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What A Work Sabbatical Taught Ashleigh Martinez About Culture, Boundaries, & The Power of Rest

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

I’ll be honest. I’ve been struggling to get back into the swing of things post-holidays. I’d like to say that I’ve been nothing but gentle with myself about this…but that would be a lie. Which is why my conversation with Ashleigh Martinez about work sabbaticals came at exactly the right moment.

Ashleigh is the Manager of Employee Culture and Community Development at Creative Circle. As a show of appreciation for her ten year anniversary at Creative Circle, she was able to take a three-month sabbatical that taught her so much about herself and her relationship with work.

Our conversation was just what I needed to rethink my own relationship with work and ways that I can navigate it more honestly in 2023. I think it will have the same effect for you!

Ashleigh Martinez takes a picture in front of a map of Rota Vicentina on her career break work sabbatical

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What a sabbatical actually is and how it works at Creative Circle.

  • The fears Ashleigh had to overcome to actually take a sabbatical.

  • The MOST important aspect of successfully unplugging from work during a break.

  • The sabbatical lessons Ashleigh learned and still applies now.

  • What surprised her the most when she came back from sabbatical.

  • The work boundaries that everyone should consider in 2023 - sabbatical or not.

  • The BRILLIANT advice Ashleigh has for founders and people leaders.

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