Updates for September 2010

by Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical on October 5, 2010

Royal Avenue SunsetSeptember in Review

It’s October already and that means another month closer to departing on this big 1 year sabbatical adventure.  At the end of each month I like to spend some time reviewing what we accomplished in regards to planning for and taking action on our sabbatical.  It’s an opportunity for us to look back on the past month and make sure we are still on task as well as preview what the next month holds in store.

September kicked off the launch of this blog with our declaration of our intent to sell it all, pack it up and move to Indonesia.  This was big for us because by making it public it makes is more real.  There is something to be said for putting yourself out there and having some accountability to keep you on task.

To celebrate the start of our sabbatical we gave away 3 copies of Chris Guillebeau’s latest book “The Art of Non-Conformity” to 3 lucky winners; Lisa, Tim and Craig.  Each left a comment on where they would go if they were to take a 1 year sabbatical.  While the contest here may be closed I still highly recommend buying this book and reading it.  It’s so powerful and just may change your life.

Next I wrote about stepping out, taking some risks and living the best life that we can.  We all have fears and self confidence issues that tend to keep us “spinning our wheels” in places that are safe and comfortable.  It isn’t until we step out of that wheel and take risks that life gets exciting and meaningful.

I talked a bit about my old 1969 Pontiac Firebird and how much power it had and related that to planning for this 1 year sabbatical.  Often when we have a large task at hand it can seem so overwhelming.  It’s important to take things slow, plan it out properly otherwise we may find we burn out quickly.  Take things step by step and don’t bite off too much at once.

The “what-if” syndrome is something that plagues many of us.  I wrote about ways to combat this and turn a negative into a positive.  I followed this up with the #1 thing you can do to achieve your dreams.  Next up I gave a big shout-out to my pal Sean Ogle of Location 180 and his launch of his Overcoming the Fear of Uncertainty product.  If you are struggling to deal with certain fears you feel are holding you back from living your dreams then check it out and see if it is right for you.  It’s personally been very fulfilling to me.

Finally I concluded the month with some musings from my son’s choir concert for a local peace program.  I asked for your “vision of peace” and got some great responses.  It’s been a great month but I think October is going to be better.

What’s on Tap for October

It’s hard to ignore the fact that 10 months is going to go by quickly.  We have until June 2011 to figure out how this is all going to work and while to some that may seem like a lot of time it doesn’t feel that way to me.  That’s why for October I want to concentrate on putting together a more concrete plan on what actionable steps we need to take to address some of our bigger questions such as passports and visas, home school versus local schools, medical insurance and shipping things overseas.

I also realized that I haven’t talked in detail about who we are as a family so I plan to write a bit about our family, how my wife and I met and what our connection is to Indonesia as many people have asked “Why Indonesia?”  I’ll also be working on my photography business and launching a new sales site with many photos that I haven’t posted anywhere yet.  It’s going to be a busy month but I’m excited about that.

Thanks to You

Finally, thanks to everyone who reads this blog.  I’m glad that there is such an interest in taking a sabbatical and I hope that by writing this blog I can provide information and details on how you can do the same, even with a family.  Other have gone before me and others will follow and I think that is a great thing.  Thank you for your support and being a part of my base.  If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter you can get in on that over on the right sidebar.  I’ll be using the newsletter to send out monthly updates moving forward.  Coming up on Thursday I’ll be talking about how our kids got dual citizenship.

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Mary R October 6, 2010 at 1:43 am

Thanks for your roundup Matt! It’s good to look back on accomplishments and set new goals. It certainly looks like exciting things for you ahead.
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matt October 6, 2010 at 10:25 am

Thanks Mary! Exciting times are certainly ahead. Hope you are well!

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Jenny October 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Exciting times. I’m also selling it all to go nomad!
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matt October 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I know! I’m so excited for you Jenny. I’ve been checking out your blog and am excited to be following your story and adventure. Any plans to visit Indonesia?

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