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half the sky2Dearest ButterflyMoms,

When you sit down to read this blog you never know what is coming because the flavor is different each time. There are times when I sit down to write when I wish I could give you the power of ULTRA LASER FOCUS to drop away all the other distractions in your life and see directly from your heart… This is that post!

Today, is International Women’s Day. Being a “woman” is something that for most of us is something we completely take for granted. We simply don’t pay a lot of attention to this part of ourselves. How many days do you wake up and think about being a WOMAN? Might seem like an odd question but much of how you live your life is deeply based on how you perceive your gender. What you were taught, as well as what you rejected form how you let yourself be treated, what you are willing to accept and what you will reach out for!

Most of the people who read my blog are of a certain educational level. By that I mean that you at least need to be able to read (and in English) and have access to electricity and a computer. Most of the world’s women still don’t have the simple opportunity to even learn, to be safe, to not be cut, to own land, to have a voice. Those commercials of half-naked brown babies screaming in pain asking for us to sponsor them for the price of a cup of coffee have jaded us. Most of us change the channel. I know I do because I don’t connect to it.

Half the Sky_0At Christmas time we have all at one time or other sent or received cards that with PEACE ON EARTH printed over an idyllic holiday scene or pics of your ever-growing cute kids, but what do we do to create PEACE ON EARTH? There is no peace without safety, food, shelter first. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Well if a large number of the women of our planet do not have access to these three things our entire world is BROKEN. The deep pain and misery that reverberates from that brokenness is our world today.

Sure you feel it and it feels icky, but really “What does this have to do with you?” We are all one. We are all connected. No real peace can come to you when our entire planet is this type of crisis mode. THERE IS NO “THEM”! THERE IS ONLY “US” and “WE”. Our whole planet is energetically shifting and we can all feel it reverberating. If you are still trying to HOLD on to the old paradigm you are having a REALLY HARD time because those “rules” no longer fit emotionally, physically, psychologically or energetically.

half the skyA book that will absolutely change your world is HALF THE SKY. It is a book that will help you live a more authentic life! Do yourself a favor and give yourself the gift of watching the trailer….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRfDzznfEOU from there here are things things you can do even if you may have little money and or time but there are ways you can make a difference…

  1. WORK ON YOU – the best way to make the world a better place is to start working on yourself. Now some will say that we are already perfect and there is nothing to work on and that is true, except that we take that perfection and add shit to it that adulterates (hey, do you like me dropping in my 6th grade vocabulary word, eh? Mrs. Grambolini would be proud! 😉 our life’s joy. Joy is a current that never stops in our life, we just drop SHOULD boulders on it and cut off our happiness.
  2. HELP THE “CONVERSATION” GO VIRAL – If you can see the entire movie. If you can’t just share the clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRfDzznfEOU on all your social media sites. Share this blog and help get the word out. Call one good friend that you have been meaning to call anyway, grab a tea and even from your different locations watch it together wherever you both are. Talk about it, which leads me to #3…
  3. PLAY WITH IT (BIRTH CHANGE) INTO THE WORLD – Pick one action item to accomplish or organization to support. Energetically you will rejuvenate your whole life! It can be something easy. It just has to feel really good to you!

halfI part with this beautiful song sent to me by a woman, Kate Lamontagne who does an incredible job at building community in a little, beautiful New England town in Holliston, Massachusetts in the United States of America. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Dnq2QeCvwpw#!

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS FOR THOSE WHO CAN HANDLE SOMETHING EXTRA SPECIAL, check this out… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGsVrawY5j0 :)!!!!

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…

 

half the sky 4BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

half-the-sky-2FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

half the sky 3MASSACHUSETTS
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

half the sky 6MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

halftheskybig1.jpg.scaled1000RHODE ISLAND
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

facts don't cease bcz they are ignoredBOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

HalfTheSkyPORTUGAL
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

 

half the sky 1WHAT 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!!!!!

Let me ask you a personal question…DO YOU PUT OUT?

My published article in the fabulous INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN PORTUGAL publication!

My published article in the fabulous INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN PORTUGAL publication!

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

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First some rockin’ news! I AM SOOOO EXCITED! Yesterday I found out that I just got an article [“Your (quick and easy) Guide to Energy Therapies] published in “A JANELA”, the International Women In Portugal’s (IWP) global newsletter, Spring Edition! It is read by an international group of the most amazing women, not only in Europe but also in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, etc. I’m honored! It deeply fills my heart with so much joy to share energy work with people! I love getting chances like this one to live my life’s purpose of IGNITING PEOPLE’s SOULS! I’m giddy with joy!!!! Now onto this week’s ButterflyMoms blog… THANK YOU for popping in! <3!

 

We are more than halfway done with our year in Portugal and it is a very bittersweet time. There have been times in my life where I wish I could stop the clock and luxuriate in that very moment in time. Wishing for such things only wastes time but I cannot seem to help myself. The answers will come. They always do, meanwhile it’s good to stay as open as I know how. There are MANY ways to stay open. One of my favorites is in the middle of lots of ICKY thoughts simply sit back and from that “bubble of ickiness” and start looking at the world looking for beauty. Literally ask yourself the question, “Where is something beautiful in this room?” Energetically that shifts you from LEAKING energy back to filling your “container” with pure love energy. Another way of filling up your energetic container is through YOGA!!!!!!

 

Doug and Maria on the beach doing yoga in Carcavelos with a German yoga teacher! :)

Doug and Maria on the beach doing yoga in Carcavelos with a German yoga teacher! 🙂

Although I first started doing yoga back in the 1900’s ;), I have recently started doing yoga on a more regular basis again. Today, I was searching on YouTube for yogic music, which creates the atmosphere I love when I don’t have a teacher there to guide me. I came across this breath-giving video clip of one of my very favorite artists, MC Yogi, who I first heard about when I was in energy medicine school. Give yourself a FREE treat for your eyes, ears and soul… http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K_74_qL8ErE#!

 

In one of his songs MC Yogi asks a question about LOVE, but not as MUSHY, KISS-KISS, SHACK-UP, GET-MARRIED way (which is from an emptiness desperately looking to be filled) but from a HOW DO YOU SERVE THE WORLD way (which is from a how to you give out into the world and that giving fills you – regardless if it is returned or not).

It is another form of the question that America’s beloved and controversial 35th president John F. Kennedy asked, “My Fellow Americans ask not what your country can do for you — ask what can you do for your country.” But then, he went on to a lesser known line, “My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” Here is the clip to help you feel what you are reading… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLdA1ikkoEc

OMG! JFK was having a zen moment, well as “zen” as you could in the early 60’s! Sure it was sexist and American-centric but he was speaking at the highest level that he and the mainstream culture around him could handle. He was also speaking about LOVE! President Kennedy was calling the citizens of the world to unite!

 

I understand there were other political factors/layers going on at the time, but I can clearly see there something hit our cultural psyche for this quote to have survived and to still be recognizable over 50 years later. Especially in the American culture where history and geography are our some of our weakest subjects.  There is something energetically compelling there…

… and it started me thinking!

 

So you combine MC Yogi’s short video clip and that of President Kennedy and you have today’s ButterflyMoms assignment for you… It is simple, just a 27-step Assignment…(BAH HAH HA!) Just kidding! It is just a small question…

 

The divine Miss Olivia! :)

The divine Miss Olivia! 🙂

Ask yourself,

How much love

can I put out

into the world

in this moment?

 

Write it down so you can read it to yourself over and over. Post it in your car, wallet, office, toilet paper holder, fridge, sink, night stand. Use it on your kids. Use it in traffic (you know who you are! 😉 Use it with your family. Use it at work. Use it when looking for work. Use it when you are paying your bills. Use it when you are kissing someone. Use it when you are grocery shopping. Use it when you are about to eat. Use it when you are about to cheat on yourself. Use it when you are about to drink. Use it when you are about to do something you dislike. Use it when you are about to do something you love. Use it when you are mad or disappointed at someone. USE IT ALL UP!

 

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

 

 

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

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

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…

 

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

 

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

 

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

 

Asking how I can give out even more love!!!!!

Asking how I can give out even more love!!!!!

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

 

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

 

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 1

 

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

 

MAINE
Biddeford 1

 

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

 

DSCN4798MASSACHUSETTS
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

 

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

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

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

 

DSCN4752SPAIN
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!!!!!

 

Is It Too Late For You?

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At Lisbon Airport saying good-bye to Vovo (“granny” in Portuguese)

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Successful people, just like successful businesses, know EXACTLY who they are, who they serve and what their goals are. Without knowing these things a lot of time gets spent trying to figure out which fire to put out and simply re-inventing the wheel. In other words there is a lot of constant chaos. As many of us know it is completely exhausting to live this way!

If we don’t know what we stand for, we spend our whole lives sitting and waiting for the “right ___________” (fill in the blank)

a) time   b) opportunity  c) job  d) mate  e) sign  f) qualifications   g) person   h) amount of money.

On my list is to spend more time with the people who make my heart sing and feed my soul! :)

On my list is to spend more time with the people who make my heart sing and feed my soul! 🙂

We are all guilty of this at some point in our lives. It is a fabulous way to increase the pain in your life, if you are into that! So if you are into that keep on truckin’! If you want “better”, and chances are that if you are reading this you do indeed want better, here is a way you can do “better”…

Part of what I like to do, regardless if you are my coaching client or not, is to ignite your soul! Next week is already March and if you have not yet done your life design for 2013 here is your second chance. It’s easier than you think. In order for you to stop chasing your tail, and start living your life from total alignment, take a precious few minutes and answer the following five simple questions…

 

*  WHAT TRULY FEEDS YOUR SOUL? 

 

*  WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN? 

 

*  WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH? 

 

*  WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GIVE? 

 

*  WHAT DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE?

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Isabella drew this at age 4 here in Portugal. Artists run in her dad’s side of the family. Her grandfather, Herb, was the head of the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in NY. He did the King Tut exhibit! :)!

Answer them right now because this blog self-destructs for you in 30 minutes from when you first read it. (Ok, it really doesn’t but if you act like it will, the sense of urgency will override any of life’s dangly-annoying-get-you-nowhere to do’s. So just do it within 30 minutes).

Use markers, pretty pens, fun paper and have a blast writing your unique answers. Please don’t filter because that crushes your creativity, just write whatever comes and then go back and give your answers a little shape. Once you have your top answers, find a fun way to put them into your calendar. Start the little steps that will get you to the life you dream… it does not happen any other way. Whatever you focus on you will get more of. Full stop (as the Brits say)!

Biking and moving my body more with my kids are also on my list for 2013!

Biking and moving my body more with my kids are also on my list for 2013! This is what January looks like in Portugal! NICE!!!!!!

The end of 2013 is going to come any way. It will either come with you having done this or with you not. Which life would you prefer? Don’t tell me… just go out and live it! We will know what you chose by looking at your life! 🙂

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

Here I am accomplishing the goal of taking better car of myself. This time by cutting 8 inches of my hair off! I am learning how to have fun playing  with new hairstyles! :)

Here I am accomplishing the goal of taking better care of myself. This time by cutting 8 inches of my hair off! I am learning how to have fun playing with new hairstyles! 🙂

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…

 

Sunny day on the "other side" of the Atlantic Ocean! I have an increasing amount of loves on either side!!!

Sunny day on the “other side” of the Atlantic Ocean! I have an increasing amount of loves on either side!!!

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

The girls also had a goal of getting a new doggie after we rescued our first, so now we have rescued two doggies! :)

The girls also had a goal of getting a new doggie after we rescued our first, so now we have rescued two doggies! 🙂

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

Eating more LIVING foods like veggies, nuts and fruits is also on my list for 2013! Such amazing options if you only ask!

Eating more LIVING foods like veggies, nuts and fruits is also on my list for 2013! Such amazing options if you only ask!

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

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

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

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

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.

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

 

Watch out these animals bite!!!!!! ROAR!!!!!

Watch out these animals bite!!!!!! ROAR!!!!!

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!!!!!

WHEN PEOPLE ARE MEAN TO YOU…

IMG_0560Eileen, Maria and Little Red Riding HoodDearest ButterflyMoms,

Thank you for coming into the ButterflyMoms blog and feeding your soul! GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE! I’ve been hitting a few bumps these last few weeks and during the last three days I’ve noticed some serious ones that have caused me to question how EXPOSED I am in the world.

You see, from my parents I learned to STAND UP for those who cannot stand up for themselves and for the things that are important to me. That seems like a slam dunk, but oftentimes it is not. In general, others in our society want to keep us small, and this week I realized why many people do play it small.

It can be heart-breaking when you speak from your heart, yet someone still feels threatened and attacks. This week that came from someone I was building a professional relationship with. I posted something on Facebook that was not to this person’s liking and received severe accusations of my character and intentions, and an immediate end to our relationship.

Doug, Maria with Mame in her kitchenToday at the grocery store, one of the registers opened up so I wheeled up to it. There was a woman behind me who angrily huffed and went to a smaller line. While in line I saw a man looking around to see if anyone was looking and then dumped a dirty tissue on the floor. I called him on it. The lady next to him immediately attacked me because she said I had cut her in line and used this opportunity of the tissue to side with him and slam me. I tried to apologize to calm her down and explain my intention, but she was late for work and it became obvious that someone had to pay.  (A funny cultural side note, All three of us were speaking in really high voices and our arms animatedly moving about. That is pretty normal for a situation like this in Portugal, but if this were in America people watching this would have thought we were going to fight! Thinking about this now makes me giggle. Gotta love cultural differences!)

All these events stuffs can easily bring me into POOR ME mode. From a very early age I just wanted people to like me. I thought I had nipped that in the bud but this week I was proven wrong. I go over these events over and over and ask what the message is. Was I a jerk? Was I appropriate?

As for the colleague, in the first story I mentioned, I believe I simply stood up for something that is not popular but that I believe in my heart needs to stood up for. The fact that it makes her feel uncomfortable that people even bring up the subject is not mine to own. Know what is your shit and what is not. This is not my shit, but when the second incident happened today I had to ask why I am attracting this ICKY channel shit. It does not feel good and makes me want to run out of the store crying.

IMG_1798In the second situation I can see that I was putting my SHOULDs on someone else on one level because I was telling the man he should not drop his dirty tissue. That comes from the part of me that believes that we are all accountable to each other and our earth. Dropping a tissue is not something that fits the greater good. This one I am conflicted on. That is MY belief and obviously not his. Do I really have a right to say, “DON’T DO THAT BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE POLLUTING?”

The last one of the lady in line I am not conflicted on because it is clear that it’s her stuff. I was in front of her when they opened the new line. I understand that she was just frustrated with the long lines when she was late for work, and took it out on me. I sent love and blessings for all three of those people, especially the lady who was late for work. It is an act of forgiveness, which Oprah Winfrey defines at letting go of the idea that the past will be different. These things happened and I am letting them go.

When I went on Facebook today I noticed that my favorite quote is on my main page, “Other people’s opinions of me are none of my business.” I see that this is a lesson that is coming up for me. These three people and incidents, even though they felt really ICKY are all gifts. They are all reminders to protect my energy and not let other people’s reactions affect my mood or well-being.

I invite you to notice the people in your life who you are trying to please when it is their issue, not yours. Break that energy drain and feel how good it feels!

We need our energy to accomplish our life’s mission. It begins right now! I send you much love in letting go.

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

√  REIKI 1 WORKSHOP: I’m teaching Reiki 1 in Cascais, Portugal (Feb 16 & Feb 23 10:00-2:30). Cost is only €130, includes materials, Reiki 1 certification and attunement. Class size limited and will fill up very quickly so if interested email me at maria@butterflymoms.com.de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here…http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4. See you there!!!!! Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

 

√  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…

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

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

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

 

My cousin Cristina and my girls... ;)

My cousin Cristina and my girls… 😉

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!!!!!

THE UGLY SIDE OF HOLLISTON…. A Call to Bring Out the LOVE!

 Dearest ButterflyMoms,

 

Although I’m writing this from Portugal, we live in Holliston, Massachusetts. It is one of the most idyllic little New England towns you can imagine! There are many wonderful things about Holliston, but the two worst things are lack of a septic system and town gossip… ultimately, they are the same thing because they are both about shit!

 

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When we first opened the space we combined our businesses in the same space. Our dry cleaners is now called GREEN CLEANERS and is the only earth-friendly in town. This was about four years ago when we opened our doors in the heart of downtown Holliston!

When we first opened the space we combined our businesses in the same space. Our dry cleaners is now called GREEN CLEANERS and is the only earth-friendly in town. This was about four years ago when we opened our doors in the heart of downtown Holliston!

Brick House Realty's frontFor years, many have commented to me about how much they dislike how gossipy and cliquey Holliston’s mommy’s groups can be. I had the same experience. I have also found this in the world of real estate. From the time I started BRICK HOUSE REALTY, a family-owned company, some of those in big-named real estate firms have made up lies and gone after our clients behind our backs. It is brutal because some people believe them and we have lost deals because of it. This is not a game to us. This is how we feed our children! Plus, they are not even telling the truth, they make stuff up! Sadly, we have seen this over and over again in our last 10 years in real estate in Holliston.

 

The solution for me in both the mommy group situation and in the real estate world, was that I turned more to one-on-one relationships, largely not buying into the negativity. With this philosophy we have steadily grown each and every year and a business that started in our closet just finished another record-breaking year! So on that level we have been successful but in doing the stiff upper lip thing, there was still lots of sadness in all this for me. The whole talking about others is wrapped with layers of ickiness and is what tears communities apart. Really, it is just another form of bullying. A few gang up on whoever they deem as an “outsider” in order to feel superior. Bully starts in schools and continues into adulthood.

 

A little background for those who don’t know…I’m living one of my dreams this year. I am spending a year in Portugal with three of our children while Doug is home with our son Christopher, as it is his last year of high school. This is an adventure of a lifetime for our three youngest. They are living and going to school in Europe as children! It is a wonderful adventure with many ups and downs that I often share here on the ButterflyMoms blog every Friday. Doug just left last week after spending a whole month here. It was his second trip to visit us since we’ve been here.

 

Well, yesterday I was talking to my husband Dougie Fresh 😉 and he mentioned that he had run into someone who was acting a bit distant. As they started talking, Doug told him about having been in Portugal with us a month and how our kids were having the time of their lives. The man bent down and started laughing with relieve. The reason he was so standoffish at the beginning was he felt bad for Doug and did not know how to talk to him. Why you may ask did he feel bad for Doug? Well, his wife had been in a Holliston store where the people in there were all hanging out talking about what a lowlife I was to have left Doug suddenly and run away to Italy with “his” kids against the Doug’s and the children’s wishes.

 

Doug and Maria in Cascais 2012

Our Portuguese Christmas tree...

Our Portuguese Christmas tree…

My first reaction was of disbelief, then the anger and hurt crept in. I went to my Facebook page and posted the following: “OK, I don’t usually go “there” but I am so going there! I found out today that the rumor mill in Holliston has been spewing out an ugly rumor that I have run away from my husband to Italy and “stolen” our girls! They talked about how much of a lowlife I am to do that to Douglas Schmidt and our girls! WTF!!!!!!!! Do people have such low energy that they have to make up total shit about others and then dish it out over and over?!…. Please know that from an energetic point of view gossiping and judging others is the fastest way to lower your vibration, thus giving you a shitty life! If you are jealous of what I’m doing go follow your own dreams!!!!!”

 

In my mind, here I am living my dreams and giving my kids one of the biggest gifts I can think of, and some people who don’t even know me, or my family, are out there saying really nasty untruths. It hit a big nerve for me but it was obvious that it also hit a nerve for many others. The response from people was incredible, 200 comments or LIKES with lots of advice and humor. It felt good to read them, but there was still “something” still not in its place, something “icky”. In general, when people feel ICKY about something, we ignore it. When Sophia died we experienced a lot of this because people did not know what to say so they just avoided us or the topic. This is an unconscious way to react when humans feel uncomfortable.

 

Many people’s advice when someone is gossiping or judging is for us to “take the high road”. Well, there are two types of high roads. There is the one where you bury it and pretend things did not bother you, as you pretend to move on. This is the one most people take. It is like taking an energetic mortgage out and paying it in secret (subconsciously) for however long you choose to hold on to it (forgive).

 

Stunning city of Lisboa!!!!!

Stunning city of Lisboa!!!!!

The other “taking the high road” option is to move your perspective from “what have they done to me & why have they done it”, which is the micro (small) and move it into the macro (big) viewpoint. From the bigger vantage point anger dissipates because the new perspective allows us to understand that others who are participating in judgmental or gossipy behavior are energetically depleted. Allow me to explain…

 

DSCN5373Every morning you wake up you are given $100/100€ and what you think about either causes you to receive more energy or give up what you have stored. If we are not tuned into our life’s mission, we start burning energy like crazy, because we are not in alignment. Being in alignment is the same thing as being “in the zone”. Everything is going on effortlessly. When people are doing what they “should” be instead of what they know in their hearts they want to do, they become depleted. When they have no more “energy” they start stealing it from others. This is why “energy vampires” exist. They are simply people who don’t realize why they are doing it but they find themselves needing to yell at, talk about and put down others because they get an energy high off of it. Like a drug addict, the high does not last very long so they must continue doing it to get the desired effect.

 

Fear is also a huge part of this equation for it also causes your energy to bleed out. Love has the opposite effect. Love fills your energy vessel. Think about playing with a puppy or a little baby. Think of in that moment you lose the sense of time and “shoulds”. You are suddenly transported into an effortless, feel-good place that has you loving and living in that very moment in time. To me, I took that anger, sadness and frustration and built several “bully-free” or safe communities: The ButterflyMoms Group was one of them and the other two exist on Facebook… I’M HOLLISTON HAPPY and the newest one “HOLLISTON TRADING POST. The goal of all these was to take the LOVE that already exists in Holliston and magnify it because there is soooo much love there! All of these have been monster hits and continue to grow!

 

It is important to remember that we are all humans, spirits first, and bodies second. As the beautiful Maya Angelou said at the Boston conference I met her at, “We all do the best we can with what we know. When we know better, we do better.” Gossiping and Judgemental behavior is something we all do to some degree. It could be talking about a neighbor, co-worker, family member or movie star. It is a cultural norm in most places.  We don’t even realize we are doing it. As we evolve as human beings, taking back our energy and moving it from the unconscious to the conscious will help us more easily find our alignment, our happy life. My gift to you today is this…. Whenever you find yourself thinking about someone and how they should be doing this or that, I invite you to notice and LET GO of your “should” for that person. As much as you think you know them, you do not, even if it yourself. Stop “shoulding” all over yourself!

 

Life is a reflection...No one is “good” or “bad”, we humans a big, messy pile of a bit of everything. All we can really do is notice what part of us we are feeding. I notice that my actions yesterday were a bit defensive. In reality as Eleanor Roosevelt said (and my friend Helen Bannigan reminded me of last night), “Other people’s opinions of me are none of my business.” Someone else’s stuff is not a reflection of my self-worth. I am, however, attracting this lesson into my life and so examining what I find is my responsibility. As for the people who did the gossiping, they are “walking prayer-requests”. They are showing those around them that their energy is extremely depleted. Send them love from mother earth and cut the cord. It is the kindest thing you can do for them and our planet.

 

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

 

 

Doug embracing Portugal!

Doug embracing Portugal!

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

√  REIKI 1 WORKSHOP: I’m teaching Reiki 1 in Cascais, Portugal (Feb 16 & Feb 23 10:00-2:30). Cost is only €175, includes materials, Reiki 1 certification and attunement. Class size limited and will fill up very quickly so if interested email me at maria@butterflymoms.com.de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here…http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4. See you there!!!!! Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

 

√  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…

DSCN5455BOOKS 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

DSCN6701ILLINOIS      

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

DSCN5549MISSOURI
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

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

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

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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Beautiful Guincho... Breath-giving!

Beautiful Guincho… Breath-giving!

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!!!!!

 

 

DSCN5945PS… To learn more about the Maya people check this out… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_civilization <3

What Exactly Does He Mean To Me?

At the Pena Palace (Palacio da Pena) also in magical Sintra, Portugal

At the Pena Palace (Palacio da Pena) also in magical Sintra, Portugal

Our son Christopher, our "little" boy. Cliche to say "Where does the time go, but..."

Our son Christopher, our “little” boy. Cliche to say “Where does the time go, but…”

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

So in last week’s blog I shared that I am a crossroads. Still sitting here with all these feelings and ideas to see where my intuition will take me. Sometimes being still is the answer. All the while I’m keeping my intention, “to be the fire that ignites people’s soul”, strong. That is my compass. The form it comes in is really irrelevant, just learning not to take the signs personally and really delve into their real meaning. In the meantime whatever comes out every Friday is what I’m meant to write about.

This week I want to STRONGLY dedicate this blog to my loving husband, Douglas H. Schmidt. People say stuff all the time about their mates about how great they are but Doug is really off-the-charts! Since I have met him, he has completely opened up his heart and mind and emerged into one of the most outstanding human beings I have ever met. Oh, sure he’s also one of the most handsome men I’ve ever laid eyes on, but his heart….WOW! I could start tearing up just thinking about it.

Doug getting his chemo in Boston.

Doug getting his chemo in Boston.

How does one develop a heart like his? I hope he won’t mind me telling you that for a long time his heart was closed. He was a shadow of who he is now, or to put it another way, he was not living his life from a place of AUTHENTICITY.

A week before she died our beautiful Sophia on her 1st birthday! I just LOVE looking at her beautiful face!!!!!

A week before she died our beautiful Sophia on her 1st birthday! I just LOVE looking at her beautiful face!!!!!

Our daughter Sophia’s birth with down syndrome and then dying 13 months later, after we had fallen head-over-heals in love with her, shattered our hearts. Later Doug developed a life-threatening auto-immune disease for which he had to have chemo and prednisone for years Instead of breaking him, he found a way to quietly make all these “hardships” just add more love to his life! All the while, because we are self-employed, we worked together to keep building Brick House Realty, ButterflyMoms and our Green Dry Cleaners. Through all this, Doug never stopped working or providing for his family. I am in awe of this man who runs almost every day even with “bad knees” because he can’t bear the thought of not doing ALL HE CAN to be with his kids, as long as he can. ALSO I AM VERY HAPPY TO SHARE SOME GREAT NEWS!: This Christmas was the first time in four years that he did not need chemo! YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Our beautiful Dougie Fresh is in remission! YESSSSS!

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Doing “the snowman” at a palace in Sintra

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Paco de Arcos, Portugal

I am a little hesistant to write all this publically because most people write about problems with their husbands and I don’t know how much he is going to like me saying all this but it is true and beautiful!

Look, we are sooooo not perfect, but we truly are perfect together. This man has helped me stand in my darkest days. I am in awe of how much love Doug gives his five children, even though as a child he got very little example of how to be a good father. Doug is magic because his heart is open.

Hamming it up for Mialotta who wanted to take a photo of us... So you wanna take a photo, eh? Will give you something to take a photo of! ;)

Hamming it up for Mialotta who wanted to take a photo of us… So you wanna take a photo, eh? Will give you something to take a photo of! 😉

Lately I’ve been a bit down because my book is coming slower than I’d like and things are shifting in ways I did not expect. If you have seen my Facebook page you will see the amount of amazing motivational stuff Doug puts on their to keep my eyes on the prize! I truly “get” that his intention is for me to reach my best and highest good! Even the simple fact that on my blog, he comments even when no one else does shows how Doug is with me through the good and the bad. He shows up over and over again.

Butterflies with Doug

Butterflies with Doug

When Sophia died he was at our Brick House Realty office. I was home with her and got the gift of being able to give her CPR. It did not work and she died in my arms. NEVER once did he blame me for her death. I’m very saddened to say that if it had been reversed and Sophia had died on his watch I don’t know if I would have had the capacity to not blame him…. (sigh)… He really is an outstanding human being who because my light is so bright often goes unnoticed. My intention today is bring him directly into the light of love and acknowledge him for the kindness, love and support he has given to me, our children, our family and our community!

DSCN5310As a woman, a wife and a mother I know I’m one of the most blessed people in the world because I have found someone who believes in my dreams as much I do. I am humbled by the beauty we attract into our lives … our children, our businesses, our community, our friends, our adventures… Part of why ButterflyMoms has been so successful, and why I have had the gift to do the things I have is because I have a partner who can not ground me, but he can inspire me to F-L-Y!

Doug and Christopher at the beach Aug 2012It’s an even bigger gift because we know it is temporary. Our lives here on planet earth are not forever, no matter what the advertisements promise. People “know” that but they don’t live their lives like they understand that concept. Doug and I know one day we will have to say, “Goodbye” to each other. Might be today or might be in 50 years, but it is coming. Remembering this makes us savor our precious time together even more!

Believe it or not we even have this kind of fun at a real estate convention! :)

Believe it or not we even have this kind of fun at a real estate convention! 🙂

Thank you Doug for all the love you have magnified into my life! THANK YOU!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHEW WHO!!!!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?

MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL TO START 2013 OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!…

COOL NEWS: A new state from the good ‘ole USA has been added to the amazing list of places where fans have bought my book, “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”! Check out which state below! 🙂

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Guincho Beach

√  WORKSHOP: Thursday, January 24th, 2013. MAKING 2013 MY BEST YEAR!… Every January there is a hope that life will get better yet life seems to take over and we lose control of our vision. Come to this amazing open workshop that will share some of the very tools you need to truly accomplish your life’s mission! Can’t build a house without a hammer and nails…so come get your energetic hammer and nails! Lots of laughing and learning! Doors open at 9:45am. Starts promptly at 10:00am-12:00pm. Amazing ocean views at Quiosque Bar http://qb-quiosquebar.blogspot.pt/, Avenida Marginal, Praia de Paço de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here..http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4 See you there!!!!! Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

 

DSCN5613IMG_0861√  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

 

MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE-small√ 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…

Doug and Maria on the beach doing yoga in Carcavelos with a German yoga teacher! :)

Doug and Maria on the beach doing yoga in Carcavelos with a German yoga teacher! 🙂

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

In Sintra at the Moors Castle (Castelo dos Mouros)

In Sintra at the Moors Castle (Castelo dos Mouros)

ILLINOIS      (NEW STATE added this month!!!!! Thank you Terry Klausmeier!!!!!)

Lake Forrest 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

DSCN5373MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4

Christopher's prom

Christopher’s prom in Holliston, MA

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

Doug and Maria in Cascais 2012

Casa Da Guia – Cascais

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Paco de Arcos Beach

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

PLEASE BUY MY MOMMY's BOOK!!! IT's AWESOME!

PLEASE BUY MY MOMMY’s BOOK!!! IT’s AWESOME!

DSCN5476BOOKS 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

The Salomao-Schmidt Family in California!:)

The Salomao-Schmidt Family in California!:)

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!!!!!

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

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

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

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

Off to the beach in Portugal! Off to the beach in Portugal!

HERE WE GO 2013! What’s in it for you?

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

 

This is the first blog in 2012. It is also the 201st original ButterflyMoms blog ever written!!! 🙂 I am super proud of that because I’m one of those people who starts so many things that many don’t get completely “done”.

 

+wonderfulWriting the ButterflyMoms blog “stuck” because I LINKED it to the memory of my daughter Sophia and used it as a way to honor her memory… in a way it’s a way I still get to be her mama… Over the years, because of this love she and I have for each other, I have been inspired to write at least once a week for the last four years, no matter what…pregnancies, wiping butts, deaths, illnesses, travel, lack of sleep, work, kids, housework, clients, business deals…somehow…. Because I attached a HUGE HUGE HUGE MEANING to my WHY of doing it. So inside my head it feels like this…

 

Each Friday morning I have a plan to write the beloved ButterflyMoms blog… Some weeks my brain/ego kicks in and starts “reminding” me of all the “stuff” I “should” be doing. I immediately start feeling the pressure of how many things need to be tended to. Being overwhelmed creates a sort of shut-down process with me starting to move away from my task of writing and more into the JUNK OF LIVING from MY TO DO LIST instead of from MY HEART.

 

The ButterflyMoms blog is different for me though because it as soon as a hit a certain level of distance from doing it, the FEAR of not doing it kicks in which OVERRIDES the downward decline. I feel a surge of adrenaline and move straight-away into energetically and psychically making ‘finishing the blog’ the number one priority of that day. Now sometimes it takes two hours and sometimes it takes thirteen but once I start I ALWAYS FINISH! I cannot even imagine not finishing, really. No two blogs are ever “birthed” the same way but the amount of energy I am given gives me the “fuel” to finish it EVERY time.

 

It is a miraculous experience with so many gifts. I am deeply honored that soooooo many people over the years have read and loved the ButterflyMoms blog. You are obviously one of those people, so no matter where you are in the world, my deepest gratitude goes out to you! :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

How does today’s ButterflyMoms blog relate to you? Well, if you are reading this there is at least one lesson in here for you. What struck a cord for you? Expand on that to get your own specific answers that fit your own specific journey. I have seen enough to believe that EVERY experience is a guided one. EVERY path is the “right” path for what we need in that very moment. I don’t always embrace that when I’m living my life, but when I do I see the amazing wonderment in the world! It is fantastic! It is breath-giving! It is, above all, worth it! 🙂

 

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you the most magical and amazing 2013!!!!! The ButterflyMoms blog is my gift to you. Each Friday throughout the year I will sit down, no matter where I am in the world, and GIVE YOU something yummy to feed your beautiful soul.

 

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

√  WORKSHOP: Wednesday, January 8th. HOW TO PROPERLY DEAL WITH THE  TOP FOUR DEADLY DREAM KILLERS WORKSHOP… Start 2013 with some powerful tools! Scientists now know that we are all made up of energy. As children most of us were never taught how to intentionally use our energy to magnetize and create the dreams we hold in our hearts. Are you curious as to how to better use your energy? Want stop bumping into the walls of your life and start living in alignment with your life’s purpose? Come get some respite from all that thinking and efforting! Get many of your why’s answered and feel better about living your happy life! Doors open at 9:45am. Starts promptly at 10:00am-12:00pm. Amazing ocean views at Quiosque Bar http://qb-quiosquebar.blogspot.pt/, Avenida Marginal, Praia de Paço de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here..http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4 See you there!!!!!!! Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.

 

√  WORKSHOP: Thursday, January 24th. MAKING 2013 MY BEST YEAR! … Every January there is a hope that life will get better yet life seems to take over and we lose control of our vision. Come to this amazing open workshop that will share some of the very tools you need to truly accomplish your life’s mission! Can’t build a house without a hammer and nails…so come get your energetic hammer and nails! Lots of laughing and learning! Doors open at 9:45am. Starts promptly at 10:00am-12:00pm. Amazing ocean views at Quiosque Bar http://qb-quiosquebar.blogspot.pt/, Avenida Marginal, Praia de Paço de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here..http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4 See you there!!!!!!! Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.

√  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

My girls and our little old doggie.

My girls and our little old doggie.

√ 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

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

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

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

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!!!!!

 

 

PS… To learn more about the Maya people check this out… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_civilization <3

The Seven Secret Steps for a Fantastic 2013!!!!

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

lasix in louisville ky

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

This is the last blog in 2012. It is also the 200th original ButterflyMoms blog ever written. Do you usually do goals, “real” goals for the upcoming year? By “real” I mean those that don’t come from the Land of Should… things you “should” do but rather from what your intuition is telling you. How do you begin to increase the voice of your intuition is what reading ButterflyMoms is all about… The goal of the ButterflyMoms blog, workshops and coaching is to help align you with your life’s purpose by building up your ability to hear the guidance that is your birthright.

There are parts of my life that are falling apart and there are parts that are growing. In the past I’ve tended to hold onto things that do not serve me because it was comfortable. This year, however, I’m letting go more and opening more. Whether you come to drink from this beautiful blog’s gifts every Friday or just once a year, I hope it fills your soul with the most amazing elixir that warms the cockles of your soul!

Great option if you are in Boston... Tavern on the Water1 8th St, Pier 6Charlestown, MA 02129(617) 242-8040www.tavernonthewater.com

Great option if you are in Boston… Tavern on the Water
1 8th St, Pier 6
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 242-8040
www.tavernonthewater.com

Café: with a viewThe top floor terrace at Bairro Alto HotelPraça Luís de Camões 2 1200-243 LisboaHere you can fall in love with the city. This place has one of the best views over the Tagus River and the 25 Abril Bridge. Visit this terrace in the afternoon, to witness the sunset from that spot. It´s just beautiful. The hotel is located in one of my favorite areas, the Bairro Alto - a bohemian quarter, a neighborhood with art galleries, record stores, bookshops, restaurants, art schools, cafés and design shops. At night is where all the fun happens - you can find hundreds of people gathering outside. Bairro Alto is the extension of one of Lisbon's most visited areas - Chiado, and consequently this neighborhood has become a great place to go!

Café: with a view
The top floor terrace at Bairro Alto Hotel
Praça Luís de Camões 2 1200-243 Lisboa
Here you can fall in love with the city. This place has one of the best views over the Tagus River and the 25 Abril Bridge. Visit this terrace in the afternoon, to witness the sunset from that spot. It´s just beautiful. The hotel is located in one of my favorite areas, the Bairro Alto – a bohemian quarter, a neighborhood with art galleries, record stores, bookshops, restaurants, art schools, cafés and design shops. At night is where all the fun happens – you can find hundreds of people gathering outside. Bairro Alto is the extension of one of Lisbon’s most visited areas – Chiado, and consequently this neighborhood has become a great place to go!

I invite you to carve out a block of time (minimum 90 minutes). Go to a really awesome café/restaurant (not a chain if possible) with an incredible view. For me, places by the water or in a city are top on my list. Pick a place that is out of your normal pattern but that you love! Don’t overthink it just go armed with beautiful pens and notebook/journal/sheets that make you giggle. Make sure you are warm so if it’s cold where you are bring a favorite sweater or if you are where it’s hot that you also go dressed appropriately because comfort will allow you to focus on the task at hand… and that task is to pull out what your plan is for 2013! I use my bubble method which is also called MIND MAPPING. I’ve been using it for years and years with some of the world’s most influential people like Mikhail Gorbachev, Jane Goodall, etc. Why it works is that we receive ideas out of order but when we speak or write ideas need to be in some sort of order to make sense. Using the bubble method does this and it’s incredibly simple and fun to use! :)!!!!!!!

*dec29blog3Simple Instructions…

#1  Close your eyes, take a deep breath, make good use of the play skills you developed as a child and imagine the life you want to live in 2013. What can you see yourself doing? Being? Who are you meeting? Who are you with? What are you accomplishing? What skills have you gained? What have you bought? How have you fed your artistic side? How have you moved your body? How have you fed your body? What have you sold? Where have you traveled? What have you given to others? What words have you learned in a different language? What have you discovered about yourself? What have you let go of? How have you treated your body? Your soul? Your mind?

#2  Draw a bunch of circles of all sizes on a page.

*dec29blog2#3  As ideas pop into your head randomly put them in a circle. If you need more circles feel free to draw more.

#4  When you are done with the stream of ideas, move your perspective from the small into the big picture and look at what you wrote from that perspective. Are there any areas that are similar? If so, connect them with a line. Is there something else that is popping up, then write it down. Laugh. Have fun. Play with it.

#5  Now from here take each idea that you want to manifest in 2013 and write your MAGNIFICENT LIST for 2013!

#6  Quantify the items, which means add some sort of number to the goal so you can check in with it, like if your goal is to read more books, then write as your goal… I will read 12 books in 2013.

*dec29blog1#7  Now break each goal into smaller simpler steps of what you are going to do specifically and when you are going to do it.

Feel free to do one for each of your businesses, one for family and one for self. My life is very full so doing this helps me keep a better balance and helps keeps things in the right place for them to get done.

*dec29blog4As a FREE bonus, when you are done with this exercise send me your goals and I will check in with you four times in 2013 to make sure you are on track. Those who start strong and have support will most likely finish strong! Drop the excuses. Don’t get to the end of 2013 with another disappointing year. START NOW and start loving your life and letting it love, love, love you!! Being happy is our birthright… ACTIVATE IT!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

IMG_0848√  WORKSHOP: Wednesday, January 8th. HOW TO PROPERLY DEAL WITH THE  TOP FOUR DEADLY DREAM KILLERS WORKSHOP… Start 2013 with some powerful tools! Scientists now know that we are all made up of energy. As children most of us were never taught how to intentionally use our energy to magnetize and create the dreams we hold in our hearts. Are you curious as to how to better use your energy? Want stop bumping into the walls of your life and start living in alignment with your life’s purpose? Come get some respite from all that thinking and efforting! Get many of your why’s answered and feel better about living your happy life! Doors open at 9:45am. Starts promptly at 10:00am-12:00pm. Amazing ocean views at Quiosque Bar http://qb-quiosquebar.blogspot.pt/, Avenida Marginal, Praia de Paço de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here..http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4 See you there!!!!!!! Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.

√  WORKSHOP: Thursday, January 24th. MAKING 2013 MY BEST YEAR! … Every January there is a hope that life will get better yet life seems to take over and we lose control of our vision. Come to this amazing open workshop that will share some of the very tools you need to truly accomplish your life’s mission! Can’t build a house without a hammer and nails…so come get your energetic hammer and nails! Lots of laughing and learning! Doors open at 9:45am. Starts promptly at 10:00am-12:00pm. Amazing ocean views at Quiosque Bar http://qb-quiosquebar.blogspot.pt/, Avenida Marginal, Praia de Paço de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here..http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4 See you there!!!!!!! Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.

√  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 goals for 2013 and beyond. 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, 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…

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

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

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

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

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

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HAPPY 2013! Remember to reach out and get the support you need! 🙂 Doing it alone is close to impossible… and oh-so-boring!!!!!!!! 😉

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!!!!!

PS… To learn more about the Maya people check this out… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_civilization <3

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE FOUR DEADLY DREAM KILLERS

The divine Miss Olivia lost another tooth this past week! :)

The divine Miss Olivia lost another tooth this past week! 🙂

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Today’s blog was written with lots of love from beautiful Paço de Arcos, Portugal! It is gift-wrapped with Reiki energy so that whomever reads it gets a wonderful dose! Swim in all that love! Take as much as you need! 🙂

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Christmas for many of us is the time when we enter into our imaginations and activate the “perfect” images of Christmas. We spend the entire time leading up to the holidays using our energy to make this vision a reality. There is actually nothing wrong with having a vision and manifesting it, that is actually how we make dreams happen…We bring ideas from the 7th chakra and drop them down into the lower chakras to create them on earth. The challenge comes from people coming into Christmas with the four deadly dream killers activated….What are the four deadly sins> #1. Not grounded  #2. Low energy/vibration   #3. Unclean and  #4. Unprotection. When these four core areas are not addressed you are setting yourself up for pain and disappointment, in other words, what you will manifest is the opposite of what you wanted.

IMG_0739Why is that? Well let’s imagine that you are going to cook something. If you have don’t have a proper space to cook that is the equivalent of not being grounded (#1). You would not want to make scrambled eggs in the bathroom would you? YUCK! If you have no containers (pans, bowls, etc.) or they all have holes in them then whatever you are trying to make will also be more complicated (#2). When the vibrational level is low so is its mass. When this happens you get flimsy dreams…so close but there is not enough there to hold on to.

DSCN5293The third (#3) deadly dream killer is being unclean. How many times have you taken a shower or bath in your lifetime? How many times have you done that for your soul? Your soul gets dirty just like your body does yet most people never even think about cleansing it. Think about how bad you’d stink if you had NEVER taken a shower!!! This one deadly dream killer is one that people can do every time they shower or even wash their hands. It takes no more time at all. It’s just about visualizing beautiful light washing over you and dumping all the “ickies” into a drain. I like to follow that image and guide the ickies into the ground where they are turned into glorious fertilizer so the energy shifts into something that then helps grow beautiful flowers. This is an example of full-spectrum use of energy…it’s a wonderfully responsible way to make the whole planet energetically work more in alignment with its peace, its natural flow.

Beautiful Guincho... Breath-giving!

Beautiful Guincho… Breath-giving!

The fourth (#4) deadly dream killer is “unprotection”. What would happen if you left all your doors and windows open 24 hours a day? Sounds silly, well as we become more and more aware of our energy we see that closing and opening up to certain people and circumstances is a choice that greatly affects deadly dream killer #2, your vibration.

When you don’t monitor who goes in and out of your precious energy field it can be incredibly draining. Energy vampires can come in just as easily as energy bunnies (those who give you energy) into your field …until you feel drained or rejuvenated. You may even have no clue why you feel so tired. Do you have someone in your life who when they call you sometimes ignore that call? Chances are that they are an energy vampire. You feel icky when you see their number pop up. Now you know why. It’s completely ok to do this. There are also other ways that steal your energy which I’m writing about in my upcoming book. For right now this is a good way to start working on filling your energetic container by only allowing those with whom you want to share energy to consciously flow with each other. 🙂 Life shifts completely when you can actively notice these four deadly dream killers because when you work on them they themselves transform into your DREAM CREATORS!

If you want to learn more about the DEADLY DREAM KILLERS/DREAM CREATORS feel free to come to a workshop (see below). Because I’m teaching this while in my core, you’ll notice an immediate life shift alignment in yours! Thankfully, it’s CONTAGIOUS!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

DSCN5405WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

√  WORKSHOP: Wednesday, January 8th. HOW TO PROPERLY DEAL WITH THE  FOUR DEADLY DREAM KILLERS WORKSHOP… Start 2013 with some powerful tools! Scientists now know that we are all made up of energy. As children most of us were never taught how to intentionally use our energy to magnetize and create the dreams we hold in our hearts. Are you curious as to how to better use your energy? Want stop bumping into the walls of your life and start living in alignment with your life’s purpose? Come get some respite from all that thinking and efforting! Get many of your why’s answered and feel better about living your happy life! Doors open at 9:45am. Starts promptly at 10:00am-12:00pm. Amazing ocean views at Quiosque Bar, Avenida Marginal, Praia de Paço de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here..http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4 See you there!!!!!!! Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.

√  WORKSHOP: Thursday, January 24th. MAKING 2013 MY BEST YEAR! … Every January there is a hope that life will get better yet life seems to take over and we lose control of our vision. Come to this amazing open workshop that will share some of the very tools you need to truly accomplish your life’s mission! Can’t build a house without a hammer and nails…so come get your energetic hammer and nails! Lots of laughing and learning! Doors open at 9:45am. Starts promptly at 10:00am-12:00pm. Amazing ocean views at Quiosque Bar, Avenida Marginal, Praia de Paço de Arcos, 2770-210 Paço de Arcos, Portugal. Fee is 25€ at door. Sign up right now and get in for only 20€. Do it here..http://tinyurl.com/cslw7l4 See you there!!!!!!! Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.

√  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

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 5
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL –
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11 –

Sintra 1 –

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

The girls love their 16 year old doggie that had been at the shelter for 11 years!!! She is being seriously loved on now, even started wagging her tail! 🙂

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!!!!!

HEY YOU, YOU SUCK!

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Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Right now in your life…are you surrounded by people who lift you up or bring you down? Take a moment to think about those you speak to and see the most… your co-workers, friends, kids, family, mate, neighbors, parents… Do they let you be you? Do they help you ALIGN with your life’s purpose? Do they help you increase your joy? And what about you? Do you create this support for those around you? Are you a beacon for others’ authenticity or do you want to mold people into what you want them to be, so that they embrace the safe, happy, appropriate life you envision for them? Hmmmm?

REALLY EASY right now to get defensive and pull back. That is an option but one that shuts down the learning flow. Just for a moment, even if you are feeling “icky”, stay in that icky vibe. Let it process through you and then release it. In the end we are all doing the best we can with what we know and as Maya Angelou says when we know better we do better! 🙂

I’m realizing that I do this a lot with people closest to me. I have an idea of what would keep them safe and I hold that for them. I am WAY better at releasing this than I used to be, still it’s a journey. Noticing when I do it. Why notice it? Well, it’s the only way to release it. This is simply another form of JUDGING. Not so many generations ago this was how people survived, but things are different now. Judgment is a FORM OF FEAR. It leaks your vital energy out from your energetic container. People who do the deepest, most effective type of energy work are strongly disciplined in *Cleaning *Filling and *Protecting their energy container for the more that is done, the more intuition hits you get, the more you can hear your guides.

Yesterday was my very first ButterflyMoms Workshop in the Europe! It felt AWESOME!!! This time it was HOW TO BUILD YOUR INTUITION…They learned how to maintain their energetic containers and even did some visualization exercises. We also incorporated the power of the ocean as it was our glorious view for the workshop. It felt WUNDERBAH that although I’ve only been here a short time, that it was rainy and that I only booked it less than a week ago, I had four people from all over the world enthusiastically show up! I love that I am living my dream of BEING THE FIRE THAT IGNITES PEOPLE’s SOUL!!!! Be careful… it’s VERY CONTAGIOUS!!!!

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During the workshop I told the story of when I was living in San Francisco and had really risen in the ranks of speakers to the point where I was a keynote speaker. I was doing a keynote address to a group of almost 1,000 people. Afterwards, even though 30 people had lined up to congratulate me and thank me, I disregarded what they said and listened instead to a man who yelled at me for doing the worst job as a speaker that he has ever seen. I literally let it affect me so deeply that I stopped speaking in public… for years.

Energetically speaking I had not worked on the maintenance of my energetic container. It was weak and he ruptured it. That would never happen today because I now better understand the laws of energy. It was a painful lesson but also a really important one for me…and now you get the benefits so that you don’t have to necessarily go through the same pain.

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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EVEN 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

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An example of what traditional Portuguese kitchens look like… if this kitchen could talk! Ahhhhhhh YUMMY!!!!

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: One “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” book sold this week in Hudson, MA! 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 IN THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLANDChestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 5 (another book sold in Hudson this week) THANK YOU SUZETTE CUNHA!!!!!
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1Rutland 1
Sherborn 1South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORKScarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIAWien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALYRome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

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Waiting for a Performance of Playback Theater in Lisboa’s Santos district with Fiona and Isabel. Such a cool art space!!!

PORTUGAL –
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11 –

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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Mialotta talking to Isabel and Fiona.

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,

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Mialotta takes part in the performance with the amazing group director José Marques in Lisboa.

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.

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

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