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BUTTERFLY MOMS’ FIRST EVER VIDEO BLOG EVER!

fearDearest Butterfly Moms,

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

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

The question comes from Maria from West Hartford, Connecticut

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

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

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

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

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

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

9 *AWESOME* THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR SUMMER SOLSTICE

ss4Dearest BFMs,

For years I’ve been hearing about the SUMMER SOLSTICE (SS) but not really understanding what it was or why it mattered so I started doing a l’il diggin’. Here’s some cool info…

SS is also called:        -Litha                 -Midsummer                -Alban Heruin

The SS is the longest day of the year BUT only if you are in the northern hemisphere of our planet. Today the North Pole is tipped more toward the sun than on any other day of 2013. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, like Brazil and Australia, then it’s the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice! Pretty wacky! So when we are talking about the SS it only applies if you are living ABOVE the equator.

ss3On June 21 or 22 (or December 21/22 in the southern hemisphere) – the sun reaches its zenith in the sky and seems to just hang there without moving. “Solstice” comes from the Latin word solstitium, “sun stands still.”

SS is the time when the sun is most powerful, and new life has begun to grow within the earth. This is a time of year of brightness and warmth. Crops are growing in their fields with the heat of the sun, but may require water to keep them alive. The power of the sun at Midsummer is at its most potent, and the earth is fertile with the bounty of growing life. After today, the nights will once more begin to grow longer, and the sun will move further away in the sky.

EARTH MEANINGS

Traveling the Heavens: Midsummer was celebrated with hilltop bonfires and that it was a time to honor the space, the connection, between earth and the sky.

Fire and Water: In addition to the polarity between land and sky, Litha is a time to find a balance between fire and water. In Ceisiwr Serith’s book The Pagan Family, European traditions celebrated this time of year by setting large wheels on fire and then rolling them down a hill into a body of water. This may be because this is when the sun is at its strongest yet also the day at which it begins to weaken. Another possibility is that the water mitigates the heat of the sun, and subordinating the sun wheel to water may prevent drought.

 

ss9OUR ANCESTORS’ RITUALS & CEREMONIES

For many of the ancients, the SS wasn’t just an excuse to party or pray—it was essential to their well-being. Most agricultural societies marked the high point of summer in some way. The travels of the sun were marked and recorded.

Egyptians:  The ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramids so that the sun, when viewed from the Sphinx, sets precisely between two of the pyramids on the summer solstice.

Saxon Traditions:  When the Saxons invaded the British Isles, they brought with them the tradition of calling the month of June ‘Aerra Litha’. They marked Midsummer with huge bonfires that celebrated the power of the sun over darkness. For people in Scandinavian countries and in the farther reaches of the Northern hemisphere, Midsummer was very important. The nearly endless hours of light in June are a happy contrast to the constant darkness found six months later in the middle of winter.

ss8Pagans:  In some traditions, Litha is a time at which there is a battle between light and dark. The Oak King is seen as the ruler of the year between winter solstice and summer solstice, and the Holly King from summer to winter. At each solstice they battle for power, and while the Oak King may be in charge of things at the beginning of June, by the end of Midsummer he is defeated by the Holly King.

Roman Festivals:  Romans celebrated this time as sacred to Juno, the wife of Jupiter and goddess of women and childbirth. She is also called ‘Juno Luna’ and blesses women with the privilege of menstruation. (now you know who to blame 😉 The month of June was named for her, and because Juno was the patroness of marriage, her month remains an ever-popular time for weddings. This time of year was also sacred to Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The matrons of Rome entered her temple on Midsummer and made offerings of salted meal for eight days, in hopes Vesta would bless their homes.

ss mayaInca of South America:  The Inca of South America celebrated the corresponding winter solstice with a ceremony called Inti Raymi, which included food offerings and sacrifices of animals, and maybe even people.

Mayans:  Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an astronomical observatory in a long-buried Maya city in Guatemala in which the buildings were designed to align with the sun during the solstices. During such times, the city’s populace gathered at the observatory to watch as their king appeared to command the heavens.

United Kingdom’ Druids:  Perhaps the most famous is Stonehenge which has been associated with the winter and summer solstices for about 5,000 years. Stone circles such as Stonehenge were oriented to highlight the rising of the sun on the day of the summer solstice. Observers in the center of the standing stones can still watch the summer solstice sunrise over the Heel Stone, which stands just outside the main ring of Stonehenge.

 

SOLSTICE June 21 - First Day of SpringTHE CHALLENGE

For many modern cultures—and Americans in particular—the solstices and equinoxes, although growing in popularity, still no longer attract the same kind of attention they once did.

Jarita Holbrook, a cultural astronomer at the University of Arizona in Tucson, said, “The only people who really pay attention to what’s going on outside on a regular basis are the neo-pagans in America and farmers, because it’s important for their growing and harvest seasons. We’re pretty much an indoor culture at this point … so we have less of a connection to the sky.”

 

ss outsideTHE SOLUTION – NINE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SAVOR THE SUMMER SOLSTICE….

1. GET OUT!   If you find yourself inside turn right back around and go outside. Turn off the electrical stuff and turn onto nature. Touch trees and rocks. Stick you feet in water, even if it’s a bowl you’ve emptied onto the ground. Bring your kids, your partner, your neighbors, everyone out! Cook and eat outside. This is a wonderful way to ground yourself and eliminate stress. Take advantage of the extra hours of daylight and spend as much time as you can outdoors.

ss outsidea2. PLAY WITH HERBS. Herbs and flowers picked during the summer solstice were believed by people in medieval times to carry healing energy above and beyond any normal healing properties. Play a bit and grow your own herbal medicine garden during summer. Learn more about using plants to heal minor injuries and illnesses, such as scratches and headaches. There are many good books about using plants for medicinal purposes, such as National Geographic’s Guide to Medicinal Herbs (2012), which details what does––and what does not–– really have healing properties.

SIDENOTE: While growing your herbs and veggie garden, remember to thank the pollinators. Summer is a time of high pollination because so many trees and plants are flowering. And yet, in recent years many bees have suffered from disease, in particular colony collapse disorder, threatening the future of pollination by bees. Find out all you can about what is being done to protect bees and give bee keepers who practice natural, organic and chemical-free beekeeping your support by buying their products.

3.  MEDITATE   This is a day of inner power and brightness. Find yourself a quiet spot and meditate on the darkness and the light both in the world and in your personal life. Celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year with fire and water, night and day, and other symbols of the triumph of light over darkness.

4. CUT SOME FLOWERS   Connecting with nature and the sun is a very important part of the SS. Many times we neglect the beautiful flowers around us. I invite you to go outside and look for beautiful flowers or some other type of plant that you can cut and bring indoors. You can buy flowers but it’s MUCH more powerful if you bring them in on your own.

SS25. LIFE CHECK-IN   The SS heralds the beginning of summer, which represents the time of fulfillment. It’s an excellent time to take stock of your life and assess how your goals and aims are going. You can do it yourself of if you feel stuck hire a coach to help. From the year’s earlier New Year’s resolutions to the big goals in your life, ask yourself how you’re doing in achieving these things for yourself and others you care about. Are you still aligned with your goals or have you strayed from them? Be honest with your goal appraisal––set aside those goals that aren’t taking you in the direction you want to go now. We all grow and change over time; make sure you’re not hanging onto goals that no longer fit the person you have become. Take this opportunity to reinvigorate them and to make any necessary changes to achieve your aims in life.

6. START LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB TODAY   If your current job is not fulfilling to you, you owe it to yourself to start looking around to see what is available that you would be a better match for you. If you need more experience, training or information, make today the day you begin overcoming such obstacles so that you can start doing what you really want to do. To help move you forward, consider starting a gratitude journal to recognize all the wonderful things in your life. This tool will help you notice and increase your energy. Speaking of energy…

ss77. CONSOLIDATE YOUR ENERGY   Summer is considered to be a time to develop yourself, to set yourself free and to nurture yourself. As the crops begin ripening, this is a time for self-maturation and for consolidating your energies. Take the easier nature of summer as a reason to let go of weight, refresh your home (perhaps a new layout, maybe even a new home), re-adjust your nutritional intake and find an exercise you really click with, rather than doing one everyone else is doing. Start using fresh fruits and vegetables of summer as your base. Use this as an opportunity to align your thinking about food to involve eating more greens, more locally grown foods, more organic foods and less processed foods.

ss bonfire8. WHO LOVES A BONFIRE? A bonfire is part of the tradition of the summer solstice. Fire has always been a source of protection for human beings, scaring off the beings of the night, both real and magical. Nowadays you can reinvent the bonfire as a great reason to hold a summer solstice party with friends. Just be sure to choose a location where it is both safe and permitted to burn a bonfire––check with the local authority first. In some places there will a fire ban due to the dry conditions, so make plans to have a party without the bonfire if this happens.

ss sun salutation9. HONOR THE SUN, BABY  If you enjoy doing yoga, there’s a set of exercises known as the “sun salutation”. These exercises exercise both your body and your soul, balancing both in harmony through meditation and physical movement in one. Begin this exercise on the morning of the summer solstice and aim to make it a daily habit from this time on. It takes only a few minutes but it feels sooooo GREAT afterwards, ESPECIALLY if you do it outside!

I hope you have LOVED reading today’s ButterflyMoms blog! <3

CALL TO ACTION…

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Usually the best conversations happen in the comments section so make sure you leave your comments below! Cannot wait to get your thoughts and feelings about the SS! <#

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

SS 1ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL… 

√  FACEBOOK: For daily 30 SECOND Mini-COACHING check out the Facebook ButterflyMoms group… CLIK HERE https://www.facebook.com/groups/93661017326/

 

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

 

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

√  INTERVIEW: Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

 

√ BOOKS FOR SALE: “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” See list below for all the places in the world where this book has been sold! Last year I co-authored the book ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend, buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  Feel part of the magic below and see where in the world people have bought this book…

 

YUM! SUMMER FRUITS & VEG!!!!

YUM! SUMMER FRUITS & VEG!!!!

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

 

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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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SS6WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

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

Use your voice…

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

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!

WHAT is the SIGNIFICANCE of DECEMBER 21, 2012?

- cat meowDearest ButterflyMoms,

HOLY HOLY HOLY! WHAT IS GOING ON? Have you noticed that things have been a “little” crazy on planet earth in the last few years? On all levels! On the heals of one of the worst storms in American history, America got hit a week ago today with the HEART-OPENING Connecticut school massacre. Meanwhile in China on the same day 22 children were stabbed in their school in central province of Henan. Typhoon Bopha’s death toll keeps rising to over 1,000 members of our human race dead and thousands more with no shelter. In Syria… you get the picture!  There is A LOT going on, on our planet and today is one of the most powerful energetic days! There is a huge shift that has been brewing…

Today’s date… December 21, 2012 coincides with the ending of the Mayan long-count calendar as well as a number of other astronomical events. Since disasters sell, a whole industry has been created through movies, books, articles and websites to sell today’s date as the end of the world. In reality it represents the ending of time as we currently know it and the beginning of a new cycle of time within nature that will allow for the expansion of human awareness and consciousness. We are all currently living in a real life prophecy that has been studied, talked about and passed down throughout history. We have entered a time in which humanity will learn to re-connect and understand what our true purpose for living is and discover our ultimate role in this place that we call the universe.

- cat now  0Some Cool History… (in bite-size pieces)
The Mayans were highly skilled and advanced mathematicians and astronomers, and developed and lived by a 13 month calendar that was precisely synchronized and in tune with the cosmic and natural cycles of our own Milky Way galaxy; so much so that they knew and were able to calculate with precision the dates of solar eclipses ages before they actually happened and also the date of a nearly 26,000 year long astronomical cycle, called the Great Cycle or precision of the equinoxes, that would come to a full completion during the winter solstice on the date according to the Mayan long count date 13.0.0.0.0, or in our calendar, December 21, 2012. This date also coincides with the galactic alignment of the December solstice sun with the Galactic equator, an alignment of the Earth, Sun, and the Milky Way center at what is known as the “Dark Rift”.  This alignment places our Sun in direct alignment with the Galactic equator, a process of the revolution of the Sun orbiting the center of the Milky Way galaxy that takes approximately 225 million years to complete.

-cat nowAccording to the Maya, the date or period around December 21, 2012 represents the ending of time as we know it to be but also a period of great change, renewal, transition, and beginning. The Maya, along with many different Native American cultures, believed Earth goes through various ages or worlds, and that the prophecy date December 21, 2012 marks the ending of our current age, the Fourth world, and the beginning of the new age, the Fifth world. The Fifth world is the next stage in the cycle of life and nature. The transition into the Fifth world allows for new cosmic energy and forces to come into our solar system, causing changes in the Earths physical vibrational frequency, as well as, metaphysical changes that affect the entire planet. Today’s date represents an important shift of the ages, a point in time in which there will be a global shift in human consciousness, the ending of our current physical world the way that we know it to be now, and the beginning of a new type of world; a world in which the mind, body, and spirit will come become interconnected within the universal consciousness of life.  They believe that after this transformation is complete that everything negative in the world will be forgotten and that instead there will be a world filled with more love, peace, and happiness for everyone and everything in it.  They believe that this is the time where we will collectively learn to become spiritual beings and live according to spirituality, and with this change in life and living it will bring upon the “Golden Age” on Earth.

More Thank Just the Maya…

Other cultures and civilizations that have it in their beliefs and traditions that the world is indeed changing and that the prophecy date December 21, 2012 is to be a date of great significance and importance include:

- cat nowEven thousands of years ago these cultures predicted that the following physical signs would begin to occur around the world we get closer to the date, including:

-Increased Global Warming
-Increased Severe Weather
-Increased Earthquakes
-Increased Tsunamis

They were right on! The Earth is changing itself physically and also in other ways due to magnetic, gravitational, solar, and other universal forces. We are on the cusp of a very important transition of time that past civilizations spent their entire lives studying, talking about, and waiting for, and after the transition is complete the world that we currently know and live by will be transformed into a world that past civilizations believed would mark the beginning of the “Golden Age” on Earth.

KaleidoscopeNow What?

According to Native American belief, they invited us to begin to learn to understand our higher selves (beyond the ego) and discover our true selves and what our purpose for being is, and with that knowledge learn to live in a world with unified love, compassion, happiness, and universal consciousness.  It’s sometimes very painful to live in a world filled with daily negativity: self-hate, fear, worry, shootings, drone killings, road rage and even family arguments.

The universe itself has no negativity in it by nature, only love and compassion for the life and consciousness contained within it. The gift of this date is to remind us to investigate and understand who you really are at the deepest level, and demonstrate what true love, compassion, and forgiveness are in the world. Knowledge is power.  No one can make this shift happen for you, it needs to come from within you and your desire to change in order to make it happen.  We need to continue to work together in the present moment and remember our true purpose here on this planet that we call Earth.

Simply put…The belief that we have the power to SHIFT THE SITUATION by simply bringing in the love and pulling out the compassion for one another. Most religions around the world teach these principles as being important. If you want to live a life worth living, align with this crazy little thing called LOVE!! 🙂

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

DSCN5455√  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

DSCN5213√ 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

DSCN5440PORTUGAL – TWO MORE BOOKS SOLD THIS WEEK IN PORTUGAL!!!!! YAY one in Lisboa and one in Ovar! 🙂 YAY!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Ana and Maria do Carmo! YOU ROCK!
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11 –

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

DSCN5476WHAT 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

Ever Met A Four-Year-Old Hero?

The beautiful Linda Scruton (on right) with me and one of the horses she rescued. 🙂 Her heart is actually bigger than this horse but she flies under the radar a lot and does not get noticed…. Not this time sister friend! People worldwide are going to know about your beauty in the world! This blog is dedicated to you! 🙂

This week’s blog is dedicated to the quietest of heros among us, especially those who help those with no voice, our beloved animals. My dear friend Linda Scruton from Holliston, Massachusetts comes to mind who takes in the beautiful animals that other people “throw away” and helps rehabilitate them! Beautiful Linda this one is dedicated to all the Lindas out there! 🙂 Our planet is soooooo much better for your being on it! THANK YOU for the quiet, vital work that you do for the animals of our planet!

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

For some reason I resisted writing our beloved ButterflyMoms blog because the subject is heart-breaking and yet there is so much going on in the United States right now that I feel a tug at loyalties and calls to help. I am going with my intuition and writing about what I am being led to write not what I should write about…That being said, I send love and light to the people around the world who are hurting, especially those who are suffering from the devastation of Sandy….

So we are here in beautiful Portugal and being animal people we are really, really, really missing being around animals. I grew up with a wonderful German Shepard named Diana whom my beautiful brothers and I all adored! Here in Portugal we have started noticing animals… specifically dogs and cats…. EVERYWHERE… Many people here treat animals very poorly. To some animals are things like furniture and shoes are. When someone moves, if it is not convenient many people just abandon them, just leave them somewhere and take off. Someone who dies who has a pet, the family members just abandon the pet. As bad as that sounds some do much, much worse. There was one report of someone throwing a dog out of a moving car on a highway onto incoming traffic. The poor doggie’s body helplessly ping ponged back and forth getting run over again and again. WHO THE HELL DOES SUCH EVIL THINGS?! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!  I know this is hard to read but it’s a lot easier than what this poor soul went through! It is ONLY through awareness that this problem will stop! AWARENESS WILL SET YOU FREE! (deep breath here)

Another cutie pie!

While driving to a friend’s house with Isabella one day we came across a dog that looked that he was dead on the side of the road. The next day I drove by again and she was still there in the exact spot. I told Bella to stay in the car and approached the dog trying to figure out what to do with the body. I did not want to touch her but I got very close and started gently talking to her as I was sending her Reiki. After about six seconds the dog suddenly opened her eyes and looked up at me as shocked and surprised as I was looking at her. She ran off.

This dog’s nose was shaped like a heart!

A beautiful doggie!!!!

Since that day we have gone there every day to feed and talk to her. As we have met people there we realized that the whole neighborhood takes care of these two doggies. They have built a shelter for them and everyone feeds them. They don’t let anyone near them however and so when the dogs had their second litter and one got him by a care they took matters into their own hands. They called in a local vet who gave her some sleeping pills and they neutered her. They also found good homes for all the puppies. The whole neighborhood loves these two dogs and they are quite happy living there amongst all this unconventional love! This whole beautiful incident made us all want to help by taking in one of the thousands of dogs who are in desperate need of a good home. So off we went on another adventure!

First, we asked our beautiful landlords and checked in with Doug. Once we go the go-ahead we started looking online for a doggie. Isabella had the week off from school so we decided to take a couple of roadtrips. The first shelter we went to was in Setubal where we were taken around by Agustine, who is originally from Argentia. It was an amazing place with over 500 dogs. It was a wee bit overwhelming and sad to see the magnitude of how many dogs are abandoned. Their site, which is in English describes the known history of each animal… http://dogsofportugal.wordpress.com/about-us/  The reason the site is in English is because a group of young professionals, including our new friend Augustine, and his wife, got together and have started using technology and their contacts to start featuring each pet and bringing them to other countries in Europe where people adopt them. I met with some of them and it was amazing how much love and passion they put into the animals! It was incredibly impressive! Heroes emerge from every corner… (My secrete hope is that some of us ButterflyMoms adopt a few of these beautiful beings of love!… You never know what happens when the heart opens.)

The next day we went to a shelter with a very special name… one of my mentors Wayne Dyer speaks a lot about Saint Francis of Assisi. This shelter is São Francisco de Assis (which is how we say it in Portuguese), another wonderful place for dogs and cats to get adopted. They had almost 100 dogs to choose from. When Isabella and I walked in, I immediately recognized one of the main women there Maria José whose photos I had seen online. She spends a lot of time at schools teaching kids about how to be a responsible and loving pet owner. Maria José seemed tough at first but she is a wonderful person with a ginormous heart! I believe that rough exterior comes from the sadness of seeing all this unnecessary animal suffering.

Carmo taking Isabella into the garden for Isabella to walk with Joaninha.

Another amazing connection was that her assistant Carmo was not feeling well and put her head down onto the table, as happens now since my Reiki training, my hands “wake up” and guide me over there, oftentimes to the protest of my brain. I share with Carmo that I am a Reiki Master and ask if it was ok to touch her. She smiles up at me and shares that she had taken Reiki 1 and to please go ahead. It was so amazing! She also said that her parents were both Reiki Masters… miracles unfolding at every corner! Carmo begins to feel better and we move into the dog section of the facilities.

No words needed.

It was beautiful Carmo who took us around to each dog. It can be heart-breaking looking at the doggies in their cages. You want to take them all home… well almost all of them 😉 Isabella again was with me and unlike the day before, this day, at this shelter, she kept insisting on this one dog, a most unlikely choice, especially for someone so young. Out of the 700 dogs we saw in two days, our little four year old Isabella asked for only one doggie specifically… one that left everyone in the office shocked and awe-struck.  She picked a doggie that we were originally told was around 10 but when they checked the records Joaninha (Ladybug) was almost 16 years old!!!! I wonder what that is in dog years?! When one of the assistant caretakers, Carla,  came over, she shared that Joaninha had been one of the originals dogs when they had first opened almost 11 years earlier! This wonderful little doggie had been living in this shelter and passed over for that time!!! Bella was oblivious to the significance of this. She simply picked a doggie with her heart, a very Bella thing to do.

Everyday heros we meet in our daily life… Andrea and Carolina 🙂

While we were in the office waiting for the paperwork another woman named Andrea came into the office with three puppies she had rescued from the neighbor who was going to drown them as soon as they were born. She was keeping two and was bringing in the smallest one… even that cute little puppy did not sway Isabella… she was set on Joaninha! (Big hugs of love to Andrea and her daughter Carolina for stepping up and not letting her neighbor murder those puppies!) Yet another example of small acts of heroism that oftentimes go under the radar.

We went to grab some lunch and explore a little more of Portugal while they had the vet check out Joaninha and give her a bath. News of Isabella’s act of heartfulness spread like wildfire among the volunteers and we had a small crowd there when we got back. Everyone knew Joaninha and were saying their last loving good-byes to her and congratulatory hellos to little Isabella.

The veterinarian Dra Ana Castro, Maria José, Joaninha, Carla and Isabella

As we were filling out the paperwork, two women were paying for something and they heard of Isabella’s act. One of them, named Dulce, quietly walked back into the gift shop unnoticed. When she came back she bent down quietly next to Bella and said, “Your doggie is older than most so she will not play ball with you but with these colored pencils you can sit next to her and draw as she lies next to you.” There was not a dry eye in the house!

One final note, people have asked me why I would allow my girls to get an older dog because it will die. Death is something we are very familiar with in our house. It is a natural part of life and if we can help this little dog have another few ________ (fill in the blank with hours, days, weeks, years) then we will have made a huge difference to one. Every life matters and ever act of kindness counts. This just feels perfectly up our alley!

Joaninha is loving her new home and her new girls are loving her. We think she might be deaf, or like many husbands and children, have “selective hearing” but we adore her. Joaninha reminds us to SLOW down and savor. It is a wonderful reminder. One of the most heart-warming things is that she snores like a granny with loose dentures… and she starts snoring the second she falls asleep. We all giggle EVERY time she falls asleep! 🙂 We have a new member of our family and we are in love with her already!

There is a lot of sadness and shame around this issue in Portugal. I know some will not be happy that I am divulging this information to the world, but we are the voice of the voiceless animals who are suffering terribly at the hands of our fellow humans… who obviously need a lot of love too for who would do this to beautiful animals?! If you’ve ever had a pet you’ve adored, you know what I mean.

I ask that you spread the word to your friends about the heart-breaking plight of animals here in Portugal. These animals are everywhere you look. Some people poison them, some ignore them and some organize neighbors and feed them. There are many who are helping but they cannot do it alone. The situation is incredibly open for those who want to make a big difference… to step forward any way their heart calls them… from a donation to an overseas adoption. Who knows maybe someone who reads this will find their heart calling them to actually come here, even for just a few weeks and volunteering their time to helping LITERALLY SAVE even just a handful of dogs! BELIEVE!!!!! FEEL!!!! REALIZE!!!!!!!

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Also for anyone interested the São Francisco de Assis shelter is running a special that for any dog that you adopt who is five years old or older. They get free veterinary care for the life of the pet, 15 free pet hotel and 5% off all dog food (which is already very reasonably priced). Plus it’s free to adopt pets here! Cannot beat that deal, truly! If you live in Portugal or know someone who does please let them know! Let’s adopt some beautiful doggies! 🙂 Here is the video. Even if you don’t understand Portuguese you can see the photos and feel the love! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SWmTEv3qqZU#!

 

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

Hey! After such an intense blog I’m glad you are still reading! 😉

√  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!!!

√  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…

Joaninha means Ladybug (in Portuguese).

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

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

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!

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

Sleeping engulfed in love… not a hard cement floor!

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

The girls love their new doggie!!!! 🙂

 “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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Us feeding homeless doggies that were abandoned at a local store. Heart-breaking to see the number of dogs who roam the streets. Many get hit my cars. Incredibly sad!

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

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

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria writes the weekly BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.

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

I’m Feeling Hungry…

Lighting candles for our beautiful Mandy and Sophia. Also for a wonderful year of dreams fulfilled.

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

As I move through each day in the three weeks I’ve been here, I’m noticing the habits I did not like are starting to slowly creep in, soooooooooo slowly, in fact, that I almost don’t notice. What I have learned is that no matter where I go in the world, I pack my habits with me. New start does not automatically mean new habits. In this lifetime, I’ve had the enormous privilege not only to have TRAVELED to many countries, but to have also LIVED in Asia, Europe and North America. No matter where I have gone I always found that those pesky habits of mine somehow pack themselves and show up at my destination. (Wish all of my daughter’s shoes that I forgot to pack would have also packed themselves too! 😉 ) It’s the ‘ole saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.”

Well, I am here, in beautiful Portugal. I find myself using my Reiki Master Teacher training to bless people, trees, plants, animals and places wherever I go. It feels wonderful in that split second. I feel sooooo peaceful and connected. The more I try to hold on to that feeling, the more it escapes me. The more I TRY to get it back, the more it MOVES FURTHER AWAY.

At one of my favorite places where my mom used to go as a child, the Baixa.

When we are babies we learn that (in general) if we cry,  someone comes and feeds us or changes our diaper. As I get older, and especially now that I’m swimming in this new experience of how to operate in this other culture, I find that I’m a bit whiny at times. I don’t do it so much externally. I do it more internally. It feels really shitty. It does not feed my soul. It drains me. It’s the fear showing up and growing inside. When I notice that it’s fear, I stop the REWARD.

What is the reward? Ahhhhh, there are many rewards and in a culture that worships WOUNDOLOGY, as the beautiful Carolyn Myss describes, there are plenty of opportunities to kvetch with others. Could be “POOR ME syndrome” where I can even get my vampire-on and suck other people’s energy (usually with their consent). Could also be a way to not have to grow in the direction of my dreams. Whatever we choose to reinforce in our lives creates a pattern. Over time patterns become habits.

EVERYTHING we do is a habit. What is a habit? It’s a “formula” that you have developed consciously or subconsciously for how to live this in lifetime. What we don’t oftentimes realize is that…LOVE, BEING IN THE MOMENT, THANKFULNESS, HATE, FEAR, GOSSIP, PEACE… anyone of these things can be habits in our life.  Each day we wake up we are given 100 energy dollars/euros. What habits will you feed today with your magnificent universal love energy?

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Last week I added another section to the ButterflyMoms blog but got zero feedback on it so I’m eliminating it this week. It was including a small section teaching cool Portuguese terms and culture.

If in Lisboa, you have got to stop at O Basileiro, one of the most beautiful cafe’s you will ever see!

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 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!!!

√  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

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

 

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

Cool modern cafe in the touristy section. You can hear people there from all over the world having their morning tea/cafe! 🙂

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!!!!!

Day Two In Portugal… Joy Rising!

At Logan Airport in Boston on Wednesday with my girls… EIGHT BAGS plus four backpacks! Packing for a year… still I forgot stuff… Oh, well, guess Doug will have to fly here to deliver it! 🙂

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

HELLO THERE! (Olá!!!!) How many times have I thought in my mind what I wanted to write for the ButterflyMoms blog over the last three days especially! The lessons and magic are everywhere!!!

We landed in Lisboa, Portugal yesterday at 8:00am after flying all night. That is 3:00am from Boston, from where we flew out of. Even so my girls and I were sooo excited that it almost overrode being tired.

Getting on the plane… EXCITEMENT BUILDING!!!! They were actually jumping for joy!!! 😉

For those who don’t know I was actually born in Lisboa (Americans say ‘Lisbon’ but I’m here now so I’m saying ‘Lisboa’ ;). My parents immigrated a week before my fourth birthday. I’ve been to Portugal dozens and dozens of times, sometimes twice a year since then. Staying for the entire summer when I was little was common. Even so, something about this time is VERY different. I think part of it is because I’m renting a flat so it’s my own place and that in my mind I’m “living” here not just vacationing. It’s a vibe I’m feeling.

We landed in Aeroporto de Lisboa at 3am our time. The girls only slept for two hours all night. They were awesome!!!

I’m also getting flashbacks to when I graduated from Boston College and moved to Kanazawa, Ishikawa-ken, Japan for a year with the JET program (JAPANESE EXCHANGE TEACHING). I remember seeing “foreigners” there who were traveling the world with their two young kids and it left a very strong impression. I thought what a cool thing that is to do for and with your kids. Living in Japan was a totally amazing experience and being able to share it with your kids would have been AWESOME!!!!!

This adventure to me is unfolding in ways I never expected. I’m oscillating from total fear of WHAT HAVE I DONE?! (desperately missing my beautiful husband) (not having any way to communicate with the outside world) (not having a clue how certain things are done)…to a deep and total joy of PINCH ME I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW VERY AMAZING THIS FEELS!!!! (the food) (the smell of the air) (the pace of life here) (the kindness of even strangers).

Beautiful Elsa meets us with her little boy at the airport to give us the house keys. 🙂

 

Before I came here I was STUCK on four major details, getting a cell phone, internet access, a car and a way from the airport to our new home.  For some reason it seemed like I was totally stuck in super glue, no matter how I tried to move forward. What was sooooo awesome is that I just did my best and when I felt like I was EFFORTING I let it go. Truth be told I whined a lot, as Doug, my wedded boyfriend, will attest to, but when it went ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE I got the clue and let the control go. Well, they were all incredible lessons in asking for what I needed, letting people know what I did not want and having the patience that it all gets delivered in the time it gets delivered. Things here move at a different pace. Not as slow as someplace tropical but it is very much Mediterranean time here.

Took two cars for all our luggage and us but with a little help from our uncle and my cousins we were able to get all the help we needed! They were AMAZING!!!!

We are at the end of day two living in Portugal and I’m having a ball, as are the girls! We have already done soooo much in such a short amount of time. We are not rushing at all. One thing is just falling into the next. Today we went to a MASSIVE park that in America would cost a ton but here is free for families to play together. BRILLIANT. Sure there is an economic crisis here but the people are still beautiful and kind.  Simple happiness is everywhere. Feels great! Being in this type of alignment is what I was looking for because one of my main reasons for being here is to write my book. I definitely packed my inspiration! I’m sooooooo excited for what I am birthing and what is birthing me… may you unleash your adventure this week…that is what I plan to do!

 

 

LOVE YOU,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaa

:0

 

Playing at that amazing playground I told you about in this week’s ButterflyMoms blog… 😉

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 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!!!

√  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…

My cousin Cristina and my girls… 😉

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!

At the fair that is literally in front of our house this weekend. Girls had a TOTAL blast!!! We even went to a live FADO concert which was spectacular!!!

“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
GEORGIA
Roswell 1
KENTUCKY
Louisville 1
MAINE
Biddeford 1
MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

Making our dinner together at Vovo Mame’s house. She is simply lovely!!!! What a treat!

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

Cotton candy bigger than your head!

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

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.

The same window that I looked out of when I was a kid at my Tia Olga’s house. She died a few weeks after I told her I was pregnant with Mialotta who is on the left and now 8 and 1/2 years old… Reminder of the turns that life takes.

*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.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

 

Last ButterflyMoms Post from the United States…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

There is so much going on in my heart right now. In the past WEEK I just finished my Reiki Master Teacher certification in Rhode Island, travelled to Long Island, New York to spend time with family, traveled to Chicago, Illinois to be in the audience of Oprah’s Lifeclass with Iyanla Vanzant, had my last ButterflyMoms meeting (after almost 1 and a half years of meetings –when there was only supposed to be one) and yesterday my eight year old fell 12 feet head-first from a tree swing and for five hours we thought she had injured her spinal cord. All this while I’m preparing to leave on Wednesday to start my sabbatical in Portugal for a year. (deep breath)

GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO THE HOLLISTON PARAMEDICS WHO SHOWED UP!!!! AMAZINGLY GIFTED PEOPLE WITH BIG HEARTS! I LOVE THEM!!!! THEY WERE SOOO KIND TO OUR MIALOTTA, ESPECIALLY AROUND HER FEARS OF AMBULANCES FROM THE HORROR OF SOPHIA’s DEATH. THESE PEOPLE ARE MAGICAL!!!

First of all Mialotta, my daughter is fine. As soon as it happened I sent our prayer and healing requests to some of the most heart-centric people I know and I believe that made all the difference. They thought for a while they’d have to transfer her to the trauma center at Mass General but it did not need to be… THANK GOODNESS! I’m deeply thankful to all those who sent prayers and healings! I felt them and it helped me stay grounded and present for my beautiful little girl (as I write this I realize that it was both for my daughter and the little girl inside of me! 😉 NICE! (as my good friend Rei Alberto- Big Al likes to say)!

Something in me has shifted. I cannot pinpoint what specifically caused it, but I can feel it. What is most noticeable is that things that used to bother me don’t. When I’m triggered by people, I immediately ask WHAT IS MY PART IN THIS? WHAT IS MY LESSON? WHERE IS THE GIFT IN THIS? It is not always the easiest first step, but it is the only first step.

As I pack for my trip, I am thinking of all of you and asking my guides for help on this new leg of our adventure. The whole ButterflyMoms journey has been an unfolding of trust. Now is no different and I’m as open as I know how to be for awaits us on the other side of this leg…

As always I will do my best to write next week’s blog, this time from Portugal !:)

Special THANK YOU to all the love and magical, meaningful gifts I got from some of the ButterflyMoms yesterday. All I could do is be humble and thankful!

LOVE YOU,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaa

ARE YOU JEALOUS?

Dear Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

Does your life feel like this sometimes?

Imagine that you are walking and you see a beautiful woman surrounded by a crowd of men, women and children who have encircled her yelling out things like… “ What, you think you are special?” “You’re not smart enough to do that!” “Who are you fooling? You are not worthy.” “That is so selfish! Stop thinking about just yourself!” “You are too old to do that.” “Your kids are too young.” “That’s too scary!” “You can’t get done what you already have on your plate and now you are taking on more?” “You don’t have enough education.” “You have too much debt.” “What is wrong with you?” “What will people say about you?” “What if you fail?” “But you don’t have enough money!” “That is too dangerous.” “What about your kids?” “What if your marriage suffers?”

TAKE A DEEP BREATH HERE…MAYBE TWO ;). How do you feel after reading that? Does it bring you CLOSER TO LOVE, as Marianne Williamson talks about in her book, RETURN TO LOVE, or does it bring you more CLOSER TO FEAR?

Last week’s blog, A RECIPE FOR DEPRESSION AND AN UNFULFILLED LIFE really hit a cord with people. It was one of the most talked about ButterflyMoms blogs because it really hit home with the pain we carry inside. The voices of our doubts and fears LIVE IN OUR HEAD. They may not be the exact questions or accusations as those above, but the “flavah” is definitely there.

Morning rituals you create help direct your whole day!

Meditation and Yoga are two things that you can do almost anywhere and for free! Although taking a local class with someone is oftentimes wonderful too for community, to help you with your learning and to help support someone who living their passion by teaching Yoga! 🙂

As last week’s blog clarifies, if you do not have a morning ritual that you do to start of your day, your day will be overrun with those voices, THE CHORUS OF FEAR. There are, however, all around us, people who are building their lives more towards their own CHORUS OF LOVE. Through things like morning rituals, discipline and choosing how to engage their energy, they are following their heart’s calling. Your reaction to those around you who are doing what you wish you could do, creates one of two things…

1. JEALOUSY

or

2. INSPIRATION

JEALOUSY just depletes your energy body. It is the vibration of most of the people around us so you will get a lot of sympathy, energy and attention but it will be short-lived. Your other choice is to BE INSPIRED. What if you thought that when someone shows up in your life who is doing something you want to do or has something you want to have, that it is a sign from the universe that this dream is possible for you too. What if people like this in your life are simply SIGNPOSTS of what will come for you if you stay inspired? How does that make you feel if you think this way? How much more empowered and inspired are you on your path? Make this switch and see how it ignites your passion even more!!!

SOMEONE WHO INSPIRES ME! (Cool that the acronym is SWIM! 😉

BUTTERFLYMOMS BOOK CLUB

Sherynn MacMunn, proud author of the incredible novel, FINDING OUT

I was so inspired by a book this month that it, in turn, inspired me to start the ButterflyMoms Book Club! I know you will sooooooo love this! 🙂

Recently, someone inspired me in a very deep way. The beautiful Sheryn MacMunn and I went to business school together in Boston back in the 1900’s ;). We lost contact but recently she found me through ButterflyMoms and Facebook. Turns out that Sheryn, who now lives in Connecticut, is now a mom and an author who has even written (and published!) her first novel!!!!

She reached out to me and asked me to read it. Sad that she had to ask but awesome that she did. She first offered to send me a copy but I really wanted to support her. Having my own book, I know how hard it can me to focus on it for long enough to buy it. I have very strong belief that supporting those who are putting their dreams out there is ONE OF THE BEST THINGS you can do for yourself… and for them!  It builds up SO MUCH lovely energy on this planet!!!! FEELS GREAT!

Hours and hours of passion birthed Sheryn’s first book! She is a wonderful inspiration for us all! 🙂 FEEL ALL THAT LOVE!!!!

I don’t know what possessed me but when Sheryn asked I did not add it to my TO DO LIST but immediately, not only ordered it from Amazon, but also started reading it the second I got it. I hate to say it but I honestly did not expect much (sorry beautiful Sheryn) but once I started the book I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!!! It is SUCH A WONDERFUL BOOK THAT I HAVE TO TELL THE WHOLE WORLD! Sheryn put her dreams out there to give us an opportunity to latch on and see our own SIGNPOST in her having successfully thought out, written and published such an incredible story… all while being a mom. I ask that you buy at least two copies of her book, one for yourself and one for a friend that could use some inspiration. The best place to find out more about the wonderful Sheryn and her book by is by visiting http://sherynmacmunn.com/. Let’s see how viral we can get this book! Remind others to support “indie writers”. Buy it today and start getting even more inspiration in your life! :)! TAP INTO IT!

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS Please leave a comment from your heart today. You never know how sharing what you feel affects others in a liberating way! Please take a moment and write something. It is an act of love and truly means a lot!

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 SOUL SUPPORT GROUP 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 SOUL SUPPORT GROUP on Thursday nights. There was only supposed to be one workshop but people kept asking to be able to come the next week and the next week and the next week until a whole year has gone by!!!!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. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…
√  Next BUTTERFLYMOMS SOUL SUPPORT GROUP is Thursday, August 9nd at 8pm. We’ve had to cancel the last two because of illness but this next one is on for sure!!!!! (knock on wood ). Only two groups left! It is a wonderful way to come learn to feed your magnificent soul!… The ButterflyMoms Soul Support Group grew out of the amazing experience had of being on of THE OPRAH SHOW’s very last guests. Now it’s your turn to come to this safe place where you can work out your blocks and talk about your dreams!!! Held at the offices of Brick House Realty (783 Washington S, Holliston, MA). Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in the back lot… and come right in the back entrance. Only $25, or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70! Bring your friends!!! PLEASE RSVP to maria at butterflymoms dot com.

√  I have space for one more coaching/healing clients. If you are interested send me an email maria at butterflymoms dot 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 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
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

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

REMEMBER (1)…
*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

REMEMBER (2)…

Take a moment and FEEL YOUR LIFE for a moment. Let the ICKIES fall away. Embrace the love. Forgive yourself for not living the perfect life your mind has tricked you into thinking you should be living.  Just be. That is all that is needed for happiness.

A Recipe For Depression and an Unfulfilled Life

Dear ButterflyMoms,

Last night’s ButterflyMoms Soul Support group was spectacular! Those who showed up are oftentimes a good indicator or what is going on in our society. Women, especially, are taught to put others first, no matter the cost. It is mostly automatic and deeply ingrained by our society. We’re on a treadmill for most of our days, uncomfortably wrapped up, in our never-ending to do lists. We get up, do our tasks, pay our bills, take care of our kids, try to make time for our mate (if we have one). We cram as much into each day as we can so we can “arrive” at the magical place in our heads where we can finally REST and simply BE.

The key to this is HOW YOU START YOUR DAY…for when you get up you consciously or subconsciously SET YOUR CHANNEL FOR THE DAY. If you are not consciously focusing on the things you want then almost guaranteed you are blindly and painfully following whatever has had the most influence. Could be advertising. (Before you “pooh pooh” this idea remember that there is a reason why people spend trillions of dollars on advertising. Trends, fashion, habits are all formed through the images they feed our brains.) Could also be the fear voice in your head or the voices of well-meaning people from your past who rent out space in your head.

To change the direction of your life start at the beginning … the beginning of EVERY day is the time when the rest of your day sets its trajectory. For most of us we just get up and automatically start our day without any intention or conscious thought. This is a recipe for depression and an unfulfilled life. What we shared yesterday at the ButterflyMoms Soul Support group was how to do it. How to pick a ritual that fits your life and becomes a habit. Why it is important. What is the best way to do it. I love when you see the blocks fall away and energy going back into people. They have a glow about them. There were a lot of glowing people there yesterday.

“SUCCESS” no matter how you define it is germinated and nurtured in the effortless, simple, little things we do day after day, moreso that sudden HUGE action that you hope will one day come but never really does for most of us. So if you are reading this you have a choice to stay the course of where your life is heading or change it. We all have a lot of “tools” to make that happen but they are somewhere in the corner of our lives. It is time to dust them off and make good use of what you already know and seek out the additional support and tools you may need so that you attract the EXTRA-ORDINARY LIFE that is always there waiting for you to show up in your life.

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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 PS Please leave a comment today. You never know how sharing what you feel affects others in a liberating way! Please take a moment and write something. It is an act of love and truly means a lot!

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 SOUL SUPPORT GROUP 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 SOUL SUPPORT GROUP on Thursday nights. There was only supposed to be one workshop but people kept asking to be able to come the next week and the next week and the next week until a whole year has gone by!!!!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. Tell your friends… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…
√  Next BUTTERFLYMOMS SOUL SUPPORT GROUP is Thursday, August 2nd at 8pm. We’ve had to cancel the last two because of illness but this next one is on for sure!!!!! (knock on wood ). Only three groups left! It is a wonderful way to come learn to feed your magnificent soul!… The ButterflyMoms Soul Support Group grew out of the amazing experience had of being on of THE OPRAH SHOW’s very last guests. Now it’s your turn to come to this safe place where you can work out your blocks and talk about your dreams!!! Held at the offices of Brick House Realty (783 Washington S, Holliston, MA). Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in the back lot… and come right in the back entrance. Only $25, or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70! Bring your friends!!! PLEASE RSVP to maria at butterflymoms dot com.

√  I have space for one more coaching/healing clients. If you are interested send me an email maria at butterflymoms dot 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 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
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
“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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REMEMBER (1)…
*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

REMEMBER (2)…

Take a moment and FEEL YOUR LIFE for a moment. Let the ICKIES fall away. Embrace the love. Forgive yourself for not living the perfect life your mind has tricked you into thinking you should be living.  Just be. That is all that is needed for happiness.

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