“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman
Have you ever decided impulsively to do something a little wild? Maybe a physical or mental challenge; something risky and exhilarating; or something completely new and uncomfortable?
I made such a decision in mid 2012…
After more than six years in the same occupation, I decided to resign without a specific career opportunity waiting for me. Some may say it was silly, but taking this leap of faith created the perfect mental space for me to make an even bolder move: a six-month sabbatical!
If you look up the modern definition of sabbatical, it is a time of rest taken from work with the purpose to fulfil some goal, achieve something, acquire new skills.
What was my sabbatical goal? I wanted to experience life. Real life. My personal life mission is to be the best I can be and lead, challenge and inspire others. For that to happen, I wanted to see more. Do more. Be more.
So the first seven weeks of my life adventures started on 19 July 2012 in Quebec City (Canada), the town that had first seen my little freckled face 31 years before. It was time to unwind, catch up with family & friends and also prepare for my third marathon (but first one on Canadian soil… much excited!).
Following my Quebec escapade – and after two weeks interval back in Sydney (Australia) where I sold and packed all my belongings – I set sail to Asia (well, figuratively… I flew there!). Destinations: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal.
I gave a hand where I could, got close to the people and their cultures, visited inspiring places…
Through my journey, I shared on this blog leadership and self-mastery lessons, challenging situations, inspirational thoughts and much, much more.
When I came back from my sabbatical in early 2013, I realised that this space I had named Lead Challenge Inspire had taken a life of its own. Learnings, thoughts and inspiration had been shared in the name of awareness, development, truth and authenticity. But there was still much more to go through, still plenty to learn that a six-month overseas adventure hadn’t taught me yet. So I decided to keep writing.
Here I am today, ready to welcome whatever will present itself to me… and share it with you. I’m loving it!
Hope you join me on my adventures…