Serial Mini Retirements are a great way to explore other talents/interests while not fully letting go of the career that 'pays the big bucks'. I have left my field of Finance many times to do a myriad of things: develop a software program, buy and revamp a small business, have 3 kids (longer term maternity leaves: with or without employment), earn a Masters degree in Exercise Science so I can better understand my athletic performances; worked as a strength coach, flipped houses, and just be a bum (not really). During each of these career transgressions, I voluntarily left my employment and felt totally financially secure knowing I had sufficient cash holdings and the ability to get back into the workforce at a decent salary. At the age of 46, I resigned my full-time and incredibly boring position to retire. However, my employer offered me flexible half time work so I am able to volunteer at my kid's school, train for races, and open more opportunities to make a positive impact. My boss, who clearly doesn't understand FIRE, cringed during my resignation discussion and stated "I don't want you to be in the position of not having a job". ha ha
Many people don't understand the concept of leaving the workforce for self-imposed sabbaticals and thus it is sometimes difficult to get the rationale across to employment recruiters. Getting back into the workforce at a similar level position and/or wage may be a challenge. Having employment gaps on the resume and job application is sketchy to the more traditional hiring managers. I have always had business ownership, whether it be the LLC that covers my rental property, or the S-Corp that holds my part-time business, that I put on my resume to fill in some of the time gaps.
Another issue I had during a longer sabbatical from the technological side of the Finance industry is that skills do erode over time. Technology moves fast and new releases of software can be challenging. Thus, it is important to stay current with the industry and understand current events.
If you are unsure of early retirement, pursue your desires, give yourself sufficient time and then decide whether or not to get back into the workforce. Jobs are always out there waiting.