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What Your Business Idols Do

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To change something in your relationship, you can’t (only) continue to look inside your relationship — though it IS, most times, powerful enough to heal itself.

To change something in your body, you can’t (only) continue to look inside the body — though it is, most times, powerful enough to heal itself.

To change your mind or mindset, you can’t (only) continue to look inside that same mind — though it IS powerful enough to help itself.

It’s the same in business. You can’t continue to look inside that same business or inside that same industry for the salve.

You need perspective and insight from slightly unexpected sources, namely people and insight from different industries and how they solve problems or filter things to come out the other end with something stunning, meaningful, different and maybe even magical (most people you look up to have done this and keep doing this).

Look to the fashion industry or tech if you’re in graphic design.

Allow yourself to be inspired by the culinary field if you’re a writer.

Read up on biographies of those who have made it big in hospitality if you’re a consultant, psychologist or coach.

Look to the way things were done in the 1900s…go old school…

And ~ look outside the physical body to the mental and emotional bodies for guidance. To the spiritual body for support with mental blocks. To the way couples on a ballet stage support each other in creating beauty and something memorable and inspiring for insight into creating similar in your love life.

Especially if you’re in a throw your hands up in the air moment, phase or season, why not get a little crazy and more artistically curious about how to solve or surrender to it?

At the very least, you’ll enjoy the play present in this process to the point where your energy starts to change or evolve (*you* start to change and evolve) and that, in and of itself, betters things.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Where I’m Moving…(Creative Heroine Experience snippet)

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Success comes by consistently being in the practice of choosing
your creative “problem”, photo by Sarah Deragon. 

Happy International Women’s Day! What a perfect day to dance in the streets of Santa Monica (which I just did in honor of this important day), a day to remind us all that WE are the heroines of our own lives (it’s not the boyfriend, bank account, husband or body at a certain weight etc.) AND share a smidge of what transpired over the weekend (which had to do with being ~> the heroines <~ of our own lives). 

I’ve been hosting friends, family as well as clients for half VIP days and attempting to sleep a bit since the all-day immersive Creative Heroine Experience went down on Saturday, all while allowing her gifts to more fully sink in. As the creator of something — anything — doesn’t this sinking in always take a bit?

What I’m called to share at the moment is this, part of one of the talks I gave:

•••The Creative Heroine = the woman who moves from problem to solution to express to the world who she really is.•••

“Creative control of your life: Think of your biggest and most “crazy” ideas as the chosen “problems” in your life that you get to create and choose and get out there over and over again to create and choose them (they, the genius or uber creative ideas, have already chosen you and many of them benefit the greater good, so, do.great.good.with.them).

Which of the ideas that have taken residence inside you are you willing to “struggle” for? Choose one and go. See it all the way through.

Because it’s only when you express your full(est) self through the ideas that won’t leave you alone that meaning and more of your purpose in life is revealed.

Because there will be other problems (those perceived or real) that come unexpectedly, like a loss. When you’ve made a practice or a habit (something that feels like a normal part of your life) of consciously choosing the “problems”/challenges/experiments/ adventures that you’ll fight for, the hard, outside of your control stuff, will hit if even 5% less hard. Still painful, yes, but you won’t suffer unnecessarily…

By leaning in and making the choosing of “problems” to solve and solving them, you’ll gain the stamina and confidence necessary to take on even larger worthwhile creative ideas in your life or work, as well as the larger societal, industrial and global problems that break your heart most.

Make it your mission to make the “problems” you deliberately choose bigger than those perceived or currently present in your life and you’ll really be f’ing loving yourself.”

GRATITUDE…

Thank you to Arlan, our VC Lady Boss supporting female and LGBT ideas and voices, to Paige, our master sculptor who brought the house down by bringing us all way up, to Ashley, our vibe specialist, to Elisha creator of the first Black Joy Parade, to Christina R. who lit women up with her story of loss and rubbing shoulders with NASA through her visionary re-entry work and with Robert Redford through self care (:-)), to Ayo, badass singer-songwriter who tours with the best who graced our stage with a song especially created for CHE, Helen who opened minds around the power of the Akashic Records (she’s the cutest), Jenn, who as part of the It Takes 50 movement in Hollywood directed ladies on stage guiding them to get after their dreams, and to artists extraordinaire Chaim and Christina Dunbar who presented corresponding POWerful pieces Where Are the Men and Here Are The Women (the latter, I challenged CD to write for CHE — she slayedddd that challenge, I can’t wait for her to share it with the world or share it with you once we get our video work for CHE).

Thank you to Whitney, Emily, Susan, Kelsey, Nick, Marielle, Sarah, Eviana, Scotty, Justin, Mark, Abby and Cara for top-notch support (the last few at 72 & Sunny).

And, thank YOU, the attendees, for your infectious energy on 3/3 and for the love given that day and/or recently sent. Waves of change and impact, nothing like this out there, incredible, a true gift and ***refreshing*** were a few of my favorite comments as of late. Saturday did feel like a very purposeful shower to me, too.

I can’t wait to share more with you soon! 

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. I knew CHE would take off as the quality experience it is, I just didn’t know it would be this quickly. We were asked to put together one in NYC as well as another soon for the employees of the agency (our venue) where CHE was held. Follow your soul’s lead and you’ll always be guided to what’s next. xo 

They Broke You UP ⬆️

The hard moments didn’t break you down, they broke you UP. ⬆️

The Creative Heroine Experience is almost here and if you’re not joining us Saturday, please know that I will be doing a share around it and the highlights soon! Look out for it…

The Creative Heroine = the woman who moves from problem to solution to express to the world who they really are…this is who we will speak to and *about* come March 3rd and, to me, this is who YOU, the creative woman, IS.

I’ve been keeping most of my guest’s names under wraps but ran across their photos in my CHE folder the other morning and couldn’t help but share their beautiful faces n this collage…

This idea I had to create a complimentary immersion event that moves and speaks like a paid event as a gift to my community (which quickly grew to a gift to the creative/entrepreneurial/ socially-active community in LA and beyond) has come to life and it feels like (IS) the start of something completely new and fresh — for us ALL.

We can, without a doubt, change industry/society, but we can’t do it keeping the ideas (or gifts) meant to be shared, to ourselves…and we also can’t do it without sleep. 🙂

One of my biggest tips besides get adequate sleep in your create-ive life is this: if you have a “crazy” idea (that we title crazy only because it will *drive* you crazy sitting on it any longer!), choose any one micro or macro movement and get on it within 24 hours.

The moments just after the urge or spark strikes are the most important. You won’t do it later, so, don’t write it down on a list, don’t google calendar it, don’t even vision board it (!), create the first real movement towards it now… start the creation in motion (that’s how creation earns its “tion”) — so you can’t back down from the life you’re meant to live…

Because it’s that very life — in other words, that energy, infectious or otherwise — that you’ll be gifting to others.

Want more engagement? Get more engaged in your life by following your best ideas (ahem, use that creativity for great good) vs. simply having the best ideas.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. Keep your eyes peeled for what more is new and fresh at MGI!

How to Reinvent Yourself

This is one way to reinvent yourself:

1. Throw a big party/event. 

2. Put that date on the calendar marked something like “everything will be different after this.”

3. Throw out blueprints given by others.

4. Look at your thumbprint.

5. Play/business/create/test out new experiments, adventures, and challenges accordingly. 🙂

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur