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Graduating With A Big Heart… Dedicated to my beautiful son Christopher!

 

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Visiting Old Ironside with our two “babies” Christophino and Mialotta. Wish they did not grow up soooo damn fast!

* * *I lovingly dedicate this blog to all the little boys in the world (even if you’ve already grow up), may you never lose sight of the magic in your heart.

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Christophino and his sisters pretending they are statues at a Newport mansion.

Christophino and his sisters pretending they are statues at a Newport mansion.

For the last 12 years I’ve been totally in love with him. His name? Christopher Stone Schmidt, but I like to call him ‘Christophino’, my special nickname for him. At the time, I was living in San Francisco, California but was in Boston for a business trip. A friend of mine invited me to a stranger’s birthday party in Dedham, Massachusetts at Joe’s American Bar & Grill. August 24, 2001 was the day that Christophino’s beautiful father Doug and I magically connected at a birthday party neither of us were supposed to be at.

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Number 9 in Lacrosse

Number 9 in Lacrosse

When Doug and I were on our first date he (as the 80’s song goes) “dropped a bomb on me”. He shared that he had been divorced for a year and that he had a son who lived with him every other week. A son?! Wow! Well, ok then. Although I adored kids and could not wait to have my own I had never thought about having this scenario. I had never dated anyone with kids so this was a new world. It’s one thing to love playing with other people’s kids, but it’s another to be an almost instant parent to someone else’s child. Things moved pretty quickly and a few days later I met the adorable little boy Christophino. Even at the ripe old age of just having turned the big six he had a magical presence about him. His energy filled the room with playful curiosity. In their Ashland condo, as his Doug introduced us, Christophino and I instantly clicked.

Christophino 44Father daughter dance with whole famI was so smitten by these two, that within two months I had put my house in San Francisco, California up for sale and moved back to Massachusetts. It was one big giant play date for Christophino because we all loved being around him! We had very strong boundaries but Christophino rarely needed to be disciplined. He has always had such a love of life. When you are with him you are the only person in the world to him. Part of why he is as mature as he is because he understand the fragility of life. In his short life he has lost his baby sister, cousin Mandy (exactly two years ago today), grandmother June, great-uncle and great-grandmother Amanda (Oma Becker).

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Feeding the homeless

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Volunteer work continues

Volunteering in New Orleans with the youth group of our amazing UU Sherborn Church

Volunteering in New Orleans with the youth group of our amazing UU Sherborn Church

We also have a lot of fond memories! I remember once in line at a grocery store we were play fighting in slow motion and the little boy in front of us was looking longingly at us. We did talent shows in front of the huge bathroom mirror after his baths. We crushed peanuts and threw them on the floor at that Florida restaurant that was famous for that. We drove to Long Island as much as possible to see family. My boys slamming into me with their go-carts, over and over and over again at Disney. We built snowmen. We raised chickens. Our traditions around the holidays. We adopted Shakespeare. We took our dogs London and Oscar for walks by the reservoir. We told bad knock-knock jokes…(Ok it was not us. It was Christophino ;). We built forts.

At Bumba Gumps in Northen California

At Bumba Gumps in Northen California

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The infamous teacups.

We went fishing. We walked him to school as a family every time he started a new school (even when it was embarrassing because it was always more loving than embarrassing). We did things around the house together. We sat by the fireplace watching movies and eating something really yummy that Doug made. We drove cross-country to visit family in New Mexico and Arizona playing license plate games the whole way. We went to three Superbowls for his Holliston High football team. We tricker-treated together as a family. We spent a summer at Martha’s Vineyard where we had the infamous air conditioner mishap. We all were there for prom photos. We did daylong trips to our favorite Newport Beach and then restaurants. Sooooo many wonderful memories!!!

Family trip to San Francisco. (this is one of THE coolest photos I've ever taken!) Check it out! Christopher jumped about 50 times to get the right shot. We had a blast!!!

Family trip to San Francisco. (this is one of THE coolest photos I’ve ever taken!) Check it out! Christopher jumped about 50 times to get the right shot. We had a blast!!!

Christophino 14There have been times, when I did not know where I fit in as a parent because of a number of factors neither of us could control. Through the years he and I have further deepened our bond even in the face of such unfairness.

Many people don’t know that Christophino was the one who the one who began the butterfly legacy. When our daughter Sophia was born, Doug and I were shocked and devastated to find that she had down syndrome. We were in dark, icky place mentally and emotionally. Our healing really first began with Christophino.  To us Sophia looked like a bloated Asian football player but in the innocence of his beautiful heart, when he saw her he blurted out, “Oh she is so cute! Hey she looks like a butterfly!” A ‘butterfly”??? Doug and I looked at each other and smiled, our healing had begun. The name stuck and Sophia became the ‘butterfly’. That symbol has been instrumental in discovering my life’s purpose. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Christophino 21c30Over the years I have helped Christophino with homework. I even learned math better than I knew it when I was in school! (If you knew me with my math history you would be REALLY impressed right now 😉 I made a point to teach him some cool life lessons. I’ve gone to his soccer, baseball, football and lacrosse games, driven him to school and bought him clothes. I have cooked, played, planned, warned, washed, taught, traveled, joked, imagined, dreamed, kissed and hugged this beautiful little boy who grew up in front of my disbelieving eyes. The days are long but the years are short is what I have said before, but with Christopher the days were never long.

Family visit to the New England Aquarium

Family visit to the New England Aquarium

Even with an IEP, he still excelled in many areas. At 11 Christophino started his own (real) landscaping company, “Stone Works”. He even got business cards. I could not write this without including a mention for his passion for shoveling/plowing and snow. You have NEVER seen someone soooooo incredibly passionate about it. Even from a very early age he talked about snow like kids talk about Disney or candy! Christophino has been entrepreneurial his whole life and continues to this day. He does his work with a respect and precision that most 50 year olds don’t even possess. It’s a natural flow for him and he excels at it.

Lots of playing and having fun!

Lots of playing and having fun!

There were times where I simply let go so that Christophino could grow the way he wanted to and not the way I wanted him to. He is my only boy and I love him from the bottom of my heart, not like a stepson, but I love him simply as a son.

Football number is 35.

Football number is 35.

Sunday is my beautiful Christophino’s graduation. My heart breaks for not being there on his very special day, as we are 3,000 miles away. In hindsight I wish I had done this differently and that I were there. Sometimes we make choices that we think are a good idea when we make them. This is one of those times.

To you beautiful Christophino, I am soooooo proud of the young man you have become! You followed no one’s rulebook other than your own and all those years that I told you always have the choice of two roads, one closer to your heart and the other further. Over time you saw how this happens in life. You made choices on both sides of the road and learned from them. So at

Just after braces got taken off

Just after braces got taken off

17 years of age, with special needs that you have completely outgrown, with the love of both sets of your parents, with the adoration of your sisters, with the respect of your teammates, with the biggest hug I can muster…I wish you a very happy graduation and entrance into adulthood. I know you are going to have a very magical ride! We are always here for you! WE WUV YOU!!!!

Holiday traditions are sooo fun!

Holiday traditions are sooo fun!

Knowing you has helped make me a better person. THANK YOU for coming into my life!

CALL TO ACTION…

If you like this blog for goodness sakes hit the LIKE button and SHARE IT! What are the boys in your life who have made a difference to your heart?

Good friend Brian and Christopher

Good friend Brian and Christopher

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aka Mamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

My boys!

My boys!

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

√  FACEBOOK: For daily soul-feeding at the Facebook ButterflyMoms group… https://www.facebook.com/groups/93661017326/

√  COACHING: NOW IS THE TIME!!!! STOP EFFORTING and START LIVING! 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!!!

√  SPEAKING: I have spoken all over the world including the United States, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Canada and Portugal. When you ever hear of a conference or organization that needs a passionate speaker, please pass on my email maria@butterflymoms.coms.

Isabella and Christopher

Isabella and Christopher

√  INTERVIEW: 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. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! 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 beautiful blankie that Grandma Vickie made with her "Happy Hookers" group that she loves. He still LOVES it!

The beautiful blankie that Grandma Vickie made with her “Happy Hookers” group that she loves. He still LOVES it!

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

ILLINOIS

Two peas in a pod, Mialotta and Christophino

Two peas in a pod, Mialotta and Christophino at the zoo

Lake Forrest 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

Lindy and Christopher pose fo Senior Prom photos

Lindy and Christopher pose fo Senior Prom photos

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

Christophino 2NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

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In Porto, Portugal by the rooftop beach! NICE, REAL NICE!

In Porto, Portugal by the rooftop beach! NICE, REAL NICE!

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

Newport

Newport

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1

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

 

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At the Norman Rockwell Museum in Western Massachusetts

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.

At the Barking Crab in Boston.

At the Barking Crab in Boston.

*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 is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

Use your voice…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

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Looks like Mars but it’s Arizona with Grandapa Dude

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On Sophia’s birthday, a week before she died.

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At the Grand Canyon when we drove cross country.

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Visiting Washington DC

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Fall in New England

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Running the Race for the amazing Respite Center in Hopkinton in Sophia’s memory

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Meeting cousin Daniel in Long Island who is about to enter Jr. High!!!!

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One of Christophino’s first football games ever with Vovo Raquel, Grandma Vickie and Grandpa Dude.

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Eating at the Boston Harbor

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At a Pawtucket baseball game with cousins Alex and Ben and Uncle Petey and Aunt Nisey!

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Christophino and his cousin Ben! It's a bro lovefest!!!

Christophino and his cousin Ben! It’s a bro lovefest!!!

Photo of whole family in NY

In Long Island with the Schmidt family

DO YOU FEEL OLD?

Cutie pie Christopher

Cutie pie Christopher…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

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I had a couple of “REALITY CHECKS”, that I’d love to return! 😉 Ahhhh but you know life… the more you resist the shittier your time will be. It’s ALWAYS best to go with the flow.

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

TIME MARCHES ON…

Our youngest is 5 years old and our oldest Christopher will be 18 next month. Our son Christopher had his last day of high school this past week on May 29th, my birthday. When you have a child that reaches this age there is a part of you that feels a bit like being IN SHOCK because we cannot believe how quickly it all went. They say the days are long and the years are short and ain’t that the truth!

A BIRTHDAY HUM DINGER…

Well, for my birthday this past week, since I LOVE sushi, a beautiful friend of mine took me out for a sushi lunch by the ocean. I wish you had been there to see this view! WOW! I LOVE looking out onto the water! What I did not like was the interaction with our waitress (translated from Portuguese because the meaning is not lost in translation)…

Waitress: “Ahhh, it’s your birthday! Congratulations! How old are you?”

Me: “I’m 46.”

Waitress: “Wait, did you say ‘36’ or ‘46’?

Me: “46”

Waitress: “Oh”

ARGH! Even as it’s coming out of my mouth it sounds odd. Could I REALLY be that old? I honestly feel more like I’m 36 but I’m a million years away from where I was when I was 36.

mirror mirror off the wallMIRROR, MIRROR…

I know it’s not politically correct to say this but I don’t like mirrors!

I believe there is a conspiracy going on and maybe you have experienced it too? I have lately noticed that ALL mirrors MUST not be working properly because every time I look into one I see someone staring back at me who is MUCH older than I feel. I have to admit it shocks me how much different I look than I feel.

It’ is then that I notice how being young and beautiful is such a part of what I bought into. Wrinkles, sags, lines… I never really got why people got upset at those… until now.  I’m still working on this one. No answers today, I’m afraid. Just putting it out there that I’m feeling it too in case you think you are the only one. 😉

CALL TO ACTION…

If you like this blog for goodness sakes hit the LIKE button and SHARE IT!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL… 

√  COACHING: NOW IS THE TIME!!!! STOP EFFORTING and START LIVING! 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!!!

√  SPEAKING: I have spoken all over the world including the United States, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Canada and Portugal. When you ever hear of a conference or organization that needs a passionate speaker, please pass on my email maria@butterflymoms.coms.

√  INTERVIEW: 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. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! 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…

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

book2FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 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
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

book1BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

 

Christopher at senior prom

Christopher at senior prom

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 is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Use your voice…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

Are You Feeling Lost?

IMG_2582Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Sometimes to be found we need to feel lost. Where we get even more lost is when we start freaking out. I’m going through that right now…

I have fallen deeper in love with Portugal. It is a much simpler life here. I have about 5% of the “stuff” here that I have in the States. We’re on a VERY tight budget, I have no car, no dependable cell phone and even so, except for not having my gorgeous husband and our son Christopher here, I’m as happy as a pig in shit.

I know that probably surprises some of you, because in a way it does me too, so I broke it down.

map of PortugalIt hit me hard when I came to the realization this past week that I’ve lived in America for over 43 years!!!! (Bear with me because inside I still think I’m about 16 so there is a part of me that can’t grasp 40 years of anything! 😉 ) On many levels I am truly the American dream. From kindergarten to graduate school I was educated in America. I’ve lived in Altlanta, Boston, New York and San Francisco. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the United States too and have even driven down both the East and the west coast a few times. I say this because I have seen a lot America and lived here long enough to get a very strong sense of what we are about.

Sister bonding and love!

Sister bonding and love!

IN GENERAL, there are two main reasons I’m being pulled to stay in Portugal for at least another year. One is the amazing weather here but it’s more than that, there is a magic in the air that, even with the economic crisis, makes this one of the most popular places in the world to visit and live. There is something cellular here that I love about the air, the trees, the water, the people, the food. I love that even in the dead of winter you can see flowers blooming all over the place! There is a lot of sunshine here and I love that! It’s one of those things we don’t think about but that affect us in profound ways. Because of this we go outside to walk or play most every day, even for just a few minutes. It is a fabulous way to connect to nature, each other, our bodies and our community!

Calling Papa and Christopher on Skype has made a huge difference.

Calling Papa and Christopher on Skype has made a huge difference.

The second difference between America and Europe is simply the way people live their lives. In America we truly believe that hard work is paramount and being “lazy” is one of the worst things you can be called. In Europe, in general, there is a natural order, a beginning and end of each workday. In the States there are way less lines of demarcation. Work and life are a blended blur. We live to work, but I don’t think we really see it. Being away for a whole year I see it now, and where I see it most is in my children…

My cousin, her grand daughter and our girls! Priceless!

My cousin, her grand daughter and our girls! Priceless!

My girls, especially our Olivia who has learning issues, is thriving here. It’s like the community has risen up at all levels to support them not in an overt way but in an inclusive way. They definitely believe in the “it takes a village” mentality so when kids do something that is unsafe some adult around them will immediately pipe in. There is ZERO concern for how it looks. It is simply how things are done. There is also a lot of tenderness, a kindness from the people. Kids are adored here.

Mother's Day Tradition... Breakfast in bed, one of my VERY favorite memories of this lifetime!

Mother’s Day Tradition… Breakfast in bed, one of my VERY favorite memories of this lifetime!

Olivia's skirt she made from plastic trash bags! GO OLIVIA!

Olivia’s skirt she made from plastic trash bags! GO OLIVIA!

The new school the girls are at is simply awesome! The level, depth and width of the subjects they are learning are amazing.

For example, today Mialotta, who is in third grade, for the first time today is using the camera she made in school. Olivia, who is in the first grade, had a fashion show last week in front of the whole school. The items the kids wore were made from recycled materials like newspapers, plastic bags, etc. Kids got crazy creative and Olivia won 1st place for her grade and 4th overall for the whole school. It was awesome! She was soooo excited to be acknowledged by all the big kids in her school!

International friends, amazing views... heaven.

International friends, amazing views… heaven. How’s this for lunch?

Even with all this said I still ADORE America and especially the people in it. I am completely torn. It gives me more of an insight of what my mom went through when she immigrated to the States.

When we don’t know what to do it’s important to stay open, keep breathing, keep letting go and being open to the messages that are being sent. I am vulnerable but I am happy and I know whatever happens I’m in love with my beautiful husband and children, and whatever we pick it will be perfect for the magical journey we are on!

CALL TO ACTION…

If you like this blog for goodness sakes hit the LIKE button and SHARE IT!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

IMG_2579ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL… 

√  COACHING: NOW IS THE TIME!!!! STOP EFFORTING and START LIVING! 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!!!

√  SPEAKING: I have spoken all over the world including the United States, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Canada and Portugal. When you ever hear of a conference or organization that needs a passionate speaker, please pass on my email maria@butterflymoms.coms.

√  INTERVIEW: 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. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! 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…

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A picnic with friends at a fabulous park. Now that’s a playdate!

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

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 1

IMG_2619KENTUCKY
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

IMG_2584MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

I love giving the kids cool creative surprises. Here is a simple one with spaghetti that helps them learn to spell.

I love giving the kids cool creative surprises. Here is a simple one with spaghetti that helps them learn to spell.

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

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

 

Ancient trees

Ancient trees

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 is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

 

IMG_2547USE YOUR VOICE…

I invite you add your comments below and leave your mark that will inspire others through your authenticity.

 

Do Boundaries REALLY Matter?

Me in Chicago as a guest on THE OPRAH SHOW. Oprah was in the background! :)

Me in Chicago as a guest on THE OPRAH SHOW. Oprah was in the background! 🙂

Dearest BFMs,

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TODAY…

Today is MAY 17 and it’s a VERY special day for several reasons:

*It’s the ButterflyMoms blog’s four year anniversary!!!

My VIP Badge which gave me the access to my dreams!  PRICELESS!

My VIP Badge which gave me the access to my dreams! PRICELESS!

*It’s the two year anniversary of being a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW!!!

My mom and I on my 1st birthday in Portugal.

My mom and me.

*It’s my Mama’s 76th birthday!!!

 

DO BOUNDARIES MATTER?…

Imagine that after an especially tough week one of your best friends  surprises you and says I’m taking you to your FAVORITE restaurant anywhere in the world! You pack your bags and head to the airport! Arrangements for your children have already been made so you are all covered there too. There is a beautiful limousine to pick you up and drop you off at the airport. You have a wonderful time on the plane catching up with your friend and feeling like a queen after the on-flight massage, pedicure and manicure (hey, we can all dream, right 🙂

When you land a limousine is waiting for you and your friend. It whisks you to your favorite restaurant. It’s the kind of place that has 8 courses of the most scrumptious food anyone has EVER tasted. Just reading the menu makes your mouth water. Take a moment to think of your FAVORITE foods. They have ALL of them, exactly like you like them! You and your friend order. As the servers begin bringing in the wonderful dishes you take each one and stick it in the blender in front of you. As soon as every dish is regally delivered to you, you turn on the blender and let it do its thing.  Drink up, right?

WHAT?!!!! WAIT!!!! If someone gifted you with this experience is that how you would want to eat this fabulous banquet? NO???? Then why would you do it with the way you life your life? When we live a life without boundaries that is exactly what we are doing. Even if each piece is perfect, without limits and boundaries it becomes basically GUNK!

Ask yourself if you are living a GUNKY life! If the answer is yes then take your first step and acknowledge it. Being “mind-full” is paramount. Just like if you’ve ever meditated (or tried to ;), it’s all about GENTLY bringing your attention BACK TO AWARENESS. AWARENESS is your gate-keeper. It is built into you. It’s is one of the gifts you get when you are born. Those who use it have a much “fun-er-er” time on this planet! Don’t miss out on the fun! How are you feeling right now? Sit with whatever feelings come up. Never judge. Just feel. Just be. Wherever you are is exactly where you need to be. You are safe. Feel and let go. Feelings come from somewhere, bottling up or ignoring those feeling cause the death of your soul. Chew on that! 😉 (Pun intended!)

CALL TO ACTION…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

One of The Oprah Show's make-up artists Robert. He is FANTASTIC and phenomenal at what he does! WOW!

One of The Oprah Show’s make-up artists Robert. He is FANTASTIC and phenomenal at what he does! WOW!

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

√  COACHING: 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!!!

√  INTERVIEW: 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

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! 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…

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

Front Row Seating to Oprah in an Audience of 13,0000!!!

Front Row Seating to Oprah in an Audience of 13,0000!!!

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 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
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

Maria in front of Oprah studiosBOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

 

Me and the Oprah Show camera crew who came to our house in Holliston

Me and the Oprah Show camera crew who came to our house in Holliston

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 is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

AMERICA IS GROWING HEROES

Magnificent ButterflyMoms,

Sidenote: The book is coming along beautifully! THANK YOU to those who have been asking! It is incredibly powerful and fun to write. I cannot wait to share it with you when it’s done!

So this week I’ve been riveted by the happenings around Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who held three young women as sex slaves and a child. The entire week I fluctuated between emotional waves of everything from anger to gratitude. As I’m tuned into writing my book, I’m sensing a more focused shift on love in how I see the world. Even so, there were times, however, when I after hearing more of what Ariel had done that I got so damn pissed that love was very distant from where I was vibrating! In that abyss of the negative thinking, I did the hardest thing I could in that moment, I stepped out of the mob mentality zone of “lets string ‘em up and kill him” and simply sent him love. YUP! I did. I sent love to this man most everyone, including him, hates. It felt very weird at first, but then it felt magnificent.

Charles RamseyNow let’s talk about an authentic hero. When we think about heroes we have a certain image in our minds that may even include a cape… or at the very least bulging muscles, but Charles Ramsey blew all of that out of the water! Charles is the man who heard Amanda Barry screaming for help and helped her kick open the bottom part of the door for her and her six year old daughter to escape. If you have not seen Charles’ interviews you really should. He is the poster child for authenticity. He did not try to do anything but be himself. One of the most powerful things he said was he knew something was wrong when a pretty white girl runs into the arms of a black man she does not know. This kind of real speak is refreshing to me. I love him too because he blew up the stereotype of what a hero looks like! People can relate to Charles because you could tell he was speaking from his heart! AWESOME!

What Does 9-11 Have To Do With It?

Now all this got me thinking. For a black man in a street that everyone basically keeps to themself to “get involved”, especially with a white woman who is asking for help (and especially since at first he thought it was a domestic abuse issue), is something that almost never happens because quite honestly some people don’t want to put them selves in harms way… or at least that’s how it used to be.

ap_boston_bombing_inset_nt_130421_wgGo back a few weeks where at the Boston Marathon bombings we had three people instantly die and almost 200 injured. This was not the I-scratched-my-leg-injured. It  was the I-blew-my-leg-off-injured, yet not one more person died. Think about that! Out of all those injured and with the gravity of the injuries, not one more person died… and I know why!

It all has to do with a “little” event, we Americans like to call “9-11”, that drastically altered the way we see the world and our place in it. As soon as the second plane hit the towers people started calling their loved ones. The calls that the people on the third plane got changed our American way of thinking forever because even though they died, the passengers fought back, and in doing so created a massive shift in consciousness for our people.

september-9-11-attacks-anniversary-ground-zero-world-trade-center-pentagon-flight-93-second-airplane-wtc_39997_600x450Before 9-11, when there was a hi-jacking, the general way people acted was to be submissive and follow the orders until negotiations were done. Most times hostages would be released. 9-11 changed all that! I flew 10 days after 9-11. It was a pretty eerie feeling walking around the vacant airports with everyone on high alert. At one point while we were waiting at the gate to board, someone said out loud that if anyone was even thinking about doing anything that we would beat the shit out of them. Everyone was pretty much on board for that.

Something had shifted and from that point things were different. Below are just a few examples of catastrophic events and how heroes stepped forward to make a difference, even if it cost them their lives…

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating storms in US history. The damage hit some of our poorest Americans who had no money to rebuild. The US government and insurance companies abandoned many of the very people who needed the most help. Some people did have insurance money but contractors who had promised to do the work stole it. That is a story you hear over and over again so it was nice to hear that other contractors would simply pack their trucks full of supplies and go down to help as much as they could, and continue doing it year after year! We went down to New Orleans with our fabulous Unitarian Universalist Church after my daughter Sophia died, to help an elderly woman rebuild her home. Even though it was two years after the storm, the devastation was still immense! What struck me the most about the whole Hurricane Katrina experience is that the number of every day people, strangers, churches, groups still go down to help rebuild. They don’t get any medals or awards, or even recognition for what they do. Many have been going down every year since it happened, sometimes twice a year, to help rebuild one family at a time. Knowing this feeds my soul with such love! LOVE STRONG!

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane 2012 season as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. At least 285 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries. The severe and widespread damage the storm caused in the United States, as well as its unusual merge with a frontal system, resulted in the nicknaming of the hurricane “Superstorm Sandy”. During the storm, parts of NYC were left with no electricity. There were hundreds of stories of people offering food, letting people re-charge their phones and even offering shelter. There were tons of heroes who emerged from this natural disaster, many whom we will never know about but they got their intuitive hit to serve and they answered it. Little or big, it all matters… all of it matters!

Heroes at Sandy Hook Elementary

The level of violence perpetrated on such young children ripped our hearts out. Even so there are countless examples of human beings working together for the common good. Many of these amazing women sacrificed their lives to safe others. They are true heroes of the heart. They are warriors of love in my book. Here is a small description of just a few of them.

*At the shootings at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, Principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach, lead teacher Natalie Hammond were in a meeting when they heard gunshots. Instead of hiding, these heroes rushed to the source of the sounds, and encountered and confronted the shooter. The three brave women called out “Shooter! Stay put!” which alerted their colleagues to the danger and saved their lives.Two of the women died and the other was shot several times.

*The beautiful Victoria Leigh Soto, a first grade teacher hid her children and managed to save 11 of her children. She put herself between her students and the shooter, who then fatally shot her. Six surviving children from Soto’s class and a school bus driver took refuge at a nearby home. Police found the five children she hid in the closet unharmed thanks to her bravery when they entered the classroom.

*Beautiful Anne Marie Murphy, a teacher’s aide who worked with special-needs students, shielded six-year-old beautiful Dylan Hockley with her body, trying to protect him from the bullets that killed them both.

*Teacher’s aide Rachel D’Avino, who had been employed for a week at the school to work with a special-needs student, also died trying to protect her students.

*School nurse Sally Cox, 60, hid under a desk in her office. She and the school secretary Barbara Halstead called 9-1-1 and hid in a first-aid supply closet for up to four hours.

*Custodian Rick Thorne ran through hallways, alerting classrooms.

*Other teachers, parents and even strangers helped lead children to safely. If these brave heroes had not acted, many more magnificent children and adults could have died.

boston-bombing-adrianne-haslet-davis-running-dancing-marathon-amputee-foot-loss__oPtTHE WHY

Earlier I asked why more people did not die at the Boston Marathon even though there were almost 200 very injured people. The reason is that AMERICANS are now trained to be heroes. Being a hero has entered the national psyche and is common to see heroic acts only a daily basis. We are shifting out of our by-stander mentality and into the hero mentality. When the bombs went off, every day people ran towards the injured, not away to save their own lives. The fact that these common, every day people, stepped up to the plate immediately, saved many, many more lives.

Charles-Ramsey-Caricature-Cleveland-Hero-Bearman-CartoonsWatching Charles Ramsey’s interviews helped me piece this all together. He was just a simple, every day guy, eating his burger on his day off… until he was abruptly called to serve. In America, you will see more and more examples of people answering the call to do exactly that, to serve.

When 9-11 happened people wanted to DO SOMETHING to help. Instead we were told to just go shopping. That did not sit well with us and we, Americans, of all economic levels, shapes, ages, colors and sizes are starting to really get the hang of this hero “thang”! I hope that as you read this that you are inspired to be hero to someone. Remember sometimes the best way to be a hero is to simply show up for others. It’s not always about jumping into a burning building, sometimes it’s watching someone’s kids who really needs a break or anonymously mowing someone’s lawn. So I ask you… How will you serve? Where will you put your drop of love today?

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

CALL TO ACTION…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

Charles-RamseyELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL TO START 2013 OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!… 

√  COACHING: 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!!!

√  INTERVIEW: 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

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! 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…

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

ILLINOIS

charles-ramsey-1-600Lake Forrest 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
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

To buy your copy Click now… 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. Maria is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Good News…The Contractions Have Started!!!!

My good friend Eileen and I in Lisboa with some cool street art!

My good friend Eileen and I in Lisboa with some cool street art!

writingMagnificent ButterflyMoms,

I’m very happy to report that things with the book are flowing as smooth as silk. I’m very happy with the progress I’m making and have the complete intention that it will be done on May 17. Why May 17? Well, it’s my mom’s birthday and it’s also the two year anniversary that we taped the Oprah Show episode I was a guest on!

As I am birthing the book I’m getting incredible downloads that I’ve started sharing with my coaching clients, not in a forced way at all. It just keeps happening that whatever I was writing about that morning, shows up in my client calls in the afternoon. It’s happened three times this week.

YOU ROCK!

YOU ROCK!

This week’s blog is a very simple one. It is simply to let you know that the contractions have started and the book is on its way. I have re-started writing this book four times, but am sooooooo glad I followed my instincts because it is one of the best tools I could give the world! I am so excited to share it with the world because I’m living my life’s purpose and it feels great!

Life coach 1CALL TO ACTION: If you want to be one of the first people to know when the book is coming out send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com with your name and I will make sure you get the information. SOOOO EXCITING!

FREE BONUS: In the meantime, as you read this, you are automatically becoming more aligned with your own dreams too. How very cool is that?!

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

LIFE_COACH_AELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL TO START 2013 OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!… 

√  COACHING: 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!!!

√  INTERVIEW: 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

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! 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…

HEY! I CO-AUTHORED A BOOK! ;) WOW!

HEY! I CO-AUTHORED A BOOK! 😉 WOW!

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

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 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
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

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

 

book 5WHAT 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 is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

To All YOU Mothers Out There… FANTASTIC FREE MOTHER’s DAY IDEA!

Corinne's beautiful mama Jean

Corinne’s beautiful mama Jean

Diane, Doug,  Denis and Debra's beautiful Mama June Schmidt. My beautiful mother-in-law!

Diane, Doug, Denise and Debra’s beautiful Mama June Schmidt. My beautiful mother-in-law!

This blog is dedicated to Corinne Kelleher’s mama beautiful Jean. Somehow I ended up with her magical blue coat and wear it proudly, always send her love! <3!

AND to my beautiful mother-in-law June whom we miss every single day. She knows I’m doing my best so that my girls, who never met their grandmother connect to the love she gave all of us. 🙂

Mother's day cool cartoonMagnificent ButterflyMoms,

Mother’s Day, one of my ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE holidays, is right around the corner! It’s filled with the delight of getting (and the delight of watching our kids give us) handmade Mother’s Day presents, cards and letters. Over the years, even the best de-clutterer moms are unable to throw out the precious letters and cards from her beloved children. The love in them is both timeless and priceless.

When I lived in magical San Francisco I worked with one of the best public relations people in the world, Stuart McFaul. It is rare to find someone who is good in the PR field, but who also has a heart as beautiful as his. It was obvious that he had a fantastical mama! 😉 This past week, fifteen years later and from six thousand miles away, I got a surprise call from Stuart letting me know about a project he really cared about. I instantly knew I had to share his mother’s act of un-dying gift of love with you, because it’s absolutely perfect for Mothers’ day!

2006 Christmas Cruise with the Family , Stuart and his mom

2006 Christmas Cruise with the Family , Stuart and his mom

Stuart told me that his magnificent mother June, had recently died. He and his sister spent the last few, precious days with their beloved mama. Her end was something that he calls absolutely beautiful because it was a celebration of her life and gave them a chance to peacefully accompany her out of this lifetime. After her death, they were surprised to find a letter she had written to them days before her death. The magnificent letter begins like this,

“Dear Mary Anne and Stuart,
As your mother, I wanted to leave you this message. I love both of you and have always loved you. I have tried to show you this love by words and actions, but I’m afraid many times I’ve fallen short. I’ve tried to give you my time, fun and laughter. I’ve tried to give you a safe and protective home (sometimes overly so, I’m afraid… (to read the entire letter check out the link at the end of this blog.)

The Stuart Family at Stuart and Nick's wedding

The McFaul Family at Stuart and Nick’s wedding

WHAT STUART WROTE TO ME AFTER OUR CALL WHEN I ASKED HIM FOR MORE DETAILS…

”After my mom passed… then her funeral passed… I was still left with the feeling that things were incomplete. Had I honored her, honored her memory properly? Then I just flashed on it: the letter she left was a legacy – not just for us – but for others as well. So I spoke with my sister and we agreed that I would build MyMomento.org as a way to “play it forward” for my mom. Now, she can live on in the way her words can inspire others, just as they have inspired us. Here’s the press release I plan to release next week. XO – AND THANK YOU!

Inspired By A Mother’s Final Words, MyMomento.org Allows You to Share Your Own Mother’s Lasting Legacy

APRIL 29, 2013 — SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Launching today in time for Mother’s Day, MyMomento.org, a site inspired by a loving letter a mother left for her children, allows you to share the special “momento” left to you by your mother. Riffing on the word “memento,” a moment is a special memory, lesson or legacy that you inspires your life.

In the case of the site founders Stuart McFaul and Mary Anne McFaul Lothrop, it was a letter they found two days after their mother June died at age 93. The letter, which June had written just a few weeks before she died, was a deeply-felt message of humble and abiding love of a mother for her two adopted children. You can read the letter here.

“We had no idea she had written this, but – as our final legacy – it’s the single best gift we have ever received,” said Stuart. “It’s an inspiring memento that moves us to be better, more loving people as we go through our own lives.”

In honor of June and other loving mothers, Stuart and Mary Anne created MyMomento.org as a place where others can share the legacies left by their mothers.

“Our mother left us a gift that we can never equal,” said Mary Anne. “MyMomento.org is just a way we can ‘play forward’ our mother’s love.”

To learn the complete story and to share your own “momento,” please visit www.MyMomento.org or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/MyMomento.org.

June McFaulJune’s letter is a gift not only to her children, but also to the rest of the world. Her act of love, thanks to her beautiful children is reverberating out into the world, increasing the amount of love in the world… and after all, isn’t that what Mother’s day celebrates?

CALL TO ACTION…

I invite you add to the love cycle that June started and that Stuart and Mary Anne have continued by forming www.mymomento.org! Share this blog with friends and let’s see how many likes on FACEBOOK and content we can get! This is a great way to honor our mothers!

Mother's powerHAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS As promised here is the rest of the letter from above. June’s letter to her “babies” http://www.mymomento.org/letter/

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√  COACHING: 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!!!

√  INTERVIEW: 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

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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. Maria is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Sending BOSTON LOVE BOMBS…

flag over Boston“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments, but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.”

– Joseph Addison **

Pray for BostonBeautiful ButterflyMoms,

The last four weeks have been quite INTENSE for me… my beautiful friend Aida (my age) unexpectedly died, the dollar took a huge drop in value so everything here got a lot more expensive, my mom was hospitalized for heart issues (yesterday)… and then, one we are all experiencing, all this “madness” with the Boston Marathon bombings and the incredible drama that is unfolding as authorities “hunt” for the people responsible.

Since I started doing energy work I’m a lot more sensitive and intuitive. Right now, I can FEEL people in Massachusetts SHUTTING DOWN to “protect” themselves. They are in the Land of Should, feeding their anger and sadness from what they are hearing on the news. Some of the things people say when they are feeding their heavy/sad/angry selves are statements like:

Boston - We are one Boston*People are so evil.

*You can’t trust anyone anymore.

*The world is getting crazy.

*What is wrong with people?

*The world is getting worse and worse.

Sound familiar to anyone? Do you ever hear yourself talk like this? I do! It is from all that conditioning from what has been the human status quo for a very long time. Statements like these above bring your vibration down to a denser level of existence. When you feed that low vibration thinking, you not only feel bad, but you attract more icky stuff into your life.

The people of Boston work together so well that when they were asked to stay off the streets they did.

The people of Boston work together so well that when they were asked to stay off the streets they did.

Near Fenway Park

Near Fenway Park – Same thing.

For those who don’t know what I mean, “vibrations” are like “channels”. How wisely you use your energy in each moment determines the quality of your life. A classic example is that if you wake up on the “wrong side of the bed” and don’t shift your “channel”, your day will continue with lots of icky, low energy things happening to you. Some people get so stuck in that pattern that if they are not careful the whole blueprint of their whole life will follow this pattern.

Sophia on her birthday!!!

Sophia on her birthday!!!

Love and Purpose not fear and woundsWhen an icky event happens, negativity oftentimes becomes the norm. People who already live their lives in low energy levels love it because for that short time a lot more people are in that lower vibration with them. I will give you an example. Very soon after our baby girl Sophia died, Doug and I went to go volunteer in New Orleans to help rebuild. Something happened that I did not expect. It felt absolutely wonderful for me to be there because the energetic level of the city was GRIEF and so was mine! I really felt like I fit in because most of New Orleans, because of what they had lost was on the same energetic vibration as I was on. It helped me notice it and heal a lot faster because I was not fighting it, plus we were working together to rebuild the city so we were on many levels helping each other to move forward.

Thanks to Spc. Bigham and Spc. Anthony, currently serving in Afghanistan.

Thanks to Spc. Bigham and Spc. Anthony, currently serving in Afghanistan.

When those bombs went off at the Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day, the goal by the people who thought of this and set it up was to hurt others. So, their INTENTION WAS PAIN. In the past that might have been the case but what has happened in resent years has been that the American psyche has shifted a bit. I believe it started with 911. We realized that we can no longer just stand there and let others solve what is before us. An example is that when I was a kid and you heard of a plane getting hi-jacked no one fought the hi-jackers. They just waited for the demands to be met and then then be released. After 911 that all shifted. The rules were no longer the same. We got that it is in our hands and that what we do for others is paramount. The fact that people who finished the marathon, upon hearing what happened ran another 2 miles to General Hospital to donate blood is part of that incredible new collective though process.

Boston BatmanI don’t know about you, but hearing that makes me be a better person. The act of one person like that raises the water level for ALL our ships. I could not have been prouder of all the people whose collective love and dedication to total strangers turned this horrific PAIN BOMB, into a LOVE BOMB that is still reverberating all over the world… even the NEW YORK YANKEES are sending their love to Boston! WOW! Who would have thunk it?!

Times like these break us apart, or, bring us together. We, in the Boston area, never knew how close we were to each other, how much we love our city or how much others love us… until this happened.

We finish the race.Every situation, big or small, has both gifts and curses. EVERY SITUATION… Having kids, buying a house, being in a relationship, running… EVERY THING has a good and a bad…  What matters is what you are focusing on. The quality of your life is completely shaped by how you see the world. So in the midst of all this life “stuff” that keeps coming at us, check in and notice if you are noticing the curse or the gift.

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

Holding space today. Sending love and light to those in need…

the ones who have passed, the ones left behind, the ones who protect, the ones who are acting out. Remembering that it is not more rage and more killing that will bring us peace. Remembering that it is LOVE that ultimately heals all wounds. ♥ –Erica Silvestri, Massachusetts

Gandhi on humanityThe following poem is gift from WOMEN AS VISIONARIES founder, Lore Raymond, from Saint Petersburg, Florida.
“Dedicating this to our ONE FAMILY in Boston ♥” Lore, Florida

sunshine of my heart,
glistens,
in reverence-
for today.
yes,
I am alive another day.
rays of light,
beaming upon me-
yesterday, I now let go,
today's promise-
touches my morning,
with warm light-
spilling over me,
letting me see-
the gratitude of living.
no wrongs,
no rights,
darkness pierced by light.
sunshine of my heart,
let my day now start-
walking in the light of your presence.
By Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg

Keep wicked CalmWHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL TO START 2013 OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!… 

√  COACHING: 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!!!

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

HEY! I CO-AUTHORED A BOOK! ;) WOW!

This is the book I co-authored… Entrepreneurial Mom Extraordinaire

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! 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…

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness only the light can do thatMISSOURI
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The words you speak become your house.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 is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

**About Joseph Addison- English politician and writer Joseph Addison is remembered as a cofounder, along with his friend Richard Steele, of The Spectator, one of the first magazines to cover literature and manners. He was born on May 1, 1672 in Wiltshire. He spent four years traveling in Europe, studying politics and writing poetry, and became a Commissioner of Appeals on his return to England. His shyness made public office difficult. His most famous work is the play Cato, a tragedy about ancient Rome. He died on June 17, 1719.

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Simple “FORMULA” For Being HAPPY!!!!!

DSCN6552Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

Every guru in the world will tell you the secret to living a truly happy life is…. (drum roll)… to live in the moment. Ok, seems easy enough, but most of us find it almost impossible. We get so frustrated, in fact, that many of us start “doing” or “buying” a lot of other “stuff” so we can distract ourselves!

I’m in a phase where I SEE my life’s purpose. I KNOW what it is with every fiber of my body and it fills me with SUCH joy when I do this work of bridging people from the old ways of fear into the new ways of living from love! At the end of every coaching call or workshop I feel and see how powerful my work is and I am humbled by how very amazing it feels… to everyone!!!! This is simply what I was born to do!!!!!!! (Side note: Many people ask me, “How do you know it’s ‘right’ for you?” Well, how you know is that it feels good, the kind of feel good that leaves you fuller and lighter at the same time!)

DSCN6385To get to this point of knowing my calling (just got a flash from the first Matrix movie) there had to have been a lot of living in the moment because that is where ALL of your life’s juice is. Projecting into the future or living in the past are destructive tools of the ego and fear. They are draining and dangerous to your life’s light and cause a great “heaviness”. Those who lead incredible lives have learned to juice up by living in the present moment.

It is truly simple to live in the present moment if you don’t make it too complex or big. The challenge is that we start our day attached to our SHOULDs (what should/needs to get done today) and our TO DO LISTS. Here in Portugal, and in Europe, in general, people don’t live so much like that, yet they still get things done. The secret is that they live a lot more in the moment. They stop even for ten minutes, for example, and connect with their neighbors at their local café. In America, we tend to go to get our “fix”, not to connect. See the difference?

Living in the moment is really the most rewarding thing you can ever do because it’s like being on a vacation all the time. Think about it. Those people who go on vacation do so because they want to escape their lives. Just like those people who live for the weekend. I don’t know about you, but time is precious so being ok with hating most of your life is not how I want to live! When you live in the moment you begin to understand that you are in a dance with the universe, always getting valuable feedback that allows you to self-correct and live happy. We resonate best, live our best, happiest lives when we vibrate at this level. There is nothing more powerful than that.

Sometimes I'm soooo into the doing that I forget to do it with JOY so being HAPPY is my main goal of 2013. Many people think that is nuts but because it is so basic, many of us assume wrongly that we already are. I was one of those people.

Sometimes I’m soooo into the doing that I forget to do it with JOY so being HAPPY is my main goal of 2013. Many people think that is nuts but because it is so basic, many of us assume wrongly that we already are. I was one of those people.

Yesterday, I was writing my book and kept being interrupted by my adorable five year old, Isabella, whom I did not see as adorable at the time 😉 Instead of fighting it, I went with it. I surprised her by grabbing the colorful sticky notes in front of me and my magical big-girl pens. We started writing and drawing and giving her my FULL attention. She was in heaven. I was in heaven. We stuck notes on each other and had moments of long hugs and kisses as she sat on my lap, looking into my eyes and smiling. It was in those precious moments that I drank in her waning littleness and touched upon how quickly it all goes. It brought me so much joy that my heart almost burst out of my chest. Funny thing was that it did not last hours. It lasted the perfect amount of time and when it was done I had plenty of space (and inspiration) to write and Isabella was glowing with the fact her mommy had seen and loved her in a way that she felt completely loved and safe. Imagine that! Win-win!

The ugly truth is that I’ve been through phases in my life where I have resented my children. I am shocked by this even as I write it because I became a mom later in life and dreamed of having children for such a long time! The truth is that many parents hide this resentment on one level for fear of how it will look/sound, but in the meantime their ability to parent erodes. They begin hurting the very people they love the most. Let’s not judge, let’s acknowledge, know we are doing the best we can with what we have and move to a more PRESENT place. The simple fact is that when you are not taking care of yourself, which includes time JUST FOR YOU, you are unable to be a good parent, or have the happy life you see for yourself. That’s all there is to it!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

 

Doing more yoga. This time on the beach in Carcavelos with Mialotta and our doggie "Tejo"

Doing more yoga. This time on the beach in Carcavelos with Mialotta and our doggie “Tejo”

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL TO START 2013 OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!… 

√  COACHING: 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!!!

√  INTERVIEW: 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

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! 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…

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CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
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Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 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
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

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

 

DSCN2394WHAT 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 is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

 

 

 

CRAVING SUNSHINE !

WEATHER Storms 3Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

It has been a long winter for many. Spring seems to be taking its sweet time getting here. It’s already April but for many places it is still very rainy and cold. Lack of sunshine can wreak havoc on our energy levels. It is something subtle but if you were to check in you see that it really affects you on a very basic and deep level. No matter what all the sunscreen corporations want you to believe, we humans REALLY NEED to be in direct sunlight. It feels good to your whole being… body, mind and, yes, even your soul.

snowHere in Portugal, it’s been rather rainy lately. We here are a Mediterranean culture for which the sun is intimately woven in our lives. When there is a disruption to that relational flow of warmth, people really feel it here.

Portugal

Portugal at sunset with friends

Today, the sun was out and it was absolutely wonderful to see the amount of people, families, dogs, kids, bikes, kites, surfers, yogi’s… were out playing with nature today. Seems like too basic of a thing to notice but, for me, it was a lesson in gratitude all day long. I was so happy all day long because every time I stopped and took time to look at people’s faces, I would see the absolute joy radiating from their eyes. MAGICAL if you are on the “channel” to “feel” it!

portugal_vintage_travel_posterToday’s blog is as easy and simple as can be. The type of easy and simple that unlocks the life of your dreams.

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL TO START 2013 OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!… 

√  COACHING: 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!!!

√  INTERVIEW: 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

Buy the book and support two people's dreams! :)

Buy the book and support two people’s dreams! 🙂

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! 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…

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

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

Travel-Portugal-Fly-TWA-jetsMASSACHUSETTS
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
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

portugal sunny beachBOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

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

 

people_in_sunWHAT 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 is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

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