Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    Savor Woman of the Week: Michelle Ghilotti says "Follow Your Bliss"

    October 1, 2012

    One of my all-time-favorite quotes is from the darling, classic beauty Audrey Hepburn: "I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls". And Michelle Ghilotti, of Michelle Ghilotti Int'l, has got that motto down to a science. This ray of sunshine brings such a light into our 7-Figure Club meetings that I couldn't help but wonder: what's the secret to her joy and her success? 

    As entrepreneurs, it can sometimes feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders as we try to get it all done (and then some). We succumb to our fears, negative beliefs, old thought patterns-- the list goes on!

    But in my interview with Michelle it's clear that her secret sauce doesn't have any of those ingredients. It's her razor-focus on passion, drive and positivity that propel her to be a rockstar in her business and the rest of her life. She pays it forward in her business by helping other entrepreneurs steal the spotlight through their branding and their mission.

    So what keeps this dazzling star burning bright? Read on for your daily dose of inspiration!  

    Michelle G

    Describe your lifestyle as an entrepreneur.
    Modern-day gypsy. I love to travel and have folded this in as part of the way I work. This summer I spent seven weeks abroad living and working... it's seriously been the best fuel for growing my brand and business! I've lived in six cities in 11 years and it's all been because I'm leading my dreams not following them. I love change.

    What was one of the biggest obstacles you faced when starting your own business?
    Time, exhaustion and doing it ALL myself. This probably ties directly into not having a mentor as well. 11 years ago I left corporate, and (especially after working with big brands) I thought I'd be fine just launching right in. Truth of the matter is I couldn't do it all myself, and I needed a mentor. 

    What advice would you give to a woman facing the same or similar obstacles right now?

    Get an intern now (no, really... now!) Hire a VA, even if it's only for a hour or less a week. Get into the habit of letting go of what you can. Growth can only come when you invite people in to help you... people you trust. And this doesn't have to break the bank! You can do a trade if you need to. The most important thing is to allow yourself to focus on working in your genius zone AND self-care. We can't give what we don't have. When we allow outselves to be supported in any capacity, we begin to grow as business women. 

    When you catch yourself slipping, how do you power through in
     your business?
    I make myself feel good! It may sound simple, but it's powerful and true. When we're feeling bad we're focusing on what we DON'T want. When we focus on what we don't want it's like putting an order in to the universe for exactly that outcome, so I immediately focus on turning that feeling around.

    I'll put on music, go for a run in the middle of a work day, read an inspiring (or super bold!) book, tickle my son, etc. I immediately change the quality of the energy in me and therefore am able to see the forest through the trees; I'm able to keep going towards that highest vision I have for my life, not just for my business.

    I want authentic happiness in life and work so I search that out and it helps me knock any self-sabotaging thoughts right down. Because it's true... we attract what we think about most of the time.

    What is one gold nugget of advice that you can give Savor entrepreneurs?
    Get clear on your purpose and message because it will give you huge insight into yourself, and therefore gives you insight into how you can create a more unique and sustainable business. Work in your zone of genius as consistently as you can, because people can't help but notice those who do! These two elements will help you build a sustainable and successful businesses.

    What did you want to be when you were a little girl? 
    It's a tie. A writer/poet and business-owner (I LOVED playing cashier with my brother). I'm doing both of these things today.

    Was there something in your childhood that influenced what you are doing today?

    When I was little I saw my grandmother, grandfather and mother work extremely hard for my brother and me. My grandmother was an extremely strong, brave and happy woman. She would often tell me that you have to "take the bull by its horns" and always be able to provide for yourself. She was even widowed with five kids at a young age, but with her independent mentality she worked three jobs and pulled through. 

    When I was five, my father died. We moved to the U.S. where my grandmother adopted us into her home. She became my mom because my mother was busy working at the young age of 22. I grew up with the knowledge that the women in my family were very strong, and that I was very strong too.

    Strength has become my signature "YES" move, and it is a strength of mind that actually makes me more soft and flexible and open. This is part of the reason I'm writing the Walking Momtra book... because of my experience that being strong is really about being flexible, loving and authentic to myself.

    Where do you see yourself and your business ten years from now?

    I see myself speaking around the globe and writing as my main focus... with time for large group coachings around authentic business and authentic branding. My first book would have landed me a lot more attention for subsequent books (I see having five out in the next 10 years). And with my big brand background, well, I imagine I'll always be using that to help women create more attractive and thriving businesses! It's so necessary and it brings me a lot of joy.

    Do you have an exclusive offer you'd like to give the Savor community? 

    I'd love to offer Savor members a special discount on my upcoming Create a Charismatic Brand that POPS and Profits branding course (starts October) where I'll be teaching women live how to get clear on their message and then create a personality-rich BRAND around that message! More details here. Price for Savor members: $597 (vs $997) and good through October 9th before class starts. Get your special Savor pricing by using the code "charisma" at checkout! Payment plans are also available for Savor members.

    Angela Jia Kim is a woman entrepreneur advocate, organic lifestyle guru, doting mom, New York City (not house)wife, and author-in-the-making.

    She uses her organic skincare business, Om Aroma, to empower and inspire other business owners by openly sharing mistakes (the kind most sweep under the rug) and lessons learned (the kind most keep as secrets to get ahead).

    She believes that building business is directly tied to self growth, that it takes a village to raise a business, and that your business is meant to serve the life you want to live. 

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