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LA for THIS in September!

The last year has been all about reinvention, well, maybe, more about an evolution of all parts of me as a woman, and then naturally, of the work I do, too. Boy, we’ve all been through so much collectively in the community as of late PLUS we’ve all been through a lot in our individual lives, too (I see you and know…I really know). Reinvention almost feels inevitable with all we’ve maneuvered and worked through, right?

But, like most reinventions, mine wasn’t overly planned. 

Yours doesn’t have to be either (I can’t wait to share the day we can spend together [BELOW] which may help you, not only “announce” your reinvention, but, in the creation of it, also support the growth of your evolved brand, business and, most importantly, your movement).

Since I knew things needed to change this last year (because I, myself, was changing), I committed to follow my gut/intuition and did what I felt a passion for in each waking moment (while trusting what was next would come) and continued to create opportunities and, most importantly, create experiences that would move me, my clients and my community. And the experiences did just that and I was better for it. So was the business and the women (and men) who benefited from each experience.

The Best Things in Life/Business

But the truth is (let’s get back to this) –> the best things in my life (or my business), in fact, have not been overly planned. Overly passioned, yes. But, being so “strict” on only the planning part (and not enough on the passion or purpose elements) does not for a content or purposeful entrepreneur make.

Long are the days when we only follow the strict or traditional ways that our industry says we “have to” grow a movement or business.

We must/we get/we have to follow what feels good to the soul, then add in strategy to THAT.

Don’t get me wrong, at each turn in life or business, once I realized I was onto something, I’d then get into planning and strategy mode.

And, ask anyone who knows me well, I love being in planning and strategy mode — it’s a huge part of my work. However, all that said, I have to allow things to flow and feel right before I commit to then really make it something

Do you know what I’m saying? 

And boy do I then go full in, in, in to make it so.

I know that much about myself.

You, too, know the parts of you that will always ACTIVATE themselves and come through when something is ALIGNED for you.

But it must be aligned, right? And, what I’ve seen over the last 16+ years throughout my work supporting women inside their signature brands and offerings is this: it’s this same drive, energy or ability that helps create the most distinct offerings and experiences. All of the above has always supported me and definitely has the last ten months creating eight (8) transformative experiences with many moving parts in LA, NYC and SF (you’ll find some photos of the experiences sprinkled below).

I’m happy to say, while I’m writing to you from Paris, where today, I’m making an experience of my birthday*, that reinvention is a success. Reinvention is the full expression of who we are (*as my birthday gift to you, I’m creating this beautiful one day experience [as something affordable] for eight women (it was going to be five, but I increased the number as of late). 

Your Next Branded Experience

Your offerings need not simply be delivered behind the screen or over the phone. 

–> Throughout this year of evolving more deeply into my gifts, desire and genius is supporting you in getting out there LIVE and creating in-person experiences that you eventually become known for (you want to be known for results and the experiential does that; they create results!).

What moves people and transforms them are exactly that, experiential moments, those that YOU can now begin to create or make a bigger part of your work. 

Make them a bigger part of your work and expression!

What I’m trying to say is that it’s time for a type of reinvention with the way we all deliver our services and, specifically, the way we serve up the human connection, high touch flair, and the meaningful connections we are craving in this world.

This is exactly what I was driven by as I planned these eight transformative events known as the Creative Heroine Experience, High Touch and the Greater Good Party over the last year.

I was driven by putting my signature on these experiences in a unique, push the industry way and, more importantly, I also wanted to commune with more and more people while enjoying delivering my work, education, insight, and ideas for how to live purposefully, how to express more of all of ourselves (not just parts) for further connection and engagement, as well as for emotional and business growth. 

Commune with more people — what a novel idea in our high tech world! (-:

 This is my home when welcoming new clients…

WE CAN’T REINVENT, HELP OTHERS TRANSFORM OR WOW ANYONE (not even ourselves) SIMPLY SITTING BEHIND OUR COMPUTERS.

ECSTATIC EXPERIENCE IMMERSION DAY*
Saturday, September 29, 2018

9:30pm – 5:30pm 
Working lunch 
+ VIP dinner as a group as the finale 
(details to come about lunch & dinner)

My Home,
Los Angeles, California 
*EIGHT SPOTS AVAILABLE

 Greater Good Party, Bay Area

In this full-day immersion, you will:1. LEARN THE FRAMEWORK. Learn my creative framework or approach for a killer, outside-the-(industry) box event (do strategy do opposite, look to other industries) that elevates your brand, wows attendees and helps them begin to transform what they would, in essence, be shifting in working with you.

2. CLARITY ON YOUR BIG IDEA. Gain clarity on your big idea for your own Ecstatic Experience, no matter how small, medium or big you want to create it. (I will help to condense your million ideas to one industry-changing one or shift your response of “…but I have no idea yet” to “now I do!!!”). Together, we will come up with not only the brilliant, outside-the-box idea but decide the purpose or goal for the event from a brand and business perspective which will determine if the experience is a paid or complimentary/ sponsored event as well as all the various specifics of the event, from start to finish.

3. CHOOSE A DATE AND LOCALE & REVERSE ENGINEER TO PLANNING AND DAY-OF SUCCESS. Choose a date to deliver the experience (and your special sauce/genius) with the intention of it being a transformative experience with results for all in attendance. With the date in mind, you will also walk out with the reverse-engineered plan for what you will need to do each month, week as well as the last three weeks leading up to your Ecstatic Experience (I’ve learned, time and time again, both planning the eight experiences this last year, as well as all the mastermind retreats for my clients that the last three weeks make all the difference to your stress level and polish on day-of). 

4. INTEGRATING ALL OF YOU + SURPRISES. In dividing the day into three soulful and distinct, helpful parts (this is a surprise and there will BE surprises!), you will also leave with a solid idea of how to more fully integrate or incorporate ALL of who you are…your creative self, multi-passionate, multi-faceted and spiritual self. Your Ecstatic Experience will only be as good as you, (the real, humanYOU) is ecstatic and we know that comes about with allowing yourself the clarity and freedom to express all sides of yourself: your life experience (we all have a story), professional expertise, values, core passion, natural genius, desire to contribute (let’s find a way to serve the greater good with your experience) and, in short, expressing your higher calling through your business.

ECSTATIC EXPERIENCE IMMERSION DAY*
Saturday, September 29, 2018
9:30pm – 5:30pm 

Investment: $697 [the buttons below lead you to a link for a $297 deposit which will claim your seat; the remaining $400 will be due on August 22nd].

IMPORTANT B-DAY GIFT/NOTE: As briefly mentioned on 7/9, my birthday gift to you is making this an affordable (and amazing) experience! For perspective, my private VIP days at my home are normally $3997. 

The Creative Heroine Experience, LA

This immersion day is for the multi-faceted woman who feels restless between adventures (this is also me, so I hear you), the woman who wants to bring together all her abilities and experiences to CREATE one that elevates her brand and creates a new path for her movement to take a nice, long walk.  

It’s for the woman who:

  • is ready to create her first or her next LIVE and in person event that doesn’t feel like an event, but rather, is an experience!
  • wants business and all of life to feel LIKE an adventure, for her AND for her clients (hello to the creation of her own Ecstatic Experience!)
  •  will not settle for less
  • has maybe been “away” as a result of heartbreak, loss, divorce or a 9-5 and would benefit from a “comeback” event essentially saying “I”m here world”…it’s also for the woman who has been at the entrepreneurial thing for a while and has already experienced success in her business and simply wants to elevate that success to a new level.
  • feels the need to infuse new life into her business or movement…
  • has a desire to step into the next evolution of her business (I’ve been in business 17 years and have experienced approximately five evolutions of the same business, the latest one expressing itself in the here and now)
  • wants to create and be known for something creative and different, but effortlessly and with purpose.
  • is restless between adventures! (Did I mention that already? :-)).

Let’s create inside the Ecstatic Experience Immersion Day so that you feel as if you’re living inside your next big adventure or creative challenge!

Love

I can’t wait to welcome you in, Creative Heroine!

If you have questions for me/us, let me know, ok?

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. To claim your spot (eight total available), you can make your $297 deposit of the total $697 Ecstatic Experience birthday rate (as mentioned, my birthday gift to you is the lower investment for this boutique high-touch experience at my home. ENJOY, and that you will, Creative Heroine!).

Hanging Onto Love (Something I Did After My Mom Died)

To making things special…

We’re at that age, I keep thinking. Hours ago I sent another friend/client my condolences on the loss of her beloved mom.

I then walked into my closet to change for dinner and was reminded of something I did to help my nervous system soothe, to continue to make things special (my Mom loved doing that) slash help me continue to create what feel like moments, maybe even special memories with my Mom, even though she’s not here.

How do you that, you might ask?

Well, there are many ways. One involves or has involved for me, hanging her clothes, now mine, on uniquely colored hangers so that when I see them, I take a moment, I pause… and so far, that’s what I do very often. It puts a pause in the rush of my day. I smile, my mood elevates or calms. It’s magical, really. I didn’t expect it.

My own clothes have hung on these pink hangers and so I chose white for hers.

I have quite a few of her clothes (she was taller but we wore just about the same size and our style was similar), so I have many creamy hangers flanking or saluting me when I walk into my closet.

It’s not so much the clothes or hangers that bring up the sweetness (although the clothes do help — I remember her wearing and loving a lot of these items), but more the tenderness around the decision that went into doing this in the first place, to making remembrance a daily thing (it’ll be three years in six days and she comes to mind, clothes, hangers or not, at least a few times per 24 hours).

I love that.

And I love her.

To all who have lost a mother (maybe even a couple mothers, biological or not), and no matter how long it’s been, my love, lots of it, to you and you and you.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Sad Photos β€” Why Don’t We Take Them? (I Do)

Question Everything…

Why don’t we take photos of ourselves when we’re sad? (As an experiment, I started taking these shots over the last year, here and there, and have experimented with not adding filters to photos, as well…what will it feel like, I’d ask?).

Usually, the photo — the “selfie” — where we think we look beautiful, sexy or right is the one shared, but the other end of the range of emotion we keep from others or end up keeping to “deal with” in silent.

Why isn’t sad right or worth sharing…why haven’t you and I made it so so that a deeper connection is primo? I’m working this out for myself…

The other night as we watched the game at this fun pub in Dublin, I started to feel tears come up, a rush of emotion came over me.

At that moment, I realized that Nolan is the exact same age that my late brother Dino was (exact age) when he came to stay with us for a month in Amsterdam and we went to see England vs. Croatia (same teams) in the Euro Cup in Portugal.

You guys, it’s this exact moment again, but in another time and place and this time with my own child and not my baby brother.

But the energy is the same. There are even so many things in Nolan’s personality that remind me of Dino and have for the better part of five years.

How cool is that?

Beautiful and maybe even, “right” and shareable tears followed…

Here’s the thing ~ I sat at this pub watching the Irish fiercely cheering England on. Fiercely. And they are aptly adjacent. Many likely have England and the English in their lineage, however, it’s not their team, directly speaking.

In other words, why can’t we cheer sad on as the adjacent familial feeling to joy or the traditionally acceptable, seeing it as a part of us just as the Irish in the pub championed for England?

In other news, everything is temporary– as soon as I allowed myself to feel missing Dino, I was back to feel fully present and in joy with J & N. I won’t share those photos because I think you can picture them. (-:

If we allow the temporal, we allow LIFE.

And, question everything, but don’t question your authentic self…say, show or share what’s true for you.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

44 years young in Paris

Forty-four years young this past Monday and these are some of the best gifts I’ve received, either those I’ve given to myself or those given to me:

Two baby brothers.

Sons, one 🌞 in particular.

Writing…pen and paper, specifically.

Intuition.

A mother who deeply loved my son as *her* son/sun.

Friends who plan luscious morning birthday parties in Paris complete with breakfast, streamers, balloons and om’ing/yoga’ing as families (thank you, Holly!!).

Romance.

A mother and father-in-law who love to get silly with me.

Humor.

My hands (able and they do stuff when I talk, plus they look like my Mom’s).

Dancing.

Cousins.

Wanderlust.

Sisters-in-law who I couldn’t have chosen better myself.

A husband who asks how he can make my day sweeter.

The practice of yoga.

Supporting women in integrating more of all of who they are in their professional lives.

Women supporting me in integrating more of all of who I am in mine.

Men supporting me in the same…

Curiosity.

Girlfriends who act like the sisters I never had.

The Greater Good Party.

A grandmother who wore silver sneakers (I wear them, too).

Dimples I would try to erase with a pencil pushing out from within my mouth as a little girl.

The smile in my heart.
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What have been some of the best gifts in your life? 

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur