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Be Taken By Life, Regardless of Divorce, Death or Dis-ease)

All this love, world, just for me? ⁣

I genuinely believe most of us are tender hearts. ⁣

There’s something built into our DNA that wants and begs of us to return to love as a set point, to help, to be moved by the pain and joy of others (even, maybe, when our very efficient brains or on-the-go nervous systems tell us we aren’t or don’t want to).⁣

For those of you who have become tender hearts or become even more tender-hearted (maybe even oddly & deliciously hopelessly romantic) during or post grief, loss, divorce, disease etc., any type of experience that has broken your heart into big or little pieces, I am you and you are me.⁣
As I just said in an audio to one of my best friends (🥰), love can truly take your breath away even more after you’ve experienced loss. ⁣

It may not feel like it’s open for business some days, especially early on (but even then, pain and joy can co-exist) but the heart is ~ it’s open. Though, yes, open can feel raw, shattered and vulnerable, but that’s what it actually is or means to be open. The heart lives inside its full range always.⁣

And the heart IS and was capable, (ready, even) during your biggest challenges to come back bigger, more able to take in the sweetness of this life.⁣

The bearing witness to love, being an active part of it ~ any act of it (to help some ONE or some thing, to speak the words, to being more fully yourself (taking self less seriously), to being more inclusive and on it goes like that) is the medicine, or medicines, for helping it come back together. ⁣

It can be a choice, as some say, *and* many of us have also experienced it without choosing it, persay. ⁣

We all know those moments in life where we are so moved by the expression of love (or a human’s expression of needing it) in front of us that, without thought, we get chills, tear up, cry or are physically moved to get closer to IT, to that love, or to the person so worthy of it…⁣

I say that’s the medicine ~ you ARE choosing love or tenderness by the very fact that you are affected by what’s happening. You are stopping to watch or get closer to what or who needs it, you’re rushing to help even when you’re late for a meeting or your meter’s going to expire. ⁣

Anytime you are allowing your body to have an experience other than pain or sadness is, in fact, choosing it.⁣

We don’t wish for the “losses” or the grief we’ve experienced, of course, but they can assist in falling madly in love with love all over again and to be moved by life and all expressions of it that exist in the world, from a drop of rain to a dying tree and the gorgeous shape it makes crumpled on the ground.⁣

Renewal is stunning and it comes from that breaking down. The ”breaking down” of anything always breeds new life (also, without trying).⁣

So, too, it is with our hearts and how lit up our experience can (still) be here by knowing the depths of who we are; how capable we are of love as evidenced by how it hurts so much to feel like we’ve lost it.⁣

Because when we experience love…say, when people give it to us, when when we see it in nature, when we see it in elephants (~>, or in all the many other ways we see love/LIFE expressed in the world, it does, it takes our breath away. ⁣

All this love, world, just for me? ⁣

All this world, love, just for me? ⁣

If you’re not there, know that love wants you and it comes in stopping to witness it present in the world, anytime, wherever you are. ⁣

It comes, too, inside helping another, or when you think a positive thought about someone, telling them, writing the text or card, making the video or the phone call. ⁣

Letting someone in, asking for help and *letting* them help YOU, getting out in nature, helping nature be more natural, being awed but it, even though you’ve seen it before or the grass is “dead”, being yourself, playing with animals, even when babies are crying on the plane in the seat next to you, seeing the beauty in who they are and knowing that all they represent (discomfort all the way to major opportunity with a whole life ahead of them) is you, too.⁣

Take it, or be taken by all of it. Either way will work. Because, yes, all this is here just for you.⁣


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

Life is good,




Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Photos, Elephant Bathing (& another point His Holiness said to share)




They say you can tell much about the evolution of a society (world?) by the way we treat our women and children, but I know it goes for animals, too. The earth, another living thing, also. 

After visiting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India last month and hearing his message to my group of 40 (more to share!), mama nature and the environment is crucial to note and discuss, [one of the things I didn’t mean to leave out of my first share from India (post here: was his message to us about doing all we can about climate change, and to do it for our children and their children’s children and beyond].

What a beautiful and spiritually-filling morning. We fed, mud-bathed and washed these powerful and gentle creatures. Nolan even got in. 

Just as on my vision quest, I felt one with… ☝🏽 with 🐘

However and every time we find a connection with other humans, animals or the earth, they each continue to give us much in the way of balance and a powerful grounding, which is exactly what I felt in these photos…

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

Life is good,




Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

One Week Ago with His Holiness!

These were holy days like I’ve never before experienced them. 

I will be forever plus a day grateful for and moved by what transpired around and within me last week (truth is, even though they couldn’t be there this time, Josh and Nolan will be, too ~> when one of us transforms, the others are called to as well).✨

This ‘there are few human words for what was made possible’ experience was curated, crafted and stewarded by a wise woman whom I love, Katy Saeger, and Harmonica, Inc. Infinite love and gratitude!

Here’s simply one of many beautiful photos of the private meeting with His Holiness (thank you, Peter Ruprecht).

If you didn’t catch it last week, I wrote about His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message to us here: bitly/2PIAQqb.

Traveling to India at such a unique time, meeting and hearing from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as other high scholars inside a celebration that only happens every 600 years (sounds curious, funny even, but that’s basically how this works), was a blessing of the highest order. 

And his blessing of us, as well as what he charged us to keep sharing with our communities, was something I know each of us took deeply and honestly to heart. 

After such an experience and with these gorgeous beings as friends, it feels most true to say that everythinggg (with all that this word may imply that I know or don’t know yet) feels as if it’s only yet beginning.

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

Life is good,




Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

How Not to Get Sick (travel well)

We took (an almost) Christmas break from His Holiness the Dalai Lama programming to bring you this word on nutrition slash keeping healthy while traveling.

I’ve eaten much rice last week while on the monastery and yet felt incredibly fed with all sorts of important nutrients (of a different, more spiritual kind). See earlier shares regarding these days with His Holiness:

So ~ someone asked me on Instagram what I take/do to keep healthy when I travel. 
From left to right, when traveling, I take all of these each day except for the oils,💃🏽:

• Camu Camu powder — super high Vitamin C content.

• Lypo-spheric Vitamin C — ditto, high quality and the typical lypo-spheric gel form works well, going straight to the places that need it most.

• Wellness Formula by Source Natural — all kinds of goodness. 

• Bio-active silver hydrosol — an amazing immunity-building nose spray.
• Vitamin D drops — always good for strengthening the immune system (ask your doc/research all these items, but in the case of Vitamin D, many of us are deficient. As one of my docs said, unless you’re traveling or live in a sunny destination and are actively and often are in the sun for a solid hour or more without a hat/protection, you need Vitamin D).

• Magnesium (Calm, powder form) — important mineral that most of us are also deficient in. It promotes restful sleep which when traveling keeps us healthy. 

• Sleep, drinking a lot of water and washing hands multiple times a day (anytime, but definitely when traveling) are all a must. Resisting the urge to constantly touch your face, nose or eyes when you haven’t washed properly is solid advice, too. These are a big three. 

• Underneath the Calm powder are melatonin pills (I take them the first 2-4 days, mainly when crossing multiple time zones to get myself on track (again, little sleep or bad sleep compromises the immune system).

• Lacrosse ball & mini roller for body aches. These may not be directly related to a healthy immune system, but they have everything to do with your I can walk, sit and sleep well “system”.

• Tea bags — of all sorts (only showing three kinds here but I bring  more) — drink a lot of water, yes, but when water gets boring or you realize you’re just not drinking enough, try switching to drinking a lot of simple teas (don’t add sugar or milk — both inflammatory agents). When I did my first fast, the nutritionist I worked with recommended spearmint tea to not break the fast, so I drink a lot of that as it’s as close as you’ll get to drinking pure water.

• Probiotics — healthy gut flora keeps us healthy. I don’t take these all the time for a few reasons, but I definitely take them when I’m traveling.

• Cocoa nibs, Brazil nuts and sprouted almonds (and seaweed, not pictured) ~ the cocoa nibs satisfy sugar cravings (but they have no sugar) and these two types of nuts are, not only great snacks, but are loaded with nutrients (Brazil nuts, for example, have a high Selenium content which is an important antioxidant and mineral needed daily for a strong immune system…just a few a day are great, I love the taste…p.s. sprouted almonds are also delicious). 

• Frankincense, Lemon, On Guard and Oregano oil (to name just a few that I typically bring…if I feel something coming on or feel like I’m dragging a bit, I make myself a shot of these mixed with little water, plus Melaleuca/Tree Tea oil and potentially Ginger oil.

Again, the main three I focus on most are drinking a lot of water, getting great sleep and washing hands often. Of course, a balanced meal filled with good fats, veggies and lean protein helps, too. 

Items missing from the photo:

Ear plugs 
Sleep mask 
Being kind to airport employees
Going with the flow
Saying thanks  
Turmeric (omega-3’s, turmeric and magnesium are things I take every day at home).

And no, I didn’t bring many clothes to India, Vietnam or Thailand (meeting Josh and Nolan next in Vietnam) because my carry-on was filled with food and potions like these.

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

Life is good,




Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur