Sabbatical Series: Kerry Smith

By: Kerry Smith, Marketing Senior Manager

One of Enova’s greatest perks is a month-long sabbatical. This sabbatical is an opportunity to unplug and recharge. After four years, eligible team members can take four consecutive weeks off in addition to their yearly Paid Time Off (PTO) benefit. Team members can do whatever they want on their sabbatical (except work), and I, like many, chose to spend my time off traveling.

The anticipation of sabbatical was fun but the reality was amazing and exceeded all of my expectations. I wanted to live a different life for my sabbatical and planned to be abroad in Barcelona for 30 days. Being able to plan ahead allowed family and friends to join me on my trip.

Barcelona is a vibrant city, and exploring the sites was both energizing and relaxing. After enjoying my morning coffee in a local shop, I would walk to what I wanted to see. I ended up walking over 10 miles each day and explored many of Barcelona’s different neighborhoods. Somedays I walked from one end of Barcelona to the other. I enjoyed beautiful architecture, lush parks, unique Spanish art, attended soccer matches, and tasted delicious tapas with Spanish wine. I appreciate many elements of Spanish culture, especially fresh food, cherished time with family and friends , and of course, I enjoyed some siestas.

My boyfriend and I spent the last few days in Marrakech, Morocco. We learned more about Moroccan culture, shopped in the souks, and experienced a traditional hammam spa. The food was fantastic and the sites were stunning. It was the perfect way to end my sabbatical.
I felt so light, free, and grateful during my month away! Thank you Enova for offering the best perk!

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