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Be FULL OF YOURSELF! … And Celebrating Sophia’s 11th BIRTHDAY

sophiaCoach Me Maria and Butterfly Moms Fans,

It has been a very long time since I’ve written a blog. Today is a very special occasion though because it would have been our Sophia’s 11th birthday. For the last ten years since her death she has been an absolute inspiration to me in so many ways. The biggest misunderstanding I see is that people think I don’t want to talk about her. At least for me, just because her body is gone does not mean the relationship is over. I am still Sophia’s mama. I still miss touching and holding her. That is where my heart breaks the most… not being able to see, hold, hear, touch and smell her.

Many of you know I’ve been working on my book for about ten years now and finally it is done, both with words and graphics, and is now being edited. Sophia has been my muse for the my life’s research that is contained in the book. The goal of the book is to reduce human suffering. Pain is a part of the human experience but suffering is not. I want to live as fully as I can, literally FULL OF MYSELF so I can access my own unique spiritual DNA. I want Sophia and my other children to be proud of their mama, like I am so very proud of mine.The book is soooo close to being done but my goal of having it done by today fell short and it broke my heart because I felt like I had failed to honor her.

At my Master Mind group this week I opened up and shared about this birthday and how sad I felt. It helped release some of blocked, heavy energy. That entire day I was present in what I was feeling in each moment. When I noticed a heaviness I created flow points from any end points I encountered.

Angel in the sky 4

Later that day I was walking with my beautiful daughter Olivia, who just turned the big ten, and our four doggies. I looked up into the sky and saw something I had never seen, a vertical rainbow! It was absolutely amazing so I started yelling at the people around us to look up. Everyone started looking up and “oohhhing” and “ahhhing”.

 

 

Angel in the sky 5 Rainbow

 

Then we noticed another rainbow that was also incredibly unusual because it was in the form of a circle! I had never seen a rainbow do that! I love, love, love rainbows so this was a special treat for me! I started feeling happier and more connected to Soph without the “ickie”, just the flow of love.

 

 

As Olivia and I walked up to the driveway of our house I looked up and noticed something in the clouds so amazing that I gasped as I dropped the dog leashes and bag of poop onto the cement. As clear as clear could be, I saw an angel. Usually clouds move and reshape into something else but not this one! This was a full on angel.

I took several photos because I thought people would never believe this so I’m including them here for you to see! Funny thing is when I look back at the rainbow photos I can see wings and an angel in those too! Look at the images yourself. Write below in the comment section what you see. I would really love to hear from you.

 

Angel in the sky over our house

Angel in the sky 3Angel in the skyAngel in the sky 1

I believe it was Sophia reaching out to me! She did something else that knocked our socks off last year too. I know we could be making all this up but our whole lives are made up. We make it all up as we go along!

I just wanted to share this post with you to remind you that the tough times a temporary. GO WITH THE FLOW has never been more important… just not someone else’s flow… your own unique, magnificent flow! My book will come out and when it does it will be at the perfect time for when it needs to! It’s all connected to divine timing.

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
🙂

PS It would mean the world to me for you to sing, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SOPHIA in whatever way inspires you.

sophiaHappy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday Dear Sophiaaaaaaaaaa-licious!
Happy Birthday to you!

And because in our house we sing Happy Birthday in AT LEAST two languages, here it is in Portuguese…
Parabéns a você,
Nesta data querida.
Muitas felicidades,
Muitos anos de vida.

Hoje é dia de festa,
Cantam as nossas almas.
Para a menina Sophiaaaaaa,
Uma salva de palmas.

It’s a magnificent way to send more love into the world!

 

BUTTERFLY MOMS’ FIRST EVER VIDEO BLOG EVER!

fearDearest Butterfly Moms,

Today is a very big day! For over four years I've written the ButterflyMoms blog EVERY FRIDAY no matter what! It's been an amazing developmental journey! The BUTTERFLY MOMS blog even attracted the attention of one of the most powerful women on the planet, OPRAH WINFREY, and I became one of the very last guests on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW… Today is a new era. I had to conquer my fears to grow it to the next level and here we are… We are switching from just the written blog to the video blog!

!!!!!dreams vs fearsThe very first topic is: FEAR

The question comes from Maria from West Hartford, Connecticut

QUESTION:”What is the block/fear I have with starting my new business? I have 8 years of school, am a natural, love it, peoplelove it, but I haven't turned on the website for my business yet, even though it's ready. How do I overcome this fear of success?

We all face fear every day. Many of us have become it's slave… We might not even realize it because most everyone around us has done the same thing. It is normal to be small, in in-authentic lives that we were trained to live because it's “good for us”.

Today's short video is a wonderful way to give yourself the gift of how to release the ickies fear causes and turn it all around so FEAR IS YOUR TOOL, instead of the other way around!

Here is the link…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY42aYcNjJ8

As always please leave your comments below! We love hearing fro you!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

LIVE YOUR DREAMS OUT LOUD!!!!! (not just in your head!) THE WORLD NEEDS YOU!

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/

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…

happy-mothers-day-jokes8BOOKS 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

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.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
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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!!!!!

Wiggle At Your Own Discretion….

Our guest speaker Paula Mark and her kids. SHE ROCKED THE HOUSE!!!

Good Morning Dearest Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

Here are this week’s important yet “wicked” fun ButterflyMoms updates…

*Just finished our 10th week in a row of ButterflyMoms workshops! WHEW WHO!!! This week had the beautiful Paula Mark of Holliston who runs Doe Hill Farm. Since we have been talking about the first three chakras she brought in the herbs that accompany them. We learned about infusions and concoctions and had a great time tasting and smelling them. It feels awesome! Next week we are doing something different. We’re continuing our 11th class again next Thursday, August 11th, 8pm.

Wait, there’s more…GREAT NEWS! For those for whom Thursday nights don’t work I’m going to teach ONE Wednesday night class on HOW TO MANIFEST WHAT YOU WANT from 7-9pm. See if this will work better for you. 🙂

Both workshops will be held at 783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE parking in back. Only $25 at the door or just $20 if you drop off a check or pay through Paypal… http://bit.ly/mS7c70 .   If you have been thinking about coming just do it…Come to feed your soul! You will be soooooooooooo happy you did!

*SAVE THE DATE. I’m thrilled to let you know that we are having our very first ButterflyMoms retreat!!!! This time in Vermont. Save the date on your calendar for the weekend of October 22, 2011! You probably want to take that Friday off so that you have even more time to yourself!!! 🙂 TALK ABOUT REJUVINATING YOUR SOUL!!! WOW! 🙂 More details to follow!

*For the 17thth week my computer and website issues are still a work in progress. My computer is now in the hands of the fifth computer guy, maybe the fifth time is the charm, eh? Please keep sharing the site to friends.

*No books sold this week. *To buy your very own personally autographed copy Click here now…http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

Now onto the ButterflyMoms blog…

Good Morning Beautiful ButterflyMoms!

We are experiencing the middle of summer and I’m personally sensing a SHIFT. Are you? I have taken enough classes, read enough books, seen enough soap operas (both real and on TV) 😉 and lived enough to know that TRUE happiness comes for being present in the moment. Not to be rude but I don’t really need a long-bearded “guru” to tell me that, but KNOWING and DOING are two different worlds. What I do need is gentle and sometimes not-so-gentle reminders of being in the moment, where all of LIFE’s JUICE is! And I, for one, ENVISION myself living life in a JUICY WAY! How about you?

YUP this is definitely me! 😉

This week after years of procrastinating, my husband Doug and I went to the Ashram in Millis, Massachusetts and took a yoga class there. Now I’ve been doing yoga for a very long time, longer than most on the east coast and whenever I CARVE out the time for it, I feel sooooooooo wonderful! I feel like I’m connecting to the fun part of me, the deeper more present part of me.

Now two nights before I had seen EAT, PRAY, LOVE (book is better but movie is good too) and I had that vision of her there in my mind. I like Julia Roberts’ energy so it was a reminder that yoga is fun and for me to CONNECT with that fun!

My yoga class was taught by the beautiful Victoria Haffer, the Ashram's director! She is sooo great at what she does!

Honor thy "toesies"... it should be one of the Commandments

So there I was at the Ashram in Millis in this STUNNING room. I was sitting in a pose with my knees bent in the position most of us call the BUTTERFLY…did not get that HIT until now, WOW! DUH! The Butterfly! Ahhhhhh….never a dull moment!

So in this position the soles of my feet are together and as I’m looking down I see my toes and especially the bottom of my toes…that started me thinking, no, not thinking more like wondering while I was OBSERVING my “toesies” (as my 3 year old Isabella would call them). For a few PRECIOUS MOMENTS I was completely mesmerized by them. They seemed to wiggle at their own discretion. They seemed really happy and childlike to me. I noticed I had never REALLY noticed them, especially the bottom of my “toesies”. I thought about all the thousands and thousands of miles they have helped me move from one place to another. REALLY take that in for a moment. I let myself feel what it would feel like if I had not had that ability. In those few precious moments I was in my own blissful world, being present and loving every moment.

Sometimes in a world full of people who are SLEEPING or going through life on AUTOMATIC PILOT, only something huge like drugs, sugar or Disneyland can bring some satisfaction but really THE SECRET is much closer than most of “the advertisers” would lead us to believe, just look down at your “beautiful” “toesies”, notice them, wiggle them, love them and thank them for all the happiness and adventure they have brought and continue to bring to your life….This is being in the present moment. This is the recipe for how joy and meaning gets invited into your life…I invite you to send out YOUR INVITATION every moment you see your BEAUTIFUL TOESIES!  :)!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS   HEY! I CO-AUTHORED A BOOK! WOW! 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 city/town/country on the list like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have! 🙂

UNITED STATES

California

Anaheim 1

Fullerton 1

Sacramento 1

San Bruno 1

Connecticut

Greenwich 1

Yalesville 1

Florida

Fort Lauderdale 1

Kentucky

Louisville 1

Maryland

Chestertown 1

Massachusetts

Ashland 2

Bolton 1

Holliston 12

Hudson 4

Medway 3

North Easton 1

Sherborn 1

South Grafton 1

Watertown 1

Worcester 3

Missouri

Lee’s Summit 1

New York

Scarsdale 1

Stony Brook 1

Ohio

Dublin 1

Rhode Island

Newport 1

Vermont

Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

AUSTRIA

Wien, Austria 2

IRELAND

Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY

Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN

Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SPAIN

Madrid 1

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Have a fabulous week!

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