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When Our Own Spiritual Work Leads Us to Plan a Vision Quest for Our 13-Year Old Son…

I have been heart set on doing a type of family-oriented vision quest for and with Nolan to usher him into this next phase of life and manhood (13) and his own deeper sense of self, individuality and identity (spirituality ~ a sense of self as it relates to something more or bigger, to those around us etc.).

There are few people leading or facilitating these types of experiences in the U.S. that are both deeply traditional with maybe a modern twist, so, I’m finding myself crafting something for him with someone I did find who can assist and we are currently piecing it together.

I find this an interesting note: many of us are more separate(d) from nature than we were in the past or in our childhoods and I want Nolan to be more connected to it. It’s a thought that comes quite often and it’s why on most all trips, we make sure to plan a guided or non-guided hike or longer trek in nature, no matter where we are.

Because — because — because — when we are closer to nature, we are genuinely closer to ourselves.

I’ve taken to diving deeper into the principles of ecopsychology lately *and* to loving up this boy in new ways because he’s new…he’s a new, interesting person today in his teenage and eighth-grade awesomeness (and I love that)!

What is changing for you right now and how can you accept it and love it even more? 

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Your Quality of Life (my workout pic)

We fret about the quantitative in life so much ~ the grades to get to the salary to get to the zip code, the size of the ring or speed at which we can do things (me this morning, looking at the numbers, go, go, go), even the amount of time we spend with our kids (understandable) that we forget quality yields a quality of life.

They both serve a purpose, but what are you here to make the purpose of your life ~ one, the other…both? 

And if you were the very best in the world in the areas you deem most important and knew you didn’t have to sacrifice the quantity or numbers you want, how would the quality you brought to each moment or endeavor shift and, therefore, how would that shift the daily contentment of this, your one life?

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Who I Dedicated THIS To…(xo!!!)

I’m celebrating 17 years this week inside what I confusingly call a business, but that is that and much more.

17! πŸŽ‰

The thing I feel the most peace around with this anni can be expressed by sharing this: the other day at the Sausalito Art Festival, an art installation asked passersby to write what their dream job was on a post it.

There were 50, 60, 70 post-it notes on the wall. The uniqueness in the answers was inspiring.

“The one I have” was my answer and contribution to the wall.

There are, of course, larger goals on my writing timeline and inside continuing to help women reinvent and integrate all of who they are inside their chosen work and inside their brand expressions (make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand), but this work is (right) for me.

I attempted for eight years before these 17 to make myself into a shape that didn’t fully allow for what I was best at. The last 17 have been different. There’s been no contorting, just expanding.

Last Saturday, I made sure I tapped my Dad on the shoulder to show him what I wrote. I think in showing him, I also knew I was sharing it with my Mom, who, besides Dino, was my biggest fan (Nolan, on the other hand, told me earlier this week that he wouldn’t want to do what I do, but that he might enjoy Papa’s work). πŸ˜†

To each his own.

And that’s the point.

I think of what I specifically want for Nolan and it’s for him to find and express more of himself, and as unapologetically as possible inside the work he chooses to devote time to in his life (work that ultimately if it’s meaningful to him, will choose him).

It could be one career, two, three…it doesn’t matter as long as he feels his contribution does.

How we feel our lives matter makes work feel like something different than the word implies.

I’m dedicating this anniversary to my Mom.

Thank you, Nancy Motta Ghilotti, for making choices to express your own fuller [true creative self] by finally deciding to leave a situation that ultimately helped land me right here in this moment, about to pick Nolan up from school in this corner of the world that I enjoy so much.

It was your strength, along with Oma’s nudging, that ignited my fire and birthed this life that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Thank you for being my cheerleader and my Creative Heroine, the woman who moves from problem to solution to express to the world who she *really* is.

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Unapologetic is a Strategy (β€œare you an artist?”, he asked me)

Are you an artist? he asked me. 

My answer and the two beliefs/acts that bring the biggest reward (or allow you fast entry into festivals). 

Did you catch my latest livestream? HERE she is!

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur