“The perfect book to read during a Pandemic.” – Los Angeles Herald
Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel’s Guide to Finding Your Best Life
Part memoir, part manifesto, Soulbbatical is an invitation to become Chief Soul Officer of your own life—and to open up a whole new world of possibility.
Former Harley-Davidson executive Shelley Paxton did just that. She walked away at the peak of her twenty-six-year marketing career and embarked on a profoundly personal journey to reconnect with her true purpose and deepest desires. She called it her “Soulbbatical,” and it not only changed her life, it became her calling.
Paxton had a wildly successful life by most definitions—iconic brands, executive titles, and a globe-trotting career that took her to over sixty countries. She had one of the coolest jobs in the world, yet couldn’t shake the feeling that she had lost herself along the way. Something was missing.
Here, she takes readers on a sometimes harrowing, often hilarious journey through the illness, divorce, addiction, and tragedy that finally woke her up. Suddenly she was rebelling for her best life, and embracing a new mission: to encourage others to live their most authentic, courageous, and purposeful lives—today.
Soulbbatical is an unconventional, exhilarating, and totally badass road map to discovering what you really want—and getting it. Because no matter how far you’ve strayed from your soul’s true path, it’s never too late for transformation.
The Reviews Are In!
“We’ve all heard of corporate sabbaticals, and Shelley Paxton’s twist on her own sabbatical story in “Soulbbatical” will help you get in touch with your own inner roadmap and reignite your own inner flame. After twenty six years as an executive for Harley-Davidson, Paxton embarked on a journey within to understand her true passion and calling. This story kept me glued to the pages and woke me up to my own inner compass. This is a must-read for anyone at any stage in their lives who is looking for a wake-up call for a life full of more courage and purpose.”
– Forbes’ 21 Books to Read in 2021
“This debut memoir couldn’t be timelier…Her fervor is palpable: The courage it took for Paxton to detach from corporate life, the fear and uncertainty she candidly reveals, and the verve and vitality of her prose all serve to make this a most memorable book…An honest, emotionally gut-wrenching, and ultimately soul-satisfying memoir.”
– Kirkus Review
“If you’ve ever worried you were sabotaging your soul in favor of traditional success, Shelley’s story is infinitely entertaining and inspiring. Her rebel corporate soul accounts from the boardrooms of McDonald’s and Harley-Davidson to becoming Chief Soul Officer of her own life will have you longing to venture on your own Soulbbatical.”
– Linda Sivertsen
Bestselling author, and host of the Beautiful Writers Podcast
“Do you ever have the feeling that you’re successful on the outside but dying a little on the inside? This is the book for you… Shelley will inspire you to create the life you’ve always wanted to live. And her practical guidance will help you make it a reality.”
– Rich Litvin
Best selling co-author of The Prosperous Coach and Founder of 4PC, a community of extraordinary leaders
“This is an important book for all to read. It’s a raw, honest and at times heartbreaking reminder of how we waste away the importance of our time on this planet and ignore our true priorities in favor of a position, money, status etc. We are here to live our most authentic life, one that feeds our soul and is in flow with what the universe has in store for us. Thank you for being brave enough to write this book and put this message out into the world, Shelley.”
– Heather Malenshek
SVP CMO at Land O’ Lakes and Former SVP/Chief Marketing Officer of Harley-Davidson
“The perfect book for a crazy year.” – Tacoma Daily
More Reviews From
Now or never: We are not getting any younger and Shelley Paxton took the chance that we all dream about taking. And then she tells us why we should also take that chance and walks us through HOW to take that chance, and succeed. Through her anecdotes, coaching, humor and heartfelt passion, she has created a mission to liberate us all to live our best life. A very inspiring read that you will want to pass on to all those in your circle.
– Derek T. Humphrey
Addictive and inspiring: Her writing felt like a corporate version of Glennon Doyle met up with Brene Brown in a dark alley. I also loved the small stories of others” journeys at the end, which helps anyone relate to the Soulbbatical concept. This is such a fun and inspiring read for anyone that feels sucked into.the corporate treadmill. Life is way too short not to read and explore your own soulbattical!
– Erin Davis
It’s never too late!: I am a 69 year old man who wishes he had read Shelley’s book 40 years ago. “Authentic” may be an overused term, but her story and her telling of the story IS authentic. I found her writing to be lyrical, poetic at times. It has an engaging pull to it.
Thought provoking : So many insights and thought provocation! Plus a cannot-put-it-down storyline that kept me engaged from the first page. Have already sent to several friends/colleagues.
– J J Baker
Insightful & Authentic – You will LAUGH , CHEER and CRY your way through this MUST read or listen! : Soulbbatical is a MUST READ or LISTEN! Shelley is courageous and vulnerable in this book , fearlessly sharing her soul journey. I too have a rebel spirit and was able to relate on all levels. It will take you on a ride (pun intended) of unexpected twists and turns you can’t put down. Shelley awakens your spirit and burns through to your soul. I really enjoy an audio book which is orated by the author. Her passion truly comes through and you will feel as though you are on the journey with her cheering her on and ready to ride along !
– Sandie Montgomery
Journey Bound: Soulbbatical is a soulful expression and exposure of Shelly Paxton’s life experience. Turning the last page and closing the back cover, I was lighter on my feet and ready to change my Universe! Thank you Shelly for being my compass!
– Eileen K.
Phenomenal Book – A Must Read: Shelley does an excellent job of sharing her story and being vulnerable in this book. She shares her personal and professional story so you can relate to her success and failures. She indirectly gives you permission to look at your own life and challenge yourself to redefine what you truly want. She is intelligent and funny. Her recommendations are brilliant. This is a must read for all working women
– Kristi T.
Thought provoking in the best ways: The journey of her own internal transformation speaks to the reader with brutal honesty and raw emotion. But while telling her own story, Shelley provides insights into how to find your own Soulbattical within your own life and in your terms. It’s a liberating message that leaves you hopeful, strong and excited for the life you may be missing. This book will speak to you in ways you never imagined. A remarkable read you won’t regret.
A funny fast insightful how to for your next chapter: Brave, funny and generally a badass wake up call to anyone thinking that they aren’t living the life they want. Punctuated with personal stories and rich in what to think about and some how to’s to hell you with your own journey onward. A great and surprisingly quick read.
– Tacy Lovatt
An inspiring emotional and insightful journey: Shelley takes the reader on a truly personal journey that is approachable and relatable. Once you are pulled in to the story, you will learn so many great life lessons that will inspire you on your own personal journey to create the life you want. By the time I finished the book, I was ready to plan my own Soulbbatical!
Couldn’t have arrived at a better time!: Helpful and humorous, thoughtful and insightful. Soulbbatical A Corporate Rebels Guide To Finding Your Best Life couldn’t have arrived at a better time. It acts as a reminder that there is a price to pay for losing sight of our own self health. Shelley’s insights and suggestions helped me to identify what my goals are and to create a focused plan to achieve them. I’m looking forward to Shelley’s next book.
Finally speak the language of what your inner voice has been trying to tell you: The thrills and spills of brutal honesty will keep you tearing through the pages to see what comes next with just enough pauses along the way to think about what it all means to you. I often bypass the book ‘exercises’, but this time actually stopped to consider the questions in a personal, meaningful way.
Read only if you’re open to changing your life! : You might want to change your life after you read this book! Shelley’s raw and real account of her life, is such an inspiring trampoline to taking the leap. She writes about what so many of us have felt – the need for more, the need to grow and our resistance to change. She encourages the reader to join her on the ups and the downs and helps us realize that we can all lead our best life! – Dominique Mas
You won’t want to put this one down! : Shelley Paxton has a masterful way of telling her story as if she were in the room with you. She is unapologetically honest about her life story. She gifts you with the kind of transparency and vulnerability that frightens most and she reminds you that you are not alone. That you got this. Her story is an inspiring story of strength and perseverance. But, what is best of all is that she gifts you will the tools that you need to get up and get going towards a more productive life. Thank you Shelley!
Life changing : This book will change your life. You’ll laugh and cry. It’ll make you think – a lot. And give you the courage to live the change you dream of.
– Kate S.