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

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Posted on: Friday, April 30th, 2021

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BITN: 3 Pandemic Consolation Prizes

Could the dark clouds be clearing? For real? We’ve endured more than a year of pandemic pain. But, as the interns in charge of this periodic post say, let’s…

Please… Don’t Despair; Dream Instead

Ice fishing. A Northerner’s pastime featuring cold, perseverance, and solitude. Today’s topic is unusually serious: Dreams, fantasies, faith, hope, imagination. The NYT recently published a timely feature about the…