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Making Lemonade (Here’s How I Make It ;-)


As I sat with my Dad before he went into surgery, healing and recovery, I thought of the last few years of deep awakening as a result of tragic loss, I smiled and recognized the path I had taken to my own healing the last three years wasn't through pouring myself another drink, but by pouring myself into my relationships.

It's quenched my thirst and it's still quenching my thirst. 

Pour yourself into your relationships and you'll make lemonade out of lemons every single time.

This is your brand of woman.

Enjoy your business and enjoy your life! 

Life is good,





How To Get Through Hard Times (“Silly Face Tuesday”)

Since March, the Ghilotti's (and Ghilotti Mandel's) have exchanged "Silly Face Tuesday" photos with one another.

It's lightened our collective grief after losing my brother and mother in such a short amount of time.

This family fun practice started between my SIL and me, then, I moved it to a group family text thread one (Tues)day.

This photo of my niece Vivi and me, taken while I was visiting the Bay Area, is just one example of our "Silly Face Tuesday" family text exchanges.

It many ways it says what I believe all our fun photo exchange say these days: "Love, light, connection and light-heartedness, we SEE you. You see us through." :-)

I share this with you today because I know that your brand of woman is also to bring perspective, love, light and a unique brand of reflection, creativity and curiosity to all of life's experiences.

Today on "Silly Face Tuesday,"  I invite you in…

What is or could be your "Silly Face Tuesday" and how could it see YOU through? 

As always, here's to enjoying your business and enjoying your LIFE, no matter what is happening or not happening in your world. 

Sending you all my Summer love.

Life is good,



How to Connect (personal story)

Moons ago, when Josh and I lived in Los Angeles the first time, we became friends with a couple of big-hearted Australians named Corey and Susi.

Smart move on our part.

Many countries and 14 years later with us back in LA and they in Brooklyn, we are the closest of friends.

Receiving mail from soul family like these two is divine. It feels awesome and frankly, is a connection and expression we all need more of right now.

We are losing the art of connecting to texting and email. They are not enough.

They are not enough because our friends and family are worth more than hiding our love behind a screen. Or worse, never responding to them, which sadly texting and email make it all too easy to do.

Pick up the phone.

Call them back.

Write a letter.

Send a surprise gift.

Don't underestimate the great impact these "small" things added up over time have on matters of the heart, healing and having true friends for life vs. names to scroll through on Facebook.

Though Susi and I connect on many levels, such as being writers and business owners (check out her crazily creative online yoga program @, we relate most around the importance of nurturing meaningful relationships.

Susi is a pro at the unexpected and lately I've taken to mailing more photos, unexpected gifts and cards to friends and family too.

I wrote my Dad a six-page letter two weeks ago and the simple act of writing it made me feel 10x more connected.

I don't doubt for one second that it added another 10 years to each of our lives too. ;)

What you heard is true: your word is all you have.

Jump to it.

Get to saying these life-giving and love-filled words in person or by calling your special someone on the phone.

Say your words, whether in person, or by writing them in cards or in letters, but say them, and now.

Make the effort.

You're not off the hook.

On the contrary, you're on the hook for every single friendship and relationship.

If they're not feeling like the connections you want, breathe new life into them by taking a breath and a moment to give to them in this way.

Love stories don't write themselves.

You write them.

See this all as a great privilege and it will be.

Love is a great privilege.

Life is good,



Your Brand of Ease (Branding Retreat photo)

[Photo by Ashlee Wilson Dephillippo]

We can and do over-complicate what branding means.

We can and do over-complicate what expression or being "authentic" calls us forward to do and do consistently.

We can and do over-complicate what it takes to create a successful and profitable company or collective that feels way more than a business because it IS way more than a business.

In the end, it comes back to the work you commit to doing on yourself and the support you have while you do it (this will always create and/or grow your brand of woman, in and outside of business).

It also is very much about never losing sight of your humanness and knowing that sustainable success is about a creative mix of both heart and hustle.

As an entrepreneur, powerful global leader and brand you need it all, but it needn't come with struggle.

Hustle to Zsuzsa and me is not your typical hustle. It is about being out there consistently with confidence, purpose and power, doing what you say you will do to reach a goal and another and another, over and over again, all while you take ridiculous care of yourself.

True commitment and this kind of alignment move the needle, and so does doing the work on yourself and in the business, every single time.

Hands up for this brand of ease being where prosperity begins:

Enjoy your business, enjoy your LIFE.

Life is good,