The day my daughters started school full-time, I realized I had no idea what I was going to do with the rest of my life.
I watched them walk away from me... these two independent creatures carrying pink backpacks larger than their torsos... They were just so sweet. Have a great day at school! I yelled. I'm so proud of you!
And then I did a little happy dance of freedom. GLORIOUS FREEDOM! I had been waiting for this all summer!
On Day 1, I cleaned my house, organized my closets and went to Target. Then I ate lunch alone! And I peed alone! It was incredible! But by 2pm, I was bored.
It didn't take long before I was lost and frustrated. Life had quickly become a series of errands and chores. I was going through the motions of a very boring life - and I started to panic. Was this it? Was I destined to spend the rest of my life driving to Target every other day? I used to be creative and ambitious. And now I reorganize closets? Really?
I needed to figure out the next stage of my life. I needed to have personal goals of my own, beyond caring for my children. And above all, I needed to feel inspired by life again. Inspired by a friend's experience, I decided to take a family sabbatical to the south of France.
In the spring of 2012, my daughters and I spent two and a half idyllic months in a small village in Provence. The girls attended the local primary school, made friends and went to birthday parties. I shopped in outdoor markets, practiced speaking French and drank a lot of rosé.
But more importantly, I regained my passion for life. By the time we returned to Seattle, I was a new woman - refreshed, recharged and brimming with new ideas and projects.
Séjour Travels is for every person who asked “How did you do that?”
The real answer to that question is this: By setting aside all my excuses. By tapping into the bravest version of myself. And by just going for it. I was busy and I was scared and I didn’t know how or even if I was going to pull it off. But I did! And it was the greatest thing we’ve ever done as a family.
That’s the how. The rest is just logistics.
If you've ever considered taking a family sabbatical, I'm here to help! If you don't find the answers you are looking for in these pages, feel free to contact me.