Master Your Mission 2016

by Melissa on September 20, 2016 · 1 comment

Longtime no post, amigos! What a crazy year 2016 has been!

Since I last posted I’ve been:

  • working hard at building my photography business – Melissa Shearer Photography (website still to come)
  • volunteering as one of the coordinators for the Toronto chapter of Travel Massive
  • volunteering on the advertising and marketing committee for the Markham Fair (Canada’s largest 4-day country fair) – I run the Instagram account, so be sure to give us a follow!  
  • I rented out my condo
  • moved in with the boyfriend
  • travelled to Europe for 3 weeks- where I experienced the magic of Julia Child when I stayed in her cottage in Provence for Master Your Mission.  
  • I also experienced being unnervingly close to the Bastille Day terrorist attack while in the South of France.

So for now, I’m continuing to build my photography clientele, settling into life in a new city, and preparing for a 10-day trip to Istanbul and Jordan!

Today I’m going to share with you –mostly in photographs- my time in the countryside, just outside of Nice, France. I can’t remember if I had mentioned it before, but I spent a glorious week at La Peetch (Julia’s former cottage) at the Master Your Mission workshop retreat for female entrepreneurs.

Master Your Mission was such a wonderful experience.  I had the opportunity to meet and work alongside 3 other up-and-coming female entrepreneurs:

  • Heather from Dragonfly Direction
  • Alyxaundria from The Real Estate of Life
  • and Kristi – a Staten Island native with an incredible dream!

The leaders of the retreat were:

Both leaders are highly successful female entrepreneurs, and between the two of them have 3 TedX talks under their belts. During the 6 days together, we laughed, we cried, we felt the magic of Julia Child all around us, and we worked on personal and professional development through a series of thought-provoking exercises.

It wasn’t all work during Master Your Mission!  We had the opportunity to visit a local(ish) winery- Commanderie Peyrasol.  The winery is built on the same land once held by the Knight’s Templar, it also served as a stopover for pilgrims en route to the Holy Land since the 12th century onwards. We also had a great time enjoying live music and a fireworks display at the pre-Bastille Day celebrations in the quaint village of Valbonne.

On top of that – we ate ALL of the delicious food that the South of France had to offer!

  • oysters plucked fresh from the Mediterranean
  • coq au vin prepared for us by the amazing Makenna Johnston (one of the current owners of La Peetch)
  • a bouillabaisse that we had the pleasure of making ourselves in Julia’s former kitchen
  • charcuterie galore
  • yummy macarons
  • an abundance of stinky (and delicious) cheeses from around the region
  • and all of the bread. ALL OF THE BREAD.

All the while, we sipped on fresh Caffe Unimatic coffee and more rosé and champagne than I think I’ve drank in my entire 29 years combined.

Anyways – enjoy a small selection of the photos I took during Master Your Mission! (Please excuse the reduced quality in the photos – WordPress loves to compress the photos to crap!)

La Peetch

Julia Child's kitchen

La Peetch living room

La Peetch courtyard

La Peetch

Commanderie Peyrassol winery

Commanderie Peyrassol winery



Bastille Day fireworks

Master Your Mission participants

Master Your Mission leaders

If you’d like more information to see how you can join next year’s retreat, feel free to reach out to me!


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Anne September 20, 2016 at 11:59 am

Wonderful photos….a real pro.
What an amazing experience.


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