A week with no clients and email

This coming December I am taking a three-month sabbatical. It's a big deal for me. I can't imagine what it would be like to have three months with no clients, no email, no professional commitments. 

I can't imagine and I don't want to imagine. I want to be prepared. So to get ready for the big ride I decided to put some training wheels on and take a one-week sabbatical per month. 

The idea is that for this one week each month I will not coach clients, not schedule professional commitments and most of all – not send or respond to email. I figure that by December I will have proper training and some insights about how to make the most of the coming three months off. 

Last week was my first practice sabbatical week. I set up an auto response to my email that read the following:


Stop your cold calling

A client of mine took upon himself the task of cold calling prospects to help grow his creative business and add to new people to his marketing machine. He is dreading every call and finding it to be one of the most uninspiring marketing tasks he does.

Cold calling has always been something people dread doing but seem to believe that it’s a necessary action they need to take. The problem with cold calling is that it’s simply not an enjoyable process and when we don’t enjoy something it becomes difficult, we procrastinate and never really get any satisfying results.....


A blog is born.

I was born on a Tuesday. 

Tuesday seems to be a good day to bring new things into the world. In the music business Tuesdays are knows as "new release" days where albums come out. Elections are held on Tuesdays and even Mardi Gras starts on Tuesday.  So it seems fitting starting a blog on a Tuesday.

I'm excited to create the Mentoring Notes Blog, a space where we have an ongoing conversation with you, the creative entreperneur about the topics that matter most. This is a space of learning, of insights,  of questions and connections. 

To celebrate the launch of this blog I'd like to share a poem I wrote to mark new beginings. 


Bless this journey.

I look ahead and see no destination
I look behind and see thousands of questions
I look down and hear my heart melting
I look forward and take a deep breath

The next step could be the one
that drowns me
that drops me into my abyss

The next step could be the one
that leads me into my unknown
my bliss
my glee
my truth

are no longer in charge

I bless this journey
with moments of delight
where time disappears
and truth emerges

I bless this journey
with new insights
that steer me
to the place 
where I regain 
my power, my spirit, my joy.