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The Hidden COVID Killer: Burnout

Coronavirus and its global pandemic have sent the world spiraling, killing hundreds of thousands and affecting almost every nation.

Economically, its effects cannot be overstated. Thousands of businesses have closed their doors for good, and even some major corporations have gone under. After months of quarantine, people are not only burnt out of their online jobs but are disappointed with how many companies are treating their employees.

As a result, many are undergoing a massive re-education process while rethinking companies and what success really look like. People want purpose in their life and in their work. They’re looking to add mindfulness to their daily lives but also need a dedicated and warm community that possesses common shared experiences that they can relate to. 

Shelley Paxton is looking to fill the void of purpose and soul in American corporate culture and beyond. An author, speaker, and transformational coach, she can best be summed up as a burnout fighter and fire re-igniter. Paxton spent 26 years as a highly regarded marketing and advertising executive for some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Harley-Davidson, AOL, McDonald’s, and Visa. 

Most recently, she served as Chief Marketing Officer of Harley-Davidson but left it all in 2016 to become the “Chief Soul Officer” of her life. In her book, SOULBBATICAL: A Corporate Rebel’s Guide to Finding Your Best Life (published by Simon and Schuster), Paxton reveals it all by sharing her vulnerable journey– taking readers on an occasionally harrowing, often hilarious voyage through the illness, divorce, addiction, and tragedy that finally woke her up and sent her on this quest of soulful discovery. 

The mission of her company, Soulbbatical, is to liberate the souls of leaders and organizations by inspiring them to embrace their greatest truth, purpose, and possibility from the inside out. A certified professional coach, Shelley works with executives at Fortune 500 companies, fellow rebel-soul individuals, and entrepreneurs striving for purpose and freedom.  

For Paxton, it’s all about accumulating self-worth and not suffering for the sake of net worth–fundamentally the profound understanding that these don’t have to be mutually exclusive after all.

To be clear, she’s not anti-corporate. Paxton’s own journey included being an executive at many massive corporations. Essentially, her philosophy is all about following your personal journey on the road to freedom and courageously pursuing what matters most to you and finding purpose. For some, this might mean becoming “soulpreneurs,” and for others, it might simply be unleashing a courageous and soulful impact inside an organization whose purpose they truly believe in.

Shelley believes that right now is the perfect time to read SOULBBATICAL and since her book’s release in January, she’s continued to guide audiences around the country in discovering their passion and become the Chief Soul Officer of their life. Shelley understands how COVID-19 is impacting entrepreneurs, and she’s dedicated herself to helping others in the midst of this pandemic. Now more than ever, people are in a sensitive mental state, and Paxton is looking to awaken these struggling souls by helping them live and lead from a place of authenticity, courage, and purpose. And in doing so, she believes that burnout can be a thing of the past.

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