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YOU CAN ONLY FAKE IT SO LONG…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

THANKSGIVING is one of my VERY FAVORITE HOLIDAYS!!!! This Thanksgiving was a little challenging for me because I’m not in America. Portugal does not celebrate Thanksgiving in any way so, here, it’s just another regular day of school. I had all these cool ideas of what to do with the girls and then I got a head cold that has rocked my world in a major way, thus putting a kibosh on all my plans. I started thinking about not seeing my son’s last football game, not doing all the rituals Doug and I do together, not having Thanksgiving with our family, not seeing our kids participating in the endearing New England events that we’ve done every year since they were born. I oftentimes feel alone because I am the cook, house cleaner, coordinating kids activities, food shopper, dish washer, driver, planner, dog walker, car maintainer, bill payer, clothes washer, etc. for my girls plus doing my work for with Brick House Realty, my clients and writing my book. The cold, which I suspect came on from lack of sleep, is my not-so-gentle reminder that there are severe consequences for not taking care of myself. AHHHHHHHHH! I teach this! I “should” know this lesson by now BUT it is a lesson that I have not yet managed to truly grasp. As a mother, I think I stay up late because it is the time when I get true ME time. Time to have quiet, sometimes it’s time to do the dishes or laundry so that we live in a semi-clean house. I am 45 now and cutting my sleep is not a wise solution any more. It sets up my next day for failure.

The beautiful Graça and her beautiful Scottish husband Norman! Amazing people!

A dear friend of mine Graça Palmer sent me this Neale Donald Walsch quote today that I’d love to share with you… “Challenges are what you came for. And you are never, ever, given a challenge you cannot overcome. The purpose of life is to give you a chance to be the grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are. When challenges arrive, then, move straight to clarity: This is what you came for. Now rise to this occasion, and know that you have every resource with which to create the right and perfect outcome.”

Above I wrote about some of my challenges, everyone has them. We are here to create exactly what Neale shared… TO BE THE GRANDEST VERSION OF THE GREATEST VISION EVER YOU HELD ABOUT WHO YOU ARE.” So whatever you are going through RIGHT NOW. EMBRACE IT! Let go of what is not working. Remember to practice extreme self-care. You know the basics… water, sleep, veggies, kindness, release, ground, protect, gratitude, movement, service… Check into these areas of your life. Make sure you are taking good care of you. Winter is the time for us to slow down and nurture… And don’t just nod, like you are right now, saying in your head, “Yes, I need to do that.”  Actually grab your calendar and PEN and write in five times this next week when you will do something to take care of yourself. Could be anything like take 20 minutes to read a book or do some crocheting or take a long bath. It does not have to be expensive, you just need to CARVE out the time and really be in the moment while you are doing it!

I realized that why I LOVE THANKSGIVING is because we get to share what we are thankful for! With this in mind I decided to celebrate this Thanksgiving by working on my gratitude. Back in August when I had our last ButterflyMoms’ meeting I was given about 18 magical cards and notes from the people whose lives I had touched, I got the intuitive hit that this was finally the time to open and read them. I did it while the kids were at school and to further take care of myself and savor the moment I also sipped on hot herbal tea for my throat. It gave me such inspiration! Thank you to everyone who wrote… or sang me their message! May the love you sent out be reverberated back to you ten-fold!  It was something that fueled my heart and it was THE absolutely perfect way for me to spend my Thanksgiving this year! 🙂

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goals. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul!! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share ButterflyMoms blog with beloved friends! Spread the love… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

Some of the very incredible ButterflyMoms who were there on the last day… 😉

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Maria was one of THE OPRAH SHOW’s last guests.

Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Do Zombies Clap?

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Ever go to a kids’ play and as the final curtain falls they bounce up on stage to proudly take a bow? What happened if no one, or just a few people clapped? Why is clapping so important? Sure there is the self-esteem, being seen element that is so obvious but there is also the energetic aspect of it. Clapping and cheering at the end of a performance are important because they complete the cycle of energy. The actors gave to you and now you give it back.

What the actors are really doing is sending out a big wave of connection and love to the audience through their acting. You can really see how energy plays a role by noticing how the audience reacts at the end of a performance. If the actors do a great job, the audience gives them a loud standing ovation. Recently my beautiful husband and I went to see Bruce Springstein and the energy was palpable. It was all coming from Bruce going into the audience and then back again. It was soooo powerful you could almost touch it!

If the actors are not present (thus did not send out connection and love) then the audience either won’t clap or will “politely” clap, which is flat energy – it’s very uncomfortable to watch or be around. It is the same thing if you are watching a sports team or someone out there performing in some way for you. The audience is definitely a factor in the equation, and a powerful one.

The reason I bring this up is that many times in our life we feel drained. If we are in one of our going-through-the-motions-of-life-as-it-should-be phases and we read something inspiring like the ButterflyMoms blog, we take it in for the moment, but then life takes over and we are soon right back where we were, drowning in our own life’s “shoulds” and “have to’s”. I know this is the case because I see how many people read the blog, oftentimes it’s over 1,000 people per week and still only a small portion comment. This means many of you are blocking your energy. So after reading this blog, you don’t send the energy back out there so it falls flat, like energy falling of a cliff instead of being sent back when you leave a comment.

I’m using today’s blog to remind you to step out of your ZOMBIE state of energy flow. Do even the small things that give you energy back. By doing a simple thing like leaving a comment on someone’s blog or hitting the like on someone’s post, you are giving energy back, which in turn energizes you! Try this and see how very good it feels. Most people don’t stop long enough to realize that giving back in this manner will shift where you are in your life and give you more energy to live the life you envision in your heart.

Oftentimes we look for ways to get more energy into our lives when if we just learned how to use what we already have in ways that serve our souls, then we would lead much happier lives. I am a light worker and the fire that ignites people’s souls. I teach people how to live meaningful, happy lives even in the face of illness, financial problems, depression and despair. Try this one simple act of “clapping” for others who are putting themselves out there and see how it shifts your own life! J Leave your comment below…

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

 

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

Hey! After such an intense blog I’m glad you are still reading! 😉

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

 “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
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*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love…http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.

Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of THE Best ‘Hole in The Walls’ in the World to Eat…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Feels REALLY good to see your eyeballs here reading the soul-full ButterflyMoms blog. I offer you today the gift of a reminder… the reminder of your breath as one of your most precious and magnificent gifts. 😉 To celebrate RIGHT NOW let’s all take a really deeeeeeeeeep breath…..ahhhhhhhh! 🙂 It’s free and feels great. It’s our automatic re-charge switch that helps us automatically ground. It is the most neglected “tool” you have in your HAPPINESS TOOLBOX. Use yours today and remind others to do the same, especially your kids, partners, friends and co-workers. Imagine the power of all of us on planet earth taking even more deep breaths……AHHHHHHHHHH indeed! 😉

Another way to automatically recharge is to connect to COMMUNITY. Wherever you are, chances are, the more you connect with the people and small businesses around you, the HAPPIER you will be. Why is that? For energy, it is all about connection… we are energetic beings. Connection is life! Being mindful of that fact helps us lead more purposeful lives. Many of us have disconnected because we are oversaturated with filling our lives with STUFF and EVENTS and OBLIGATIONS that come from the LAND OF SHOULD… and not from our hearts… or for you more cerebral people, not from what re-energizes us, our life’s missions, our joys. This is very simple to see in the world. When you, yourself do something you can’t stand, time drags, your breathing slows… Chances are there may even be a lot of eye rolling, head rolling back and heavy sighing 😉 Sound familiar to anyone? Does it feel good when this happens?

Graça who is the fabulous chef of the heart! Wow can she cook!

How about when you do something you love? If you think about something you love to do…if you really let yourself go there…you smile, you take a deep breath, your eyes light up. It is a totally different state of mind, different state of being.

In the beautiful community of Paço de Arcos, Portugal, where I live, I have gone out of my way to connect with local people and businesses. There are amazing treasures all around us and many times right under our noses but we are too DISTRACTED to see the magnificent gifts. Ohhhhh don’t do that! S-L-O-W DOWN and see what kind of love you find in your community. Plus, I think it’s very important to contribute my skills, talents, connections and energy to wherever I live in whatever way my intuition suggests…. Maybe it’s simply saying GOOD MORNING to someone or picking up some trash or collecting books for the local school or adopting an abandoned pet or feeding homeless kitties. There are a million and forty-seven ways to help and each thing you do ignites someone else! Eventually this affects the entire community!  I do this in my communities of Holliston and Hudson, even though I’m not living there right now and I do it in my current community here in beautiful Portugal!

Where the magic happens! Graça doin’ her thang!

People who live in beautiful Portugal embrace the café-culture life. There is a café every other block. Cafés are amazing places where all community members are welcome to come see and be with each other. It is where neighborhoods weave their tapestry of love and connection. It is where the heart of many European countries lives!

In Paço de Arcos there is a café/restaurant that is out-of-this world called A TENDA! It was started by Graça and Teresa, two friends who had the dream of starting a business together. Part of why so many people immigrated in the past to other countries like the US was because it is a “bit” of a challenge to start a business here but these two women are rock stars.

I pass by every morning on the way back from dropping off the girls at school. Inside you find multiple generations of people enjoying each other. I have met and made many amazing friends there! There are sooo many magical things about this one in particular! Some of it I can describe, some you can see from the photos and some you have to just BE THERE to feel.

One of the most amazing things that happens is that at around 10am you can hear the incredible military band playing through the thick fortress walls of the citadel next door. When my beautiful husband Doug was here visiting us last month, we would sit outside in the palm-tree-lined esplanade, listening as we sipped our hot tea and ate our decadent pastries. Here is a story of magic that I can share…. see how the universe works… Here we are in the middle of Portugal, listening to a military band and of course the very first song they played is a song by Frank Sinatra that Doug’s mom, beautiful June, considered one of her favorites! Any time we are out and hear a Frank Sinatra song, but to hear it here and her favorite song to boot was a real sign that she was with us! 🙂 We miss her a lot! 🙂 Even though my girls never “met” their paternal grandmother, it is important that they and our son Christopher always remember her and hear her stories. This little reminder was her little way of giving us a great big cosmic hug! LOVE YOU GRANDMA MOON JUNE!!!!!!!!

Graça and Paula, of the servers! Shocking that I got a photo of her… she is fast! 😉

When lunchtime arrives this café magically turns into one of THE BEST places to eat in Portugal. All the food is heavenly homemade with large chunks of L-O-V-E! They do as much locally-grown food as they can. Graça, who is the chef, spent many years working in the food industry in London. She shared a story of three friends from different countries who came to visit Portugal and found this little hole in the wall. They loved the food so much that they literally planned their day around the ability to be back for mealtimes here. Sounds silly… until you taste the food! EVERYTHING is homemade (“caseiro”) including the desserts! Mmmmmmmmmm….(I salivate more than Pavlov’s dogs when I think about it!!!) The second the food hits your nose you know it’s going to be scrumptious… then when it touches your tongue…. MERCY!!!!!!!! Needless to say there are a lot of smiles all over the place!

So even though you are sitting somewhere else in the world, now you know of yet another very cool place that feeds your heart and your soul! So whenever you find yourself hungry in beautiful Portugal, come sit in a hidden jem of a restaurant that is a block from the Atlantic Ocean, three blocks from the train station and has the most AMAZING and AFFORDABLE food! Write down the name somewhere because I promise no one ever goes there just once and if you lose the address you cannot find it anywhere online… it’s that kind of place! You have to know someone to really find it… it thrives by word of mouth! Ooooooh and when you go there, there is a VERY GOOD CHANCE you will find me there too! 🙂

One of the local cuties… Guess what? Her name is AMERICA!!! 🙂

A TENDA – Rua Cândido dos Reis, 2715-311 Paço de Arcos, Portugal

Alternative if you cannot find A TENDA in your community… maybe it is time for you to create one or support a friend whose passion is to create one! 🙂

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS When we were traveling in Italy a few years back we were told that the term HOLE IN THE WALL came about when the wealthier class who had wildly, decadent parties with plenty of food started worrying about their souls burning in hell. Because outside their wall people were literally starving in the streets in front of them. So they created a compromise to settle their conscience… after these parties the peasants that were lined up outside would food get the left-overs sliped through a mailslot-sized hole until there was none left… So when you hear the expression “a great hole in the wall” you can share this little bit of history. 🙂

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

Hey! After such an intense blog I’m glad you are still reading! 😉

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

Another beautiful local soul… FRANCISCA!!!!

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

 “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
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Listening to music while savoring life…. ahhhhhhh!

*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love…http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.

Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever Met A Four-Year-Old Hero?

The beautiful Linda Scruton (on right) with me and one of the horses she rescued. 🙂 Her heart is actually bigger than this horse but she flies under the radar a lot and does not get noticed…. Not this time sister friend! People worldwide are going to know about your beauty in the world! This blog is dedicated to you! 🙂

This week’s blog is dedicated to the quietest of heros among us, especially those who help those with no voice, our beloved animals. My dear friend Linda Scruton from Holliston, Massachusetts comes to mind who takes in the beautiful animals that other people “throw away” and helps rehabilitate them! Beautiful Linda this one is dedicated to all the Lindas out there! 🙂 Our planet is soooooo much better for your being on it! THANK YOU for the quiet, vital work that you do for the animals of our planet!

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

For some reason I resisted writing our beloved ButterflyMoms blog because the subject is heart-breaking and yet there is so much going on in the United States right now that I feel a tug at loyalties and calls to help. I am going with my intuition and writing about what I am being led to write not what I should write about…That being said, I send love and light to the people around the world who are hurting, especially those who are suffering from the devastation of Sandy….

So we are here in beautiful Portugal and being animal people we are really, really, really missing being around animals. I grew up with a wonderful German Shepard named Diana whom my beautiful brothers and I all adored! Here in Portugal we have started noticing animals… specifically dogs and cats…. EVERYWHERE… Many people here treat animals very poorly. To some animals are things like furniture and shoes are. When someone moves, if it is not convenient many people just abandon them, just leave them somewhere and take off. Someone who dies who has a pet, the family members just abandon the pet. As bad as that sounds some do much, much worse. There was one report of someone throwing a dog out of a moving car on a highway onto incoming traffic. The poor doggie’s body helplessly ping ponged back and forth getting run over again and again. WHO THE HELL DOES SUCH EVIL THINGS?! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!  I know this is hard to read but it’s a lot easier than what this poor soul went through! It is ONLY through awareness that this problem will stop! AWARENESS WILL SET YOU FREE! (deep breath here)

Another cutie pie!

While driving to a friend’s house with Isabella one day we came across a dog that looked that he was dead on the side of the road. The next day I drove by again and she was still there in the exact spot. I told Bella to stay in the car and approached the dog trying to figure out what to do with the body. I did not want to touch her but I got very close and started gently talking to her as I was sending her Reiki. After about six seconds the dog suddenly opened her eyes and looked up at me as shocked and surprised as I was looking at her. She ran off.

This dog’s nose was shaped like a heart!

A beautiful doggie!!!!

Since that day we have gone there every day to feed and talk to her. As we have met people there we realized that the whole neighborhood takes care of these two doggies. They have built a shelter for them and everyone feeds them. They don’t let anyone near them however and so when the dogs had their second litter and one got him by a care they took matters into their own hands. They called in a local vet who gave her some sleeping pills and they neutered her. They also found good homes for all the puppies. The whole neighborhood loves these two dogs and they are quite happy living there amongst all this unconventional love! This whole beautiful incident made us all want to help by taking in one of the thousands of dogs who are in desperate need of a good home. So off we went on another adventure!

First, we asked our beautiful landlords and checked in with Doug. Once we go the go-ahead we started looking online for a doggie. Isabella had the week off from school so we decided to take a couple of roadtrips. The first shelter we went to was in Setubal where we were taken around by Agustine, who is originally from Argentia. It was an amazing place with over 500 dogs. It was a wee bit overwhelming and sad to see the magnitude of how many dogs are abandoned. Their site, which is in English describes the known history of each animal… http://dogsofportugal.wordpress.com/about-us/  The reason the site is in English is because a group of young professionals, including our new friend Augustine, and his wife, got together and have started using technology and their contacts to start featuring each pet and bringing them to other countries in Europe where people adopt them. I met with some of them and it was amazing how much love and passion they put into the animals! It was incredibly impressive! Heroes emerge from every corner… (My secrete hope is that some of us ButterflyMoms adopt a few of these beautiful beings of love!… You never know what happens when the heart opens.)

The next day we went to a shelter with a very special name… one of my mentors Wayne Dyer speaks a lot about Saint Francis of Assisi. This shelter is São Francisco de Assis (which is how we say it in Portuguese), another wonderful place for dogs and cats to get adopted. They had almost 100 dogs to choose from. When Isabella and I walked in, I immediately recognized one of the main women there Maria José whose photos I had seen online. She spends a lot of time at schools teaching kids about how to be a responsible and loving pet owner. Maria José seemed tough at first but she is a wonderful person with a ginormous heart! I believe that rough exterior comes from the sadness of seeing all this unnecessary animal suffering.

Carmo taking Isabella into the garden for Isabella to walk with Joaninha.

Another amazing connection was that her assistant Carmo was not feeling well and put her head down onto the table, as happens now since my Reiki training, my hands “wake up” and guide me over there, oftentimes to the protest of my brain. I share with Carmo that I am a Reiki Master and ask if it was ok to touch her. She smiles up at me and shares that she had taken Reiki 1 and to please go ahead. It was so amazing! She also said that her parents were both Reiki Masters… miracles unfolding at every corner! Carmo begins to feel better and we move into the dog section of the facilities.

No words needed.

It was beautiful Carmo who took us around to each dog. It can be heart-breaking looking at the doggies in their cages. You want to take them all home… well almost all of them 😉 Isabella again was with me and unlike the day before, this day, at this shelter, she kept insisting on this one dog, a most unlikely choice, especially for someone so young. Out of the 700 dogs we saw in two days, our little four year old Isabella asked for only one doggie specifically… one that left everyone in the office shocked and awe-struck.  She picked a doggie that we were originally told was around 10 but when they checked the records Joaninha (Ladybug) was almost 16 years old!!!! I wonder what that is in dog years?! When one of the assistant caretakers, Carla,  came over, she shared that Joaninha had been one of the originals dogs when they had first opened almost 11 years earlier! This wonderful little doggie had been living in this shelter and passed over for that time!!! Bella was oblivious to the significance of this. She simply picked a doggie with her heart, a very Bella thing to do.

Everyday heros we meet in our daily life… Andrea and Carolina 🙂

While we were in the office waiting for the paperwork another woman named Andrea came into the office with three puppies she had rescued from the neighbor who was going to drown them as soon as they were born. She was keeping two and was bringing in the smallest one… even that cute little puppy did not sway Isabella… she was set on Joaninha! (Big hugs of love to Andrea and her daughter Carolina for stepping up and not letting her neighbor murder those puppies!) Yet another example of small acts of heroism that oftentimes go under the radar.

We went to grab some lunch and explore a little more of Portugal while they had the vet check out Joaninha and give her a bath. News of Isabella’s act of heartfulness spread like wildfire among the volunteers and we had a small crowd there when we got back. Everyone knew Joaninha and were saying their last loving good-byes to her and congratulatory hellos to little Isabella.

The veterinarian Dra Ana Castro, Maria José, Joaninha, Carla and Isabella

As we were filling out the paperwork, two women were paying for something and they heard of Isabella’s act. One of them, named Dulce, quietly walked back into the gift shop unnoticed. When she came back she bent down quietly next to Bella and said, “Your doggie is older than most so she will not play ball with you but with these colored pencils you can sit next to her and draw as she lies next to you.” There was not a dry eye in the house!

One final note, people have asked me why I would allow my girls to get an older dog because it will die. Death is something we are very familiar with in our house. It is a natural part of life and if we can help this little dog have another few ________ (fill in the blank with hours, days, weeks, years) then we will have made a huge difference to one. Every life matters and ever act of kindness counts. This just feels perfectly up our alley!

Joaninha is loving her new home and her new girls are loving her. We think she might be deaf, or like many husbands and children, have “selective hearing” but we adore her. Joaninha reminds us to SLOW down and savor. It is a wonderful reminder. One of the most heart-warming things is that she snores like a granny with loose dentures… and she starts snoring the second she falls asleep. We all giggle EVERY time she falls asleep! 🙂 We have a new member of our family and we are in love with her already!

There is a lot of sadness and shame around this issue in Portugal. I know some will not be happy that I am divulging this information to the world, but we are the voice of the voiceless animals who are suffering terribly at the hands of our fellow humans… who obviously need a lot of love too for who would do this to beautiful animals?! If you’ve ever had a pet you’ve adored, you know what I mean.

I ask that you spread the word to your friends about the heart-breaking plight of animals here in Portugal. These animals are everywhere you look. Some people poison them, some ignore them and some organize neighbors and feed them. There are many who are helping but they cannot do it alone. The situation is incredibly open for those who want to make a big difference… to step forward any way their heart calls them… from a donation to an overseas adoption. Who knows maybe someone who reads this will find their heart calling them to actually come here, even for just a few weeks and volunteering their time to helping LITERALLY SAVE even just a handful of dogs! BELIEVE!!!!! FEEL!!!! REALIZE!!!!!!!

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Also for anyone interested the São Francisco de Assis shelter is running a special that for any dog that you adopt who is five years old or older. They get free veterinary care for the life of the pet, 15 free pet hotel and 5% off all dog food (which is already very reasonably priced). Plus it’s free to adopt pets here! Cannot beat that deal, truly! If you live in Portugal or know someone who does please let them know! Let’s adopt some beautiful doggies! 🙂 Here is the video. Even if you don’t understand Portuguese you can see the photos and feel the love! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SWmTEv3qqZU#!

 

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

Hey! After such an intense blog I’m glad you are still reading! 😉

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

Joaninha means Ladybug (in Portuguese).

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

Volunteers Teresa and Ana, plus Carla and Dulce with Joaninha, Isabella and me! What a wonderful experience! Everyone was soooo joyous. They new they were part of a miracle and in a country where bad news is everywhere this was refreshing!

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

Sleeping engulfed in love… not a hard cement floor!

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

The girls love their new doggie!!!! 🙂

 “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
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Us feeding homeless doggies that were abandoned at a local store. Heart-breaking to see the number of dogs who roam the streets. Many get hit my cars. Incredibly sad!

*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

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WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.

Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

I Took My 8 Year Old Daughter To A Homeless Dinner…

I was the first one to arrive to my yoga class on the beach in Carcavelos! Surrounded by sun and surfers in late October. Cannot beat that! Plus our teacher is German so she said everything in English and German which was AWESOME!!!

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

After the yoga class we sat by the ocean sipping fruit smoothies. Australians, Germans, Portuguese, Americans and Italians… it was a wonderful mixture of love, fruit, nature and yoga! Someone pinch me! 🙂 Special THANK YOU to the beautiful Danielle for telling me about this amazing class!

I had the most amazing week of both highs and lows. I am realizing that when I am in my lows it’s because I’m no longer living in the moment. It matters little whether I’m doing something wonderful or having a car accident, as I did this week. What matters is if I’m living in the RIGHT NOW. Sounds too simple but notice it in your own life. Most of us are never taught that the way to being truly happy is to live in the RIGHT NOW. We are actually taught that “RIGHT NOW” is frivolous, lazy and unwise. We are always taught to keep our eyes on the future, always planning for something. We learn that to sacrifice the present for the future is a wise and noble thing to be praised. Well, this week I got an unexpected lesson of living in the RIGHT NOW… and about love … and about giving back… and about community… Also, ButterflyMoms readers have also asked me to include some photos, culture about Portugal and I think today’s blog does it in a fun, informative way. There is even a video at the end that is not what you expect but it is beautifully done. It is a jam-packed blog filled with LOVE, the spice of life!

Danielle is on the right who led me to the baskets. Eileen is next to her, the woman who helped organize all this, then Amy (who has a cousin in Holliston, MA) and Mary… ALL MAGICAL WOMEN! 🙂

The problem of poverty is UGLY… but the solution does not need to be. We can all do our part… Here is how we did our part this day. 🙂 Every little bit helps!

One of the BEST things about living in beautiful Portugal is meeting all the people! There are sooooo many incredible human beings here!…Many are, of course, from Portugal but there are also Portuguese who were born in other places or left Portugal very young, like I did, and have now come back. They have lived in places like Luxemburg, Brazil, America, Macao, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, Canada, France, England, Timor and Germany. These countries seem to be the main places people who immigrated went. Well, I should not really use immigrated for some of them because for many years Portugal was a colonial power that had an incredible influence in the world, especially considering its rather initial small landmass. Up until a few short years ago Portugal still had many colonies.** Portugal has always been a magnet for people, once you come here and savor the food, weather, climate, people, nature… you can’t help but fall madly in love! Also because there is a lot of light and sunshine here (it does not get dark until much later here as compared to Massachusetts, for example) people get more serotonin. Plus living right on the ocean is a soul-FULL experience I wish on everyone… especially the more grumpy of us humans! 😉

Just some of the REALLY GOOD LOOKING volunteers… 😉 Amazing people and their equally amazing children! It was a big lovefest!!!

So far on this magical year’s journey I’ve had the pleasure of meeting my very first week here, the beautiful Eileen McDonough, who is originally from Pittsburg. She started a greeting card company called Mandamor…(Manda= send) (Amor= love). What a cool name right? She has helped revolutionize the greeting card industry in Portugal and are thinking of expanding overseas. To check out their cool designs… http://www.mandamor.com/index.html Today I want to write about a REALLY cool thing Eileen did.

Last year our beautiful Eileen, turned 50 and to celebrate she wanted to do something for other people so she organized a group of friends to feed the homeless. Well, it was SUCH a huge success that she did it again this year and I was lucky enough to be invited. It was something I will never, ever forget!

Everyone did whatever was needed, whenever it was needed. We all had great flow!

You see, there was an ordinary Portuguese man named Alfredo Abreu in Lisboa, whose heart broke every time he heard of someone going hungry*, so he started this special organization. He basically asks someone to bring together friends who not only volunteer but also pay for the event. Eileen heard about what he was doing and it opened up her heart as well… because that is how love works – it’s contagious!…and when you live in the RIGHT NOW you can feel the intuition hits more clearly and feel the love more deeply. It’s almost impossible to do this when you thinking about a deadline or your to do list… know what I mean? 😉  So from those 40 friends she collected about $25/person with some giving more and some giving less – it all works out. We volunteers set up the menu, shopped for the food, cooked, set up, served, did the dishes and cleaned up. It used to be outside and only a few times a year, now it’s up to once every two weeks and indoors! We also have people there who sit at each table to keep the guests happy and conversations going. Most groups even have live music… all volunteers!

To be honest when I found out about it I was not very excited. Things seemed to go against us for a while. It started raining like crazy then, on the way we had a car accident which made us later, then took the oh-so-wrong turn that meant we had to sit in traffic over the 25 de Abril bridge (you know the one that they modeled after the Golden Gate bridge) knowing the whole way that it was the wrong direction and we were now almost an hour late. ARGH! It was a wonderful exercise in letting go and being in the RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW. Sometimes people think we are working to ARRIVE at a place where all will go as we wish and there will be no more “bad things”. If we are just good enough, sacrifice enough, give enough THEN we will arrive at that safe place where daughters don’t die, banks don’t take away a family’s house or people we love don’t get cancer, but EVERY situation is both good and bad… it is all about perspective. It is a very foreign lesson to most of us but it is one that is necessary if you want to attain happiness. Gentle reminder to always be checking your perspective. 🙂 I felt like we should go home but I did not, we just kept moving forward, being open to the possibilities!

In the middle of it all I asked Mia to pose so that I could give her the gift of that very special moment from that very special night! “OH MOM! We gotta get back to work!” 😉

I didn’t expect this but the second we walked in you could feel the magic, the love. Mialotta and I got table 9, that’s her luckiest of lucky numbers because it’s the lacrosse number she choose because that was also her big brother Christopher ‘s jersey number. Mia and I worked together beautifully. We knew a lot of the volunteers so it was fun running into people we had met over the last two months (almost to the day) of when we had arrived in Portugal. Mialotta and I made a pact that we were going to be the best servers in the whole world that night and we shared that with our guests. “Get ready for a lot of love!”, we said. There were parts of the night that stand out. One, was that many more people came than ever before, I believe it was over 300, so we ran out of food. It still brings me to tears the memory of having to look into someone’s eyes, someone who is obviously very hungry and tell them there is no more food for a second helping. It is savage and heart-breaking. I had to do it over a dozen times that night. The people who were there were mostly people you would NEVER expect to see there. Many are the working poor who have been caught in the crossfire of political shenanigans. There were lots of men, but also many women and children, even babies and grandmothers. One man who had MS walked for over three hours in the rain to get to this dinner. When Mialotta asked him how he did that, he smiled and said he walks a little and sits a little. Imagine having to say to him sorry no more food. Heart-breaking!!!

Mialotta and her artist friend Artur Mata. She was in heaven!

There were many heartwarming stories too. We met an incredible artist and poet Artur Mata with whom Mialotta totally clicked with! She has been an artist from birth and has always connected with artistic people. His drawings and poems are gorgeous. Someone read one of his poems that night. I’m including it here.

Our incredible Sr. Emilio and his amazing baskets… big and small.

The person who affected me the most deeply was Senhor Emilio, a beautiful man in his late 50’s early sixties who makes baskets. My beautiful Australian friend Danielle was insistent that I meet the man who makes these amazing baskets. Sr. Emilio and I locked eyes and I could see his heart. There are people who have the grace of peace in them and beautiful Sr. Emilio is one of those people. When I asked how much his baskets were, he told me a ridiculously low price. I asked why so low. He said he lives to simply make enough to get by, not to make a profit. He wants to live life simply. Eleven years ago he lived happily in Angola with his beautiful wife and two children, a little boy and a girl. One day he came home from a long day at work to find his beloved family all murdered by petty thieves who got almost nothing because there was nothing to get.

Humbling. How can there be any other word?! Wow! Wow! Wow! Seriously. It is moments like these I can feel my Sophia around me. It is not like feeling a person, more like feeling a deep love. I had the courage to ask him why he had not taken his own life. At this point we were simply looking deep into each other’s eyes. He has such kind eyes. He said that he would not killed himself, nor does he hate the people who murder his beloved family, because his act would be worse than his. I kissed and gave him one of my very best special hugs…and for those of you who have gotten one of my “normal” hugs can only imagine what the extra-special ones are like. 😉 In general Portuguese people don’t hug too much, we do more of the kiss on both cheeks, so for him to get this hug, you could tell it was not very common but that it also touched his heart. He said many other wonderful things that made me feel so amazing. It felt like I was in the presence of God… not in the religious sense but in the LOVE sense, like a huge PEACE was all around us. (sigh) Sr. Emilio asked me three times if I was coming back in two weeks… I said no the first time, thinking how very hard it was to get a babysitter… by the third time I got a grip of myself and said that of course I would come… and Mia piped in, “E eu tambem!” (and me too!) Later on the drive home I asked her what she had learned and she said that she had learned not to judge a book by it’s cover. This whole night had a wonderful healing affect on her too. I bought every single one of his beautiful little baskets, except for the special one he gifted to Mialotta. When I got home I put all my sacred stones and crystals I use for coaching and healings in them. I feel these magical baskets are made with love so when I see someone who needs to magnetizing love, I will grow the circle, the circle of love that never stops.

This man specifically asked for Eileen to thank her… turns out that he had live in America for over 25 years and now is homeless. He was very grateful to her and us for our kindness. We were touched by his gratitude.

Because of all that she had done, I gave Eileen a guardian angel medal that I bought at a wonderful HEART store in Holliston, Massachusetts called KAMALA’s! http://www.kamalaboutique.com/ If you have not been there, go! It is a truly magical place! It is one of the things (and people – Kate the owner) I miss the most about the States. The twist I also just realized in writing this is that it is yet another example of how love moves in the world.. because the weekend I wrote my VERY FIRST ButterflyMoms blog in VT, I stopped in at Kamala’s. Kate was inspired by what I was about to do and gave me a bracelet from Tibet that I wore for a year until it broke off. She is also a part of this journey in so many ways. (Beautiful Kate, you probably think that I have forgotten but I have not!  THANK YOU DEAR FRIEND! 😉

Living in the RIGHT NOW!

Finally, at the end of the evening, after most people had left, I sat down with Alfredo who started all this from his heart’s vision. I had a lot to say, but when I looked around me and then at him, I just started uncontrollably weeping. He took my hand as he nodded his head with a peaceful smile and whispered, “Magical, isn’t it?”

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS To see a video of last year’s dinner that our beautiful Eileen did with her friends here it is. http://vimeo.com/35566164 Notice that they did it outside last year because they did not have a location. The miracle was that it was raining right before they started and started again after they ended. Everyone commented on how divine that was, how extra-ordinary. 😉  To find out more about Alfredo’s organization… http://www.servethecity.pt/

PPS Dearest Mialotta, most people don’t read this far so I just wanted to let you know how VERY VERY VERY proud I am of you! You rocked it!!!! WHEW WHO!!!!!  It was amazing seeing you that happy!

Mialotta teaches Pedro how it’s done!

*The current political policies are dramatically reducing the already meager salaries and pensions. I spoke to one lovely neighbor who had worked hard all his life and is now retired. He was expecting to live off of what they told him but they have reduced that and reduced that and reduced that amount until it borders on abject poverty. Pretty unconscionable what they are asking people to do, especially older people who literally sometimes simply die in their home alone because they oftentimes only live on $300/month and rents are the equivalent of what they are in the States. So if they pay for rent they cannot afford food and medicine or heat. If you have seen the protests they are why. People are sick of this kind of treatment from the very people who were put in office to serve the common person. (Side prayer request: Please pray for/envision that politicians around the world remember to serve the common people and our planet FIRST, and not mega-entities of unusually high money-making ability.)

This is the power of what a group of friends can do to end hunger. We did not solve the problem this night but we lived in love the entire evening by filling bellies and hearts! :)!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! We HIGHLY recommend it! 🙂

** From Wikipedia… In the 15th and 16th centuries, as the result of pioneering the Age of Discovery, Portugal expanded western influence and established the first global empire,[10] becoming one of the world’s major economic, political and military powers. In addition, the Portuguese Empire was the longest-lived of the modern European colonial empires, spanning almost 600 years, from the capture of Ceuta in 1415 to the handover of Macau in 1999 or the grant of sovereignty to East Timor in 2002. The empire spread throughout a vast number of territories that are now part of 53 different sovereign states. However, the country’s international status was greatly reduced during the 19th century, especially following the Independence of Brazil, its largest colony. After the 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy, the democratic but unstable Portuguese First Republic was established being then superseded by the “Estado Novo” authoritarian regime. Democracy was restored after the Portuguese Colonial War and the Carnation Revolution in 1974.

My beautiful friend Aida! LOVE HER! What a beautiful soul!

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

Hey! After such an intense blog I’m glad you are still reading! 😉

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. I only take on a few clients at a time so right now I have space for three more. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

The Beautiful Eileen and me 🙂 Ready for action!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

Another two young volunteers who went above and beyond… Catarina and Ricardo with Mialotta! What an amazing group of young people! 🙂 Watch out world!

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

Amazing poet Artur Mata who was present… this is his poem… O NOSSO JANTAR – OUR DINNER – part 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

 

Good Friends Jess and Aida with founder Alfredo Abreu. What an amazing man! What an amazing vision!

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
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*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

I was not the only mom to bring her daughter… Here is Danielle with her beautiful daughter Ines! 🙂 Gotta love those Aussies! 🙂

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love…http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

Another wonderful volunteer Henrique! 🙂

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.comand spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Sometimes Pictures Are More Powerful Than Words..

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Today I was going to write about something else but then I downloaded these photos and I felt the need to post them. They are of Doug, my life partner’s visit here to Portugal. If you look at the faces you see represented in these photos the deep love of a family. They show how two people who grew up in massively abusive homes can heal enough to come together… and learn to TRUST the world… then give back to it. They teach about FORGIVENESS, even we repeat old worn-out patterns that attract pain and discord. They are a reminder that WE ARE ALL MADE UP FROM LOVE. It is for certain that we NEED EACH OTHER. None of us is ever truly alone, except in our heads.

EVERYONE jump on Papa!!!!!!! Ouffff!

Olivia and Papa cooking 🙂

Dropping off Isabella at her pre-school.

Look at these photos and see what you need to GET INTO YOUR ALIGNMENT, YOUR joy! None of us knows how long we have to live. Don’t know why we all forget that but it is a MASSIVE EPIDEMIC OF FORGETFULNESS. It is ridiculous how much time we waste on CRAPolla, doing what we THINK we are SUPPOSED to do! I know that is not the “divine way” of saying it, but COME ON NOW!!!!

This is the backyard of the apartment in Lisboa where my mom grew up from 1947 until she married my father in 1964. My Tio Carlos (always beautifully dressed – pictured here in his tie and sports jacket) still lives here! Doug with my cousin's husband and my mom's brother. They are both Carlos Alberto as luck would have it! Pretty cool how that happens in life… O Freud! 😉

I invite you to STOP living your PRETEND LIFE and REACH FOR THE LIFE THAT IS BLUEPRINTED IN YOUR HEART… LIVE LIFE OUT LOUD!

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Enough people have responded so I will be including some cool information about Portugal in the next blog. J

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. I only take on 6 clients at a time so right now I have space for two more. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

Oftentimes after we picked up Bella at school we took her to the beach to make sand-angels!!!! Who knew a practically bald man could track in soooo much sand in his head! 😉

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

 

Soooooo much LOVE that even when Doug went running along the Atlantic Ocean, he sweats in hearts… totally true photo. The second I saw it I asked him to hold his shirt and took the photo.

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

Stops at small cafe's happened at least once a day… AT LEAST!

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

Lisboa at night is breath-giving!

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1

Stunning city of Lisboa!!!!!

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

Dinner party in Lisboa put on by our friends Trev (British & Portuguese) and Eileen (from Pittsburgh) and their daughter Dorothy… in Doug's honor. Also had two American students there and another couple. What a fabulous time! The food was out of this world!!!!! 🙂 THANKS TREV, EILEEN and DOROTHY! YOU ROCK!

 “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

Can't get enough of our Papaaaaaaaaaa! While we took a walk around the corner from our house… Not bad weather for October, eh?!

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love…http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

Mialotta ended running almost 5 miles with Papa along the coast WITHOUT STOPPING! This was her at the end!!!! She had never really ever run before…WOW!

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.comand spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Local Food Market in Paco de Arcos, Portugal

My Best Friend….Is Also My Lover!

In Chicago when we were guests ON The Oprah Winfrey Show. We got to sit in the VIP section with people like Michael Jordan, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Beyonce, Maria Shriver, Jackie Evancho, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Seinfeld, Madonna, Gail King, Maya Angelou, Rosie O’Donnell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Patti LaBelle, Josh Groban, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Nate Berkus and even Stedman! What a wonderful dream come true from a twenty year old goal that was a total gift from Sophia!!!

Planning our future and savoring our present together on the “other side” of the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful Portugal!

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

My beautiful husband Doug has been visiting us this whole week in stunning Portugal!!! YAY!!!!! It has been a GOD-SEND! Contrary to popular perception we don’t have the perfect relationship, but we do adore each other. Being together is a lesson in trust and love, two things that were not constant when we were growing up in our individual families. It is absolutely glorious, at least for me, to have someone with whom I can bounce things off of, wake up next to, hold hands with, walk along the ocean, play with our kids, cook together, do laundry together, explore new café’s together…

I hear from a few friends that they wish they had the same type of relationship… my question is HOW CAN YOU CREATE THAT in your own life? I have dreamed of having a partner like this my whole life. It did not magically happen it took some serious magnetizing and for a long time I kept attracting men who were not what I wanted. As the clock kept ticking, ticking, ticking… I used to think “If only I morph into what he wants me to be then he will do the same.” Uh, hello! NOT HAPPENING!

What has worked for Doug and me is to….

*BE REAL

*SPEAK YOUR FEELINGS

*LISTEN – NO REALLY LISTEN

*SET UP ADULT PLAYDATES

*SHARE DREAMS…& CONSPIRE TO CREATE THEM TOGETHER

*PLAN A ONCE A WEEK TEA DATE

*TOUCH A LOT

*EMBRACE FARTING (this took some getting used to… I still don’t always accomplish this… although the visual I have after reading this again of embracing a fart is pretty comical…which leads me to the next quality…)

*LAUGH TOGETHER

*CRY TOGETHER (The deaths of Sophia and Mandy help accomplish this. We have made it through a lot of heartache and we have grieved both separately and together. This helps a lot!

*HELP MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE TOGETHER

*EARN MONEY FOR OUR FAMILY TOGETHER

*CREATE COOL FAMILY/COUPLE TRADITIONS

*SAVOR LITTLE THINGS (that only we “get”)

It has made a world of difference having my beloved Doug here! Having a long-distance relationship… with kids is something that we are choosing to use as another excuse to have more adventures and fun in our lives…WHY? Because we know that our life has an end date…that one day we will have to say good-bye to each other, truly… and if you remember that, a lot of the other *SHIT* simply falls away. It is all about perspective and that is ours, to savor every moment to the best of our ability! May we inspire you to do the same!!!

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Only four responded so far to adding cool Portuguese terms and culture to the ButterflyMoms blog so unless I hear from more of you I won’t be doing it. Let me know what you think. ALWAYS love hearing from you!

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. I only take on 6 clients at a time so right now I have space for two more. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

 

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

 “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love…http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.comand spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Two “Life Purposes” Walk Into A Bar…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

I’ve noticed that a large percentage of my wonderful coaching/healing clients this week are feeling “EXTRA STUCK”. Stuck in their lives… in their work… in their routines. It is not a new human phenomena but it is happening in greater numbers. If YOU are also feeling stuck in any part of your own life there is only one of two ways you can go…

Option 1… Stay where you are. In Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) you learn that most people will do more to avoid pain than to get pleasure. What that means is even if your life SUCKS, if it does not suck bad enough so even though you complain/cry/rant, you will continue in that pattern. This line of reasoning may not make sense to your conscious brain, but it is the most basic human reaction. So why don’t you change if you are unhappy? This happens because your PERCEIVED FEAR of how worse your life could get if you move toward your goal, is greater than the pain of your current (known) pain. (Thus the expression, “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.”)

Stay in this mindset long enough and you enter into a very cynical space where you acquire a LEARNED HELPLESSNESS. In this state you take on, as truth, that there’s no use in even trying to shift because LIFE SUCKS AND THEN YOU DIE. If you take that as REALITY you will live “here”… usually until something like a death or illness jolts you free. In the past, most of society has lived here. The price for shifting (going after your dream) had too many barriers, therefore the rate of potential failure was very high and human conditions were still very precarious. Now that we have had more stability in the basics of food, shelter, education, other options present themselves.

Moving on the second option then…

Option 2 involves LEAVING your ICKIENESS and moving towards you’re the PURE JOY of aligning with your life’s purpose. Those who are reading this rolling their eyes, take note that it is indicative of where you are mentally, for the further you are from being happy in your life, the more ridiculous BEING HAPPY sounds to you.  It takes a lot of courage to live your authentic life. It is when things get so bad that you start feeling the pain of not being aligned with your life’s purpose, that you will have effortless MOVEMENT towards your dreams.

For me, personally, I move forward in the direction of my dreams because I can envision myself on my deathbed and FEAR not having lived life to the fullest. I want to live my life every day, saying as Anthony Robbins does when he gets on stage, “GOD USE ME UP”.

Whether you like it or not we are all going through a major human shift. It will happen with or without your permission. It is a lot more of a fun experience if you notice and shift accordingly. Sometimes we need to create our own SHIFT.

Back in 1995 when I was getting my MBA at Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston I was also dating someone (let’s call him, hmmmm, oh I don’t know, how about Brad Pitt 😉  So I had been with Brad for many years and we were STUCK, it was time for a decision, marry or not. It was getting pretty obvious that marriage was not going to happen, at least not a good one so we broke it off… a very strong connection was still there, we kept going back and forth, back and forth because of it. This could have gone on forever, but instead I did something very drastic… I went sky-diving! I HIGHLY recommend doing something absolutely dramatic like that if you want to SHAKE something off. In the energetic world what you are doing is really cutting the connection but let’s not quibble. Anthony Robbin’s firewalks are the same thing. He uses something that blows your mind, and gives you the chance to rebuild certain beliefs to your liking. It really literally EXPANDS YOUR POSSIBILITIES and RESETS YOUR COMPASS!

So why all this now? Why me? Why you? Simple…

Planet Earth is in trouble. BIG  TROUBLE. We are using all our resources, including WATER to such a degree that entire populations of people, animals, plants, even bees and butterflies are dying off! UH, WHAT NOT THE BUTTERFLIES?!! We are taking all of our Mother Earth’s resources without even a thought of replacement or consequences. Financial institutions now have the biggest voice and have trained us to believe that ABUNDANCE is connected to stock markets, new construction sales, commodities and Gross Domestic Product/Gross National Product (GDP/GNP). All these measures re-enforce the rape of OUR PLANET! We need a new way to measure growth. Our very existence depends on it!

There is a huge wake-up call out there that is getting bigger and bigger. I know you feel it! It will affect everyone in a deep way because it must. So if things seem a wee bit “off, that is the energy you are feeling. Think about your body when you get a cut, does not your body send signals to the rest of your body to help you stop bleeding and heal….THAT is the message that Planet Earth is sending out. SLOW YOUR LIFE DOWN… Begin LISTENING to your HEART. START CONNECTING MORE TO MOTHER EARTH. Your LIFE’s PURPOSE is completely connected within this mission of souls… Your attention is vital! Your courage is necessary! Your joy is guaranteed on this road to UNLOCKING YOUR LIFE’s PURPOSE!

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS Only four responded so far to adding cool Portuguese terms and culture to the ButterflyMoms blog so unless I hear from more of you I won’t be doing it. Let me know what you think. ALWAYS love hearing from you!

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. I only take on 6 clients at a time so right now I have space for two more. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

 

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

 “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

How’s this for our dinner table?

*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love…http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.comand spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

 

GLOBAL CRISIS… AFFECTS MY GENERATION

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Before we start, a moment directly from me… “I’m totally blown away that we got almost 1,000 hits on the ButterflyMoms blog this past week alone! At last count, ButterflyMoms from over 35 countries read it! AMAZING! HUMBLING! GRATEFUL! Please continue sharing http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com!”  Now onto the ButterflyMoms blog…

Economic abundance, or lack thereof, is on a lot of people’s minds. Here in Portugal, the word “crise” (pronounced kree-z), meaning the crisis is heard on every news report and read in every newspaper. Times like these set a perception in motion and INCREASE THE FEAR. In this case it is global. I picked up a Canadian magazine and it was talking about how college graduates have mega-debt and no high paying jobs to dig out of their debt. You turn on the news and it is fighting, disharmony, discord.

For the last few decades, we human beings, from a global point of view have gotten, dare I say, I wee bit spoiled. Never before have we had the extravagance of food, shelter, amenities and transportation as we do now. Even someone like Louis XIV or Henry VIII could did not have access to the incredible amount of options we have. For example, if we wanted to eat a lobster or fly to Paris or have hot water on demand, most of us can do this if they needed to. Those old wealthy rulers simply could not because the technology and abundance were not there for them.

For someone born in 1910 by the time they were in their 20’s, they had experienced the Great Depression. In their 30’s, they experienced World War II. They called this group of people THE GREAT GENERATION for how they dealt with the deep adversity. Our global generation has experienced abundance, growth, peace and prosperity… for the most part. We have been able to compartmentalize war, suffering and poverty so that it is hidden. My daughter Mialotta is 8 and a half years old and even before she was CONCEIVED the United States of American has been at war with Iraq. (It is weird even for me to write this because it seems like it can’t be true but it is true.) We have just disconnected from it. As a mother, it bothers me that in my beautiful daughter’s lifetime we have been at war, and not even really “felt it”.

The GREAT GENERATION had their moment and now it is ours. The price the planet and we have paid for living so mindlessly is catching up to us. We are at the precipice of a huge spiritual and cultural shift. Corporations are failing. This can cause panic in some but only to those who cannot see that life is about shift and every generation has had their shift. Those who thrive are those who are able to step back and see the big picture.

Picking grapes at a magnificent Portuguese winery at someone's birthday party

You cannot feel LOVE and FEAR at the same time. So if you are feeling scared about your money situation, take a step back. Take in several deep breaths. One… breathe.  Two… breathe. Three… breathe. AHHHHHHH! Now get out pen and paper and a warm glass of water (believe me it works wonders – just warm water) and ask whatever you need to ask. “How is what I’m experiencing the best lesson for me at this moment in time?” “What am I thankful for right now?” “What are the gifts in front of me that I have not seen?” “What things/habits/people am I ready to release in my life?”

What we have been doing on our planet is something that cannot be sustained. This economic global crisis will probably get a lot “worse” but there is so many wonderful gifts and shifts that are coming from it. Make sure you are getting rid of what does not work in your life and are doing more of what you love! Even just one person doing this SHIFTS it for everyone. Bring more good feelings to our planet by bringing out the real you… more aligned with your life’s joy! If you don’t know what that is have fun letting it find you! Enjoy your journey!

Now if you are feeling stuck or need help leave a comment below and I will coach you through it. If you have that question chances are that a lot of other people do too!

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Only two responded so far to adding cool Portuguese terms and culture to the ButterflyMoms blog so unless I hear from more of you I won’t be doing it. Let me know what you think. ALWAYS love hearing from you!

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. I only take on 6 clients at a time so right now I have space for two more. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

 

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

 “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
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*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love…http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.comand spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

The Dark Side of Parenting…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

When I sit down every Friday no matter where I am in the world to write the ButterflyMoms blog, I hold a space for it to be as authentic and real as I can be, in that moment. I have learned that the more I can be in that space, the more you, my beloved ButterflyMoms, can too. Deep breaths for this week’s blog will awaken your heart…
It was a very challenging week. My dark side came out. It was very ugly at times. Don’t get me wrong, I love living here in Portugal. On the stunning drive along the sunny Atlantic coast today to drop off Isabella at her preschool, I contemplated how I would describe this to you so you could see what I mean. Please let me know if you get what I’m saying…

I am in love with being here. It’s the end of September and still in 90’s, sunny, very little humidity. I literally live across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a 10 minute leisurely stroll to several gorgeous beaches. There are magical moment at every turn, like just before I started writing today blog, I opened my window and was greeted with the most amazing sunshine carrying with it the smell of the ocean….ahhhhhhhhh! There is sooooooooooooooo much to love here!

Yesterday I had a women’s group meeting at my house with women from England, Denmark and Australia. It was incredible. We all pulled an affirmation and mine was ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT!… ARGH! Not that lesson again! (You always know it’s your lesson because when you pull a card like this you always want to put it back 😉

The AHA that hit me like a ton of bricks is that pretty much EVERY little or big thing that you and I usually take for granted… driving to your destination without getting lost, knowing how to simply turn on a gas stove, putting a load in the washer that came with no directions, finding out where to get gas, trying to get the girls signed up for a good school, knowing where things are, knowing what words to use… all of these things are new to me here! There is a learning curve and they also take a lot longer than if I already knew them… This adds stress to the equation.

If I go back to the incredible work of Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of needs, I am on ‘level one’ from a logistical standpoint (chakra one), yet my upper chakras are in heaven (the visionary, writer) because there is soooo much visioning going on. So basically what is happening is that parts of me are being nurtured while other parts are being slowly starved.

What that looks like is that instead of getting sleep, I stay up. My brain/ego have taken over my body and its needs are falling by the wayside. How I see it in my life is that I get super cranky. My lack of self-care is directly proportional with how I treat my children. I yell and am short-tempered to an extreme that keeps growing until I realize what is happening…sometimes it takes days or weeks. The joy is squeezed out and the day becomes a military exercise of getting things done. It is a very sad way for children to grow up. It is a very sad way for me to live.

I know some of you will judge me but I am writing this for those of you out there who feel the same thing and don’t know how or what to shift. Sometimes when we do things we regret we stay stuck in that memory and eventually that memory defines us. All you can really do is START WHERE YOU ARE. START WITH THE SIMPLE… a letter.

What I did is I wrote my daughter Mialotta a letter that described how important she is to me. How I now saw how I had not treated her the way I truly feel about her. As I write this I am getting flashbacks to my own childhood. We imitate what we have seen. This is a priceless moment for me to take the IMPRINTING I received as a child and MORPH it into my vision for what kind of parent I want to be. PERFECT is not an option. AUTHENTICITY is an option and it is the option I am intending.

I cannot JUST say it. I know that if I don’t take REAL care of myself, my children will suffer. This crap does not just PLOP IN out of left field one random day. It builds and builds and builds as I ignored and ignored and ignored it. I have gotten too good at ignoring things. My life can be soooooo amazingly wonderful if I only do the things I know I need to take extreme care of myself… EXERCISE, GET ENOUGH SLEEP, EAT WELL, DRINK WATER, DO MY DAILY REIKI RITUALS, DO MY ARTIST’S WAY MORNING PAGES, CHOOSE MY ACTIVITIES WISELY, HONOR MY TIME…. There are a lot more, but these are the core activities that set up my life for massive amounts of fulfillment and joy and that is the time of life I’m striving for! I believe that time of life is our birthright.

I wrote that letter to Mialotta last night and handed it to her this morning. It was the first time I had ever written her a letter like that. She devoured it.  When she was done I hugged her and through my tears I told her how sorry I was for not truly SEEING her or treating her through the reflection of how much I love her. She hugged me back tightly and said, “You are the most beautiful mommy in the whole world.”

Today is a new day….and I am immensely thankful for the powers of awareness and forgiveness.

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Only one person responded to adding cool Portuguese terms and culture to the ButterflyMoms blog so unless I hear from more of you I won’t be doing it. Let me know know what you think. ALWAYS love hearing from our readers…

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. I only take on 6 clients at a time so right now I have space for two more. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

√  YAY SOLD ANOTHER BOOK THIS WEEK!!!! This time to Holliston, Massachusetts!!!! YAY! Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

 

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17 (YAY another book sold in Holliston this week! GO HOLLISTON!)
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

 “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love…http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.comand spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

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