This Woman is Transforming GRIEF

The gifts from the Creative Heroine Experience keep on giving. And giving (it feels so good to give :-)).

Today, I remember my friend Christina Rasmussen on stage sharing her path of being a creator ~> of victor, not victim ~ and it moving everyone to both laugh and cry. Boy is she FUNNY (wisdom and light does that).

Her story of losing her husband and raising her two daughters is moving. And what she’s done since the loss in raising these beautiful souls, as well as how she is revolutionizing the grief industry is cause for celebration. She’s the epitome of living boldly after loss.

Her Life Reentry Model, a regally radical model of grieving based in neuroscience and her thoughts around the “waiting room” that many experiencing grief find themselves in supports many, many people these days in stepping into their most fruitful beginnings after loss.

Her book Second Firsts is remarkable at assisting you to forge a new life (check it out for yourself or a friend).

I invited this gorgeous woman to speak at my event for a few reasons — one because, as mentioned, her wisdom, creativity, and work changing the grief industry is top notch AND because she was one of the last people to speak to my Mom before she passed.

You wouldn’t think the latter would qualify as an important prerequisite for a presenter, but for me, the reasons you do something in business or at an event that represents what you stand for are not one-sided (lopsided). Bring all of you to EVERYthing you do, say and show (Christina feels this way, too, so we’re a good match, xo).

It felt important to me to showcase her work as it aligns with who the Creative Heroine is (the woman who moves from problem to solution to express who she really is), as well as to honor the love she showed to my Mom in her last months of life.

After two years of the intense grief felt of losing my brother in a car accident, my Mom was searching (as many feeling deep pain are) and after sharing Christina’s work, she was even more motivated to keep going and reached out to Christina to start working with her. She never got there but I don’t doubt the connection made with Christina filled her up in a new way. It’s tough not to feel that way after meeting Christina.

In short, I can’t help but see this as one of many gifts given at CHE in March: the reminder that there can be a big, bold life waiting for you after loss and…to bring all of you to everything you do.

Thank you again, dear Christina ~ for loving my Mama and loving us ALL at the Creative Heroine Experience.

And to all Creative Heroines, enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. HERE is our Run of Show for all the presenters and a little about their work in the world. Follow them now! 🙂 

What I Stopped Doing that Made Me More Creative

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Part of being “creative” or able to create solution/soul-ution (not just someone who has ideas but is known *for* them) or, in other words, innovating and leading in an industry comes down to what and whom you’re giving your energy to. 

If you want to create anew and reinvent yourself or breathe new valuable life into an industry or part of society, you can not be a giver to the wrong people in your daily life. 

Don’t confuse nice with true giving. Being nice is opening the door for someone when they’re walking out of the same building, true giving requires thought and energy from physical, emotional and spiritual bodies (not everyone will be able to receive from you — be selective so you have the bandwidth to more gracefully select and stick with the creative challenges or projects you’ll work on to better the world around you). 

Most everyone deserves nice. Everyone isn’t whom you truly and fully give to.

As a creator and a natural giver, surround yourself with others who are givers (who lift mood, energy and lift YOU up) and where there’s an energy exchange that allows you both to do what you do best and let go of the rest.

Be forgiving to the people and projects who are aligned with your values, beliefs and passions — and — be forgiving of yourself for the countless times you put others first who kept showing you that your creative energy was meant to go elsewhere.

Do what grows your natural exuberance and conserve the energy that comes from it. You’ll need lots of it where you’re going.

[Shown here: Paige Bradley, master and world-renowned sculptor at The Creative Heroine Experience whose piece “Expansion” went viral…she had women crying (and crazily writing notes) on 3/3/18, xo.]

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. I’m taking on three new private clients to move from having the idea to birthing the idea. As I said above, move from having ideas to being known for them. If you’d like to hear more about the work we could do together, simply email us back and Susan will send you the daring details. xo

Are You Frida or Audrey?

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Frida, artist-turned-activist and Audrey actress-turned-“voice of the children” humanitarian… different women, but to solution (soul-ution), they had a very similar heart and soul.

They charged forward making moves in a myriad of ways from pain (Frida in regards to her physical pain, especially, but beyond, too)…from problem to solution and, devoted a big part of their creative lives, to help others do the same.

You can have it all. You can heal, you can create for yourself or your family and, in the process, creatively and effortlessly also find ways to fill the needs of complete strangers…friends you haven’t met yet.

Audrey once said, “I’d like to do whatever I want all day long” and that simple saying’s ability to speak to each of our untapped greatness is rich…

Where one day long ago doing what I wanted may have meant eating bonbons, today it’s about using creativity (we are all born with it) for great good and showing women how to express more of who they are in business and life by way of bringing their “crazy” (change-making, culture-making, industry-innovating) ideas to life.

When I asked the talented graphic artist known as Hill Young (thank you, Hill!) to create Frida and Audrey on either side of [you with the living legacy that desperately wants arms and legs to go with that heart], I told her I wanted Frida and Audrey’s timelessness marked.

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I wanted to do that through the inclusion of modern elements like the ones present in the piece because humanity [and the desire to bring about change and create outside of ourselves] is timeless.

Humans are something else. Our knee-jerk is to help and to allow others to lean on us, but we also allow ourselves to get stuck on the human how…I only know because I do it, too. Less now than I once used to, but still present.

If your knee-jerk is TO do…do more for the highest or greater good and you feel it burning inside you every day, follow it…follow her, follow your creativity, because she will, without a doubt, help you find a way, a time, a schedule, the person, the venue, the funding, the fun you want to infuse into it all to get it going and keep it that way…

How will your creativity decide to express herself?

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. If you want to read more around brand expression, creativity, soulful business success, emotional intelligence and more, feel free to check out the #creativeheroine hashtag. Much love, Creative Heroine! 

One Liner to Your Greatest Expression

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I heard this exact phrase in a dream and it’s changed me forever.

Express who you are, all sides, all talents and more (of what you need to feel on purpose) will be revealed…

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. Did you catch the How Good’s This podcast episode about the Creative Heroine Experience? Listen HERE.