During his six months in the
Caribbean, South America, and
Southeast Asia, Carl Seidman,
CPA, learned to let go and be more
present. He used his time away to
gather new stories and focus on
At a Career Crossroads
When Carl Seidman, CPA, hit a career crossroads, he
decided to take an extended time-out. Employed full
time as a consultant, but ramping up a side training
business, he wanted to travel long-term without worrying about the effect on his work. The Caribbean and
South America called him for three months—followed
by six months at home to reposition, build business,
and network—and another three months abroad in
Southeast Asia. He afforded the trips by traveling to
low-cost regions of the world and made good use of
frequent-flyer miles and hotel points. Not only did he
return with experiences and stories to draw on, but
clients now often ask him about what he’s termed his
“first retirement” after they read about it online.
Taking Time to Heal
Kathy B. Dempsey, RN, MEd, CSP, took a sabbatical
with a decidedly different tenor. The major catalyst
for her sabbatical was her husband’s death. She
rented a one-room cabin in Sedona, Arizona, overlooking a creek, and unplugged for three months. No
cell phone service. No TV. No internet. No Facebook.
No newspaper. Her goal was to sleep and play and
write (at least four hours a day, Monday through
Friday). She admits the first two weeks were difficult.
But “after that it was pure bliss.” She was absorbed
in nature, established a healthy routine, and let herself heal. She wrote more than 40,000 words on her
current book project. She also shepherded two sheep
living at the cabin: Woolly and Bully.