I Did THIS for the 1st Time in Years!

For the first time in years, I decided my last trip (to The Netherlands, our old hometown) would be a non-working one. 

Normally and especially on overseas holidays, I try to do meetups or workshops or see clients / clients-turned-friends during a day or two, and on this trip, none of that was planned.

I enjoy my work supporting women to their authentic brands and higher callings so much (it’s felt like a natural extension of life ~ hasn’t felt separate) and, that said, some has changed — not the enjoyment of the work part, but other ways around the expression of it).

All that said, I was still checking in every couple days and on one of the days, my husband and I received an email from the CEO of the prison reform & rehabilitation project we’re working on with amazing news!

We sent him an audio message back and I can’t tell you how equally GREAT it felt to hit send before getting on bikes with Nolan. 

Your dream/a dream impacts the dreams of many others, KEEP GOING ~ while not forgetting to take care of the one who keeps it — all — going…

In other news, what’s your next move? Both in self-care and in the name and care of others?  

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

For Those Inside Tough Times (The Second Life!)

For those inside tough times, pain and joy coexist. 

It may not feel like that right now, but they can and do.

Though pain is ground for great growth (break that ground…live inside it as long as it is there, don’t stuff it down), we also grow inside permission to feel the expansion of great happiness, too. 

Healing requires us to feel and fumble through pain, but it also requires us to finally allow in the essential joy piece (our other truth), even when we don’t think we are up for it. 

Find the people and projects that make you genuinely happy and at peace, especially when your other half is not feeling her best. 

It’s through both the pain and the opposite of it that we deeply take care of ourselves and grow a second skin, giving ourselves a second chance or a second life —

Joy is awaiting to be awakened by you as you’re able (and you were born able!). 

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Simplicity & Saying No

What if living life simply was another way of saying you were living it without apology by saying nah, I won’t be part of that conversation or drama, no, I don’t need to buy the next best thing, nope, don’t need the make me thinner app/filter, no, I don’t need to go to the party/event, simply to appease a fear of missing out? 

What if…

What if more joy?
What if more peace?
What if more acceptance of self (repeat more joy and peace)?
What if more energy to get after a higher calling, more energy to developing or making ourselves a little better emotionally every day…more to give to meaningful projects, causes and to our family?

Yes — yes to it all. 

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

My Vision Quest is Coming SOON (healthy fear)

With Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, SZA or Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer” and the like blaring with three teenage boys over, after telling him I was bummed I’d miss some prison work while gone, Josh leaned over and told me he’ll be lighting a candle for me every night at sunset.  ⁣

It made me feel so good, loved, supported…

Every day at the same time, you’ll know I’ll be thinking about you and sending you massive love.”

I appreciate so much, the moments when the loudness of life mesh so naturally with the quiet or peace of it. Life as a whole is exactly that – dark, light, loud, quiet.  Sometimes too quiet, sometimes too loud. 

It’s exactly what I’ve been training for my whole life, and most definitely the last two months, with the guides and teachers I’m apprenticing for and learning from.

They haven’t been overt about any of this (what’ll be happening in the mind, I mean), but the subtleties they *have* shared or worked with us on, especially prior to each of our daily 2-3 hour “solo journeys” (tough! tougher than one would imagine) are not lost on me. 

In constant display in July especially, I‘ll experience a seesaw of emotion. From the loudness in my belly, sans food and the loudness in my mind with all I hear at night, sans tent, I’ll be stretched. 

I’m excited and healthy afraid. But not for one minute would I allow it to push me back off the mountain. 

Healthy fear. My teachers told me if I didn’t have it, there’d be something wrong. Good news! Nothing wrong here! (-: 

Beyond my business and branding work inside MGI, the work I so welcome that will greet me when I get home after those nine days (four of them fasting and on my own 6-7,000 ft up at Sequoia National Park) will be the prison reform effort we’re a part of, helping to arm those soon to be released, with the tools to get jobs and/or start their own businesses (this time legally), reducing the recidivism rate.

With the music continuing to beat downstairs, Josh and I had a call with our advisory board and it was a perfectly-timed call, reminding us of what’s important and why we choose to create “problems” or challenges like this for ourselves ~> so we can continue stepping to the line, again and again, to help others create their own new, good problems.

I have my 40-pound pack, 85% packed and ready to go. When we return from Mexico, I leave a day later. 

Today I went to REI to purchase a ground pad. I’ve never slept out in the open with just a tarp (have always been in a tent). 

Anyhow, as I’ve shared before, I’ll have no real creature comforts like a phone or a book or food or human company. But I will have water (lots), a sleeping bag, a tarp for overhead, warm clothes, ceremonial items, knives, one small camper’s chair, headlamp, flashlight, backup batteries, face and lip sunscreen, lip moisturizer (lots of it), unscented toothpaste, sunscreen and bug spray (no need to alert bears of my location), emergency kit, SOS whistle, a journal and a pencil. I’m forgetting stuff, but that’s what’s coming to mind right now. (Yes, OK, and these are creature comforts). 

Up next, I’ll share one other funny thing I’m taking that won’t weigh much but will either offer me many laughs or actually protect me from mountain lions as I sit and journal — and can’t see behind me. Stay tuned.

Other shares about the quest: bit.ly/2Zzz39z.

 

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur