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The book I’m writing about feeding your soul which really means how to live your life remembering that you are a soul first and a body second. Also it’s about how to live a happier, more authentic life… KNOWING THIS… WHAT QUESTIONS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ANSWERED in the book? Please write as many as you’d like! IT REALLY MATTERS TO ME! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! ♥

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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Iceberg Spotted In Portugal!

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

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

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

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

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

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

Enjoying life… with simple things and each other.

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

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

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

D. Ana shares the butterfly bracelets with Mialotta and Olivia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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

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

Here is your first lesson for the week…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

√  For those who want a coach with a lot of heart, I’m here to help you get rid of your blocks and go towards your goal. I’m living what I have been teaching clients for nearly two decades. I only take on 6 clients at a time so right now I have space for two more. Whether you are curious or serious send me an email tomaria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time to get you to your first step. For those who want something to shift in their lives this is a great time!!!

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

√  Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…
THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your part of the world on the list, like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1 (ONE SOLD HERE THIS WEEK!!! YAY!!!!)

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

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

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

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

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

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

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love…http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/                                                                                                         *Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

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

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.comand spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Just An Ordinary Mom… Living An Extraordinary Life!

For the first time in three years we are about to have a first on our ButterflyMoms blog… it’s a GUEST writer! And not just ANY guest writer, it’s someone who has led workshops at EVERY ButterflyMoms Retreat with an open heart! ButterflyMoms is SACRED SPACE so only someone who is a reflection of our Sophia’s magnificence can be a guest blogger , accomplished Reiki healer and hypnotist Karen Knight Detering is that someone :)!

Just a few weeks ago, my dear heart-friend Karen came back from a service trip to Guatemala where she built a school for the Mayan children there. As we sat down to tea, both our eyes lit up as she shared her incredible experience of being in a Mayan village in 2012! Sitting there listening and looking at her magnificent photos I was getting intuition hits up the wazoo and  I knew I had to ask her to guest blog for ButterflyMoms! Just the fact that she is a mom of two young kids and still made the time to follow her heart is something we can all use more examples of! The blog went where neither of us thought it would and it unearthed a connection to a book that changed both of our lives during a key time and a vital life lesson that is timeless…but oftentimes ignored.

As we talked about in our ButterflyMoms workshop last night, as you move along in our journey, it is important to change your perspective every once in a while. It is also VITAL to bring in those magical people and tools that remind and teach you how to focus on the actions that will bring your life JOY! What happens sometimes when you are TRYING TO FIGURE LIFE OUT… you ISOLATE. Today’s blog is a perfect example of how the isolation in this circumstance felt so sad that it made Karen look for the magical lesson that she so eloquently shares with us today. I hope you take the time to read it s-l-o-w-l-y so that you may savor each last delectable morsel! Karen, it’s all you…

I want to thank Maria, for not only asking me to write this week’s blog, but also for trusting me enough with her heart and soul; ButterflyMoms.

I think I pricked Maria’s interest when I passionately shared with her my observations and feelings about a recent service trip to Guatemala.  During my trip I was reminded of the overwhelming sense of community I feel whenever I work in developing countries.  Again, after Maria asked me to write about my thoughts for ButterflyMoms, I spent time pondering why it is I always seem to feel so lacking after these trips.  Here’s what I have come up with…

Rewind to 2000, I was pregnant with my first child, 3,000 miles away from my home, no relatives close-by and no friends with children.  In an attempt to understand what was happening to me and my body I turned to the internet and found a community like myself; women, pregnant with their first child.  Now as rewarding as that was, I have to say, the experience left me feeling very lonely.

Luckily help was at hand, my mid-wife, taking pity on my isolation recommended a book, Birthing From Within.  What a revelation! The book encouraged me not only to trust my instincts but also to reach out to my family and friends and pull from their community and generational knowledge of childbirth and mothering.

Here is the actual quilt that the hands of love created. Some of these women have already passed so it makes it even more special!

As a result I had long talks with older women, including my mother, about their birth stories and I found  the deep comfort and connection I had been missing.  In addition to the stories, and as a way to include everyone I loved in my journey, I sent quilting squares home to England.  My friends, my Mum’s friends and my family all sent me back beautifully embroidered squares that were sewn together to make a beautiful quilt of love and support for me and my newborn son.  Until that point I don’t think I realized how many of my Mother’s friends, my childhood community, had played subtle, but meaningful roles in my life; how very important they were to me.

Karen as a baby in England with her beloved mum and dad.

A close-up of the quilt

So after all of my musings for this Blog, the conclusion I have come to is this…  The difference between the communities we create here and the ones I see when working overseas is the natural intergenerational mix; the learning that happens back and forth between the generations.  This week I encourage you to reach out beyond your usual social groups to include and encourage the rich mixing of wisdoms unique to each generation.

Karen and her beautiful mum with the most amazing heart!

ABOUT KAREN…
Certified Hypnotherapist and
SunStone Hypnosis founder Karen Knight Detering approaches hypnosis from a unique perspective.  Through Hypnotherapy, Karen has brought together her passion and experience in working with individuals and groups to help them achieve their goals.  Hypnotherapy encompasses Karen’s skills as a Life Coach and facilitator to provide clients with a creative way to effect change in their lives, whether that change is overcoming a habit, fear or phobia, achieving a personal goal, or creating a vision for the future.

Karen and her "baby" Emerson

Karen Knight Detering writes a weekly hypnosis blog at www.sunstonehypnosis.wordpress.com.  You can also visit Karen’s website at www.sunstonehypnosis.com. The beautiful Karen Knight Detering will be leading several workshop this weekend at the ButterflyMoms One-Day Retreat at The Peace Abbey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S.  HERE IS A FUN, SIMPLE WAY to GET YOUR LIFE BACK ON TRACK…. Say “YES!” To Your Life…

♥ THE BUTTERFLYMOMS ONE DAY RETREAT ♥THIS Saturday, March 24th 8am-5pm
PEACE ABBEY (Sherborn, MA), the magical place Mother Theresa helped build!

♥ Give yourself a fun, transformational, heart-felt day filled with-Yoga, Workshops, Hypnosis, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying, Yummy Healthy Food & more! ♥

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

*Every Thursday Night we have a ButterflyMoms workshop at 783 Washington Street in Holliston, MA at 8pm that feeds your soul. They started after Maria manifested her dream…with the help of Sophia…to be a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and every week since she had done the workshop on Thursday nights. Any questions call my cell at 617.877.3616.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria gets up at 4:30-5:00am to write 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.

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

√  ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build something so magical. Some of our world’s most magnificent people have been there like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez… we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…it will be a fun, transformational, heart-felt day filled with Yoga, Workshops, Hypnosis, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying, Breathing Work and much more! Price is only $212 including all supplies, meals and workshops. BRING YOUR FRIENDS! Click on http://tinyurl.com/7vt9l3e to sign up for this exciting event! LIFE IS SHORT! LIVE IT NOW!

√  Next ButterflyMoms Workshops is Thursday, March 29 at 8pm. Come learn to feed your magnificent soul!…783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25, or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70 or drop off a check.

√  I have space for two more coaching clients. If you are interested send me an email maria @butterflymoms.com

√  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

√  No ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE books sold this week. 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.  PLUS each book is personally (and lovingly) autographed.
THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live, who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your city/town/country on the list like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

UNITED STATES
California
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1
Connecticut
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1
Florida
Fort Lauderdale 1
Georgia
Roswell 1
Kentucky
Louisville 1
MAINE
Biddeford 1
Maryland
Chestertown 1
Massachusetts
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 5
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1
Missouri
Lee’s Summit 1
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1
New York
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1
Ohio
Dublin 1
Rhode Island
Newport 1
Vermont
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2
AUSTRIA
Wien 2
IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1
ITALY
Rome, Italy 3
JAPAN
Tokyo  1
PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1
SCOTLAND
Greenock 1
SPAIN
Madrid 1
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*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

REMEMBER…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love!

The Bystander Effect…Waiting for Others instead of listening to your SELF!

Beautiful ButterflyMoms!

As you read this I am most likely driving up to Vermont to the first ever ButterflyMoms Retreat! Doing this is like stepping into my dream. Even with all the obstacles that came up, I moved forward because the pain of not doing it, was WAY bigger than the little bumps. Having been on The Oprah Show brought me to a new level of BELIEVING of what we can manifest and even though that feeling can fade a bit over time the depth of what happened is something I feel deep in my soul. It was like the world expanded because a new possibility materialized. Doing this took disconnecting from the “shoulds” and doing things that others around me were not doing…mainly starting to ask for what I wanted and talking about my dream.

So for today’s blog I feel compelled to point out how very important it is NOT to follow what everyone else is doing. Having an AVERAGE life what most people try to do…(think of the expression “keeping up with the Joneses”). Going along with everyone else is not always the best thing and many times we do it on automatic pilot… DEEP BREATH HERE! Psychologists even have a term for it, it’s called the BYSTANDER EFFECT. Human beings when they are around other people they shut off their intuition.

For today’s blog I’m going to let these two videos explain what I mean. Watch with an open heart. Don’t judge…or if you feel yourself judging, practice letting that feeling go and just observe what you see…what you feel. After you watch both of them write down what you feel. How do you run your life on automatic pilot and ignore your inner voice? Give yourself this gift today. Use it to move some of your blocks so that you can attract the life you know is possible…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIvGIwLcIuw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSsPfbup0ac&feature=related

Be kind to your SELF! Make time for your SELF! LISTEN to your SELF! LOVE your SELF! :)! Notice where you are zoning out in your own life.

Big honkin’ huge hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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

√  A wonderful resource is Doreen G. Fulton‘s FREE virtual conference “Finally, an IEP for Mom! An Individualized Empowerment Plan for the Mom Who is Overworked, Overstressed and Overloaded!” ! I am soooooo excited to work with her! The interview airs this week! Check it out… http://believeinarayofhope-doreen.blogspot.com/

√  Just finished our 21st week in a row of ButterflyMoms Workshops!!!!! Come feed your soul…783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25 or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70

√  We sold no ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE books last week. To feed the soul of a friend buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

√  I have space for two more coaching clients. If you are interested send me an email maria@butterflymoms.com!

 √  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

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live, who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your city/town/country on the list like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

UNITED STATES

California

Anaheim 1

Fullerton 1

Sacramento 1

San Bruno 1

Connecticut

Greenwich 1

Yalesville 1

Florida

Fort Lauderdale 1

Kentucky

Louisville 1

Maryland

Chestertown 1

Massachusetts

Ashland 3

Blackstone 2 Bolton 1

Holliston 14

Hudson 4

Medway 3

Millis 1

North Easton 1

Sherborn 1

South Grafton 1

Watertown 1

Wrentham 1

Worcester 3

Wrentham

Missouri

Lee’s Summit 1

New York

Scarsdale 1

Stony Brook 1

Ohio

Dublin 1

Rhode Island

Newport 1

Vermont

Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

AUSTRIA

Wien, Austria 2

IRELAND

Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY

Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN

Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND     

Greenock

SPAIN

Madrid 1

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

REMEMBER…

*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!

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YOUR ANGELS ARE GUIDING YOU….TO PLAY WITH YOUR TRUE SELF! :)

My beautiful friend Joscelyn who died a few years back. She taught me to listen to my soul by how she lived her life. I feel her around me all the time!

Beautiful ButterflyMoms!

Sometimes I wish I could learn things faster so that I would not hit so many bumps. What I am learning is that in life’s journey, as you begin uncovering and letting go of your EGO (and things that no longer serve you), you start to FEEL. Sometimes those feelings can be overwhelming. During these times make sure you get plenty of sleep, plenty of water and eat the best you know how to eat. As you shift, your body will also need your help shifting. Be kind. Journal. Notice. Feel…ahhhhh that’s the word we sometimes try to avoid…FEELING. We feel the ICKIES so we numb out/avoid with _________________(fill in the blank with food, drugs, sugar, television, gossiping, shopping, cheating….you get the idea, right?) We have all been there. The POWER comes from admitting it!

When kids cut themselves... simply to FEEL... take that in for a minute.

Why do so many of our children today, why do they CUT themselves just to feel. When I was a kid, I don’t remember hearing a lot of that kind of behavior, certainly not like today. Last night’s ButterflyMoms workshop was incredibly powerful! We did several exercises where participants could see how putting yourself last can have a very detrimental affect on one’s self. I gave the analogy of Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Imagine that your life is like her stunning wedding dress, but that over time you keep wringing it out more and more as you sacrifice who you are as you almost exclusively give to other people. Over time the dress becomes more like the lace curtains you see in the abandoned houses with the broken windows.

Princess Di had one of the most famous wedding dresses of all time with silk taffeta, ivory tulle and lace, and a 25 foot long train.

We act like if we just stay OUT OF OUR BODIES our lives will magically transform. What they will ACTUALLY do is they will SYSTEMATICALLY FADE AWAY. The world is full of examples of people who followed what they were told and shut themselves off. They let the voices of those outside of themselves be more powerful than their inner voice. For those of you who are FEELING A CONFLICT INSIDE YOURSELF REJOICE! Rejoice that you are still FEELING! Be THANKFUL that you are still getting FEEDBACK from your TRUE/AUTHENTIC SELF letting you know that you are still in there!

In your own life, look at how others before you, both men and women did what they were told and completely neglected their inner voice, their inner light. The best-selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer talks about how cemeteries are filled with people WITH THEIR MUSIC STILL IN THEM!

Where is your “music”? Think of the little girl (or boy) inside of you. RIGHT NOW…How do you treat her (or him)? REALLY PAY ATTENTION HERE. What kind of time do you make for you inner child? What kindness, space, attention, love, do you show? How do you feel about your inner child? NOTICE! Last night at the 20th ButterflyMoms workshop (YAY 20th!!!!) We played with a little exercise where the women who attended were given an assignment…Let’s say you have three kids. You would usually not completely ignore one of those kids and give everything you had to the other two, well since most of the women in our group do have two kids I asked them to try this exercise: Add one more kid to your list of children, add YOUR LITTLE SELF as one of your children. Make time for her as you do your other children. Time to dress, time to teach, time to listen to, time to hear, time to acknowledge. Just like you would not leave one of your own kids behind learn to not leave YOUR SELF behind, otherwise the lace curtains that hang from those sad, abandoned houses will become an analogy for where your life is heading. (DEEP BREATH) :)! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! YES! :)! Write me with questions or comments if you need help removing this block from your life.

Speaking of blocks there are only a very few spots left for the first annual BUTTERFLYMOMS YES! YES! YES! RETREAT! If you have been on the fence, jump off of it!!!!! Saturday, October 15th the price spikes up from only $299 to $365. Make it work now! BRING YOUR SELF on this wonderfully special re-connection time. I can promise you, you will have one of the best times of your life! :)! Go to www.butterflymoms.com to sign up or just shoot me an email. Hurry because there really is not that many spots left! :)!

Big honkin’ huge hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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

√  Come the ButterflyMoms Vermont Retreat… and say YES! YES! YES! to your best life!  Take care of yourself! October 21-23 you have a date with yourself in Vermont at the beautiful Lareau Farm Inn for the first ever ButterflyMoms YES! YES! YES! Retreat. Price is only $299 if you pay before October 15, after that it goes up to $365 which includes all the workshops, materials, most meals and lodging. There are a very limited number of spots so don’t be on the outside wishing you had booked it! Reserve your spot now!! YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! To book it send an email to maria@butterflymoms.com! Scholarships available. You will only regret NOT going!

√  Did an interview for Doreen G. Fulton‘s FREE virtual conference “Finally, an IEP for Mom! An Individualized Empowerment Plan for the Mom Who is Overworked, Overstressed and Overloaded!” ! I am soooooo excited to work with her! Check it out… http://believeinarayofhope-doreen.blogspot.com/

√  Finally 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

√  Just finished our 20th week in a row of ButterflyMoms Workshops!!!!! Come feed your soul…783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25 or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70

√  We sold no ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE books last week. To feed the soul of a friend buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

√  I have space for three more coaching clients. If you are interested send me an email maria@butterflymoms.com!

 

THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live, who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your city/town/country on the list like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

UNITED STATES

California

Anaheim 1

Fullerton 1

Sacramento 1

San Bruno 1

Connecticut

Greenwich 1

Yalesville 1

Florida

Fort Lauderdale 1

Kentucky

Louisville 1

Maryland

Chestertown 1

Massachusetts

Ashland 3

Blackstone 2 Bolton 1

Holliston 14

Hudson 4

Medway 3

Millis 1

North Easton 1

Sherborn 1

South Grafton 1

Watertown 1

Wrentham 1

Worcester 3

Wrentham

Missouri

Lee’s Summit 1

New York

Scarsdale 1

Stony Brook 1

Ohio

Dublin 1

Rhode Island

Newport 1

Vermont

Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

AUSTRIA

Wien, Austria 2

IRELAND

Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY

Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN

Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND     

Greenock

SPAIN

Madrid 1

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REMEMBER…

*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!

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William and Kate…Missing Princess Diana!

Dearest Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

Ok, so normally I wake up Fridays at 4am-ish to write write ButterflyMoms. I started to write it this a.m. but the royal wedding was just too big for me to miss. My apologies for not getting it to you earlier! Here we go…

Simply put, today’s royal wedding is the accomplishment of a dream a beautiful woman, one who never even got to attend the wedding. I mean, the big-hearted Princess Diana who was tragically killed in the prime of life.

Most little girls dream of growing up to be a princess who finds her prince. Diana had this dream. Her fairytale was more of a nightmare. When she died, a little bit of the fairytale died in all of us too. Her prince was in love with someone else and only married her to get heirs. Diana wanted the fairytale! She had a BIG heart and she wanted to use it! She did on her boys! You can completely see how her influence on them, that of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! You can see it has greatly altered the royal family.

Within a generations they went from having a very cold queen to a warm princess! Queen Elizabeth did not raise her children, nannies did. For Diana, her kids were her LOVE FOUNTAINS! She adored them and she showed it publicly. She also taught them to live life with their heart wide open! This is VERY different from the Queen whose protocol is literally that you cannot touch or even LOOK at her until she looks at you!!! HELLO, WHAT!?

The wedding was viewed by billions of people around the world. Even though this is a very challenging time for England and the world, the ceremony had the energy of hope, approachability, simplicity and love. It is the legacy of LOVE left by a mother who never got to see her boys grow up.

I really missed Diana today, although I could feel her energy EVERYWHERE!

Great big hugs,

Maariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS No books sold this week.I ask that you buy a copy for you and your best friend Just click here… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U. BE REPRESENTED! This is FUN!

Here is where the books have gone to ButterflyMoms…

UNITED STATES

California

Fullerton 1

Sacramento 1

Connecticut

Yalesville 1

Maryland

Chestertown 1

Massachusetts

Ashland 2

Holliston 10

Hudson 4

Medway 3

North Easton 1

Sherborn 1

South Grafton 1

Worcester 3

New York

Scarsdale 1

Stony Brook 1

Ohio

Dublin 1

Rhode Island

Newport 1

AUSTRIA

Wien, Austria 2

IRELAND

Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY

Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN

Tokyo  1

When you buy a book you represent your area. Let’s see where all the ButterflyMoms live!!! :) ! This is FUN! To buy your copy Click here now…http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday! :) Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love!   www.butterflymoms.com

The Little Girl In YOU…Are Your “Activities” Feeding of Depleting Her?

It's the small moments....

Hello Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

WHEW! Is living on planet earth an adventure or what?! If you are paying attention there is NEVER a dull moment, N-E-V-E-R, ESPECIALLY when you are a parent! Am I right? Do I hear an “amen” my beautiful ButterflyMoms?! 😉

When I know I’m going to write a flood of very cool ideas come to me and I have the awesome gift of being able to pick any one of them. Good news/bad news. Today I’m picking a topic that has a lot of energy around it and one that we very easily discard for much “louder” or “pressing” issues, but in life oftentimes it’s the little things you neglect that over time do the most damage….or, give you the most joy!!!

I have ALWAYS LOVED BOOKS!!!! I love the way they feel, smell, look and even the way they sound (when you open them)! I often “joke” that I would love for a natural disaster to happen where I would still have food, heat, safety, electricity but that we could not go out for a month or two so I could just read and read and read…you know, just like with clothes that we buy because one day we will fit into them….we buy books with the intention of one day reading them. When I was little I used to save all the money I could to buy Scholastic books. Buy three and get the cute kitten poster….:)! I would sometimes not even eat lunch at school to save money for books that is how much I LOVED books! At home, at the age of 8 or so, I would spend hours and hours organize my books with the Dewey Decimal System. As an adult, when I moved back to the States from Japan I shipped 19 boxes of books…..yup, I think you get the point, MARIAAAAAAAAA LOVES BOOKS!!!! :)!

At the beginning of the school year I was given a deluge of forms offering me the opportunity to join a number of very worthy school organizations. As a working mother with lots of kids my track-record is that of over-committing and then burning out, which serves no one! Following the philosophy of “a hard head makes a soft ass” philosophy, I’ve finally learned to say, “NO!” but I’ve also learned to say “YES!” to the specific things that FILL MY SOUL.

When I saw that I could volunteer at the Placentino (elementary public school) Library…AND be able to do it when my daughter was there with her class, I thought I had won the lottery! It is only one and a half hours every other week but getting to check her and her class’ books out, speaking to the wonderful librarians, organizing books, doing projects for the library AND getting to practice my (very) rusty French with these wonderful children is PRICELESS! (Holliston, where we live offers free French Immersion and Montesorri in its public schools! How cool is that?!) The librarians think it odd that I thank them every time as I leave for giving me the gift of volunteering. It is a “simple” thing but it fills my soul and I leave soooo happy! I LOVE IT!

Another thing that is very important to me is being Portuguese, and being Portuguese to me means being able to speak Portuguese. When I was a child we used to go to Portuguese School after regular school. We did not like it but that gift my parents gave me allowed me to go on to learn a bunch more languages and that gave me a life that has been magical…even with the “icky” parts. One of the reasons I spent the entire summer in Portugal with my kids was to pass on that gift. When we got back I made the decision to sign them up for Portuguese School. The best one is at the Hudson Portuguese Club which meant driving about 40 minutes each way twice a week. “Funny” – it is the same school I used to go to as a kid. My mom used to teach there and to this day she is beloved by her former students who are now in their 40’s!!!

Teaching My Awesome Students in Portuguese School

When I got there the first day of school they had to combine the two classes because one of the teachers had just given her notice and they had not yet found a replacement….You know when you get that feeling that the universe is literally putting the spotlight on you saying, “This one is yours.” This was one of those moments. I sat on it for a couple of days, asked my life partner Doug his opinion and it still felt right. When I told the school, they were sooooo happy and now I’m soooooo happy too! It is SUCH a joy to know that I’m the second generation teaching at this school and my daughter Mialotta is the third generation involved in this wonderful heart school. It is SUCH a gift! Although it takes up a lot of time and a deep commitment, I LOVE IT! It totally fills me!

I would also love to do a bunch of other things like horseback riding, rock climbing, yoga, acting, wheel-throwing, etc but for right now the teaching Portuguese and volunteering at the Placentino library are creating win-win situations for everyone it touches. In your own life do an inventory check of your activities. Although we feel like it, there are very few “have to’s”. You are “captain of your soul, the master of  your destiny”. You hold the gun to your own head and then blame others/life/circumstance. Picture where you want to be and then take steps to begin the journey. It’s not about “the arrival”, it’s about the fun along the way. What will you do right NOW to add more fun into your life? Look around you and see what you love….start there. All your treasures are buried “there” in the NOW.(deep breath) (Really feel this.) By doing this you will “tune” into life you’ve always dreamed of. You have that power. You have that ability. Find ways to gently remind you of that every day.

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS I’m sooooo thrilled that my dream of writing a book is finally come true!!! Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire is the amazing wisdom of 21 entrepreneurial moms who are passing on their knowledge to those who don’t have time for beating around the bush! We all need to make money NOW and live our lives well NOW. This book will definitely help in a very profound way! It’s coming out at the end of January. It will be $25 but if you pre-order it now you get it for only $19.99. Of course I will autograph it for you too! J Send me an email at maria@butterflymoms.com and I will send you the order form. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!

 

 

 

Oprah Check-in….

Many have been asking so I thought you’d want to know that I’ve heard nothing from the network or the show. 🙂 Thanks for all your help in getting over 30,000 votes in 11 days!!!! YOU ROCK!!!

Me in Chicago on Oprah's REAL couch 🙂 Cool moment of geekiness!

Tripping Over Your Very Own Personal OBSTACLES…

Hello Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

Use your Child Energy for This! HAVE FUN!

Today we are going to get rid of some of your OBSTACLES, things that keep you back, keep you small, oftentimes without you ever knowing it. In our ButterflyMoms workshops I LOVE seeing that AHA! MOMENT when participants realize the simple tools around each one of us! It’s incredibly fulfilling!

One of my favorite LIFE-FILLING exercises to with people is one I want to share with you! YAY! Get a piece of paper and write down WHAT OBSTACLES ARE KEEPING YOU FROM YOUR DREAM LIFE. Start with these phrases…

“As soon as ____________ happens then I will live my DREAM LIFE.”

or

“When ____________ happens then I will live my DREAM LIFE.”

Write as many or as little as you want. Mine was 22 entries. You will get a lot if you just take a few minutes to SEE WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE RIGHT NOW BUT THAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES.

The second step is that if you feel comfortable share them with the rest of us ButterflyMoms in the comment section below. Let’s see what we discover about ourselves and each other. Once we get 11 people to share theirs I will share mine. Come ButterflyMoms, part of the process is SHARING and not hiding behind the web! 😉 Let’s have fun and move one of our biggest obstacles that do nothing but put each one of us OUT OF ALIGNMENT!

Here’s a wonderful quote for your week….write it down and post somewhere that inspires you!

“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”
― Win Borden

 

READY, SET, GO!

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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