Stop! Sabbatical time

I’m taking a three-month sabbatical! It feels really weird to write that sentence, and it feels even weirder to add an exclamation mark at the end of it. But that’s what’s happening, even if it hasn’t sunk in yet.

I’ve been pulled away from work on multiple occasions over the last 5 years to deal with terrible, traumatic things. And I took last August off because my battery was completely depleted.

That’s why I’m so thrilled to announce that I feel like I’m back on my feet, back to myself, and back on my bullshit. I’m so excited about this sabbatical; rather than dealing with or recovering from crisis, I’m finally in a position to explore and create.

What am I going to do?

The short answer: whatever I feel like! I’m trying not to set explicit goals around creative output, but rather establish a sense of creative momentum. I’ve got a list of ideas, projects, songs, blog posts, and schemes 100 miles long, and I’m excited to chip away at them. It might be a bit scatter shot, it might end up being really focused. Who the hell knows! But I’m so incredibly excited to have dedicated space to explore where my creative energy takes me.

My painting “The Future Is Wide Open” perfectly articulates how I feel about this upcoming sabbatical.

This is the extent of my concrete ideas around my sabbatical activities:

  • Create something every day
  • Write every day
  • Play music every day
  • Do something healthy every day
  • Hang out with my family
  • Hang out with friends

All of this is subject to change if I feel like it.

The beat goes on

My amazing colleagues at Big Medium are carrying on in my stead, helping our clients create & evolve design systems, supercharge their digital organizations, and design for what’s next. If your team needs help with your design system’s architecture, execution, implementation, adoption, process, governance, culture, and technological future, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re absolutely able to help and the team can get the ball rolling even while I’m away.

I can’t thank my colleagues enough for creating the space for me to take this time, and for being the kind, generous souls they are. This has been in the works for two years, and I’m so thrilled we were able to successfully make it work. Thank you thank you thank you.

Well…here goes nothing!

Brad jumping off of a cliff into water in Negril, Jamaica