Author Archives: Susan Lucibello

Building Community (and who I support)

As I’ve been building community through meaningful groups or services like CEO Changemaker, High Touch, Creative Heroine and the Greater Good Parties now traveling throughout the US, I’ve been revived and enlivened by art.

You knowwww ~> art ~ that which contributes to the optimism and heart present on the planet…

I support art, artists and artistic endeavors (LIFE ~ the greatest one perhaps) — and my work which centers around creative expression and building businesses that, in actuality build and prioritize legacy does, too.

After designing, planning and hosting six events in nine months, I’m even more lit up to continue fusing this into all my experiences and offerings.

Art and creativity in words, movement, song and that which is visual ignites all senses and dimensions and effortlessly creates a space internally ready for transformation, a place where we feel more fully fed to birth our unique ideas AND be known for them.

At Creative Heroine in March, the dynamic duo known as Christina Dunbar and Chaim Dunbar gave tremendous performances.

If you haven’t already seen Chaim’s piece “Where Are the Men?”, you must, must, must: https://youtu.be/JDzuBRSFGdw

And — Christina’s piece — “Where Are the Women?”, written with love, specifically for the Creative Heroine Experience, whose words were so potent, must also be shared (if you’d like to see this powerhouse creative in her traveling one-woman show, she’ll be in SF on June 8th~> https://bitly.com)…

Where Are the Women by Christina Dunbar (an excerpt):

After years of being way too quiet and compliant
After years of hiding this wild soul…
I’m ready to roar with the rest of this world

But…

Where are the women that roar together?
I mean I see the women
Here are the women
Everywhere are the women
But where
Are

ALL the representations of women speaking out

Shy women
Loud women
Asian
Black
And
Latin
Women

Small and tall and curvy women
Young and old and wrinkly women
Women who are free in their skin
That are artists in the way they live
That can say with pride

I have no more shame in this body
I have nothing left to hide

Here are the women
You are the woman
And you are the woman
And she
And me
And we are the women
That will be seen and heard
Leave our mark on this precious fleeting timeline we call LIFE

Let’s own that now
That each of us counts
Let’s take it to the streets
And let these hearts lead 
With our fierce female voices
We declare.
We are the women we’ve been waiting for.
And
we
are
Here.

Here’s to art and what she will always take responsibility for stirring inside us!

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Back to the THESE “Basics”

During confusing or hard moments, in anything or with any relationship, go back to the basics (which is not too far back):

Kindness,
mutual respect,
dignity and
civility. . .
white to black,
black to white,
man to woman,
woman to man,
boy to girl,
girl to boy,
grown up to child,
child to grown up,
able-bodied to disabled,
disabled to able-bodied,
**anyone to anything you are not**
kindness, mutual respect, dignity and civility are always en vogue.

T h e s e  are the empowering and loving times I believe we live in.

And this is why we ladies, the mama bears of the earth, the ones who need to make sure the family sticks together (seriously, this is one of our tippity-top purposes), this is why we care, this is why we coach, and this is why we are more active in the world, then maybe we’ve ever been.

Enjoy your business and enjoy your life, Creative Heroine + Mama Bear!

Life is good,

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p.s. Register HERE for MGI’s first complimentary training, Design Your Couture Comeback: Soul, Strategy & Brand Honesty in 2017. The training happens Thursday, February 9th, at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern/7pm London/8pm Amsterdam time. The training lasts two hours. I’ll be sharing how you can create your most successful “comeback” from a business hiatus, heartbreak, loss or (fill in your blank). In many ways, we will go back to the basics and will cover off on the strategy and practical support needed within four categories: Business (Revenue), Brand, Relationships and Self. Would love to “see” you there, Creative Heroine!

“Habit Health” (3 questions to ask today!)


This is my client Dianna…her “habit health” is on point.  🙂

Gut health.
Emotional health.
Heart health.
Habit health. 
It’s also totally a thing.
How’s your habit health?

Take a few moments and jot down your answers to the following questions:

1. If you were the very best in the world at what you did, how would what you do in the morning, afternoon and evening change?

2. On a practical level, what top two (2) habits and top two (2) actions must become part of your everyday muscle memory to get to where you say you want to be in your business?

3. As the thought leader and CEO of your purposeful and inspiring brand, what relationship-building activities do you need to build on each week?

Once you have your most honest and powerful answers down, take a breath and another moment to check in with the mindset and schedule you currently are working with.

Here’s a bonus question for you ~

4. How will you need to shift or accommodate both your mindset and weekly schedule in order to get where you want to be?

I hope this supports you today, Creative Heroine.

Enjoy your business and enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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p.s. Have you registered yet for the {no-cost} training coming up on Thursday, February 9th at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern/7pm London/8pm Amsterdam: Design Your Couture Comeback: Soul, Strategy & Brand Honesty in 2017. We’ll be covering your 90-day plan with the habits and focus your need in four areas — business, brand, relationships and self. Don’t miss the goodness. Don’t miss the goods. Register HERE.

Walked from SF to D.C.! (STORY)

Imagine walking from San Francisco to Washington D.C. in support of something you strongly believe in?

Over the last few months, in meditation and beyond, I’ve asked that I be shown, in no uncertain terms, where I need to be and what I need to do in service of greater peace, equality and in love and protection of those who need it most in the world right now.

That voice or voices, you can call it many things, one of them being intuition, guided me to Greece to help where I could at the refugee camp, guided me to begin creating the model for action support groups that we’ll host in LA at our home, it’s what moved Josh and I both, as creatives, to begin speaking at colleges (first talk together will be this March back East) all around creating your own career path (being in charge of your own success — no glass ceilings) and, lastly, generally, this connection or trust — you can call it my own surrender experiment — also guided me to get more involved at the local level with causes that align with my values. I spoke to the ACLU last night and they will be in attendance for Josh’s and my first group here.

I share tonight because it’s incredible what happens, and in such a short amount of time, when we are committed and devoted to doing all it takes, no matter what, in support of what we believe.

As most magical things come these days, in an email last week I received a message from hospice, where I volunteer as a companion, telling me that they had found my first ongoing hospice assignment (they place you with whomever lives in closest driving distance to you).

I hadn’t been placed with one person yet last year, but instead, had been bouncing around visiting different families who needed someone, who lived about an hour or so away. All wonderful. Again, when you go where you’re needed, you’re promised many xxl heart opening experiences, as a result.

Going where I’m being asked to go “in no uncertain terms” and, hands down, every time this last year, in service work, family, friendship or my brand and coaching business, it’s exactly where I’ve needed to be. In no uncertain terms, yet as simple as a smile, maybe my Mom’s name, or with the flash of a number eight, I’ve gotten that confirmation.

I continued to read about my first official assignment tonight, all about the woman I have the privilege to befriend for the remaining days of her life and I couldn’t believe my eyes (well, I could because magical things happen all the time, why? Because I expect them to, I’m eagerly waiting for them)…

She’s a goddess, a 96-year-old woman who raised seven children as a single mom, worked in civil rights and walked from S.F. to D.C. to take a stand against nuclear war.

It said she *was* a writer (once a writer, *always* a writer — it’s not always about being able to put pen to paper, but about a way of looking at, and continuing to feel the world).

The note from the director at hospice also mentioned she was eager to talk about her life and loved, loved, loved engaging in stimulating conversation.

{my phone rang as I was typing this post, here’s what just happened…}

It was my new friend’s daughter. We spoke for 20 minutes all about her beautiful mom and my first visit tomorrow, about her fun and playful personality, what to expect, what she might like etc.

Her daughter said she was a very funny lady (too smart for her own good), loves poetry, wants to listen to Ted Talks or podcasts with me and that an easy in tomorrow might be dogs (easy, I told her, I have photos of Holland at the ready).

I asked her if there was anything I could bring her tomorrow and, another intuitive hunch gone right…tomorrow is her BIRTHDAY, her daughter said, so maybe something colorful like balloons?

She loves her birthday, she continued. Ok, we will talk about that tomorrow, I said, I also love birthdays and I love my birthday.

Her daughter told me she had written “97” on the cover of her January calendar when she first got it. It had been the only thing she wrote on it.

I shared with her that she might not believe it, but that when I first contacted her to set up a day for me to come, something in me said, ask if you can come Thursday, so I mentioned Thursday. (I knew that I could have probably said next week, but I felt I needed to go sooner than that, Thursday, specifically, even though it would not be the easiest for me, necessarily).

We laughed at first at the serendipity (life magic) and then, I could hear her holding back tears. It’s a lot to handle losing someone. That’s what I was thinking and feeling inside, but all I said was, I know, I know…

Once she spoke again, she said, one thing I wanted to do with her before the stroke, which she was excited about, was color…maybe you can color with her? I have an empty coloring book, I told her, we will fill up as much as she wants and has energy for.

Great, that’s wonderful, she said.

I will color with her, my kindred spirit, I thought to myself…

And, I’ll show up and up and up, like her balloons.

And just like that, from one moment to the next, I get to create and be a part of a birthday party tomorrow for a friend (who almost shares a birthday with my own Mom — by three days) and who had it written in her stars, too, that we’d meet, a woman who believed strongly in something, in seven children and in a cause called peace, in humor and in words that move people to love and feel light…

I get to sit in for her daughter tomorrow. I get to love a mom, as if she were my mom. And do it week, after week…

Here’s the thing. What we believe we will receive, we receive…

And what we support, supports us.

This assignment — life — is so beautiful and interesting and filled with opportunities to seize the day that some nights I feel I could fall over in observance of it all.

I really think I might tonight, but before I do, I have a mini birthday party to plan!

Happy birthday and thank you, beauty, all 97 years young of you. I can’t wait to meet you on the day you were born, it is, in no uncertain terms, exaaaactly where I need to be tomorrow.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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p.s. If you’re craving to get more involved and go where you’re most needed, let me know…I want to help you!