I’m Taking A Stay-batical!

sabbatical - a time to pursue something you love

As 2012 creeps towards its end, and the weather here in Chicago means more time indoors, I’ve decided I need a break.  I need a vacation (to a warm place, please), but that will have to wait for the Christmas holiday.  A sabbatical is just the answer, but I can’t travel far from home to be in a “retreat” type setting.  So I’ve coined the term “stay-batical” and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing over the Thanksgiving weekend (besides putting together a great Thanksgiving day meal).

Starting tomorrow, I’ll let be putting my client work aside and start to pick up those projects which have been sitting on my list for weeks now.  This “me time” will be one where I get to explore those websites and blogs I’ve been meaning to look at.  I’ll be dedicating myself to idea generation, to inspiration, and setting some goals for 2013.

I’ve been blessed with more work than I can handle some days, and I have much to be thankful for actually.  I couldn’t have come this far without family, supportive friends and colleagues, and without taking periodic breaks to recharge my “idea batteries.”

So if you notice a slow response to emails or see that I’ve taken a low profile on Facebook, just know that I’m up to something. I’m planning and preparing for an even better year in 2013 for myself and for the genealogy community.

Have a great Thanksgiving and remember to treat yourself to a little “me time” this coming weekend.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

10 thoughts on “I’m Taking A Stay-batical!

  1. I see that you are making Tzatsiki for your dinner ! It’s traditional for me to make spanokopita & tzatsiki for our vegetarians too. Have a blessed stay-batitical.

  2. If anyone deserves such a break, it is you! Good for you in taking the time for yourself. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I, for one, am thankful for the wonderful service you provide through this site and the many other outlets you help at.

  3. All of the above and more, Thomas. Time to refresh the soul in whatever way works for you – enjoy.
    You’ve been an inspiration as I wander around Google+, learning how to blog etc. Cheers!

  4. What a great idea. My hat’s off to you for doing that which many of us would love but never give ourselves permission to do. You’re a blessing to the genealogy community – thanks for all you do for us!

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