Beating the Post-Sabbatical Funk and What’s Coming Up

  • September 27, 2009 by Corbett Barr

san-francisco-moonGreetings everybody from a sunny and warm San Francisco. I want to take a minute today to catch you up on what I’ve been up to over the past few weeks, and about what’s coming up here at Free Pursuits.

We’ve been back from our sabbatical for about six weeks now, and I have to say I wasn’t well prepared for the feelings of being back.

I found myself in a bit of a funk for the first few weeks back home. I buried myself in work and didn’t want to leave the house.


It’s not that we don’t love where we live. San Francisco is just about perfect as far as I’m concerned. There’s great weather, interesting people, arts and culture and a never ending amount of fun stuff to do. Living here is a little like being on vacation every day. Getting back from sabbatical just made that hard to remember for a while.

I talked with a few people who take at least a few months off every year, and they all said they experience the same type of depression for a while after returning home. It’s inevitable, I suppose. Taking 7 months off and visiting a couple-dozen different places was amazing. Every day was an adventure.

Wherever we returned to was bound to seem a little dull at first. If you are or will be on sabbatical, maybe you can prepare yourself a little better for re-acclimating to being home.

It may also be that we just needed to rest and recharge after the whole thing. Whatever the case, I’m finally back in the groove and loving where we live again. I headed out for a day of sailing last week, and we’ve been catching up with friends and having a good time.

Speaking of being in the groove, I’ve been really busy on the work front. I’m putting the finishing touches on the “New Economy Superstar” eBook that will be out on October 6th. I will also be starting to do some independent consulting next month. I have a separate portfolio site coming out that explains the services I provide. More about that in an upcoming post.

With so much working going on, it may seem like I don’t really believe in work-life balance as I described it last week. To me, work-life balance doesn’t imply balance on a day-to-day or even month-to-month basis. There are times when a concerted effort is required to get bigger things done. I’m in one of those times now for the next few months. I’m planning to return to Mexico for a couple of months this winter, and I want to have the foundation of my new work projects in place by the time we leave. So in this case, balance is a longer-term thing.

Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Comments on this post are closed, but I always like hearing from readers over email. Feel free to write me directly if you have any questions or feedback about the blog.

photo by Darwin Bell

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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