About My Marriage (What It’s Being Used For)

I don’t just enjoy creating with him, I revel in using the love and respect felt for one another for a greater or expanded good ~ a purpose beyond us, beyond Nolan and beyond our family.

I got turned onto this feeling-turned idea-turned passion-turned purpose, not solely by way or inspiration from this love (though I’d love to say that), but through the curiosity one experiences when cracked open through what feels like the loss OF it/the loss of love or loved ones…

We’re getting ready for our May weekends in New York (5th) and the Bay Area (19th) for Greater Good Party evenings (and one in LA in April) and feeling this:

Love, romance and the safety (net) felt when inside it: what if it’s not solely for us — for you and the one you love to enjoy — but for others to be filled by, too…what might we each do with it then?

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. if you live in the Bay Area or New York — we are coming for you! We will be bringing the Greater Good Party to New York on May 5th and to the Bay on May 19th. Both Saturdays. If you’d like to be invited or learn more, email me back and we will send you what you’ll need to join us. They are both not-to-miss events (these events are not ticketed events nor are they fundraising events…each party (vino included) is simply our way of giving back). Join us! 

Two Liner on BRANDING

Branding — your expression — is about feeling.

Feeling is the attraction field. 

How could YOU feel more of your life or inspire it (feeling) in your audience?

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Hit Unsubscribe to This (Five visibility / authenticity tips)

As a spiritually-motivated woman, writer, creative and success coach whose sweet spot (and past experience in advertising — got milk? being one of my longest-standing accounts) lies in helping multi-passionate– or polymath — female entrepreneurs and execs re-brand and reinvent themselves.

I often talk about sharing the multi-passionate and multi-dimensional you (unapologetic expression), about relating to others as well as to your perceived or “real” problems, about trusting yourself and creativity…

Today, as my husband, Josh, and I sat out front at lunch watching Malcolm Gladwell’s masterclass on writing (we highly recommend it), I thought about the one thing that makes all those “categories” or practices work better. 

In other words, the thing that assists us in feeling like we’re being more honest to all of it/to our own life and that is simply: every day, bit by bit, unsubscribing from the way others are doing it. 

Learn from others, yes, but when it starts to quiet your own unique voice or expression and, therefore, makes it so you can’t see your own path, stop or pause most of it (hiding from your uniqueness makes it so successful, too, will elude you) —

1…unsubscribe from many of the items/things/people that come into your inbox, your home or energetic space, especially those things, courses, newsletters or people you’ve known haven’t been serving your highest good (in order to do great good, we need to be prioritizing our own highest good). 

2…strategize your social media intake by unfollowing, de-friending or making it so the topics or people that genuinely align or support you [fill vs deplete you] take up prime real estate (“see first” is an awesome feature).

3…de-friend the quiet, but very loud, “I can’t” or “…but I’m not ready” words spoken to yourself weekly and adopt or use this as your next thought ~> “I trust myself to figure it out or to recover if I fall.” 

4…turn off the notifications on your phone and, at the same time, turn off the need, little by little, to be everything to everyone. Kindness does not mean leave yourself little to no breathing room, with depleted energy or with no time on your own calendar…it’s yours, book yourself in first. 

5…notify those closest to you, from a place of clarity and excitement, how your perspective has changed and, therefore, what new ways of communicating feel best to you right now (six months ago, I told many of the people and friends who use texting as their main form of communication to email me instead. Not surprisingly, I got more of my life back). 

And — in now YOUR newfound spare time:

— > go even more high touch while still living high tech (we have to actively search out the old school to feel more connected to ourselves and others), 

— > enjoy giving time to those subjects and people you’ve been running from or impatient to because you’ve been inundated (literally)…

— > and when in doubt, keep asking yourself, what is it that wants to go…what projects…people…next steps that I now have emotional and physical time for are begging for me to take them or BE taken by them?

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life! 

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest creative offering for polymath women desiring to be known for their ideas (vs. just having them) coming your way!

This Woman is Transforming GRIEF

The gifts from the Creative Heroine Experience keep on giving. And giving (it feels so good to give :-)).

Today, I remember my friend Christina Rasmussen on stage sharing her path of being a creator ~> of victor, not victim ~ and it moving everyone to both laugh and cry. Boy is she FUNNY (wisdom and light does that).

Her story of losing her husband and raising her two daughters is moving. And what she’s done since the loss in raising these beautiful souls, as well as how she is revolutionizing the grief industry is cause for celebration. She’s the epitome of living boldly after loss.

Her Life Reentry Model, a regally radical model of grieving based in neuroscience and her thoughts around the “waiting room” that many experiencing grief find themselves in supports many, many people these days in stepping into their most fruitful beginnings after loss.

Her book Second Firsts is remarkable at assisting you to forge a new life (check it out for yourself or a friend).

I invited this gorgeous woman to speak at my event for a few reasons — one because, as mentioned, her wisdom, creativity, and work changing the grief industry is top notch AND because she was one of the last people to speak to my Mom before she passed.

You wouldn’t think the latter would qualify as an important prerequisite for a presenter, but for me, the reasons you do something in business or at an event that represents what you stand for are not one-sided (lopsided). Bring all of you to EVERYthing you do, say and show (Christina feels this way, too, so we’re a good match, xo).

It felt important to me to showcase her work as it aligns with who the Creative Heroine is (the woman who moves from problem to solution to express who she really is), as well as to honor the love she showed to my Mom in her last months of life.

After two years of the intense grief felt of losing my brother in a car accident, my Mom was searching (as many feeling deep pain are) and after sharing Christina’s work, she was even more motivated to keep going and reached out to Christina to start working with her. She never got there but I don’t doubt the connection made with Christina filled her up in a new way. It’s tough not to feel that way after meeting Christina.

In short, I can’t help but see this as one of many gifts given at CHE in March: the reminder that there can be a big, bold life waiting for you after loss and…to bring all of you to everything you do.

Thank you again, dear Christina ~ for loving my Mama and loving us ALL at the Creative Heroine Experience.

And to all Creative Heroines, enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

p.s. HERE is our Run of Show for all the presenters and a little about their work in the world. Follow them now! 🙂