Kirk Horsted is a part-time hedonist, present-minded professor and avid Dad. He is also 1/2 of 2 Heads Communications, a Minneapolis creative agency known for its copywriting and ideas—and its peculiar practice of closing up shop to take sabbaticals. Since 1990, Kirk has taken four “BreakAways,” researched and written obsessively about the topic, and offered advice, speeches, and workshops that have moved others to chase their own dreams.
Before 2 Heads (way back in the go-go 80s), Kirk held an executive position with Minnesota Monthly magazine for five years. Prior to that, he worked at an ad agency and two public radio stations. He has an MALS from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and a BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
Although Kirk typically prefers pursuit of authentic experiences over staring at a screen, he is easy to reach and welcomes your message at [email protected].
For nearly two decades, Kirk has believed in, preached and practiced the radical concept of taking temporary retirement throughout life, rather than waiting for some promised nirvana at the questionable end.
5 primary themes permeate his work, website, and life:
Selling this pitch isn’t necessarily easy in modern-day America. Especially as the markets have moved from Dow 1000 all the way up to 14 and back down to 8 (or lower?)… As our worry shifts from Iraq1 to 9/11 to New Orleans to Iraq2. As our bubbles of hope swell and burst—and swell and burst again…
But despite these fickle, cyclical tsunamis of change, Kirk has stuck to his story. And he has become ever more convinced that his message is relevant, regardless of the times. (Test audiences have overwhelmingly agreed.)
On December 17, 2008, Kirk embarked on his fourth Breakaway in 18 years. You can track that trip here. Meanwhile, here’s a rundown of his other adventures:
To capture the ideas, Kirk has drafted two books, Retire Now and Then and 355 Days, and logged an “around the world” getaway with photos and essays online.
He also launched this website and blog—with a little help from his friends—on December 17, 2008, the same day he left with his family for a 69-day BreakAway in the Caribbean.
Special thanks and high fives go to Polymer Studios who made the tech work happen, Dr. Kelly for manning the fort and cat, and the friends, family, and colleagues who have believed in my Big Idea and helped make BreakAways possible.