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Rite Of Passage For My Boy!

Do we have any rites of passage for American adolescence? 

I’ve been asking myself this question over the last couple years as I feel/witness the awesome and natural shifts and changes Nolan, 13, (and, therefore, the changes our family of three), is experiencing.

I’ve deeply been wanting to, as many cultures and religions so beautifully do, not only commemorate his moving into a richer independence, but also honor his individuality, EQ [where true power and strength come from] and support him in starting out this next season (high school and way beyond) in a more conscious, reflective and deliberate way.

…road trip to Sedona!

Tomorrow, Nolan will experience a rite of passage inside a collection of unique moments in ceremony and walk about of sorts with a Celtic Indian shaman from the area (he and I put this together as it was genuinely hard to find) with it now feeling equally hard to put into words how blessed I feel (we feel) about it…

Because a big part of the rite of passage speaks to his foray into manhood, Josh is lucky enough to experience it alongside Nolan. (As I shared with a friend over an audio this morning, I tried to invite myself, but our fearless leader wasn’t having it, ha ha). 

Planning this experience, has taught me / reminded me of many things, not least of which is if you can’t find something, create it.

Create what you want to be a part of.

You, your family, your community will all be better for it.

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 

Bringing Willie In for a Warm Meal

This weekend while in NOLA, we did a few small missions, as my SIL called them.

We purchased food, sat and simply spoke to people, those who likely have few people sit and talk to them for long periods of time, our plans ultimately becoming irrelevant.

One of my favorite times was bringing Willie in for a warm meal and hearing his stutter become a more fluid speech as his body warmed up (it was colddd in New Orleans the last two nights).

As we waited for his meal to arrive, he drank his sweet tea and told us that his mantra was “It’s nice to be nice”.

He was a love. He was love.

Truly seeing others and giving them a space and time (as long as they need) to warm up and express themselves is one of the biggest gifts to give or be given, of that I’ve been sure!
In the middle of the flight home tonight, a couple to my left offered me a sweet nectarine and it reminded, as many people in my life do, that sweetness is always just to the left or right of us, if/when we just give people the time they need to express themselves and tell their stories so they can more fully be seen and understood…

♥️

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 

This Happened in My Living Room….

10!

We’ve reached double digits with the GGP!

After a year and a half, I can say that one answer to the question: “how do I (continue to) have and FEEL community ~ specifically, an extended/expanded conscious one?” is to set out to create the opportunity for others to have or experience it.

The highlight for Josh and I last night at our first organization-specific Greater Good Party was having 50 people meditating (for an extended amount of time) in our living room (49 of whom we had never met before ~> one of our favorite parts about every GGP).

I don’t have the adequate words to describe how powerful this is and was (there’s fascinating research on the power of large groups meditating on and for a singular cause).

This was the first GGP done midweek and, again, also the first created specifically for an outside group — the business arm of the Transcendental Meditation organization (what we keep seeing over again with GGP is that there’s a thirst and real need for…reaaaal connections and community ~ those not transactional, but transformational, as our friend and Austin co-host Amanda said so beautifully (when TM sent out the invite, the event sold out in a few hours). 

As a family, we learned TM in 2014 when Nolan was nine. The draw was to continue to learn and grow together and support the grief journey, (code for) helping us all to continue to heal.

I credit this stillness practice we started for more gracefully being able to hold both joy and sadness the last many years (they can and do co-exist).

And helping to create an energy within to be able to get ideas off the ground and stick with them, no matter what is happening around or inside me, and, in business and life, with being more the observer of what’s happening, than being so caught up in it, whatever IT is.

Connected to that, last night I spoke about the emotion of excitable neutrality and how feeling “neutral” (not to be confused with detached or unfeeling) about any high or low in life can be a highly valuable and positive thing.

It keeps us going and keeps us in integrity.

Meditation or any stillness practice can calm “a colony of stresses”, as one of the leaders of the organization, Marty, shared last night.

Unrelated but connected, the decision we made in 2017 to not bring back the living room table after the first GGP, so it would be easier to set up the house each time for each gathering (we’ve also had smaller think tanks of three, five, eight or 10 people at home, too) was a good one.

Who would have thought that this decision (of having less furniture to move) would support the creation of something so lovely and fruitful, yet I DO know that small can be big (as I’ve said before, from little things, big things grow). 

Not moving a table back reminds us every day of our commitment to this experiment/community/project.

Last night was another night of all kinds of grateful, of meaningful conversation and stolen glances (with the guy in my photo above)…

#greatergoodparty #ggp
#useourloveforgreatgood

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 

THIS is Your Healing Power

Your creativity is your healing power.

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