Low Notes, More MicrobrewsI often wonder whether I am doing the right thing by pursuing this sabbatical.  Is it really the best thing for my wife and I?  Will this really benefit my kids?  Can we really make this whole thing happen? I believe we can and I believe this to be the right thing but I’m also susceptible to doubt that tends to sneak in like a cold wind and chill me to the bone with negative thoughts.

It’s now 2011 and we are only 6 months away from our planned departure date.  It’s suddenly become so much more real.  In many respects we are way behind the ball on our planning and financing.  I’ve been incredibly overwhelmed with running two blogs, planning a sabbatical, trying to get my photography business into gear, working through a Project 365 and being there for my family.  I’ve also been dealing with a back injury that has left me unable to sit for long periods of time in front of the computer further limiting my ability to do many of the things I need to do.

I need low notes and more microbrews.

So with that in mind I’ve decided to reduce my posting schedule to once a week.  New posts will now be published on Wednesdays.  I hope this doesn’t disappoint the 5 of you who follow this blog but I really feel this is necessary in order to put more time toward my first priority which is spending quality time with my family and secondly planning and implementing this sabbatical.  I need low notes and more microbrews.  Of course I reserve the right to post whenever I want so don’t be surprised if I get inspired on a subject and just have to tell you about it.

I pride myself on creating quality and whenever I feel like I don’t have the time to do that then I know some changes need to be made.  Feeling overwhelmed and like things are spiraling out of your control are not good feelings to have so I really feel like this is going to be a good thing not only for me but for you the reader as well.

For one, the quality of posts will improve.  I’m not saying that what I’ve been putting out has been crap but I would love to spend more time to really get my thoughts and feelings out in a coherent way.  I have several posts in the works that I hope will challenge the notion that you can’t travel once you have kids, or that taking a sabbatical is impossible for most people especially those supporting families.

I’m also open to guest posts so if you have an idea on what you think is the perfect post that reaches out to someone who may be thinking about traveling or taking a sabbatical feel free to submit your ideas.

Launching a New Email Series

Starting in February I will be launching an email series on planning and financing a sabbatical.  This will go out on a weekly basis to everyone who is subscribed to the mailing list so if this sounds like something you would be interested in make sure you get signed up today so you don’t miss out.  Once a week you will receive an email discussing subjects like why you would want to take a sabbatical, where to go on your sabbatical and options to pay for it all.  It’s going to be a fun weekly series that will kick off sometime in February.  I’ll provide more details in a couple of weeks.

I’m also working on writing a couple of e-books that I hope to publish this year.  The first book is a photographic journey of my first adventure to Indonesia.  The second is a compilation of all 365 images from my Project 365 which is slated to end late February.  I’m really excited about both these projects and look forward to publishing them.

It’s ironic that the week that I start to feel like I need to take more time for myself and offline activities, Joel Runyon of Blog of Impossible Things puts together an awesome post on “Doing More Online by Doing More Offline“.  Sometimes it’s good to just unplug. Sometimes you need to unplug.

So there you have it!  If you are new here and we haven’t connected yet I’d love to hear from you.  Drop me a line and I promise to get in touch with you.

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