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Raising Kids & Consciousness (latest livestream inside)

This is Nolan and me arriving to Carpe Diem Farm after a seven-hour trek in the Colombian Sierra Nevadas a couple years ago. It’s one of my favorite trips with him.

I remember what I asked him as we hiked.

I wanted to keep his mind busy with this and other things vs. on the difficulty of the hot adventure we were on (I eventually wrote this down so I would never forget)…

“Do you realize that EVERYTHING has a purpose?” I asked.

The conversation had been rich, so this came easily.

I continued — “The dirt, the splattered mangoes on the ground (our four-legged friend loved them), the wind, the trees, the heat, the humidity…?”

“Yeah, but what is the purpose of LIFE?” he responded.

He then answered his own question (I was clearly taking too long):

“The purpose of life is to KEEP life, to keep it going, to keep your life going and the lives of others going. Not to get too philosophical, but…”

I can’t remember what else was said, but I do know this is why we walk…why we quality time…why we nature…why we sweat and choose the harder things…why we keep talking, but, most importantly, listening…

Ladies nurturing humans, if you didn’t yet catch the latest livestream: bit.ly/2BkXf8o

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Breaking Industry Rules (livestream)

There’s a time to learn the rules and norms in your industry so that ultimately, you can one day break them to create something new (3’ish ideas for you + the challenging thing that happened the other day).
 
Did you catch the latest livestream? HERE she is!

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

The Day My Life (& Work!) Changed

For many of us, it’s not about finding work that simply fills a bank account, it’s about finding or creating work that fulfills us, too (too). 

I need to type that again ~ it’s not just about finding or saying yes to work that fills a bank account, it’s about finding or creating work that fulfills us, too…

Many have come to this realization straight out of the gates and for others it might take a huge change in life as experienced through loss, for example, to set them on a path that feels, not just productive (as in yields a “product” for themselves like $), but expressive of all their talents and life experience that supports the greater good, as well.  

Everything that happens or doesn’t happen in life (sad, happy, expected, unexpected) can launch us into more purpose-full work or into this realization that there’s more…

For me, continuing to evolve and elevate my work to whatever next level of depth and purpose there was/is/will be has been largely inspired in recent years by the tragic losses of beloved immediate family members (one of whom I was missing extra today after a challenging doctor appointment).

Work or the projects I take on the need to feel purpose-full or I’m not interested. It’s the only thing I am excited by intellectually and that my heart can “tolerate” at this stage of the life game. You might feel similarly.

This entire share is inspired by a text conversation I had with a friend last week. Here is the crux: if you’re working inside a job or on a path of entrepreneurship that doesn’t feel all the way you or that is sucking the life out of you, there IS another life waiting for you, if you want it (or if you take some time to do the inquiry necessary to do, maybe, what you’ve always REALLY wanted to do).

The women I work with inside life (this brand and success coaching practice (-:), whether they‘re entrepreneurs, CEOs or executive women, the question is largely the same ~ what’s my next thing/what’s the plan to expressing all of me through my latest chosen profession? 

The work fills me emotionally.

And though the last 16 years doing this work has been infused with meaning, it’s nothing like it is today. And I hope to say that again next year and the year after that and the one after that, as there’s no turning back from that meaning, purpose and honest self-expression. 

Ask yourself, how can I bring a new element of the woman I am today to bear on this question I have for what’s next for me professionally? 

And maybe some of these ladies below will inspire you as they do me:

My client Sinead, “the model who talks tech”, shaking up NYC and the millennial generation with her powerful NYC WAYE events and unique insight and guidance into the future of tech and how to fold all parts of who you are at a young age (a woman after my own heart)…

Jill, a whip-smart doc in NYC, desiring to enliven the women she works with, not just through traditional means, but with outside-the-box practices such as dance… 

Holly, a woman who had hands inside startups and a law background, a Portland native, who was the first person I had ever met who uniquely joined fashion and philanthropy, giving back 100% of proceeds to a new, worthy organization each quarter.

My client Stacey, a psychologist in NYC, who works with adolescents who are overwhelmed or overworked, alongside their parents, helping them all to live (and love) more fruitful lives individually and together.

Nicole, a midwife, death doula and thought leader uplifting her industry  back East via the start of unique groups and methods to help each heart-centered woman she supports to grow emotionally and in the self care they so need, so they can continue to assist others in the purpose of birthing, living and dying with presence and honor.

Eva, San Diego transplant, who helps rehabilitate Guatemalan villages through her high-end and handmade house goods brand, Couture Culture, which I helped name…

These ladies and others like them who I work with intimately inspire and move me — they remind us all that your soul CAN sing (as you impact lives) AND so can the bank account that affords you and yours similarly impactful life experiences (it needn’t just be the bank account that feels and fills UP). 

If you or someone you love might resonate with this, feel free to send it to them. It IS possible to do what you love! 

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Napping in Napa (how to be consistent!)

[Napping in Napa in June, photo courtesy of JHM].

On being disciplined…

Get up (one to two hours) earlier than the house gets up and you’ll have enough time to BE disciplined.

So many of us struggle with discipline, consistency or follow through, not just because we don’t have the right habits inside that purposeful work life or creative life, but because we start on our project or purpose way too late in the day.

It’s easier to be disciplined, consistent or to follow through on what’s most important for us when we create a wider canvas or deeper container for it.

The catch or first step: you get to find your own unique way to get disciplined about going to sleep earlier.

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Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. Did you catch this new SERVICE/offering at my home!?