Working at ThoughtWorks has many perks – one of which is a paid 12 week sabbatical after ten years service. I took mine over the UK Summer holidays in 2016 and thought I’d stick some stuff up about what I got up to. I’ll post again with some more updates about what I’ve been working on. So, the sabbatical…
I’ve been at TW for over eleven years now and in summer of 2016 I took the opportunity to take my 12 week sabbatical. It was over the school holidays since my main goal was to spend time with my family – we all know the impact that consulting has on this I guess. My plans were pretty fluid but I knew that I wanted to get away with the kids as much as possible and that I wanted to take some time for myself. I guess I really wanted to know what to focus on next at TW since I’ve done many of the roles in professional services before spending the last couple of years as a principal on teams, a lot of architecture consulting, writing and speaking at public events. A pretty full schedule basically.
Anyway, on to what I got up to, which I guess was the point of this.
I started the 12 weeks off by getting married – which was pretty much the perfect start.
I followed this up with a trip to South Wales with the family – Castles and beaches featured highly as you can see (as, unusually for Wales, did good weather!).
Next up, my wife and I managed to get some time to ourselves (not easy when you have four children between you) to go on honeymoon. We decided to hang out in the Dordogne and Loire areas of France for a bit – good wine and good cheese FTW.
Château de Chinon at sunset
When we got back it was time to head down to Wales again – when you have beaches like this ten minutes from your parents house it’s rude not to go to them as much as possible.