How to know you need a sabbatical with Yolanda Harper | POP 976

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Do you feel like you’re teetering on the edge? Is it perhaps time for a sabbatical? How can you prepare for one so that you can take this much-needed and healing time off? 

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about how to know you need a sabbatical with Yolanda Harper.

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Meet Yolanda Harper

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Yolanda is a warm-hearted music and nature lover who has a strong faith and likes #TrailLife. She is real; a therapist, mental health thought leader, entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker, Soul Sabbatical Doula, wife, and Mama always to her grown children– but a human first.

She is brave – not afraid to tackle the grit, whether on the hiking trail or in life. She leads with humanness and enjoys authentic connection with others, bearing witness to their world of tears, laughter… the whole shebang. Visit Yolanda’s website and connect on Instagram and YouTube.

In this Podcast

  • Planning a sabbatical 
  • Entering into the sabbatical 
  • Potential challenges of a sabbatical 
  • Yolanda’s advice to private practitioners

Planning a sabbatical 

From the moment that Yolanda realized that she needed a sabbatical, she began planning to take it.  It took a couple of months, since she needed to find a clinical supervisor to replace her, and to organize her finances.

All in all, it took about five months of planning before she was able to go on her sabbatical.  Of course, if someone has children in the house, this will look different. 

For someone who does have kids in the house, I spent the majority of my sabbatical at home and I was still a wife and mom, so it could be the same if you have younger kids in the house. What are the tasks or things [you’re] doing with the kids, are there ways for me to offload some of these tasks and have friends or family step in? (Yolanda Harper) 

If you want to go on a sabbatical, it will take asking for help, leaning on your support system, and letting yourself be helped by them. 

Entering into the sabbatical 

For Yolanda, her sabbatical had some structure. 

It would be difficult to come to an end period if you do not have any framework for what you would like this sabbatical time to look like, or to at least contain. 

It needs to be more than a week-long vacation, so [my coach] suggested a month out of the business side of the practice, and three months out of seeing clients. When she said that, my jaw dropped … [But] I thought that if I’m gonna do this, I need to give it the best shot for it to be “successful”. Like, what is my definition of a successful sabbatical? (Yolanda Harper) 

Yolanda encourages you to be honest with yourself about what this period would need to contain for you to be able to fully rest, open up, and have a shot at coming out the other side with a clearer picture of where you want to go from there. 

It is scary, but jump into it, and give it a chance to help you.

As Yolanda explains, you don’t have to know what you necessarily want to do, but it would help you to guide yourself through it by knowing what you want to feel. 

I started thinking instead of what I’m going to do, how do I want to feel on the other side of this time off? How was I feeling, and then how did I want to feel? (Yolanda Harper) 

Potential challenges of a sabbatical 

One of the best – and most difficult – aspects of being on sabbatical is that it gives you so much time with yourself, and to be alone with your thoughts, feelings, and general being. 

You end up addressing problems or systems that you have swept aside for years, and if you are willing to face them, they can finally be released and let go.

It all comes down to whether or not you are willing to face your life. 

It was a very spiritual process. It was restorative to my physical body and restorative to my mind, but even more so [and] why I call it a soul sabbatical is that it was a deep practice for my soul and my spirit. (Yolanda Harper) 

Yolanda’s advice to private practitioners 

Tuning into your heart, desires, and things that bring you joy is as much of an important component as building your practice, putting systems in place, and doing the training.

Take care of yourself because you are the one who handles the business.

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Yolanda Harper – Soul Sabbatical: A Journey to Revive the Heart

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners who are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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