Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Need A Radical Sabbatical?
If you’re a working mom (or dad) you may have noticed that “The Schedule” is slightly out of control. That’s putting it mildly, isn’t it? If your schedule is like mine, it’s a freight train without brakes.
The train has left the station and there’s no stopping it now.
Maybe not. Just wait a minute. There’s someone out there who has activated the emergency brake. Yes, I’m hear to tell you that it’s possible (even beneficial) to step back and take a radical sabbatical.
Meet Joanne Kraft.
This brave (slightly crazy?) working mother of four decided to pull the plug for an entire year on all extra-curricular activities. And she lived through it, became a better mother and wife, and decided to write a book about it: Just Too Busy – Taking Your Family On A Radical Sabbatical.
I know what you’re thinking. I’m not that radical. I could never do it. My family would hate me. Our lives revolve around The Schedule.
Don’t worry, I was thinking the same thing. In fact, I’m not here to suggest that every family should drop out of activities for a year. And Joanne Kraft doesn’t suggest that either. Your radical sabbatical will probably look different than mine or hers.
In my case, after reading Just Too Busy, my family took a much-needed 2-week vacation with no TV and internet. And let me tell you, that was a big step for my ever-loving media addicts (hubby included!). For me, it’s about taking small steps. And Just Too Busy gave me the inspiration I needed, plus plenty of ideas to chew on.
I don’t want to give the book away because I want you to buy it on Amazon. What I will say is that Just Too Busy game me some serious perspective. In fact, I’d love to give you my copy – just leave me a comment to enter a drawing.
Do you need some perspective? Do you feel like the train has left the station and you can’t find the emergency brake? Are you ready for a radical sabbatical? What are you waiting for?