How Can You Afford a Career Break? (Gap Year, Sabbatical, etc)

Time for a Career Break, Gap Year, Sabbatical?This is the question that mystifies most, thus we are regularly asked it in one form or another. Many people don’t like to bring up the subject, especially those we know in the United States. It is socially seen as “impolite” to ask such things, but not in our eyes!  Ask away. Unfortunately, there isn’t a straight forward answer. The best answer I can think of is “We worked very hard, made it a priority, simplified and saved”.

How Can You Afford a Career Break?

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Coincidence, Luck or Meant to be, what do you think?

Have you ever felt like it was just mean to be?  I mean, have there been just too many coincidences for it to be just luck?  If it was meant to be, does that mean it was fate or destiny? You know when it  feels like it was a lot of work at the time, but upon reflection seemed too easy to be true.
Coincidence, Luck or Meant to be, what do you think?

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Pinch me, is it real? Each day we are still amazed that we are living our dream!

It feels surreal as we are walking around town or sitting at a little outdoor café. We are here, we are living in Spain!  Oh, what a feeling that is. I could spend hours just people watching and listening in on conversations. Trying to figure out what is being said, what people do and where they are going.

The other morning, Alan had a Dr. appointment and I waited outside at one of the many sidewalk cafés available. I just planted myself down and for a measly 2, I ordered a cafe con leche and tostado con marmelada.(YUM) It was warm and sunny.  I made sure when selecting my seat, I faced all of the foot traffic to people watch to my heart’s content.

I was also fortunate enough to have others at the tables near by. The table next to me were 2 German men (I guessed that by eavesdropping). At the table behind me was a very elderly woman with a cane sitting alone. Another lady came to join her and I could instantly tell they were speaking French. Oh it was so much fun trying to figure out what they were saying. It’s funny I took 2 yrs of French in high school, yet I know far more Spanish. Either way, I understood some of what they were saying and now I can’t wait to go to France too.

I love the diversity in our little town, there are people from all over the place. Of course mainly Spanish, but also a good population of German, Dutch, French and English as well. Oh, this is so exciting and we are so happy to be here.  We haven’t had a dull moment to speak of. The people are so friendly and the views are to die for in every direction.  I am one Happy Camper!

How can you just quit your jobs and not work?

career break, is it a risk?Are you nuts? Aren’t you afraid?  The economy isn’t what it used to be, what if you don’t find another job?

First, let me possibly put you at ease. Yes we are a bit nuts, but that is what makes life exciting and worth living. We feel this career break was the right thing to do. Continue reading