Life

My Life Model Decision.

Arlan Hamilton & I taking a moment at the Creative Heroine
Experience before going on stage.

For over 17 years growing this success coaching and brand consulting business, nothing has grown my business OR MY JOY more than hosting workshops, retreats, and larger event experiences. And though that sounds like it was a business model decision I got clear on years ago, as I shared in a newsletter a few days ago (HERE), it wasn’t — it was a life model decision.

With so much virtual everything “these days” and with the tragic losses of my Mom and brother “behind me” and inside me, I was guided over the last many years to be even more in person with my clients and friends and to, generally, prioritize connection, not just with my tribe and with my clients, but within all my friendships, too (this is documented within the Relationship Experiment I’ve shared with you — did you ever get to watch that video? ~> bit.ly/2oC4b7V).

Though I had run many events before the deaths of my beloveds five years ago (having been in business for 17 years), the events I’ve designed since those losses have been different in feeling, a representation of the internal environment which had changed, in the best and in the most raw and honest of ways.

Arlan was recently in Forbes for her work as a ‘Venture Catalyst’ 
for underrepresented founders, primarily for women, people of color
and the LGBTQ community, I couldn’t support her work in the world
more, (thank you for connecting us, Holly!).

The events I’ve been a part of since they passed have not been events, but more experiences — those for the senses…and as I type that, I see that with the life experiences as of late, they honestly couldn’t have been anything other than exactly THAT. 
Maybe like you, I’ve been on the search for the way business (and my offerings to support others in the ways my genius and talents know best) could feel like a more true extension or representation of the internal environment that exists today. I said something very similar to that when I was sharing about this just a few days ago.

I guess the bottom line is that we are constantly changing and if our businesses, brand expression and the general integration of more of all of our true selves don’t make their way front and center (and stay there), we are stepping away from the very creation of anything truly authentic or long-lasting  –  that’s what I’ve gathered like strawberries in a field…

What are you gathering or understanding deeper as of late?

What life model-turned-business model will you be introducing soon?

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 

SERVING YOU…

Just as I did in person here in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago, I’d love to share the insight, lessons, and successes with you in the following immersion, soon to start in November through helping you create your first or next event experience! You can check out the Ecstatic Experience Virtual Immersion HERE

Though it’s a virtual offering, know that since I’ve presented it LIVE and in person already (in LA on 9/29) know that you will receive that benefit  –  plus I can’t deny the fact that anything I do now that’s virtual or online in this new season will not feel like that. At least, that’s what I’ve been going for the last few years when I DO do virtual programs (I always do my damndest to make it feel like you are sitting in my living room  –  in fact, that’s where I’ll be sitting when I deliver these training for these three weeks plus our bonus fourth week).

Speaking of — peruse the weeks here ~> www.michelleghilotti.com/ecstatic-experience-virtual-imersion and join us if you feel it’s genuinely time for you to incorporate adding more event experiences to your life model as expressed in your business.

We start in November and take an integration and family break during our November U.S. holiday (gobble gobble).

I’d love to walk hand-in-hand with you, helping to make this potentially new step into the creation of event experiences easier and more fun and effortless for you.

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 

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! 🎉

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). 😆

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