How to Connect (personal story)

Moons ago, when Josh and I lived in Los Angeles the first time, we became friends with a couple of big-hearted Australians named Corey and Susi.

Smart move on our part.

Many countries and 14 years later with us back in LA and they in Brooklyn, we are the closest of friends.

Receiving mail from soul family like these two is divine. It feels awesome and frankly, is a connection and expression we all need more of right now.

We are losing the art of connecting to texting and email. They are not enough.

They are not enough because our friends and family are worth more than hiding our love behind a screen. Or worse, never responding to them, which sadly texting and email make it all too easy to do.

Pick up the phone.

Call them back.

Write a letter.

Send a surprise gift.

Don't underestimate the great impact these "small" things added up over time have on matters of the heart, healing and having true friends for life vs. names to scroll through on Facebook.

Though Susi and I connect on many levels, such as being writers and business owners (check out her crazily creative online yoga program @ www.dirtyyogaco.com), we relate most around the importance of nurturing meaningful relationships.

Susi is a pro at the unexpected and lately I've taken to mailing more photos, unexpected gifts and cards to friends and family too.

I wrote my Dad a six-page letter two weeks ago and the simple act of writing it made me feel 10x more connected.

I don't doubt for one second that it added another 10 years to each of our lives too. ;)

What you heard is true: your word is all you have.

Jump to it.

Get to saying these life-giving and love-filled words in person or by calling your special someone on the phone.

Say your words, whether in person, or by writing them in cards or in letters, but say them, and now.

Make the effort.

You're not off the hook.

On the contrary, you're on the hook for every single friendship and relationship.

If they're not feeling like the connections you want, breathe new life into them by taking a breath and a moment to give to them in this way.

Love stories don't write themselves.

You write them.

See this all as a great privilege and it will be.

Love is a great privilege.
 

Life is good,

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A Mom & Changemaker (Mom Mogul Mastermind)


 

You are the X and the O ~ the nucleus ~ of a little world called your family.

As a woman with a few missions in this life, you are also the lead creative and soulful support to all those you serve with your products and services in the movement you call your business.

The next boutique business mastermind for conscious moms who desire to move forward on their one (1) audacious goal in 2016/2017 and, in the process, meet more passion, purpose and prosperity is launching after the Summer months.

Dance onto the Mom Mogul list and stay in the know…

X O:  www.michelleghilotti.com/mommogulwaitlist

Enjoy your business and enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Your Brand of Ease (Branding Retreat photo)


[Photo by Ashlee Wilson Dephillippo]

We can and do over-complicate what branding means.

We can and do over-complicate what expression or being "authentic" calls us forward to do and do consistently.

We can and do over-complicate what it takes to create a successful and profitable company or collective that feels way more than a business because it IS way more than a business.

In the end, it comes back to the work you commit to doing on yourself and the support you have while you do it (this will always create and/or grow your brand of woman, in and outside of business).

It also is very much about never losing sight of your humanness and knowing that sustainable success is about a creative mix of both heart and hustle.

As an entrepreneur, powerful global leader and brand you need it all, but it needn't come with struggle.

Hustle to Zsuzsa and me is not your typical hustle. It is about being out there consistently with confidence, purpose and power, doing what you say you will do to reach a goal and another and another, over and over again, all while you take ridiculous care of yourself.

True commitment and this kind of alignment move the needle, and so does doing the work on yourself and in the business, every single time.

Hands up for this brand of ease being where prosperity begins:

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Enjoy your business, enjoy your LIFE.

Life is good,

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The Art of DOING MORE (Branding Retreat photo in Beverly Hills)


[Photo by Ashlee Wilson Dephillippo]

Let's make a living and have a life.

That's what this fun, let loose on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills photo after The Branding Retreat brand tour reminds me of.

I couldn't wait to share it and the following thoughts after hearing my business answering machine yesterday afternoon, as I was on the other side of the house, sing: "…in the meantime, enjoy your business and enjoy your LIFE."

Why don't we!

Let's enjoy this life.

Most of us got into entrepreneurship for time and creative freedom and to blow the doors off the cap on our income…we can make as much or as little as we want. Terrifying for some, which I understand and invigorating for others, which I also relate to.

And, during all the GO of making things and making shift and growth happen, there must be moments of ah, REST. Collaboration, teamwork, boundaries, scheduling and honoring the harvest invites this rest and stillness and keeps them around for as long as you need to.

It's exactly what the entrepreneurial, creative spirit inspires…the choosing of our own mountains, of bigger projects and of staying outside our comfort zone.

And, what many of us don't do nearly as often is nurture that spirit…

Nurture your spirit.

Just as growth, strength and the right 'move that next mountain' muscles come during rest after tough workouts, so, too, do they come in business.

As the world outside of us experiences seasons (ok, minus LA), you need that season of harvest and these magical me moments to assist the support soil (soul) to grow even richer nutrients (what great success begs for ~ richer nutrient-rich soil/soul).

Celebrate the harvest you've worked for, honor the fruits of your labor and sit for a while admiring the growth and goals met.

You want sustainable business, income and happiness?

Honor what you've done or accomplished longer than a few minutes, and celebrate.

Simmer in the thank yous.

Swim in the ecstatic echo that your creativity, planning, focus, and support helped create with or within your product or service.

Give yourself true and ample time away from it all to enjoy and be in joy. Again, not just for a morning, but in ways and for days that bring you back to self.

This is how you fill up and create not just a company or a business, but a movement and a legacy: consistently build in as much time for you as you do for your clients.

A legacy is only created when you keep it going. You can't keep it going when you're bone tired.

As much as Zsuzsa and I created and planned for The Branding Retreat to be a time of getting sh*t done (at TBR you don't leave needing to do the work, you leave with it d-o-n-e), we also wove in ritual and time for rest daily and multiple times per day (hello, yoga mornings and time by the pool to integrate or allow new ideas or clarity truly stick).

We planned it for our clients, as well as for ourselves.

We had massages the second night while at the estate and the Monday immediately after our 3.5 days of support, we spent five hours together at the spa. The last week has been an allowance of team support, of quiet, and of nurturing self.

Here are some ways to make sure you're not moving onto the next mountain, passion project, business collaboration or venture too quickly:

  • Prep and coach your team to tell you you can't work immediately following a big push (I love telling Susan this, it's one of my most favorite exchanges, though she does it so well already: "You're not supposed to be working."). In other words, allow team to support you and to do the work you've trained and/or hired them to do for you.
     
  • The week after a big and beautiful birthing have your supporters clear your schedule so you have larger pockets of time to hear the space between the words and feel the wind, sun or child's kiss across your face.
     
  • Eat well, drink lots of h2o, get great sleep and make body bliss and nurturing as important as celebration or travel time with friends or family.
     
  • Reflect on what you've accomplished. Write it down, share it with a friend or friends at dinner. Extra credit if you throw yourself a dinner party. When you're back home from that celebrating, smile as you connect the dots to the ultimate vision you have for your life.
     
  • Decide, commit and be ALL about this season of harvest. In short, decide that you're currently **in** a season of harvest (this should have been added above as #1). It's a season. You're not pausing forever, and you're also not only worthy or successful if you're being productive.

Taking this time to enjoy is, in fact, producing a power pause for self that will only pour back into your creativity, connection with others and prosperity in a way that will be felt and understood if you make it a must…something you are always doing as you do all the other things that need to be done in the business.

All of this care contributes to the alignment, clarity and personality of your brand of woman (beyond business) in a way that is uniquely power-packed and palpable.

It doesn't matter if this soul season lasts a day, a few days or a week, as long as it starts, as long as it's part of your business plan and model, and you promise to be the best enjoyer of your life there ever was, as you also enjoy your business.

In the end, your business receives five-star treatment and experiences five-star growth if, and only if, you give yourself the same five-star treatment:

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Enjoy your business, enjoy your LIFE.

Life is good,

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