Bosscation 2019 Part 1: Nice, Monaco, St. Paul de Vence

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In August I found myself in a really bad place- morale was low inside my own business, I was running ragged, I wasn’t taking care of my mental or physical health and I was sort of in denial that all of this was happening.

My life was supposed to be fun.

I have a really cool business! I have a really rad team! I was running a cool and quirky Airbnb! I have a cute dog I adopted from Mexico! I live in a beautiful, light-filled apartment in downtown Cleveland!

But I was deeply unhappy, unfulfilled and pretending that I wasn’t. I was white-knuckle driving through my super-stressful life that wasn’t at all about my own happiness.

But I was lucky enough to change my story and change my life.

I decided to close my Airbnb, sell all it’s contents and use the money to take a trip to Europe. I called it Bosscation 2019 and it was one of the scariest decisions I’ve made recently (that’s weird, right?!?!!).

Before I left for #Bosscation2019 I thought I was running away. I thought I was selfish and irresponsible. Because that was my story about myself.

I could never do what I wanted to do because

  • I’m a business owner

  • I have a team who needs me

  • I don’t have enough money

  • My business will fail if I go

  • I don’t deserve to leave

  • I should have planned better

  • and so many other reasons

But can I tell you what DID happen as I followed my heart?

  • I had a panic attack at the airport just before I left (just ask Meg)

  • I almost did NOT go

  • I was so uncomfortable the ENTIRE flight over to France

  • I had to believe I could go even though almost every part of my brain was screaming, “Turn around, go back to the US and face the mess of a business you’ve created!”

  • I began to ease into the discomfort + realize I was not going to die

  • I had to remain uncomfortable and still go forth with my days- I was in France, after all!

  • I had to do what my heart wanted me to do DESPITE MY BRAIN’S OBJECTIONS

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Do you know what happened once I took the plunge and gave into my heart?

  • Well, I truly started sobbing- I think because I finally had my own back

  • I became HIGHLY creative- I read, I wrote, I was so in touch with my voice and mission

  • I felt LOVE. Such immense love for myself. Every moment.

  • I got so much work done. I talked to my team. I wrote blog posts and made financial plans.

  • I walked to the beach every morning for a dip in the water.

  • I figured out my life.

  • I had such high clarity toward my life.

  • I attracted so many high-level clients and coaches who were calling me ‘out of the blue’

  • I wrote + launched my coaching programs and website

  • I decided I wanted to become Master Coach Certified (eeeeek!)

  • My anxiety went away FULLY to be replaced by calm and sometimes a feeling like I’m going to puke because I’m daring so greatly toward my best life / business.

  • I wake up refreshed

  • I figure out my next steps.

You DO know the problem. You just can’t figure out how to solve it. But I can help you. It’s the thing I’m best at.


STOP 1: Nice, St. Paul de Vence, Monaco

I arrived to Nice after so much internal drama and I was T I R E D. And I didn’t get un-tired, because my nephews are actually wild. They’re fun but also wild. And one of them threw up on me in the middle of the night (we were bunking together). It was actually kinda fun being in Europe with them- I know we’ll have some cool memories later. We ate gelato, perused markets, went to the beach, visited a really beautiful museum and went to Monaco.

Daily itineraries:

  • Beach Day in Nice

  • Day Trip to Monaco

  • Rent a car and head to a tiny mountain town like St. Paul de Vence + The Maeght Foundation Museum (pick up some Pan Bagnat + perrier for lunch)

  • Explore Nice (old town), shop at the food / flea markets, grab a dinner overlooking the water, find a cute cafe for dessert and wine

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St. Paul de Vence is a charming town in the French Alps.

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The Maeght Foundation is a fabulous Jean Miro museum and very close to Nice.

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NEXT TIME, MY LIFE-CHANGING TIME IN ANTIBES.

My brother, sister in law and nephews flew out after my first 4 days in France and I hopped on a train to Antibes for a bit more of a relaxed Summer beach vibe. I stayed in a tiny airbnb on a tiny little street that was only accessible by cars and a 5 minute walk down to the beach and to really everything I needed- grocery store, wine bars, cafés, bakeries and quite a few plazas where there was a lively night life of music or just gathering on large patios for wine and dessert.

This is where my creativity broke open. I was able to just love my life and enjoy creating content, exploring, having a million (great) ideas for business and life and be really effective at using a few hours a day to get a lot of work done. It also gave me the idea to host creative retreats in places like this, that I think stimulate your imagination and help you truly connect back to what’s meaningful to you- resulting in such high clarity about business and life that I feel we should be doing this more than we do.

Stay tuned to find out more about

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Stephanie Sheldon