day – speak about solitude.
Maybe I should mention a bit more about me… apart from my engineering trade, I have been to a photography school, a language school, a tour guiding school, and attended Spanish classes – not to mention having worked at a radio station, started a few unsuccessful businesses, and climbed a few mountains.
Buckle up, I hope you enjoy this ride with me!
Hey there, thanks for taking the time to stop by and to read a bit more about me 🙂
I burnt out in 2018!
It’s tough to describe the feeling of having nothing more to give – it’s not a pretty place to be in and not the ideal place to have launched into a Sabbatical, but I needed to heal, refocus and reinvent myself as I had done so many times before. Read more about my experience here!
Time for a Sabbatical…
My dream sabbatical was to travel to exotic places while having the opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
I spent a lot of 2020 fixated on the events unfolding. The overflow of contradictory information was captivating and destructive. I tried several times to have digital fasts, but this only lasted a day or two.
I did however institute a few positive routines to tear me away from the insanity. I had many DIY and gardening projects around the house, started conceptualising this blog, and setting time aside to learn how to!
I digress again, but I have to say this – never before have we had access to so much knowledge, but speak about being pulled in all directions. The more I researched, the more confused I became, the more I stalled. Anyway it was not in vain and here we are. I learnt a lot in this process of sifting through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
With gyms closed, I had to also figure out how to build exercise into my routine, and I am pleased that I had the discipline to keep this up.
2021 and beyond!
So 2021, and this blog is part of my healing journey and I hope that it might help someone who is facing something similar.
This is not a dear diary and I do not know what shape things will be taking, but I can tell you that I have many passions and these include photography, travel, reading, exercise, investing in personal growth, writing, and being creative, and I cannot leave out travel, oh how I love to travel.
And yes the success of entrepreneurs is also in the mix – as I believe it is their drive, tenacity, vision, and courage that will get us out of the devastating effects that this global lockdown has caused.
PS… If you would like to see some of my memories, they are here on my Shutterstock profile.