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You Are Your Mama’s Greatest _____!

Nolan’s passport birth announcement, July 2005

Telling our story can be as soothing as a spa day, yoga or both.

It’s what our mamas wanted for us since the start (of our time here). They wanted us to not be afraid to speak our mind in life, to life and to the many who would need us to speak love and boundaries throughout it.

Part of speaking our mind is speaking our story.

Think of all the stories they told us growing up, the ones they read to us from books, pulled from a distant memory or went through albums to tell us.

Some were light and easy to tell, others harder to admit, but all interesting and telling of the cells, fibers and energetic fabric that both made us and keeps us today, especially when and because we share from that fabric and legacy, equal parts feisty, loving, raw, biting, imperfect and fascinating…

We are fascinating beings, inclusive, not exclusive of the harder moments. Fascinating.

Being human and coming from love as well as bumps and bruises is every bit lovable, not the opposite.

Stories — all types of them — are our natural expression and, as such, they’re an exercise in accepting ourselves. They fuel understanding, perspective and, ultimately, self-love.

If you want to release the many (other) stories that aren’t serving daily contentment and acceptance of self, serve yourself the opportunity of telling more of all of your story, not solely part(s).

You are not the parts.

You are the whole and acknowledging all parts (light-hearted or heavy-handed) keeps you feeling that way ~ whole.

If it’s too painful to share or give of yourself (back to yourself) or to others in this way, finding yourself saying “I (want to), but I can’t,” take that as the nudge or opportunity to try another level deeper of the development work necessary to make it less so.

  • What if telling your story mended that which needed mending?
  • What if it emptied part of the heavy backpack you’ve been carrying, so you could fit the other cool things you need for the adventure or trek you’ve consciously chosen to take next?
  • What if it brings you closer to those you love or those relationships you’re attempting to grow?
  • What if that healing heals what you deem the inability to keep or hold onto whatever seems to keep slipping through your hands…money, a deeper romantic relationship, _______?
  • What if the practice gained helps you find the strength to use your voice in the other and multiple positive ways she’s meant to?

At GGP and through the presenters this last weekend, in many ways, we spoke about and gave insights and solutions for this age of disconnection (each GGP does that in its own way; it’s a golden thread).

But there’s a similar something in the air outside GGP and in the grand collective, too, because I keep having conversations with friends about how passionately they want more communication.

Specifically, the kind of communication that allows for real and deeper friendships, marriages or businesses.

The kind of communication that shares who we genuinely are (the B sides as much as the A sides), where we come from…all the stuff that is real, brilliant, raw, light, darker or, maybe, just simply h a p p e n i n g  RIGHT NOW. All important to discuss and receive human connection and understanding around.

If we can’t talk about what’s real, is anything that we create, write, share, grow or build real?

Speaking of real (love), back to our mamas…

Here’s how I view the connection between mothers [parents, really] and our true expression. It’s simple or simplified, either way, it seems to aid in promoting authentic expression that promotes better relationships…

If I’m my Mom’s wish let loose on the world (and I am), you are, too, then we might consider the speaking of our mind and speaking of our true story a legacy project (purpose) a way to LET ourselves loose.

Though there were many things I know my Mom wanted for me, she very much wanted and wants for me to be fully expressed, in all ways that may happen.

Your mama, whether she’s here or there, wants that, too. Sometimes we don’t know how to tell our kids, “hey, in the telling of your truth or your story, you become the writer of it,” but that’s exactly what happens.

The storyteller becomes the writer.

You are your mama’s greatest wish, story and writer let loose on the world…

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

My Son Wrote Me This and I…

Dear mamas all across the land…

It made me laugh and cry.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. for all that you’re nurturing at the moment, make sure to give to the most important person and life project you’re working on: YOU. Or/and…let others give to you.

You definitely want to be racing in the INDY 500 vs. just cruising the 405! 🙂  

Just Because You’re Good At Something

Simply because you’re good at something doesn’t mean it’s good for you. 

What things are you good, maybe even great at, that are leaving you more depleted than filled up?

What courageous conversations or decisions can (and will) be made to maximize your daily life experience?

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Photos, Greater Good Party in NY!

Last Saturday was another night on this journey that humbled me.

I stood or sat in the back watching the magic of the Greater Good Party go down in New York, the first one of many we are planning in the U.S. and abroad, and all I could think/say quietly under my breath was thank you…thank you to all the forces that planted this seed of an idea in my heart and to all the forces that keep it going/growing…

Thank you, Thea Powerhouse Vaughan for the creative collaboration and rekindled friendship. The first Greater Good Party outside Los Angeles couldn’t have been sweeter or more memorable. Thank you for your trust, exuberance and genius.

Thank you to all those who attended and to the speakers, who not only wow’d the room with their brilliance in their zone of clear passion and expertise, but with the way they showed up prioritizing connection and what it means to create, grow and, generally, BE about community and a generosity of spirit.

What is the Greater Good Party?

The Greater Good Party IS a party, one for the socially, sensory and/or spiritually curious (we have art, song, poetry, spoken word and the like as well as presenters on a variety of subjects all working towards the aim of assisting you to use your creativity for great good and *make* great good on the creations, projects or expressions (written, spoken, visual or beyond) that will contribute most to purpose ~> yours).

It’s for those with a special kind of wanderlust; for people who, after the events of the last year plus want to go (expand) as far inside their minds and hearts as they do traveling in their bodies…

We started the GGP in our living room turned loving room in response to a clear need that arose (for us and those we love) after the election for a community/communities driven by optimistic spirit.

We’re excited to have hosted our first Greater Good Party in New York and we head to the Bay Area to do the same on 5/19: to bring more optimistic people together.

We like to call the GGP a salon-like experience (a la the 19th century version) where a diverse group of people come together and keep coming together, over and over again, to learn from engaging experts across industries to share on important subjects like emotional intelligence, creating community, connection, activism, and more, while also supporting up-and-coming artists & having good, old-fashioned fun with cool people outside our computers, text messaging, or social media.

It IS a party, after all, a new-school, old-fashioned house party (it isn’t a ticketed event, a business thing nor is it created for anyone cause).

We do it as our way to give back and as we travel around the country, our co-hosts in each new city, do it for similar, if not, the same reasons.

Our vision is to inspire more couples and communities to start their own version of a Greater Good Party (or similar — optimist(ic), salon-like party that expands minds and the opportunity for more great good) by helping as many people as we can to start…and continue..,

We’re excited to continue to make the GGP a plug-and-play type thing for those who want to start something uplifting and supportive in their community but don’t know how or where to start.

This means we help someone in whatever state, city or country create one (we plan it with you, collaborating on what the greater good looks and feels like to you, we help curate the talent (artists, singers, poets, storytellers, and speakers), then fly in to help you present it on the day…

You then keep the generosity, optimism, good vibes, spirited, top-notch sharing, and creativity going.

The greater good…

It’s going…♥️

What great good do you most wish to unleash with your business, talents or creativity? 

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. To check out the entire share and the rest of the GGP NY photos, visit my Facebook page HERE.