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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
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*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!!!!!

I’m Feeling Hungry…

Lighting candles for our beautiful Mandy and Sophia. Also for a wonderful year of dreams fulfilled.

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

As I move through each day in the three weeks I’ve been here, I’m noticing the habits I did not like are starting to slowly creep in, soooooooooo slowly, in fact, that I almost don’t notice. What I have learned is that no matter where I go in the world, I pack my habits with me. New start does not automatically mean new habits. In this lifetime, I’ve had the enormous privilege not only to have TRAVELED to many countries, but to have also LIVED in Asia, Europe and North America. No matter where I have gone I always found that those pesky habits of mine somehow pack themselves and show up at my destination. (Wish all of my daughter’s shoes that I forgot to pack would have also packed themselves too! 😉 ) It’s the ‘ole saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.”

Well, I am here, in beautiful Portugal. I find myself using my Reiki Master Teacher training to bless people, trees, plants, animals and places wherever I go. It feels wonderful in that split second. I feel sooooo peaceful and connected. The more I try to hold on to that feeling, the more it escapes me. The more I TRY to get it back, the more it MOVES FURTHER AWAY.

At one of my favorite places where my mom used to go as a child, the Baixa.

When we are babies we learn that (in general) if we cry,  someone comes and feeds us or changes our diaper. As I get older, and especially now that I’m swimming in this new experience of how to operate in this other culture, I find that I’m a bit whiny at times. I don’t do it so much externally. I do it more internally. It feels really shitty. It does not feed my soul. It drains me. It’s the fear showing up and growing inside. When I notice that it’s fear, I stop the REWARD.

What is the reward? Ahhhhh, there are many rewards and in a culture that worships WOUNDOLOGY, as the beautiful Carolyn Myss describes, there are plenty of opportunities to kvetch with others. Could be “POOR ME syndrome” where I can even get my vampire-on and suck other people’s energy (usually with their consent). Could also be a way to not have to grow in the direction of my dreams. Whatever we choose to reinforce in our lives creates a pattern. Over time patterns become habits.

EVERYTHING we do is a habit. What is a habit? It’s a “formula” that you have developed consciously or subconsciously for how to live this in lifetime. What we don’t oftentimes realize is that…LOVE, BEING IN THE MOMENT, THANKFULNESS, HATE, FEAR, GOSSIP, PEACE… anyone of these things can be habits in our life.  Each day we wake up we are given 100 energy dollars/euros. What habits will you feed today with your magnificent universal love energy?

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Last week I added another section to the ButterflyMoms blog but got zero feedback on it so I’m eliminating it this week. It was including a small section teaching cool Portuguese terms and culture.

If in Lisboa, you have got to stop at O Basileiro, one of the most beautiful cafe’s you will ever see!

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

Cool modern cafe in the touristy section. You can hear people there from all over the world having their morning tea/cafe! 🙂

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!!!!!

Iceberg Spotted In Portugal!

Bella on her first day of trying out a new school, complete with school uniform! 🙂

This is minutes from our house!!! Amazing views overlooking the magnificent Atlantic Ocean!

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

It is such an amazing feeling to know that you who are reading this could be ANYWHERE in the world. Since I have found out how to get world stats of who is reading the ButterflyMoms blog it has been a joy to see where on planet earth human beings are reading ButterflyMoms! Whether English is your first language or fifth, I THANK YOU for coming here week after week to read about this amazing life journey…

We are two weeks into being here in Portugal and we have accomplished so much. The amount of miracles are piling up. I’m finding that THE MOST precious miracles, much like an iceberg, oftentimes look very small on the surface but when you look below it is ginormous! Today I’ve already had several of those miracles. The one that wants to be told is again a simple one but when you think of about the layers of coincidence and flow, it feels like “seeing” an incredible peace of art or music being created right before my eyes. Here is today’s story from beautiful Portugal…

One of the many local cafes in our beautiful neighborhood. Can you see us in the photo? Mia took this one. 😉

Enjoying life… with simple things and each other.

We dropped Isabella off at an international school for her to see how she likes it and that gave me the gift of only having two of my girls. I’ve been with all of them pretty much 24 hours a day for more than 2 weeks now… so even one less makes a huge difference. (those with lots of kids know what I mean 😉 One of the things I have dreamed about but not been able to do is to sit outside at a proper Portuguese café and simply hang out so that is exactly what we did. We had a grand time ordering pastries and drinks. We usually share, but not today! Everyone got her very own special treat! I bought Mia a teen magazine in Portuguese and Miss Olivia got another magazine with art and postcards she could pull out. At the café was a local newsletter and I sat there reading the juiciest tidbits of Portuguese poetry by some of the greats. As I let the lines of prose wash over me, I feel them in my heart. In that moment I look at my smiling girls. The sun is shining. The sky is a deep blue. We are surrounded by buildings that are hundreds of years old. My soul is singing. I feel peace.

The magical butterfly… follows us wherever we go… Of Course She Does! 🙂

As we walk into the café to order I notice that on the front doormat of the marble entrance is a butterfly. Hmmm…I have learned that it all has meaning… this was my little iceberg. It’s the kind of sign that you miss if you are too in your head. Seeing the butterfly made me smile. I let the love fill up in me and ask for my intuition to lead me. As I wait for guidance I clear off our table and bring in the dishes we used. The older woman who works there thanks me for my kindness. Because I feel so good my smile is radiant. I know because I can feel it in my toes. This feeling is when I feel one with every living thing I see and feel humbled how we really are all the same no matter where in the world we live. As I am paying, the older woman comes back and gives my girls beautifully crocheted bracelets with… butterflies on them. SECOND DING…iceberg is appearing bigger now…I thank Dona Ana (“Dona” is like saying Ms in an honoring way, abbreviated D. Ana). My intuition tells me to share with about the significance of the butterfly and Sophia.

D. Ana shares the butterfly bracelets with Mialotta and Olivia

Turns out that D. Ana also lost a child, a sweet little boy almost forty years ago who was only two months old. He died because he was allergic to the milk they were giving him but did not realize it until it started happening again with her next child and someone figured it out. THIRD DING! Intuition hits to me are reverberations of the soul, they are happening all the time, in multiple layers. The more you pay attention to YOUR “NOW”, the more you will see into this magnificent world that is our birthright! This is peace. This is love. This is living.

The icononic Fernando Person, one of the most amazing writers who has ever lived. He just also happens to be Portuguese 😉

While I was sitting at the café two quotes from the local newsletter really hit home for me and I would love to share them with you.

Acordar é ter consciência da consciência. (To awaken is to be conscious of your consciousness.) FERNANDO PESSOA

Portuguese philosopher, essayist and writer, Agostinho da Silva. He died in 1994 but is still inspiring us today.

A vida são dois dias; um para dormir, outro para acordar. (Life is two days: one for sleeping, the other for awakening.) AGOSTINHO DA SILVA

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS The little engine that could… YES! YES! YES! Sold another ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE book that I co-authored, this week! This time to Seminole, Florida!!! YAY!!! See all the places below where my book has sold!

PPS I'm going to add another section to the ButterflyMoms blog. If you like it let me know. If I get enough response I will contineu every week! 🙂 Since I'm here anyways why not add another value-add and teach you a little bit of (European) Portuguese and culture. If you follow along every week you might actually get pretty good at it with very little effort. It is SUCH a cool language so why not!

Here is your first lesson for the week…

Bom dia [bon-dee-ah] which means “Good morning” when you first see someone and “Have a good day” when you leave that person. It's a pretty nifty little phrase to know!

Boa tarde [boa-tard] which means “Good afternoon”. Again you can say it coming and going.

Boa noite [boah-no-ee-te] for “Good evening” or “Good night”. Yup, you guessed it, you can say it coming and going! 🙂

When someone says any of these phrases to you greet them back the same way. It shows that you respect them.

Funny thing for foreigners is that you'll hear Bom dia from midnight to midday, Boa tarde from 12pm until it gets dark and Boa noite from when it gets dark until midnight.

If you like this blog leave a comment and tell others about it!!!! Spread the love because it's written with so much love! 🙂

This is the magnificent little park across the street from our house. It is bare by American standards but the kids seem not to notice at all. 😉

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 tomaria@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 (ONE SOLD HERE THIS WEEK!!! YAY!!!!)

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

 

Having a cuddle at the end of another wonderful day! 🙂

“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

Isabella says, “Make sure you share my mom's ButterflyMoms blog with at least TWO friends today!” 😉

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!!!!!

STOP GLORIFYING “BUSY”

On the METRO in Lisboa coming home from getting a bunch of documents taken care of. Matching outfits was Mialotta’s (8) idea. I love that she still digs doing that! Warms the cockles of my heart that she still feels that bond with her sisters! 🙂

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Sometimes I find myself thinking once we actually do our dream that everything will fall into place. That in a sense is true that things fall into place but life still works the same way. I still need to eat well, sleep well, etc. For me, I sometimes fall into the trap of feeling like if I can only accomplish my goal of  ____________ (fill in the blank: having children, getting my degree, moving here, moving there, buying this, organizing that)…then I can relax and just BE. I know that is a farce, but for some reason I see how very wired I am for SACRIFICE. I see it most with my self-care, especially around sleep. Now that I’m here in Portugal it is doubly challenging because I’m operating on two time zones. Friends, especially my beautiful husband Doug, keep “gently” reminding me to go to bed when they see I am up way past a decent bedtime.

Portugal has BEAUTIFUL flowers!!! Some of them are human 😉

Last week it was about 1:00pm local time when we got into our flat (for American friends that’s a cool word for “apartment” ;), but for me and my three little ones it was only 8:00am and we had only slept for one or two hours all night long. I immediately went into Mama Bear mode. I fed my girls, made their beds up with fresh, crisp linens and gave them warm baths before I put them into bed for their two-hour refresher naps. (I learned the nap cure for jetlag when I was a flight attendant. The warm bath really helps too!) I had every intention of also sleeping BUT… well, I started unpacking one suitcase… and then another… gee I wonder I really should unpack all the girls’ stuff… and before you knew it I had unpacked everyone within the first 24 hours. I think it was also a nesting and safety thing for me.

Isabella tries her hand at photography…

Doing a lot of things in short periods of time is what people have commented about me all my life. I think I wear it as a badge of honor sometimes. It is as if somehow my self-worth is wrapped up in this feeling that I need to do more and more and more and more. Well, the universe had a little surprise for me…

Loving our Vovo Mame!!! It’s a lovefest!!!

On day four as I was walking to the school from the health center I stepped into a dropped sidewalk and hurt my foot very badly. The pain, being tired and fear of how bad the injury was going to be all contributed into me having a colossal melt-down right there on the side of the busy road. My girls tried to help but I was really afraid of how bad it was… again that damn fear thing again. I did not even want to try to get up. I sent it Reiki and just sat there for a while quietly asking for help. This was a very busy road for cars but not for pedestrians so I was surprised to hear a man’s voice behind me asking me if I needed help. He helped me up and offered us a ride. I felt like I could hobble enough to get to the school (my next stop) to get the girls registered and did not want to accept a ride from a stranger but was happy that he had seen me fall and even though he had to park far away came to offer help. Love when human beings do that for each other! I always look for ways to do the same and that day I was thankful for this angel. I hugged him as I kept crying and thanking him!

Joy is still rising!!! Multi-generational joy!

Funny thing is when I got to the school it was closed! AHHHH WHAT? “What do you mean you’re closed?!” What a colossal life lesson eh? To add depth to the lesson I should share that I decided to sit back and rest for the past four days. My foot was so bad for the first two days that I really had no choice but to do what I could via phone. Even though I told no one about my foot at the school district, the one major and last obstacle the school had they “magically” decided was fine just the way it is. 😉 Imagine that. No efforting on my part. Just letting go and observing.

The lesson for me was the more I try to fit in the more energy I waste because, just like you cannot rush a cake baking, you cannot rush life. I can say that I am definitely an expert in trying to rush life… and I’m realizing that it is not the reason I’ve been successful in my life… it is the reason why I am not happier in my life. Life’s satisfaction comes from slowing down and from what I’m gathering from this lesson, Portugal is the perfect place for me to experience this metamorphosis.

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

We asked someone to take our photo… This is in front of our house. Their is a main road behind us and then the Atlantic Ocean. Too bad it got cut off. 🙁 but we get to savor it every day!

√  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 tomaria@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
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!!!!!

Day Two In Portugal… Joy Rising!

At Logan Airport in Boston on Wednesday with my girls… EIGHT BAGS plus four backpacks! Packing for a year… still I forgot stuff… Oh, well, guess Doug will have to fly here to deliver it! 🙂

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

HELLO THERE! (Olá!!!!) How many times have I thought in my mind what I wanted to write for the ButterflyMoms blog over the last three days especially! The lessons and magic are everywhere!!!

We landed in Lisboa, Portugal yesterday at 8:00am after flying all night. That is 3:00am from Boston, from where we flew out of. Even so my girls and I were sooo excited that it almost overrode being tired.

Getting on the plane… EXCITEMENT BUILDING!!!! They were actually jumping for joy!!! 😉

For those who don’t know I was actually born in Lisboa (Americans say ‘Lisbon’ but I’m here now so I’m saying ‘Lisboa’ ;). My parents immigrated a week before my fourth birthday. I’ve been to Portugal dozens and dozens of times, sometimes twice a year since then. Staying for the entire summer when I was little was common. Even so, something about this time is VERY different. I think part of it is because I’m renting a flat so it’s my own place and that in my mind I’m “living” here not just vacationing. It’s a vibe I’m feeling.

We landed in Aeroporto de Lisboa at 3am our time. The girls only slept for two hours all night. They were awesome!!!

I’m also getting flashbacks to when I graduated from Boston College and moved to Kanazawa, Ishikawa-ken, Japan for a year with the JET program (JAPANESE EXCHANGE TEACHING). I remember seeing “foreigners” there who were traveling the world with their two young kids and it left a very strong impression. I thought what a cool thing that is to do for and with your kids. Living in Japan was a totally amazing experience and being able to share it with your kids would have been AWESOME!!!!!

This adventure to me is unfolding in ways I never expected. I’m oscillating from total fear of WHAT HAVE I DONE?! (desperately missing my beautiful husband) (not having any way to communicate with the outside world) (not having a clue how certain things are done)…to a deep and total joy of PINCH ME I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW VERY AMAZING THIS FEELS!!!! (the food) (the smell of the air) (the pace of life here) (the kindness of even strangers).

Beautiful Elsa meets us with her little boy at the airport to give us the house keys. 🙂

 

Before I came here I was STUCK on four major details, getting a cell phone, internet access, a car and a way from the airport to our new home.  For some reason it seemed like I was totally stuck in super glue, no matter how I tried to move forward. What was sooooo awesome is that I just did my best and when I felt like I was EFFORTING I let it go. Truth be told I whined a lot, as Doug, my wedded boyfriend, will attest to, but when it went ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE I got the clue and let the control go. Well, they were all incredible lessons in asking for what I needed, letting people know what I did not want and having the patience that it all gets delivered in the time it gets delivered. Things here move at a different pace. Not as slow as someplace tropical but it is very much Mediterranean time here.

Took two cars for all our luggage and us but with a little help from our uncle and my cousins we were able to get all the help we needed! They were AMAZING!!!!

We are at the end of day two living in Portugal and I’m having a ball, as are the girls! We have already done soooo much in such a short amount of time. We are not rushing at all. One thing is just falling into the next. Today we went to a MASSIVE park that in America would cost a ton but here is free for families to play together. BRILLIANT. Sure there is an economic crisis here but the people are still beautiful and kind.  Simple happiness is everywhere. Feels great! Being in this type of alignment is what I was looking for because one of my main reasons for being here is to write my book. I definitely packed my inspiration! I’m sooooooo excited for what I am birthing and what is birthing me… may you unleash your adventure this week…that is what I plan to do!

 

 

LOVE YOU,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaa

:0

 

Playing at that amazing playground I told you about in this week’s ButterflyMoms blog… 😉

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…

My cousin Cristina and my girls… 😉

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!

At the fair that is literally in front of our house this weekend. Girls had a TOTAL blast!!! We even went to a live FADO concert which was spectacular!!!

“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
GEORGIA
Roswell 1
KENTUCKY
Louisville 1
MAINE
Biddeford 1
MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

Making our dinner together at Vovo Mame’s house. She is simply lovely!!!! What a treat!

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

Cotton candy bigger than your head!

“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.

The same window that I looked out of when I was a kid at my Tia Olga’s house. She died a few weeks after I told her I was pregnant with Mialotta who is on the left and now 8 and 1/2 years old… Reminder of the turns that life takes.

*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!!!!!

 

Last ButterflyMoms Post from the United States…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

There is so much going on in my heart right now. In the past WEEK I just finished my Reiki Master Teacher certification in Rhode Island, travelled to Long Island, New York to spend time with family, traveled to Chicago, Illinois to be in the audience of Oprah’s Lifeclass with Iyanla Vanzant, had my last ButterflyMoms meeting (after almost 1 and a half years of meetings –when there was only supposed to be one) and yesterday my eight year old fell 12 feet head-first from a tree swing and for five hours we thought she had injured her spinal cord. All this while I’m preparing to leave on Wednesday to start my sabbatical in Portugal for a year. (deep breath)

GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO THE HOLLISTON PARAMEDICS WHO SHOWED UP!!!! AMAZINGLY GIFTED PEOPLE WITH BIG HEARTS! I LOVE THEM!!!! THEY WERE SOOO KIND TO OUR MIALOTTA, ESPECIALLY AROUND HER FEARS OF AMBULANCES FROM THE HORROR OF SOPHIA’s DEATH. THESE PEOPLE ARE MAGICAL!!!

First of all Mialotta, my daughter is fine. As soon as it happened I sent our prayer and healing requests to some of the most heart-centric people I know and I believe that made all the difference. They thought for a while they’d have to transfer her to the trauma center at Mass General but it did not need to be… THANK GOODNESS! I’m deeply thankful to all those who sent prayers and healings! I felt them and it helped me stay grounded and present for my beautiful little girl (as I write this I realize that it was both for my daughter and the little girl inside of me! 😉 NICE! (as my good friend Rei Alberto- Big Al likes to say)!

Something in me has shifted. I cannot pinpoint what specifically caused it, but I can feel it. What is most noticeable is that things that used to bother me don’t. When I’m triggered by people, I immediately ask WHAT IS MY PART IN THIS? WHAT IS MY LESSON? WHERE IS THE GIFT IN THIS? It is not always the easiest first step, but it is the only first step.

As I pack for my trip, I am thinking of all of you and asking my guides for help on this new leg of our adventure. The whole ButterflyMoms journey has been an unfolding of trust. Now is no different and I’m as open as I know how to be for awaits us on the other side of this leg…

As always I will do my best to write next week’s blog, this time from Portugal !:)

Special THANK YOU to all the love and magical, meaningful gifts I got from some of the ButterflyMoms yesterday. All I could do is be humble and thankful!

LOVE YOU,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaa

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