Life

Day 1, Travel day to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

This is the same place I stood when I left for the vision quest. Josh took that photo. 

But this morning on my way to India to hear/learn from His Holiness the Dalai Lama for five days [then meeting Josh and Nolan on that side of the world], yesterday’s post on that: bit.ly/2ssIX1v, Nolan took the shot. 

I told him as we walked outside that all my typical Michelle Ghilotti Mandel civilian clothes have been left behind and that it feels good (it feels so good). 

I have minimal anything in my bags. More food and potions for keeping immunity up, really, with very few changes of clothes, just like on my quest. 

It feels heavenly, maybe even grown up to release hold of much stuff that in the end doesn’t truly pmake us more comfortable (it’s the illusion of…). 

What IF the more we carry is connected to the number of burdens we carry or want to carry. Playing with this myself. I’m curious if this were true if we would all travel and live life with less of the material, but with more in all the other ways it counts for us (feels good) emotionally, spiritually and energetically.

I couldn’t take you all with me on those nine days in the wild in July (no wifi, no phones, not anything except my drinking water, a sleeping bag, a journal, couple jackets and the awe of nature to support), but, as much as I can and monastery wifi will allow (I hear there’s wifi in spots), I’ll love taking you with me on this journey…

LAX ~ Hong Kong

Hong Kong ~ Bangalore 

Bangalore ~ bumpy four-wheeler to the tiny town where the monastery is…

Share with you on the other side! 

#lifeisthequest

#creativeheroine

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#visionquester

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

Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Hubby & I Did THIS On The Full Moon 🌕 🔥

 

Two and a half years ago we committed to helping our community feel a community (we didn’t set out to grow one, but that’s exactly what’s happened and we’ve all been better for it). ⁣⁣

⁣⁣This has all happened without asking any guest, many of whom we’ve never met, to do or give anything except for their full selves (open heart, open mind) when they walk through those doors…⁣⁣

Tonight is our 13th Greater Good Party (our 10th in Los Angeles) and on THE LAST FULL MOON OF THIS DECADE closing out the past ten years. ⁣⁣ 🤩🌕🙆🏻‍♀️⁣⁣

Two artists will be playing Earth Wind and Fire (shout out to my mama), we’ll share in spoken word/poetry, as always, and two storytellers, also as always, and this time on the topic of committing to our core gifts/talents.⁣⁣

⁣⁣One question I’ll likely pose tonight ~ what if our “core gift” (may even call it a talent) is connected to that *feeling* you leave people with after they’ve had an experience with you? Experience being the operative word.⁣⁣

⁣⁣(🎁 Own the energy you bring to the room).⁣⁣

⁣⁣Here’s to closing out the year in community (and in silent disco love ⬇️) and to recognizing that the primary or genuine talents, gifts, abilities or passions we have, we’ve always had and it’s always high time to decide to use them…to use our optimistic and life-giving energy more fully…⁣⁣

Can’t wait to feel what the GGP has in store for us all in 2020!⁣⁣

⁣⁣#hightime⁣⁣
#brandoffeeling⁣⁣
#greatergoodparty⁣⁣
#ggp⁣⁣
#creativeheroine⁣⁣
#brandofwoman

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

Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

I Screamed This to My Son (& the true gifts)

About eight or so years ago, I told Josh that I didn’t want us to buy each other gifts anymore. It didn’t seem that either of us were into receiving purchased gifts all that much.

Instead, I said, what if we spend time writing each other something (since we both like to write). 

Years later, as Nolan got older, while still also purchasing gifts for him for special moments, we brought him into the mix and made mama, papa and Nolan books which were/are simply journals that hold the notes or poems or stories that we write to the others throughout the year for special days.

Cut to last night, as I’m in my room, after having seen him in another high school soccer game (and having had heartfelt connection time in the car talking about a music artist he liked who passed away due to drugs (they think)), I yelled so he could hear me in his room: 

Nolan (pause, I didn’t really know what I was going to say next, but I knew I wanted to connect with him in that moment. I was feeling it)…I’m really proud of you. I LIKE YOU. And I love youuuu!

It was loud and seemed appropriate for what I was feeling. 

I didn’t know exactly what would come back through our walls and our two open doors and then — there it was:

(His own pause)…I reallyyyy like you too, Mama and I love youuuu!

And this is it, I guess. The best gifts include this, all of this ~ really liking one another (love is awesome and liking one another is a another ball game), genuinely connecting about the real stuff, finding the words to express that like or love, whether that be written or said, breaking down walls and keeping our doors open…….

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

Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Being ONE Person vs. Seven (it’ll make sense when you read:)

His first high school game is officially in the books and he did himself proud! 

What I want most…

What I want most for him is a comfort felt in his own skin. Over and again.

That he feels and expresses himself on the field or, say, with new friends or anywhere, really, as he feels or expresses himself or his ideas at home (in that complete and down to cells, ‘I’m wearing flannel pajamas’ type comfort). 

I want so much for him to feel himself as ONE beautifully complex person in the world and not seven, constantly changing to fit his environment, living others’ definition of life vs. his own. 

Because what is naturally FOR us (purpose, a deeper calling) can only connect to us when we are natural or natural-ly ourselves and I sooo want for him, for all kids/teens who grow to be adults, to feel on purpose.

We live in a world – a beautiful one – but where we feel fragmented, not solely as a result of technology or social media (or because long are the days of entire communities huddling around fires to simply talk), but because THIS is one of the biggest tests of our lives that’s part of our grand purpose ~> to find the way back to ourselves. 

To accept ourselves, our quirks, our powers, our blessings (some wrapped in sand paper, others wrapped in pure gold) because because because (to the sound of The Wizard of Oz) others only genuinely “accept us”, whatever that means, when WE do the job really well first (and then and only then do we realize it wasn’t *their* acceptance we were going or growing for, cheekyyyy).

#creativeheroine

#brandofwoman

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

Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur