Sabbatical 2.0

by Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical on July 4, 2012

Sabbatical 2.0

His index finger hovered over the mouse button just as it had so many times before.  It quivered a bit dropping down to touch the cool plastic button but never with enough pressure to actually click it.

Moments passed as he stared at the screen.  Time seemed to go in slow motion.  His resolve wavered and slowly his mouse moved to close the page with the click of a red X.

It was the same tired scenario that had been played out on countless occasions.  Go to website, enter dates, search availability, make a selection, confirm selection, enter purchasing information and then hover over the purchase button with heart pounding, palms sweaty and a nervous twitch in index finger.  Finally click the red ‘X’, close the page, move on and try and forget.

What would it take to finally make a decision?  What would it take to make a change?

Again the process played out the same, nothing new just a different day.  But this time things seemed different.

This time there was a bit more courage.

This time the pain of not doing something was more than the pain of doing something.

This time it had to happen.

Enter website URL.

Enter dates.

Search availability.

Make selection.

Confirm selection.

Enter purchasing information.

Hover mouse pointer over purchase button.

Heart is now pounding, he feels light headed.  Total freak out coming in 3…2…1.


It’s done.  Heart is still racing.  It’s done.

Enter Sabbatical 2.0.

Want to be the first to know the details behind Sabbatical 2.0?  Join the 1 Year Sabbatical Mailing List over there on the top right and you’ll have a front row seat.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Phil July 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

Hey Matt, don’t know what exactly you are up to, but great to see a new post 🙂 Will sign up on the email list. Hope all is well with you!
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Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical July 6, 2012 at 12:22 am

Hey Phil! Things are really well and getting better. I’m not ready to reveal what is going on quite yet so you will have to endure a few more posts before I announce what we’re doing. I’m really excited about it though. BTW… I’m with you on mangoes being the superior fruit.


Ali July 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

YAY!!! Congrats for clicking! Looking forward to reading more about when you’re going, how long, and all that.
Ali recently posted..Heidelberg – Sleeping With the Locals


Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical July 6, 2012 at 12:22 am

Thanks Ali! I’ll have more details later on but needless to say I’m thrilled about what we will be doing. How are things with you?


Ali July 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I’m sorry, I forget to come back to look for responses so often. I’m doing good, slowly learning little bits of German, slowly adjusting to living here. Sounds like you’re doing great too!
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Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical August 4, 2012 at 1:02 am

Things are going well Ali. So how are you learning German? Are you taking lessons or just speaking it? I’ve been studying Indonesian like crazy and have found that just speaking it, mistakes and all, is really doing wonders. I’ll be needing it soon enough. 🙂


Gillian @OneGiantStep July 6, 2012 at 12:16 am

“This time the pain of not doing something was more than the pain of doing something.” THAT is the difference! Congratulations…I am signed up!
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Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical July 6, 2012 at 12:25 am

Hey Gillian! New adventures are on the horizon. It’s going to be epic. Can’t wait to be able to share more. Until then I’ll keep the mystery going. 😉


Annie Andre: Career Break Mentor July 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I can’t believe it, i happened to check your site and i see a new post. love the sabbatical 2.0 title. 2.0 is always better…

Can’t wait to find out what your going to do…
Annie Andre: Career Break Mentor recently posted..Photo Of The Month: Roasted Chicken and Thyme Chips


Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical July 18, 2012 at 1:51 am

Hi Annie. Yeah I like to keep people guessing. We’re really excited about things and I will be sharing more soon. 🙂


Rebeca July 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Yeah!! Congrats! Will look forward to seeing how it unfolds. I pushed that button too, now we’re anxiously awaiting an offer on our home and trusting it’s all going to work out like it should!


Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical July 18, 2012 at 1:58 am

Hi Rebeca. I hope that offer comes in soon. We still haven’t gotten our families together and it’s summer again. 🙂 Hope things are well with you.


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