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Journal Entry 1 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Sunday, March 19, 2006
ReArchitecting: One Business Woman's Mid-career Learning Sabbatical

Many of us have experienced moments when we wished we could take a complete break from our current lives and take a new approach. Sometimes life gives us those opportunities when least expected and in ways unimagined.

In this collection of essays, written while sitting by a beloved lake in Switzerland, a just-turned-40-year-old woman attempts to describe in words what she has learned by mid-life both professionally and personally.

She shares this purpose and hope for readers:
May this collection inspire you to consider your life from a different perspective, introduce to you the idea of a sabbatical if you're never thought one possible, and motivate you to talk with others about your own experience with learning and change so that we all grow as individuals to discover our voices and contribute them to the world about us

Journal Entry 2 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Lessons in Change and Learning
A Review of “ReArchitecting” by Jill Allemang

“Real learning rarely comes quickly or without effort.” (p.26)

This slim, elegant collection of nine essays explores Jill Allemang’s mid life career sabbatical; her decision to leave a successful corporate career and to achieve a masters degree. It is the story of her personal journey as she reflects on a new path for her career and life. Allemang does not shy from sharing the personal and difficult lessons she learnt, which she does with humour and candour! The book celebrates her year of transition and ambiguity, of finding her own voice and opening herself up to new possibilities.

But “ReArchitecting” is also the story of “everywoman”. It reminds us that we are all confronted with similar life, career and relationship challenges. The strength of this book is in its simplicity and its openness. Jill’s voice clearly tells her own story and we respond with our own reactions and emotions. It is this second voice, our voice, that completes the story and helps us to consider our own learning journey.

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