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Ready to flip the middle finger to the status quo in life and business? Welcome home. Rebel Souls explores what it means to rebel FOR who you are, what you want, and the impact you want to have in the world.

Join Shelley Paxton – Lifelong Rebel, Liberator of Souls, and Author of Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel’s Guide to Finding Your Best Life – as she hosts conversations with movement makers, culture creators, and game-changers who are breaking the rules and rewriting the script of success.

Buckle up for some serious badassery – and a whole lot of inspiration.
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Aug 31, 2020



What are some of the things about you that you don’t want the world to know? Whenever we introduce ourselves, it’s almost always tailored to answer the “What do you do?” dinner party question. We state our job title, what we do for a living, or where we work. Stating our vulnerabilities to a complete stranger at our first meeting is the last thing we’d want to do. Yet, opening up to someone from a place of rawness, authenticity, and vulnerability can be a powerful way to connect with them and let them know that they are not alone in this world.


In this episode, I share five things I don’t want you to know about me: from my fears to some of the most unhappy places in my life. I explore the importance of vulnerability and authenticity and explain why I commit to it. I discuss how divorce impacted me and my mental health. I reveal my previous relationship with alcohol and share a realization I had during the pandemic. I also discuss my mission and fears about bringing Soulbbatical to the corporate world and highlight how discomfort can lead us to growth.




“Edges are our growth. Discomfort is our growth.” - Shelley Paxton




This week on Rebel Souls:


  • My commitment to opening up and rebelling for vulnerability
  • Practicing vulnerability and how we introduce ourselves in the coaching community
  • My experience with an unhappy marriage and divorce
  • The importance of advocating for mental health awareness
  • My numbing habit and what I realized during the pandemic
  • Honoring my mission and showing up to my sobriety
  • My fear of showing and sharing my soft, romantic side
  • What’s making me play safe and keeping me from expanding my business
  • The “upper limit” problem and how it holds us back from reaching higher goals
  • The value of setting up boundaries and criteria for the organizations I want to work with
  • Bringing Soulbbatical to the corporate world and my mission to revolutionize the way we work



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Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of Rebel Souls with your host, Shelley Paxton, the podcast dedicated to helping leaders reject the status quo, liberate their soul, and become a lifelong rebel. If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe to the show and leave a review. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram and share your favorite episodes across social media. And for more great content and information, visit our website and grab your copy of Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel’s Guide to Finding Your Best Life.