Lots of people say they’d like to take a break from work. But precious few do. This site is for the doers and the dreamers. And anyone who’s caught in the work/life jungle and ready to hack a different path.

What’s the Big Idea?

Hi. I’m Kirk Horsted. Welcome to BreakAway–an amalgamation of opinions & ponderings on the provocative topic of Sabbaticals and Career Breaks. I emphatically believe that real people (like you!) can and should take these restorative breaks–and I’ve done a bunch of them myself to test the theory. Click What’s the Big Idea to read moreR

Latest from the BA Blog

BITN: Debt Rits Roof; Homey Gap Years; Retirees Reeling

Posted on: Monday, February 26th, 2024

Are ‘kids these days’ lazy, entitled, and floating? Or are they truly having a hard time finding financial independence? To find out, jump in and read on… BreakAways in the News has been on, well,…

SoulTrain

FOTOFRIDAY: One Day 2 Years Ago…

Embrace the spirals of nature. Fresh snow inspires fresh snow art. I’ve made so many works of snow art that I have lost count, and can barely find them all…

FOTOFRIDAY: Happy (?) Solstice!

This installment of the Snow Art Series is titled Solstice Rosy Sunshine. Why the (?) in Happy Solstice headline? Well, lotsa reasons, including that the day is DARK, the weather…

Sabbatical Shuffle

Got PTO? Use It or Lose It (Literally!)

Why is that bucolic scene sitting empty? Because Americans are refusing to take their time—vacation time, sick time, family leave time, PTO, etc! Our lovely local newspaper has been…

FOTOFRIDAY: So Far Away, Yet So Halloween

It’s the spooky season…Beware of wayward pirates! St. Vincent gets flown over by most tourists, but maybe that’s one reason this mountainous Caribbean island has been on my mind…