Life

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 

Unapologetic is a Strategy (“are 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 

I Walked Out a Better Mother

Almost 13 years ago, I walked into yoga for the first time and walked out a better mother.

Breathing and the play involved (novel concept…breathe) helped the steep learning curve. Like for many moms, the first while was a definite marked and tough transition for me. In addition, I had PPD for a year but didn’t know it. Yoga helped. And I did know that. 

When Nolan was three, I started a seven-month teacher training. We lived in Guadalajara at the time and one long weekend per month I’d fly to Monterrey, Mexico to learn to eventually stand on hands, among other things. 

I had my branding business already, so I didn’t necessarily want to teach, but I did want others to teach me — yoga philosophy and some of the harder physical poses, specifically.

I fell hard for the after effects of it all  — the clarity it afforded me around this new role of nurturer and the nurturing of myself went well together. 

Yoga helped creatively, too (yoga and second showers have, for years, helped me solve different creative problems or life situations). I consciously walk into either and know or trust that when I leave I will have figured it out…

I’ve been injured here and there since I started that many years ago, so, I’ve pulled back a bit or taken periods off the harder poses, but recently I’ve been back into getting the longer hold on my handstand back.  

I stayed after class today and worked on it for 20 more minutes. 

The chairs in this photo were helping to retrain my focus and strength. And since no one else was in the room, the wide-open physical space also gave me the mental room to land the stand in the middle of the room sans chairs for a bit longer than I had in months. 

Thinking about this creatively or professionally, maybe what we each need to land our latest anything is exactly that ~ to stay after class; to act like we really want it and to move everything else out of the way.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Crafting A Unique Event (and re-evaluating everything!)

I re-evaluated everything after I lost my brother and Mom (they passed tragically within a couple of years of each other). 

I spoke about this at the Creative Heroine Experience in March (were you there!?) where the theme was not only integrating your creativity and spirituality but moving from problem to solution to express to the world who you really are. 

“We don’t lose if we don’t lose the lesson” was one of the themes or messages imparted. 

I’ve also spoken a bit about these big life “lessons” (losses) during client retreats, workshops, VIP days at my home and at the seven Greater Good Parties I’ve hosted in Los Angeles, the Bay Area or New York.

Though each of the Greater Good Party events center around supporting communities (the GGP community is growing with each and every event — next one in LA is around the corner and Austin, we’re coming for you!) to use their creativity for great good and make ample room for their higher calling (and loads of optimism along the way), it’s hard to leave out how these losses continue to guide me in my own higher calling ~ in folding a social entrepreneurship focus and helping women craft unique transformational experiences into my consulting and brand & success coaching business. 

We’re broken open to grow anew…

My business has grown not shrunk since these losses (lessons). And I credit that to trusting that the lessons (losses) would elevate my understanding around how I wanted to shift, massage and elevate my work in the world…

And it did ~ that’s exactly what happened and continues to happen ~ especially as I continue to create LIVE events-turned-experiences, helping multi-faceted entrepreneurial women make good on their own higher calling AND in expressing more of all of who they are in their authentic brand. 

Your business (you!) can grow (wants to grow) from imbalance and from any break of the heart. Just as our muscles experience micro-tears from strength workouts to come back even stronger, so do you, Creative Heroine, so do you!

We do.

Have you seen the details about the Ecstatic Experience Immersion Day in a month? 

September 29, 2018
9:30am – 5:30pm

My home in Los Angeles 

  • Let’s create the relationships we desire with our tribe through the creation of experiences!
  • Let’s grow our brand awareness and tribe size also through the creation of experiences!
  • Let’s create a standout event that is unlike any other so that it transforms the people that need it most!

OUR AMAZING DAY TOGETHER WILL CONSIST OF:

9:30am – 10:00am – Welcome
Introductions and setting up the expectations for our day together.

10:15am – 12:15pm – Part One

  • Gain clarity on your big idea (we will talk cutting-edge, outside the box and challenging the elements you don’t agree with or want to change about your industry). We will brainstorm new ideas or build on the idea(s) you already have.
  • Identify what creates the true difference between an experience vs. an event.
  • Discuss the difference between a movement and a business (it’s the energy in the personality of a movement that needs to be present in the creation of your experience).
  • Review the elements that must be present for your day, no matter if you consider it small, medium or a large event/experience.
  • Learn the ecstatic method to deliver a brilliant mix of empowerment, education, inspiration and entertainment needed to create an experience that wows and delivers results for your community/clients/potential clients.

12:15pm – 12:45pm – Working Lunch
Feel free to bring what suits you for our working lunch inside our relaxed and fun environment.12:45pm – 3:00pm – Part Two

  • Create the moving mission statement for your event — your very own ecstatic experience — as experienced by your clients/ attendees.
  • Choose a date and location inside your planning and reverse-engineer from that point so you know what you have to do each step of the way.
  • Learn what giving clients results mean and how to get them (you will choose one main thing you want people to walk away with and we will build the flow of the experience in support of that…transformation vs. solely just information).
  • Discuss how to look at other industries to gain wisdom for what to do inside your industry event/experience (we will work on a strategy to ensure that your experience is truly unique).
  • Review your leadership (thought leadership) and owning your story, method, framework or technique that you’ll be sharing on day-of.
  • How to continue to grow the trust in self that you can pull this [and many more elevated experiences and bigger business events] off.
  • Your definition of success and your vision of the ultimate experience you wish to create (for you to create a killer “outer event”, you need the “inner event” of your vision to be clearly felt).
  • Learn what is needed to create a successful experience that feel effortless in the making (one of my favorite topics — I’m big on making things easy!).
  • Allow yourself to let go of the old you, so we can usher in a new you… an elevated and most powerful host and thought leader!
3:00pm – 5:00pm – Part Three
  • Write up the experience plan for the event, soup to nuts. What is the information shared? Who is speaking alongside you? What prompts will you support attendees with? What surprises? Gifts? Exercises? Challenges? (and more…).
  • Review that plan and make sure that you are including or integrating/ honoring all of you throughout each element and idea (let’s review your story once again and make sure you’re clear on where to include it and/or how to keep including it — we must honor both your work and life experience here).
  • Discuss and learn more about the best six to eight week promo period plan (maybe longer depending on how much experience you have with launching). Here we may also potentially learn about how to write a press release to share with the community (this may or may not be relevant).
  • Do a review to make sure you have the three to five (3-5) elements that will make this a sensory experience for all (are we touching both the physical, spiritual and emotional bodies of your community/clients/ potential clients? 
  • Discuss and decide on pricing as well as who you will need to support you throughout and if contribution will play a part in your experience (we will discuss what size event feels right and if sponsorship or a complimentary experience makes sense for where you are in your business/movement building).
5:00pm – 5:30pm – Completion
  • Wrap-up what we learned, planned and committed to today.
  • Get ready to head out for a fun dinner on the town (meal not included in your investment) to celebrate your commitment to your ECSTATIC EXPERIENCE. 
 
Experience Investment: $697
(as shared in July for my “birthday rate” investment)
Three (3) spots left
Reserve your seat today for a non-refundable deposit of $297.
The remaining balance of $400 is due on September 12th.
 

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur