More Wrinkles, Close Your Eyes & Breathe

All the markings found on our bodies can be gorgeous reference points and honest representations of what we’ve taken in, and of all we’ve let go.

What we’ve held onto or let go, what we tend to call good or bad, is exactly as it is and needs to be.

It’s brought you here, sitting in the passenger seat of a car, with age the sage inside, giving you back thanks for *not* being the passenger in your life…

#creativeheroine
#brandofwoman
#drinkthewater
#bethewater
#agethesage

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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 

“All” We’re Left with IS Connection.

The good news or reality I keep connecting to after each additional FaceTime, video or zoom (last one on this past Tuesday with my Compassion Prison Project prison team) is this ~> “all” we’re left with IS connection.

Quarantine needn’t mean isolation and yes, virtual may not be your cup of tea, but we were made to adapt, flex, shift and to be able see the possibility inside change, especially right now.

We still have it (connection).
We still have each other.

My Last Name (Ode to Stepparents & Nurturers)

I find our histories, our coats of many colors, so utterly beautiful—they’re real and they’re ours and here we are being exactly us, doing what we’re able to do with the those very threads of life experience (and the *people* who loved us) living inside us —

“So, it says Mandel page 1 and Mandel page 2 in the header, but how do I get it to…”, he said to Josh…

I heard that and paused the work I was doing and took a photo to remember the thoughts/feelings that shot through me in that moment (that pic in the comments).

I couldn’t help but focus on the name (his last name) that came out of Nolan’s mouth as I watched Josh help Nolan with a science lab report that’s due today before he starts Spring Break.

For some reason, likely everything happening right now and my heart further opening to all possibilities and realities around the world, I focused on the last name that came out of Nolan’s mouth.

I kept watching my husband — the present father who lives in him — made up of all his specific life experiences, help his son, who also, (already) is made up of *his* own specific life experiences…

I felt gratitude.

Josh was adopted by what you and I might call his stepdad — Josh took his last name when he was 18, and I, too, was adopted by mine around the same time, taking on my own new last name.

Though we each felt pain at not having the relationship we wanted with our biological fathers, here we are and there we were with men who showed up in our lives to s h o w up.

When Josh and I met 22 years ago, we realized we had these similar threads to our greater life stories and in that, we felt seen and connected to one another…

But, before the connection to one another, we had already felt deeply connected to what happens inside of a human (or, a pup — Holland is adopted, too,✌🏽) when you feel a part of something.

Our names, each of them, no matter what the exact story is they hold, do exactly that ~ they hold the range of available rays of the realness of life…the pain, the grief, the joy, the hope.

I’m holding onto that last one for longer (always)…hope.

Deep to our core and held by names given, taken, changed, or added (and by people gone and come and stayed), as well as held inside the history of each of our family books had that key ingredient baked into it –

Hope.

Of that I’m sure.

We wouldn’t be here otherwise.

Make happiness (or peace or gentleness) your business — especially now during quarantine.

Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Be Taken (& Madly) By THIS…

Unfortunately, it can be or feel easy-ish to lose the part of ourselves who is actually talented.

But we can refrain from losing ourselves inside what society says or what we believe we need to do to keep up with our neighbors by letting ourselves be taken by our own inner “neighborhood”/our own company again…

— getting to know ourselves so well that we are not afraid to be alone, or too timid to be more expressed or express-ive in the ways it comes naturally for us or to get out from underneath stagnancy.

Nature, in all the ways she’s there for us will always look to aid in returning us to center or equilibrium, and, therefore, to the high truth of all situations and to who we are when all the fluff (or the physical existence or physical body) is gone.

It’s vital for vital signs to get out (and go without many creature comforts, even) to return back in.

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Nature meets or matches who we are — gets us clear, again, on who we are creatively, around what brings us meaning, to what our primary talents are (the thing that’s the most natural extension of us) and how to get and stay after it all.

I had someone take me out to new spots here in LA recently and here we are, or more, here I am, at peace and alive with it all.

No matter where we each live, we live in a gorgeous place — that goes for our minds, our bodies and natural abilities too. :))

#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