I'd like to take two weeks off of work and come back with a new sense of direction in life. I have been in the same job for almost four years and find little fulfillment there, yet also haven't found the motivation or made the time to move on. Maybe some semi-structured time off work to think, mark next steps, and break patterns will help? How and where should I spend my time?
I relate rather strongly to this
post. I am a 34-y-o Boston-based woman, single (to my chagrin), and am coming up on my four-yr anniversary at a job in public health research. December will mark four years at this job. It's not a horrible job (I like my boss, have considerable autonomy, etc), but my heart's not in it, it's stressful, and mostly it feels like drudgery. I got a graduate degree in a related topic right before landing the job and just paid off my debt from that last year. The salary is not amazing, but it's pretty good, and has allowed me to finally (July) move into my own apt, which I love. To round-out the picture here, I'll add that I have a wonderful, supportive family and terrific friends.
I'd like to do something dramatic like take two weeks off of work. Maybe travel a bit, but the real objective would be to give some deliberate thought to mapping out my priorities and next steps in life. Do I search for my soul-work and start a new career altogether? Do I stay in the same field (hard to imagine I'd find true fulfillment there), and start networking and put good job-search infrastructure in place for when the break ends? I'd like to just relax some, too, but know that I need a plan or will spend two weeks just knocking off quotidian to-dos.
A formal retreat (yoga or otherwise) could be nice for part of it just to clear the cobwebs before digging into the practical questions of "what should I do with my life?" I could spend some time meditating and in nature, but not two straight weeks on a mountaintop. Maybe read a self-help or other inspirational book to get the juices flowing (would love recommendations other than "What Color is My Parachute," which I already know of). I expect the inquiry will take active maintenance after these two weeks, but would like to lay a solid foundation and gain some momentum for change.
How and where to spend my time? I welcome other relevant advice and recommendations, too, from your experience. Oh, and I can spend up to ~ $1,200. Thank you!