Resolution 37 - Taking a career break is liberating from the moment you start telling people
Back in October I had to keep Resolution 8 under wraps. All I could say was it was work life balance related.
So it is nice to finally let the cat out of the bag.
I have decided to take a six month career break. Six whole months off work. Unpaid I hasten to add.
So what am I going to do I hear you ask. Lie in bed all day?
Well the plan is as follows:
Month 1, get used to the idea. Have the odd lie in! Start planning my book in earnest. Dust off the potters wheel and take up cycling.
Month 2, take the kids to South Africa.
Month 3, combine being a house husband - dropping the kids off at school and picking them up - with writing my book for at least three hours a day. Also start volunteering work (TBC).
Month 4, more of the same.
Month 5, start thinking about going back to work.
Month 6, finish off all of the pots that I'll be dishing out as Christmas presents this year.
I'm sure the time will fly by. So I'm determined my six months off will be productive. I'm not interested in sitting around watching day time TV all day. In fact the mere thought sends a shudder down my spine.
I am worried though about being home alone for such a long time and not interacting with other people. It will be really hard for me. I hate my own company, and I know Becky found it tough freelancing from home.
That's why the voluntary work I do is going to be so important. I want to do something that is out of my comfort zone. I'm considering adopting an old person - which is pretty straight forward. You go and visit someone once a week and keep them company. Not overly taxing.
One of the dads at school also helps with a local charity for adults with learning disabilities and has said I can help if I like.
To be honest, I'm not sure I've found the right cause yet, so to speak. This bit of my resolution needs a lot more thought. I've got four months to figure it all out I suppose.
The first and most important leap has been made. Decision taken for a career break. It has been strangely liberating ever since I told my boss back in October. You approach life with a different head on, knowing that a break from the rat race is in sight. It puts a bounce back in your step. You get less stressed out by things. And I haven't even had any time off yet. I'll be practically horizontal by January next year.
The career break idea also means I can dedicate serious time to writing my book, going travelling, and cracking on with completing all my other Resolutions by September.