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ASK COACH MARIA: He Wants to Leave His “Soul-Sucking” Job :(


Hello Coach Maria!!!

I want to leave my art teaching position, which is in a soul-sucking school district, and I want to take my career as an Artist from part-time, to full-time/incoming earning. Do you have any advice? You seem amazing!!

Thanks so much,

Sam Franks,  Southampton, Massachusetts


Hey beautiful Sam,

Lots of people are going through this. First and foremost, keep breathing. Long, deep breaths. Without that nothing else will really works.

Second, step out of your life. Look at it as if you were someone else… without judgments or pre-conceived stuck-points. From that viewpoint, ask yourself the freedom questions you need to accomplish your goal of making a living at being a full-time artist.

I can truly feel your soul’s calling for that. I see it happening. Add some creativity to your journey… and the breath… and you will see the path that has been invisible to you.

Great big hugs,



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I will be sending you an email by Wednesday so we can begin our three month journey!

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Here’s to a wonderful adventure that increases the LOVE on this planet for each of us!


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Great big hugs,



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To BE or Not To BE…

Hello Beautiful CMM Loves!

These are challenging times. There is soooooo much going on that it can drive you to distraction… which is what many people are doing… being distracted… cocooning… hiding… avoiding…because many of us feel:

  1. Powerless.
  2. Depressed.
  3. Disconnected.
  4. Lost.
  5. Disoriented.
  6. Unmotivated.
  7. Defeated.

Have you felt like this?

Let’s have some fun here. Yup, I said FUN because TO HAVE A HAPPY LIFE means stopping EXACTLY where you are… and starting from that “imperfect” point!

Notice when you feel STUCK…

Notice when you feel ICKY…

Notice when you feel HEAVY…

You are getting “feedback.”

What does it mean? It means you are “leaking your precious energy”… becoming energetically smaller… less you! More empty of yourself. The feedback comes in the form of feeling ICKY, STUCK, DEPRESSED or HAPPY, FREE, LIGHT, FLOWING… you get the idea.

Most people confuse the feedback for who they are. Instead of FEELING depressed, they say they ARE depressed. Energetically that is completely different.

FEELING (to feel) – The first is a FLOW POINT, a moment in time that is passing. I FEEL… is about movement… which our energy body needs and loves!

ARE (to be) – The second is a STUCK POINT, a non-moving, all encompassing term. I AM… is about having already labeled… there is no room for movement. This serves us with what we want to keep in our world but not for things we want to move quickly through.

This is a quick blog to keep you moving in the direction of LOVE (which I define as “freedom” and “flow”). If you want to learn more, check out the book FINALLY FULL OF YOURSELF: Unlocking Your Spiritual DNA.

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Are You Feeding Your FEAR OF MONEY?

Feeding the LOVE is the only way to grow your wings... wings give you the FREEDOM you seek... and that seeks you!

Feeding the LOVE is the only way to grow your wings… wings give you the FREEDOM you seek… and that seeks you!

Hello Beautiful Coach Me Maria Loves!

There is fear all around us. What happens when we are living mindless, unconnected lives, we think that fear is feedback. The fear becomes the BOUNDARY of our life. We don’t ever want to touch or feel it so we live deep within our life’s box…cramped, small, just within the “I’m ok.” limits. Everyone else around us does it too so we think this IS LIVING.

This is how you feed fear. You make it your master. The illusion is that if you stay within that ‘box’, you will be “safe”.

NEWSFLASH #1: There is no “SAFE” on planet earth! WE ALL DIE! Yup! We are all going to die and the kicker is that none of us knows when. HA! What a crazy ride this is, eh?  This is no new news but it is something most of us ignore or surppress. So knowing you are going to DIE ANYWAY what keeps you soooooo small?

This week I’ve been working a lot on the HAPPY ME! Retreat in Portugal that’s going on Oct 4-9th. It breaks my heart a bit that sooooo many people who need it say “no” but then spend money on other things that still keep them stuck and stagnant.

Click here to see this week's video.

Click here to see this week’s video.

NEWSFLASH #2: MONEY IS JUST ANOTHER FORM OF ENERGY. What you focus on show up stronger and bigger in your life. Money is one of the number one reasons why say most people don’t do something. Their lives are literally formed by what they think they can afford. What they think they can afford is directly linked to one’s idea of self-worth and value.

NEWSFLASH #3: NOTHING IS GOING TO SHIFT UNLESS YOU DO. The bottom line is that you get to choose the “channel” you live on. When something in your life comes up that ignites your soul, how open are you? Do you explore the idea? Do you truly consider it? Or do you resign yourself to not having enough money…. The wouldn’t it be nice, but I cannot afford that. Just notice when you do it. Notice where you are feeling the feeling. Notice and move through it. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS CONSTANTLY DESIGNING YOUR LIFE. Choose with intention, remembering that you are universal LOVE. The only time you are not flowing with abundance and love is when you block it out… thus feeding the fear.

Check out this week’s COACH ME MARIA video blog for more about feeding the fear! This one I recorded a while ago but it is being released fresh now because the content is so relevant to so many.

Great big hugs,


PS Many people have said they are interested in the HAPPY ME! Retreat in stunning Portugal BUT the money comes up as a typical stumbling block. If they came they have told me they know they would have INCREDIBLE LIFE SHIFTS, and yet they don’t give themselves that gift. If you are brave enough to come you’ll realize that the fear of the money is NOTHING compared to the AMAZING LIFETIME VALUE this trip will have on transforming your life into your alignment. I’ve updated the photos and added more information so check it out and open to the possibilities of raising the vibration of your life. Check it out at

Know Anyone in Berlin, Germany?

GermanyInternational ‘KNOCK YOU OFF YOUR BUTT…AND INTO YOUR HEART’ Life and Business Coach, Maria Salomão-Schmidt, who appeared as a guest on The OPRAH SHOW is presenting a workshop in Berlin, Germany this weekend!

THE RETURN OF THE HAPPY ME workshop Berlin, Germany on Saturday, July 11th from 9-10:30 is for those who want to learn powerful tools to STOP CHASING their own tail and START LIVING from the core!
This workshop is specifically designed to make you feel lighter, happier and freer.

Maria in fun-loving photoMaria loves and lives to help you, her clients:

Berlin Germany mapMaria, known as the “tsunami of love” has an incredibly intricate and deep personal and professional background. Professionally she managed accounts and divisions for large PR firms throughout the world, before starting her own Communications firm in Silicon Valley and Boston. Maria has an MBA and is also skilled in NLP (neurolinguistic programming), EFT (emotional freedom technique), Reiki (Master Teacher), Chakras and Yoga.

When you meet Maria, you will see why so many have invited her to speak all over the world including Philippines, Italy, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Japan, Israel and all over the United States. “This woman is the answer to your prayers, even if your an atheist!”

Saturday, July 11th from 9:00-10:30
RAMADA PLAZA Berlin City Centre Hotel & Suites
Prager Str. 12
Berlin, Germany
Price is only €49.

Because seating is limited you may want to sign up now at Those who have confirmed seating will be notified within 24 hours. Registration closes on Friday at 17:00 (5:00pm). Questions can be sent to

Our world is at a critical time. Your life is at a critical time!. There is not a moment to lose!

GOT STRESS? Want to get rid of it?

Click photo to see hear/see today's STRESS BLOG and start melting away your pain! This is your starting point!

Click photo to see hear/see today’s STRESS BLOG and start melting away your pain! This is your starting point!

Hello Again Dear Heart!

Last week we talked about the world going through major changes. Those major changes are causing A LOT OF STRESS. Seems like instead of S-L-O-W-I-N-G  D-O-W-N we are trying to go faster and faster as we cram in more and more “stuff” into our lives! The signs are all around us but we ignore them by continuing the behaviors that cause even more stress.

This pressure cooker living leads to many negative things like lots of discord, feeling horrible, weight gain, rapid aging and insomnia. We in America are so stressed out that although we are only 4.6% of the world’s population we take 80% of the world’s prescription drugs! Wha-wha-what!?

Yes, we are indeed in the middle of a huge wake-up call… Listening to these fantabulous short but sweet COACH ME MARIA videos shifts your life more into living from your heart’s core! Going back to listening to your intuition, your internal GPS is the best way to create alignment with your life’s purpose. Stress is your body’s way of letting you know you are out-of-alignment and if you don’t hear the message, it will simply get “louder” and “louder”!

STRESS IS MEANT TO BE TEMPORARY! It runs your body in overdrive. This is not only not how the body was meant to be used, it’s also DANGEROUS! Give yourself the gift today of slowing down long enough to watch this 2 minute video so you can be reminded to claim your REAL LIFE back!


Remember that life is rigged in your favor!

Great big hugs,


1 Estoril, tamariz_beachPS  Want to eliminate the stress in your life and feel younger and happier! Let me teach you how!  Come to the HAPPY ME RETREAT – in STUNNING PORTUGAL! Nothing traps more energy and keeps you stuck than putting off what your heart desires. If you are open to a life-shifting trip come to Portugal with me guiding you all the way in a trip of a lifetime! For how to bring this into your life click…


PPS  Comment below & share to increase the LOVE and AWARENESS on our beautiful planet!  Watch today’s stress video at…

See you back next Tuesday!

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



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

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

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

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

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

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

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Number 9 in Lacrosse

Number 9 in Lacrosse

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

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

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Feeding the homeless

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Volunteer work continues

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

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

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

At Bumba Gumps in Northen California

At Bumba Gumps in Northen California


The infamous teacups.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family visit to the New England Aquarium

Family visit to the New England Aquarium

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

Lots of playing and having fun!

Lots of playing and having fun!

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

Football number is 35.

Football number is 35.

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

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

Just after braces got taken off

Just after braces got taken off

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

Holiday traditions are sooo fun!

Holiday traditions are sooo fun!

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


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

Good friend Brian and Christopher

Good friend Brian and Christopher

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aka Mamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


My boys!

My boys!


√  FACEBOOK: For daily soul-feeding at the Facebook ButterflyMoms group…

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

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

Isabella and Christopher

Isabella and Christopher

√  INTERVIEW: Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at to set up a time.

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

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


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Two peas in a pod, Mialotta and Christophino

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

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Lindy and Christopher pose fo Senior Prom photos

Lindy and Christopher pose fo Senior Prom photos

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

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


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At the Norman Rockwell Museum in Western Massachusetts

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

At the Barking Crab in Boston.

At the Barking Crab in Boston.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Maria is a Reiki master and every time you read it you are showered with healing love.  Tell your friends… and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

Use your voice…

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


Looks like Mars but it’s Arizona with Grandapa Dude


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


At the Grand Canyon when we drove cross country.


Visiting Washington DC


Fall in New England


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


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


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


Eating at the Boston Harbor


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


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

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

Photo of whole family in NY

In Long Island with the Schmidt family

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