*Just finished our 11th week in a row of ButterflyMoms workshops and for those who have been coming regularly we are starting to see a wonderful difference! It seems that we are always welcoming new faces too! Welcome Wendy Ryan who is a longtime reader, first time workshop attendee! :)! It was wonderful to have you there with the rest of us! Life can be easier than all the efforting we tend to do when we are all stressed out! Come join us next Thursday for our workshop on Thursday, Aug 12th at 8pm workshop! It is a truly magical, fun time! 🙂 ButterflyMoms workshops are held at 783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25 at the door or just $20 if you drop off a check or pay through Paypal… http://bit.ly/mS7c70 . If you have been thinking about coming just do it…Come to feed your soul! You will be soooooooooooo happy you did!
*SAVE THE DATES…
>OH YES WE ARE!!! We are having our very first ButterflyMoms retreat!!!! This time inVermont. Save the date on your calendar for the weekend of October 22! Take that Friday off so that you have even more time to yourself!!! TALK ABOUT REJUVINATING YOUR SOUL!!! WOW! More details to follow next week!
>I will be speaking at the DreamFactory Luncheon on September 22 from 11:30-2:00pm. Topic will be IGNITE YOUR BIGGEST DREAM! Will be held in Framingham at the Bella Costa restaurant (147 Cochituate Road). Lunch for first time attendees to the DreamFactory Community is $25. (and the lunch is VERY yummy!) You will be able to sign up next week! ☺!
*After 18 weeks of computer issues I have FINALLY found a computer person who knows what he is doing!!!! I’m back up on my computer so there will be NO MORE computer updates!!!
*TWO BOOKS SOLD THIS WEEK and one is to a new country! YAY SCOTLAND (one of my FAVORITE countries) IS IN DAH HOUSE!!!!! Also another book was bought in Holliston making it our lucky 13 – (13 is the number of months that Sophia lived so it’s always a lucky number for me!) A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the beautiful Gaynor Ross Greenberg for supporting my dream…and hers!!!! See the cool list of all the countries and states where people have bought books…*To buy your very own personally autographed copy: Click here now…http://bit.ly/gRxe4U
Now onto the ButterflyMoms blog…
As I go through my week many things touch my soul in a meaningful way. In doing the work I do, I constantly struggle with going back and forth with how I view the world. I grew up being taught that in this world there are GOOD people and BAD people and that our actions were either GOOD or BAD. I think this one “little” point messes people up more than anything because it opens up the possibility to start JUDGING others…and ourselves. If we are not “PERFECT” (whatever that means) than we are not worthy and we punish ourselves through lack of self-care, like not sleeping enough, not eating what will nurture our precious bodies, not moving our bodies enough…you know what I mean, right?
I went to an all-day DreamFactory Community training yesterday in Framingham. When it was almost time for lunch I asked if lunch was being brought in or if we were going out. They said that everyone brought something to share…Well, obviously I did not get that memo so I panicked! I could feel my breath become shallow and my chest feel like there was a big boulder on it. I went to the front desk and asked the wonderful receptionist if I could order something for the group. The group leader Nancy Cantor sensed my state of worry and asked me to come back into the room. Nancy said that everyone had brought enough and we could all share. She said we were all there for community and this was an exercise in doing just that.
Now I am WELL-TRAINED in the ART OF GIVING. I believe most women, especially, are,…BUT how good are YOU at the ART OF RECEIVING! Well, this simple, simple incident triggered something for me and I hate to admit it but I started crying. In that moment I felt totally UNWORTHY somehow because I was not contributing like I was taught to, even as a little girl.
Nancy asked me to look around the room and look at people’s faces and see if they looked like they were being put out or used. As I scanned the room looking into the women’s eyes, I saw nothing but LOVE and COMPASSION in their eyes and smiles. It was MAGNIFICENT to be a part of such LOVE from total strangers. It was humbling, truly humbling. With all the ICKIE news about what is happening on our planet, it can grow the FEAR and ANGER in us. Now there is a place for that but the way it is being activated there are large numbers of people who LIVE THERE! To live in fear/anger/sadness serves no one!
If you just put yourself out there with an OPEN HEART you will see that the LOVE will grow. There are no guarantees. Heartache will happen but the heartache that I have experienced gives the deeper depth to the LOVE I can hold in my heart. My intention today for myself, the gift I’m giving myself is to LOVE DEEPLY…how about you? How will you LOVE DEEPLY today?
Great big hugs,
PS HEY! I CO-AUTHORED A BOOK! WOW! The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live who bought our wonderful book MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your city/town/country on the list like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!
San Bruno 1
Fort Lauderdale 1
Holliston 13 (Yay Gaynor Ross Greenberg!!!! You are lucky #13!)
North Easton 1
South Grafton 1
Lee’s Summit 1
Stony Brook 1
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2
Wien, Austria 2
Dublin, Ireland 1
Rome, Italy 3
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores) 1
Greenock (Thank you for adding Greenock on the ButterflyMoms map! Gaynor Greenberg bought a book for her sister! YAY!)
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Have a fabulous week!
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