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I Don’t Travel Without This… (Video)

This is a livestream I shared before leaving from Los Angeles to Guatemala the other day (family + black volcanic sand beaches!). 

It’s a share around the value of creating experiences (for you and your clients) and about a few things I never leave home without.  

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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 Michelle Ghilotti
Couture Brand Creator & Success Coach

P.S. Just one more week until the details around the gift/surprise of 2018 drops! Keep those eyes peeled!

How I Ended Up Here (and 3 journal questions for you)

When I was 16 or 17, I remember wanting to do a few things, or maybe it was more like dreaming about doing a few things…BEING a few things, not just ONE THING. You and I are not just one thing. We are…

Multi-passionate.
Multi-purpose.
Multi-dimensional.

  • Fashion: I wanted to be a fashion designer. I would lie on my bed and sketch dresses. I wasn’t a good drawer, but, I had the desire…and sometimes, as I’ve learned after 16 years in business and 43 years on this planet, this is enough.
  • Writing: I wanted to be a writer. I would write and write, wherever I was (and write and write some more). I remember one afternoon hanging out with my family and my Mom and brother each saying something like “Do you ever stop?” No, no, I won’t and I can’t stop (and I still write any chance I get  –  in fact, I truly feel that I’m a writer before anything else in my professional suitcase).
  • TV: I wanted to be an actress or a TV reporter. I studied the latter (Broadcast Journalism) in college and even started researching reporter jobs when I got very clear it’s not what I wanted to do…
  • People: I wanted to help people. I remember going to a used bookstore and picking up my first therapy/counseling book and being elated. I dug right in. After some research, I thought a Marriage and Family Child Counselor sounded like something that also fit my natural talents…

Beyond that, since I was just a couple years older at about 19 or 20 years old, I began reading books about death and spirituality (I lost my biological father young and that prompted my curiosity). I also loved books such as Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God. Have you read it?

And then after eight very fun years in advertising in San Francisco and Los Angeles working on brands such as Starbucks, Nike, Adidas, Crystal Cruise Line, I felt done saving my inspiration for nights and weekends and found my current professional expression.

And that’s what it is…an expression (your profession is your expression, too).

I had found something  –  created something (still creating that something) — that allowed me to integrate everything…all of who I naturally was.

Bringing all my talents, multiple passions together and, ultimately, giving a nod to my deepest creativity, spirituality and desire to bring purpose and meaning to a daily professional life has been one of the greatest creative projects ever undertaken in my creative life.

Were you similar?

Most importantly, are you there now? Do you wish to create something with ALL of you? 

If you’re at a 6 in terms of soulful satisfaction goes surrounding where you are professionally (purpose-fully), are you itching, like I was, to get to an 8…9…10?

If so, think about…

Creativity: What do you have to believe in order to bring more of your creative or wild ideas to life? 

Spirituality: What will you do to allow yourself to express your sense of self as it relates to something bigger?

Multiple Passionate/Multiple Talents: How will you begin today to integrate more of your passions and talents to create or carve out a corner for yourself in our industry?

You are worth the focus, the reflection, and planning…

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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 Michelle Ghilotti
Couture Brand Creator & Success Coach

p.s. On January 9th, the MGI gift of 2018 will drop! I will be sending the details to the entire community, however, if you want to ensure that you receive a spot on the guest list to this awesome experience I’m creating here in LA, join the guest list: http://michelleghilotti.com/giftof2018. Here’s to integration!

I Emptied My Mom’s Closet (hard, but finally)

Josh and I just had a nice, long Christmas Eve hug at the local FedEx near my parent’s house waiting as someone prepared a few boxes to be sent to LA…

He’s a rock. [Babe, I got you, I’ll take care of you].

Me, too. [Dad, I got this. I’ll take care of you and I’ll take care of it].

We are each rock for the other. That’s how the world turns.

Today, I sent the last of my Mom’s things to my house (we’ve spent some time here over the last few visits completing similar shipments).

But it was yesterday after different items had gone to family and places like Dress for Success, that I finally cleared out my Mom’s closet, her books, her drawers, her toiletries — everything. 

Nolan, my sun and Gigi’s grandsun, helped the last couple times and I told him he was doing God’s work helping me.

It’s only clothes/things ~ true, it’s stuff. 

But stuff will always feel like more than stuff because of its ability to bring back memories and remind you of the beauty that person represented, what you learned from them and, overall, what they represented in your life. 

Resilience.
Strength.
Honesty.
Connection ~ she got us together and kept us together. This is one of the things I miss most of all. I’ve taken on the role; however, I may not have my sea legs yet. In other words, a mother’s shoes are hard to fill. (I’m a size 6.5 and she was a 9). 

My Mom prided herself on having something to match every outfit. The handbag, the perfect pair of shoes, the earrings, the right shawl, the belt… (like my Grandma, she was committed to expressing all that she was on the outside, every day).

It all looked so good on her.

There are many things we are prepared for and others we are not in life and somewhere in between is hopefully where we remember everything is part of and creates our unique perspective, truth, and expression. 

It’s all exactly as it is…as it should be. The thing that happened, the thing that you kept or let go of…all that all of it has opened up in you…

These hands now newly manicured, wearing some of her jewelry — they look like hers.

They take care of things — and people — like hers.

They hold that which may feel heavy (brown boxes and every hue of every emotion) and do the work to lighten and brighten through writing (she started to write the last couple years of her life and loved it) — like hers.

They wipe tears — our own and those of others — also like hers. 

They write and they write…

Sadness, joy, letting go and holding onto. It’s all right.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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 Michelle Ghilotti
Couture Brand Creator & Success Coach

p.s. On January 9th, as inspired by my lessons through loss and wanting to generally do life and business VERY differently, I’ll be sharing the surprise gift I’ve been planning with you — make sure to open our newsletter that day. We think you’ll LOVE it. xo

It will Atrophy (SURPRISE drops Jan 9th)


Walking with my son yesterday —
an important share/message.

We only need more gurus if you’re one of them.In the coaching world, we keep doing the same things as everyone else.

No wonder things aren’t working for people. Let’s talk about that…

Use your creativity or it atrophies.

And that’s not the only reason to use it, it’s where innovation stems from…where you become the guru you’ve been following, where you are so much more engaged (or re-engaged) that it becomes the reason you engage others.

As I said in my livestream (stay with me through the couple connection blips), it’s this that clients connect to…they connect to and buy your energy.

Your expertise and the value or transformation your service or product brings is key, but little of that matters if you aren’t lighting it on fire by stepping outside the lines, the boxes, the rules or prescriptions.

The medicine is within.

It’s called your wild, fun and crazy ideas, the ones eventually tied to value and a verve that reinvigorates an industry and the humans within it.

Energy comes from this; your creativity, your most authentic expression (stop overthinking who you are and just be all of her ~ she’s your guru, THE one to follow), the time you take to follow the fun stuff that might make you feel like it won’t work to bring in the money you want, but, in fact, is the very thing that not only works but waltzes…

…to create a business and life filled with ease and flow…

Be the mother of your own reinvention and follow your ideas and your more full, honest expression.

It’s why you became an entrepreneur.

We only need more gurus if YOU are one of them.

>> As the video shares, watch this space on January 9th for the announcement and invitation to the gift of 2018 from MGI!! <<

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

michelle-black-sig-md-light

 Michelle Ghilotti
Couture Brand Creator & Success Coach