A farewell to my readers
This blog post brings good news or bad news, depending on how you look at it. This is my last regular post for the Teachers' Zone section of Business Spotlight. After three years of creating lesson plans for Business Spotlight in the classroom, of blogging on teaching tips and trends and of holding Business Spotlight workshops and presentations, it’s time to for me to move on to the next step in my life and my career.
I’ve decided to take a sabbatical. In 2013 I will be shedding my teaching and writing responsibilities and taking off for a few months to travel around Europe on my motorbike, from the northern point of Iceland to the southern point of Greece.
Why have I decided to take a sabbatical, you may ask? Well, the simple answer is: why not? The more complex answer relates to the push and pull factors that anyone may consider when taking a sabbatical. Here are a couple of push and pull factors that influenced my decision.
- I’d like a break from working. I’d like to experience what it’s like not to live my life to a teaching schedule, not to have the burden of an out-of-control email inbox and not to feel obliged to respond on demand.
- I’d like a break from my surroundings. As much as I like living where I do and enjoying the standards and quality of life which accompany that, they do say variety is the spice of life!
- I’d like to travel more leisurely and experience cultures in more depth. My holidays up to now have tended to be whirlwind affairs, so this time I’m hoping to appreciate a more relaxed approach to travelling.
- I’d like to find out what it is that I really want to do. I’m hoping for inspiration to guide me into which direction to follow next from the myriad paths that are potentially open to me.
Who knows what I’ll experience and what life changes I’ll go through while I’m away, but it’s precisely this uncertainty that makes it all the more appealing!
In closing, I’d just like to say thank you to the team at Business Spotlight for giving me the opportunity to work with them, thank you to the teachers who have attended my talks and workshops and thank you to my readers for your invaluable support and encouragement over the past three years.
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