I'm excited and a bit nervous to share with you that I will be taking a sabbatical, or time off from teaching this summer during the months of June, July and August. In short, I am in need of a time of self-care and restoration, focusing more on personal creative projects. My body and spirit have been telling me this for a while and now I am deciding to honor their message.
In thinking about what this time will be, I actually googled the word "sabbatical" only to find that its definition generally attaches it to academic institutions. I kind of chuckled about that as in my case, and in the case of any self-employed individual, I am the institution. The truth of the matter is, I've been the institution for quite some time now and I've loved it, but I am tired. Teaching is a passion of mine and one that I take great pride and joy in, but as all you teachers know, it can be taxing. I've learned over the years how to set better boundaries in the private teaching space so as to best share my knowledge and sustain over long periods of time, but most recently I've felt my needs extend beyond what I can offer in the immediate. I need a break and I'm going to take one.
The truth is, I use the term break loosely as I will still be leading bimonthly gatherings with Chicago Circle Singing and also making music weekly at Grace Chicago Church. But further it is my goal to spend time on personal creative projects, namely music making. It's an essential part of my person that I've not prioritized enough over the years. I'm aware that it's absence also depletes me as a teacher and facilitator... all the more reason to spend some time with it.
So, I'm going to take some months to rest and make music and see what happens. The scariest part is that I take this break with no real understanding of what the outcome will be, an opportunity I would certainly encourage someone else to explore but am scared to live out in reality. The good news is, I have so much support around me personally, but also professionally.
I also know I have the support of so many of you and for that I am eternally grateful. I don't take the relationships I make in the teaching studio lightly, and I want you to know that I am thankful each day for the loyalty so many have offered me.
I am looking forward to keeping you informed along the way of happenings. Instagram will be one of the best places to find out what I'm up to, but also e-mailing, calling, and texting. Any questions or communication is welcome! Be in touch.
If you'd like to continue your study throughout the summer, I'd encourage you to consider a session with my talented associate, Missy Wise. She will be happy to get to know you and see if the two of you would be a good fit.
So, here we go! Onward and upward my friends. Peace and love to each of you.