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Bliss Retreat SUGGESTIONS


SabbaticalScapes by Angela M. Petitt


Instead of dreaming about what just about everyone wished they could do, I did it!! I quit my corporate IT job in the throes of the recession in 2009 to travel the world!!


My “aha” moment came when I realized that I would rather take a chance on myself to see the world instead of continuing on in the ordinary daily grind. So, in spite of be- ing in the recession, this 41 year old single African American woman took a huge step of faith and quit her job to live life to the fullest. When I made the decision, I really had no clue what was next. But, a few days after my last day at work, I was on a plane going to Italy!


Fast forward to more than two years and al- most 30 countries later, my sabbatical has allowed me to learn new activities such as playing golf, horseback riding, climbing the Great Wall, getting a huge surprise bouquet of flowers from an admirer in Italy, zip line in Cabo, cave dive in Punta Cana, experi- ence bone chilling temperatures in Siberia, and narrowly escaping the earthquake in Japan. I have also traveled to Egypt, Israel, Greece, Colombia, Nicaragua, and many


other amazing adventures. I was even pre- sented with a Service and Leadership award by my alma mater, recently featured in ES- SENCE magazine as a “Power Player”, and a speaker for the national Meet Plan Go! Ca- reerBreak Travel conference that encourages others in their quest for a sabbatical.


In 2012, the dream continues as I am work- ing on my doctorate in organizational lead- ership and development and of course, more travel & SabbaticalScapes!!


With hopes of inspiring other people, I have been blogging about my experiences at http://www.sabbaticalscapes.com/.


One thing for sure - “with God ALL things are possible!”


I would tell your readers to Do It!! Life is too short...don’t be a spectator in your own life. Be a participant.


Whether you want to do a getaway or ex- tended travel/sabbatical the way I am doing it, just know it can be done!!


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