A year off is wise. Be sure to write down tangible goals during your year off. Prep is not easy on the wife, ever. My wife said this one hasn't been that bad. Which means, she hasn't stabbed me. But, I've still got 3 days to go. She has an anatomy final next week so she'll be studying instead of attending my show. I was hoping to share my success with her, but... I'll have some friends there hopefully.