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Speechless (Something That Happened @ GGP LA)

Last Saturday night. 

Me. 

Speechless. 

(And, finally, at 11:30pm, after eight hours in heels, also Achy Feet).

Human words never seem adequate enough to describe what happens here each time and what is felt throughout the night. It’s an evening and series of events that must be experienced.

I fail at the words.

Or, the words that come, fail me.

So, I’ll tell you this short story instead:

Before continuing with the lineup last night, Ms. Susan Barton, founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, activist and speaker and Kristine Carlson, best-selling author and speaker, were sitting next to each other in the front row.

Susan had just finished telling us her story of 20 years of incarceration and the last 20 of helping women like her re-establish themselves as agents of social change in their communities. I was kneeling over chatting with both of them.

As we spoke, she turns to Kristine and tells her the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series that Kristine’s late husband Richard and she inspired and wrote often consoled her throughout her time (she was incarcerated for a drug addiction that began after her son was accidentally killed).

Thank you.

These two women had never met before and that share of gratitude between them was made possible last night (photo of Susan and Kristine is the middle shot in the second row of photos).

In my entire creative life, I’ve never felt more grateful. For that moment, yes, and for everything, GGP has allowed people to do, feel and witness.

The GGP.

Thank you to all our founding friends and to the waves of ever growing new friends in attendance (we’ve gotten to a place where we have more people emailing us asking to come than we can fit) and thank you (to Susan Barton and her ever-growing purpose-filled organization, to Kristine Carlson for her heart and humor-filled sharing of her life of love and of her epiphany about her passion after heartbreak (congrats on Heartbreak to Wholeness), Dean Schaefer for being our resident love expert (script your life then have your partner supersize it!), Rachel Kann for starting us out with an insanely POWerful spoken word piece on passion, Scott Passaglia for his heart (always on) and for the rad couple hours of live music and to Josh, Papa extraordinaire, for saying yes to it all: this brainchild, this partnership, everything…

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Good Grief! (And my leather rocker costume)

We held space for it all under the most beautiful Weeping Willow in the Napa Valley this weekend…

I napped under this tree last weekend and also celebrated there with my husband and friends.

Someone we worked with for the Orange & Blue Ball that happened on 6/8, a costume gala that our family’s foundation, The dg Foundation, created in honor of my late brother, texted our event designer: “…listening to people mourn but still live and love and celebrate at the Orange and Blue Ball was life-changing.”

Good grief, that’s on point. 

Because we can — hold the confusion and compassion, the sadness and the joy, the gratitude and the “I wish I could have done or told them this or that.”

We are everything all at once and when we can honestly speak about the range of these emotions and our natural imperfections (both natural), on and offline, the less separate we feel from our true selves and from others and the more room we continue to make for peace, contentment, and joy…

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. For the livestream on the very topic of “good grief”, or in other words, being able to hold both the sadness and the joy, click here.

p.p.s. for photos of The dg Foundation Orange & Blue Ball and of the 80s leather rocker costume I didn’t want to give back – click here.

Are you Free to Becoming Someone New Right Now?

Last Thursday in New York, I supported a client, a fashion model, throughout a VIP day to plan out how she’d continue to use her platform for great good (she’s already doing AMAZING work). This is me at the door of her Brooklyn home…

The day together made me think (and I continue to think) about how we get to choose, every day, to become a new version or a newer, better version of ourselves. We get to keep some of the old and ring in A LOT of new.

Are you free to becoming someone new? And possibly using that new to support the greater good and your life’s purpose? 

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. I’ll be back in New York soon. If you’re there and are itching for support on your reinvention, around the creation of a business that folds in purpose and does great good or needs support creating a brand that makes others feel like they’ve known you forever, hit reply and we can let you know what openings (and when) we might have. I’ll be available for consulting in either Brooklyn or New York City. xo! 

Did you catch my livestream?

I realized yesterday that when I livestream, I don’t always make sure to share them with you. I’m rectifying that as of today!

Here is a livestream that I did while standing outside of Ursula’s Costumes in Los Angeles yesterday.

…to holding both the hard and easy.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,