Notes from my Sabbatical [1]

England, Wednesday 20th March 2019, Day 46

I had such plans for this sabbatical, fantasising about BEING and DOING, balancing the two. The realisation that I am already half way through the planned 3 month break is brutal!

Now, as I knew I would, I have days without multiple to-do lists, without deadlines, without meetings, without travelling for work, without stress.
Days where I don’t sit at the computer for hours.
I have no responsibilities.

I lose track of which day of the week it is.

These things have come to pass.
I can breathe deeply.
I don’t want this to ever end.

And what of my plans to “DO” things during this break?

I have written so much about this break and what I wanted to do. I de ided it was time to stop and reflect on how it is going. Here goes:

  • I have joined the local library and read exactly one book. Yup, just one of the 50 I plan to read this year! But pleased that I have joined as it is a service I have missed having access to over the years in Grahamstown.
  • I have been walking around the woodland and lake near me at least 3 times a week. I’m loving the spring flowers: snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and the blossoms on the Hawthorne, cherry and apple trees. I have missed how the Northern Hemisphere celebrates the changing of the seasons.
  • Thanks to the walking, without too much effort, my daily step count has almost quadrupled what it was last year.

Hawthorne (C) Deborah Ann Stott 2019

  • I have found a yoga class that I can join. But I haven’t gone to the class yet. My pathetic excuse is that I do not have a yoga mat! This week is the week I will start, mat or not!
  • I am writing my Morning Pages everyday and this week, I took the big step to start revising and editing one of my two unfinished books.


  • The Art of Attention” – I am so excited! We booked this 5-day retreat and I will be going down to Devon at the end of March with my sister. I can’t wait – it sounds like a lot of fun, a mix of yoga, pottery and drawing classes.
  • I have seen more movies (including Bohemian Rhapsody, which I think is one of the best movies I have seen in the last 5 years) in the last 7 weeks than the whole of last year.

But most of my time is spent having regular meetups for long chats and endless cups of tea with family I haven’t seen for years. I find that my social life is thriving and I have to make a concerted effort to carve out time to do the other things I want to do. Mind you I am not complaining, it is wonderful to have all my family so close and to know that when we part, we will see each other again soon!

Debbie blog sign off 2019

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