Let’s change to Questioning in Life or Business?

Tired can mean you’re doing it right.

So much is coming and staying fast these days…work I love that needs no overthinking, information about what’s next and how what I call work wants to evolve and with it all questions…

I’m enjoying them. The questions. Even though we may think of them as the enemy, they’re actually lover…

They want you to be sure.

They want you to succeed. 

Ultimately they want you, not to feel attacked by them, but nurtured…a safe space to bump up against, to doubt and to come out with a better sense of who you are and of the future you’ll continue to have with them…

If we didn’t question…if we didn’t have them, we would always stay the same…​

♥️

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 

Holidays are Hard (how I handle it)

When I started tickling Nolan years ago and he’d laugh uncontrollably, I’d ease up on the tickling, then as I started up again, I would tell him, through my own laughter now, that love hurts, tickle tickle tickle tickle tickle tickle (he’s always had a wicked sense of humor, so he thought it was funny).

Years later, I still tickle him like that (and every now and again still say that) and we both continue to think it’s funny. Because it’s true.

It can and it does. But that’s not a bad thing. It’s a natural thing, the real and honest thing and when we’re real and honest, there is no wrong.

I feel enormously blessed staring out at my Mom’s two statues in my garden (here’s one) while blasting the music I told you I couldn’t do a choreographed dance to last week when I shared that basketball video of Nolan and me (the light hamstring strain is almost healed).

During another holiday season where it might feel easy to continue to feel the discomfort in the new normals and breaks in what once was our “Club G” family tradition, I keep allowing the effortlessness of joy that seeps through the human spirit (it’s all parts naturally spirited).

I’m grateful for all the freaking gifts of these last five years that have come unwrapped, real and raw, the kind that helps to further appreciate and stay tickling a child as one example) because we know life, purpose and meaning ALL live right there in that moment and in that soul.

A not-so-secret to joy = treating the person in front of you as if they’re the very person you’ve lost. How would you en-JOY or share with them if you had one last day together? Find the someone nearest you and give it all to them.

I’m thankful for the kinds of gift(s) that *make* us slow down so that staring into the garden is not just another idea from a mindfulness magazine, podcast or book, but a way of your precious mind/body/spirit FULL life.

For anyone who is missing a loved one this holiday season (or who doesn’t feel up for what it feels everyone else seems up for right now) for any reason —

Because of a disagreement
A break up
A death
A health scare or challenge 
Physical distance 
or other…you’re not alone.

May you see and feel loved by everyone and everything directly to the left and right (or right in the middle of what feels like and is a vast space to fill).

There is much for us there and there’s still much of you to give or receive. Give someone a hand or outstretch yours so we can give to you. One of these, giving or receiving, is where your greatest healing and reconnection to joy begins and never ends —

You are beloved.

♥️

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 

Building Something That Moves & Affects People

Meet Kristine Carlson and Susan Burton.

These two brilliant women met in such a unique way at the last Greater Good Party. It was our fourth party in Los Angeles after returning from hosting in San Francisco and New York (with amazing co-hosts Trevor Henley & Thea Vaughan).

After Kristine both made us laugh and touched our hearts with her story, Susan, a Purpose Prize Winner in 2012, shared her story of starting A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (and an entirely new life) where she and her team help to empower, organize and mobilize formerly incarcerated people as advocates for social change and personal transformation (it’s incredible work and her book is Becoming Ms. Burton). 

As all who speak at GGP do (authors, artists, activists, creatives, poets, corporate execs, relationship, and emotional intelligence experts, singers, painters, actors, actresses, healers etc. alike), she shared her story of finding purpose/of it finding her after spending her own time in jail for drugs after losing her young son in an accident.

She was midway through sharing when she turned to Kristine, seated in the front row, and let her know that her late husband’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff books had brought her tremendous peace while she was in jail [when I asked each of them to speak, I obviously had no idea].

The hug that followed was all parts human and tender and was/is a beautiful example of the magic and of the unexpected at each GGP regardless of where we do them. 

GGP LA: The next is this Sunday! Our biggest yet and talks by five presenters/storytellers around the theme, this time, of story, specifically, “We are all part of a greater story.”

GGP AUSTIN: Coming February 23rd with co-hosts Amanda Russell & Matt Calhoun!

The Greater Good Party: breathing life to optimistic endeavor…


am
grateful
every day for the opportunity, alongside the generous souls who come to share, to spark individuals, families, couples, and communities to take their passion project (likely a LONG time on the back burner of their lives), to the front burner. 

Because the world is awaiting our move; our movements…

What movement are you going to make a move on?! Maybe finally or for the first time OR continue to make a commitment to?

And remember one important thing: Your building of something that moves and affects people will come in how moved YOU are in the creation of it. What are you most ecstatic about making a part of your legacy?

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 

If Asking What’s Next, Read This

More than ever in this modern life we are living in whatever city or country we’re in, we’re being asked to equally protect Mother Nature as go and get lost in her — more time listening to the quiet of leaves under our feet to finally and/or to continue to hear the voice of the most true part of ourselves.

What’s she saying?
What’s he telling you?

The souls inside the human body suits we don are actually quite LOUD (and they hold the key to our true purpose work and meaning in life), but we’re on our phones so much we’re ironically never available to answer *their* call.

Nature is the world’s soul. We have to be more connected to it to hear ours…and, as importantly, to help our kids hear theirs.

If you’re trying to figure out what’s next for you, connect back in with Mother Nature (and your soul). Oh your soul… 🙂

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