It’ll be my five-year anniversary at my company, Automattic, this fall, and I’m eligible to take a three-month paid sabbatical — a benefit I’m very grateful for. It feels funny to compile a To Do list for time off, but a bit of planning will help me make the most of it.
Here’s a list of things I’ve thought of, so far, that I’d like to do:
- Go to the gym at whatever time I want, even — or especially — those awkward times like 10 and 11 am.
- Spend more time one-on-one with my three nephews and niece, who are growing way too fast.
- Spend time in our soon-to-be garden, which should be planted by mid-summer, pending this still-rainy weather.
- Cook a lot and try out new recipes, expanding beyond my comfort zone (aka my beloved Le Creuset dutch oven). Start baking.
– Take a soft pastel class. Or get back into watercolors, which I enjoyed in middle school.
– Take a surfing lesson — somewhere in California, if possible. (I plan to take a class in Hawaii this summer — this may be a better opportunity.)
– Do a self-directed silent retreat at a Trappist monastery up north.
– Attend a yoga and vipassana retreat in Marin County.
– Continue with my taiko class and practice my form.
– Restring my violin and take private lessons.
I’ll try to squeeze in visits to New York and Los Angeles to visit close friends and family, but for the most part I want to travel as little as possible — and enjoy being and doing right here at home.