My Sabbatical Begins!

Today is the first day of three months of paid time off. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long, long time. I have a lot of ideas of things I’d like to use this time for…

1 Million Steps – I really want to turn the 10,000 step per day goal from an obligation to a compulsion and I’m starting to feel that compulsion already.

20 Pounds – I want to lose them. The increased activity will help. So will less emotional eating with being away from work drama. Will be investing time in weightlifting, prayer and meditation this summer too to add healthier coping skills to the mix.

Hiking, Reloaded – Will be doing a lot of day hikes this summer. Even a bit of the PCT. Want to graduate to overnight hikes too.

Motorcycling, Reloaded – Will be doing a lot of riding this summer. Places to go, people to offend. Loud pipes save lives – time to do some lifesaving – my own 🙂

Unplugging – I already deleted my Facebook account earlier this year. Will be consciously spending less time on screens this summer and more time with books, the family and being outdoors. Might yet ditch the smartphone.

Family Time – We’ll be hiking together, going to Disney, and flying back East to see my parents and siblings.

No More Mr. Nice Panda – Time to re-engage on dropping the people pleasing that has crept back in. Need to exorcise it well. Get some more ink, get comfortable with ruffling feathers again, speak boldly again. Will need this for the next phase at work especially.

It’s an exceptional opportunity to build new habits, bring back discipline that has faded, get some rest, step away from work drama and get healthier for the next phase. I’m lovin’ it. Let the wild rumpus begin again!