Sabbatical comes from the Greek word sabatikos, which means “of the Sabbath,” the day of rest that happens every seventh day. In my case, my sabbatical was after being with Notarize since February 4, 2016. Though my journey at Notarize has been a winding path, it has been fulfilling to see the product become what it has today.
My sabbatical was spent with family and friends, packing as much as I could into the month. I started the first week by traveling with my mother, sister, son and my sister’s children on a day outing to the Red Truck Bakery and Museum of The Shenandoah Valley for the life-size Origami exhibit.
My daughter and I then finished out the week trying to find a wedding venue for her wedding in December. We went from place to place all over the Northern Virginia area before settling on the beautiful Bel Air 1740 in Prince William.
The following week my family and I went to Hawaii. I had been quite a few years ago, and I wanted to take my husband and children this time. They were so excited that the countdown for the trip had started many months before. We went to the Big Island of Hawaii, and had no shortage of things to do and see.
Once we were back from Hawaii, high school was starting for my son, so we spent time school shopping and getting ready for his return to school. I then finished my sabbatical by preparing for my daughter's wedding.
Throughout my sabbatical, I was able to take time to read. As an avid reader, my commitment is to read 1100 books before the end of the year (and as of now, I am on target to meet that goal!). I took the time to read many leadership and personal development books that I truly enjoyed. I also spent time preparing for my CCEP exam (sitting in November), so that was also a lot of reading!
All in all, I’d rate my sabbatical a 10 out of 10.