I’m taking an extended sabbatical. Here’s what you need to know.
Why a sabbatical?
I need rest, friends. So much happened in my world in 2017. I started coaching school (which I’m about to complete!). I got launched into daily political activism. I’ve been working with my Functional Medicine practitioner to figure out what’s been going on with my health for the past 3 years (we have a few promising next steps outlined!). I expanded my business to include coaching (something I have really enjoyed). My husband and I restarted our podcast together. All this on top of being the primary caregiver to three kids (one with very draining special needs), a homemaker and a partner.
It has been a really good year, and a very exhausting one.
The call for rest that my heart is hearing is strong. I added so much to my plate last year; I need a chance to digest it all. I need to heal, and then take stock of my energy and where I most want to expend it.
I’m in such a place of privilege to be able to think this way; to be able to cease striving. I am so deeply grateful to my husband for supporting our family so that I can take this time for myself.
How long will this sabbatical be?
I will close up shop on January 1st, giving you time to order Solstice and New Year’s type spreads. I don’t plan to start doing Cards again until Summer Solstice, 2018. So, about 6 months of being officially away.
What will you be doing?
My primary goal in the next 6 months is to completely separate myself from any of the cultural appropriation that is rampant in the woo-woo sphere that WGG is a part of. I hold no grudges against those who first introduced me to the cards, to these ideas that became my foundation; they were a necessary tutor in the beginning. But given the political convictions I hold, my spiritual work must be above reproach in this area. For the past 2 years, I’ve been gradually shifting away from reliance on the tools; using my own knowledge and gift for metaphor to write your readings. I need time and space to complete this process, now. Writing my own guidebook and collaborating with an artist friend on a deck is high on my priority list; that is where I want to focus my energy.
After I deliver the last of the Solstice and New Year’s spreads, there will be no more Cards available to the public until mid-June. I have some existing Coaching clients that I’ll still work with, and still do Cards for them if the need arises.
I will continue with current Coaching clients into the New Year. I may open availability to new Coaching clients in late winter, early spring. I will make sure to alert you when I do.
New Moon Cards
I will not be doing New Moon cards for 6 months, and I’ll suspend my Patreon page so you won’t be charged. Your credit card will be charged on the first of June, and your next New Moon cards will arrive on June 13. I’ll take care of all of that on my end, so you don’t have to even think about it. There’s no need, but if you want to remove your patronage, no hard feelings!
Website and Facebook
I’ll make announcements at both places about my sabbatical, and remove the store page so no one can order. I’ll keep everything else up and running, so blog archives and the Facebook page will all still be there. I intend to make time for writing during my sabbatical, but am not committing to any kind of a production schedule yet.
My plan is Nope. But if I need to make an announcement, this is probably the way I’ll do it, since it’s the most reliable to get something in front of your eyeballs.
Okay, this isn’t Wild Goose Guidance stuff, but if you want to hear what I’ve been thinking about while I’m gone from this space, my husband and I are recording again! The Glimmering podcast is where we learn out loud together on subjects ranging from marriage and mental health to politics and parenting. We’re committed to help each other love deeply, grow successfully, and live justly. It would mean a lot to me if you’d follow us there!
It’s a bittersweet thing to say goodbye for the time being. I treasure the time I get to work with you; watching your hearts heal and grow in the Wild Goose work is one of the most life-giving things to me. Thank you for this time.