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When A Mother-Artist Loses Her Beloved Son…

When I worked in real estate, the number one issue people had with their homes was CLUTTER!  Much of our clutter comes from the crazy low prices that allow us to buy too much CRAPPY STUFF… that is made with energy of those who work in slave conditions for slave pay… 🙁

The energy of how things were made… stays with a thing… and then comes to live with you. These are also low-quality so when it breaks you throw it out… adding to our pollution to our world. Additionally, most of the money goes to very large corporations that have no connection to your local community or the communities who make the products. All this activity is adding to our dire climate change problem. This is NOT sustainable! It’s a very UGLY WAY TO LIVE.

There’s a simple and wonderful solution… BUY FROM LOCAL ARTISTS & ARTISANS! There’s a growing movement of people who are supporting their families by creating more-meaningful quality items that are locally made.

The solution is simple… Start buying from local artisans… Here is one who is a LOVE, the beautiful Andi Schroeder… Check our her WHY… and how the death of her beloved son inspired her!

Share this feel-good-video so that this message spreads! It’s a massive LOVE BOMB you get to spread to the world…  See it here!

THE WORLD NEEDS MORE ARTISTS AND ARTISANS!!!
Please support Andi’s work by buying her cards and following her on…
Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/andispeople/
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OMG! WHAT HAVE NICK AND SHERYL STARTED?

half the sky2Dearest ButterflyMoms,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

half the sky 4BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

half-the-sky-2FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

ILLINOIS

Lake Forrest 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

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

half the sky 6MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

halftheskybig1.jpg.scaled1000RHODE ISLAND
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

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

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

HalfTheSkyPORTUGAL
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

 

half the sky 1WHAT IS BUTTERFLYMOMS?
ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

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

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

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

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

 

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

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

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

My girls and our little old doggie.

My girls and our little old doggie.

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

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

 

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

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

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

One of THE Best ‘Hole in The Walls’ in the World to Eat…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Feels REALLY good to see your eyeballs here reading the soul-full ButterflyMoms blog. I offer you today the gift of a reminder… the reminder of your breath as one of your most precious and magnificent gifts. 😉 To celebrate RIGHT NOW let’s all take a really deeeeeeeeeep breath…..ahhhhhhhh! 🙂 It’s free and feels great. It’s our automatic re-charge switch that helps us automatically ground. It is the most neglected “tool” you have in your HAPPINESS TOOLBOX. Use yours today and remind others to do the same, especially your kids, partners, friends and co-workers. Imagine the power of all of us on planet earth taking even more deep breaths……AHHHHHHHHHH indeed! 😉

Another way to automatically recharge is to connect to COMMUNITY. Wherever you are, chances are, the more you connect with the people and small businesses around you, the HAPPIER you will be. Why is that? For energy, it is all about connection… we are energetic beings. Connection is life! Being mindful of that fact helps us lead more purposeful lives. Many of us have disconnected because we are oversaturated with filling our lives with STUFF and EVENTS and OBLIGATIONS that come from the LAND OF SHOULD… and not from our hearts… or for you more cerebral people, not from what re-energizes us, our life’s missions, our joys. This is very simple to see in the world. When you, yourself do something you can’t stand, time drags, your breathing slows… Chances are there may even be a lot of eye rolling, head rolling back and heavy sighing 😉 Sound familiar to anyone? Does it feel good when this happens?

Graça who is the fabulous chef of the heart! Wow can she cook!

How about when you do something you love? If you think about something you love to do…if you really let yourself go there…you smile, you take a deep breath, your eyes light up. It is a totally different state of mind, different state of being.

In the beautiful community of Paço de Arcos, Portugal, where I live, I have gone out of my way to connect with local people and businesses. There are amazing treasures all around us and many times right under our noses but we are too DISTRACTED to see the magnificent gifts. Ohhhhh don’t do that! S-L-O-W DOWN and see what kind of love you find in your community. Plus, I think it’s very important to contribute my skills, talents, connections and energy to wherever I live in whatever way my intuition suggests…. Maybe it’s simply saying GOOD MORNING to someone or picking up some trash or collecting books for the local school or adopting an abandoned pet or feeding homeless kitties. There are a million and forty-seven ways to help and each thing you do ignites someone else! Eventually this affects the entire community!  I do this in my communities of Holliston and Hudson, even though I’m not living there right now and I do it in my current community here in beautiful Portugal!

Where the magic happens! Graça doin’ her thang!

People who live in beautiful Portugal embrace the café-culture life. There is a café every other block. Cafés are amazing places where all community members are welcome to come see and be with each other. It is where neighborhoods weave their tapestry of love and connection. It is where the heart of many European countries lives!

In Paço de Arcos there is a café/restaurant that is out-of-this world called A TENDA! It was started by Graça and Teresa, two friends who had the dream of starting a business together. Part of why so many people immigrated in the past to other countries like the US was because it is a “bit” of a challenge to start a business here but these two women are rock stars.

I pass by every morning on the way back from dropping off the girls at school. Inside you find multiple generations of people enjoying each other. I have met and made many amazing friends there! There are sooo many magical things about this one in particular! Some of it I can describe, some you can see from the photos and some you have to just BE THERE to feel.

One of the most amazing things that happens is that at around 10am you can hear the incredible military band playing through the thick fortress walls of the citadel next door. When my beautiful husband Doug was here visiting us last month, we would sit outside in the palm-tree-lined esplanade, listening as we sipped our hot tea and ate our decadent pastries. Here is a story of magic that I can share…. see how the universe works… Here we are in the middle of Portugal, listening to a military band and of course the very first song they played is a song by Frank Sinatra that Doug’s mom, beautiful June, considered one of her favorites! Any time we are out and hear a Frank Sinatra song, but to hear it here and her favorite song to boot was a real sign that she was with us! 🙂 We miss her a lot! 🙂 Even though my girls never “met” their paternal grandmother, it is important that they and our son Christopher always remember her and hear her stories. This little reminder was her little way of giving us a great big cosmic hug! LOVE YOU GRANDMA MOON JUNE!!!!!!!!

Graça and Paula, of the servers! Shocking that I got a photo of her… she is fast! 😉

When lunchtime arrives this café magically turns into one of THE BEST places to eat in Portugal. All the food is heavenly homemade with large chunks of L-O-V-E! They do as much locally-grown food as they can. Graça, who is the chef, spent many years working in the food industry in London. She shared a story of three friends from different countries who came to visit Portugal and found this little hole in the wall. They loved the food so much that they literally planned their day around the ability to be back for mealtimes here. Sounds silly… until you taste the food! EVERYTHING is homemade (“caseiro”) including the desserts! Mmmmmmmmmm….(I salivate more than Pavlov’s dogs when I think about it!!!) The second the food hits your nose you know it’s going to be scrumptious… then when it touches your tongue…. MERCY!!!!!!!! Needless to say there are a lot of smiles all over the place!

So even though you are sitting somewhere else in the world, now you know of yet another very cool place that feeds your heart and your soul! So whenever you find yourself hungry in beautiful Portugal, come sit in a hidden jem of a restaurant that is a block from the Atlantic Ocean, three blocks from the train station and has the most AMAZING and AFFORDABLE food! Write down the name somewhere because I promise no one ever goes there just once and if you lose the address you cannot find it anywhere online… it’s that kind of place! You have to know someone to really find it… it thrives by word of mouth! Ooooooh and when you go there, there is a VERY GOOD CHANCE you will find me there too! 🙂

One of the local cuties… Guess what? Her name is AMERICA!!! 🙂

A TENDA – Rua Cândido dos Reis, 2715-311 Paço de Arcos, Portugal

Alternative if you cannot find A TENDA in your community… maybe it is time for you to create one or support a friend whose passion is to create one! 🙂

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS When we were traveling in Italy a few years back we were told that the term HOLE IN THE WALL came about when the wealthier class who had wildly, decadent parties with plenty of food started worrying about their souls burning in hell. Because outside their wall people were literally starving in the streets in front of them. So they created a compromise to settle their conscience… after these parties the peasants that were lined up outside would food get the left-overs sliped through a mailslot-sized hole until there was none left… So when you hear the expression “a great hole in the wall” you can share this little bit of history. 🙂

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…

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

Another beautiful local soul… FRANCISCA!!!!

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

 

 “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
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Listening to music while savoring life…. ahhhhhhh!

*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.

*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!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

At What Point Is BEING OVERWHELMED With Life A GIFT?

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

The last few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Lots of ups and downs as it normal. Here is a sampling of just what couple of weeks have been like for me…

*Added a new member to our family, a 14 year old child from the foster care system named Beatriz.

*My main source of income right now is being a real estate broker. With one person saying “NO” three major real estate deals instantly fell apart.

*Had four books to read for homework, healings to do, write-ups and assignments to do for energy medicine school (due Friday).

*Put in another three offers on properties that were accepted.

*My aunt unexpectedly died.

*Went to ER with chest pains, shortness of breath, dizziness. Now wearing a heart monitor.

*Six new women have come to ButterflyMoms meetings because the word is spreading!

I know you know that the list is a HELL OF A LOT longer than what I wrote up there but you get the drift. People are amazed by how much I do. They sort of shut down when I tell them what I am doing next or how FULL my day/weeks are. I don’t really compare myself with others…ok that is not true I do…but a lot less than I used to. What I meant was that I don’t do things to BE BETTER THAN OTHERS, I do them because THEY FEEL GOOD  *OR* because THEY MAKE MONEY. The cliché is that you need BALANCE… NO SHIT! But how the hell do you get that balance? That is what I am working on.

So this week I decided I needed more help and I am asking for it. We women are generally “TRAINED” from a very early age to JUST DO IT and don’t “bother” anyone, at least that is how I feel. Do you feel that too sometimes? As you can tell from the items listed above I am not very good at asking for help. Life is wonderful enough that it has given me these chest pains experiences to get my attention. Whatever you ignore grows bigger. If I had not checked it out when I felt it would have grown. So right now in your own life…what are you FEELING that you are pretending not to notice?

Let me say that again… WHAT ARE YOU FEELING THAT YOU ARE PRETENDING NOT TO NOTICE? Go from there…First step is to simply notice…. without judgment… observe with what you find…play with it…shift it…turn it…. then notice all over again. Have fun with this GAME we call “LIVING”. Are you playing to the best of your ability? Are you even in the GAME? Check in with yourself! 🙂 I invite you to see how good it can feel to be you today from where you are finding yourself RIGHT NOW. The RIGHT NOW MOMENT is the ONLY place you can find TRUE JOY! FIND IT…WRAP IT UP AND TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU (again and again and again)! 🙂

Before I close out this week’s fabuloso blog I wanted to announce two co-leaders for the one-day retreat that is happening next Saturday…. Karen Knight-Detering and Ellen Freeman. They will help make the day one of most life-changing you could ever hope for….Here are their bios. Sign up RIGHT NOW before it’s too late at http://bit.ly/mS7c70!

Karen is one of the most amazing teachers you will ever meet. Her workshops stay with you. She got raving reviews at last year's Vermont ButterflyMoms retreat!

British-born Karen Knight-Detering is one of the most dynamic hypnotists you will ever find.  Karen just returned a few weeks ago from Guatemala where she worked building a school for Mayan children. She has worked, studied and taught around the world, including a stint in Grenada working for England’s equivalent to the Peace Corps. Karen has the gift of being able to help others shift the points where they feel stuck. She will be leading the hypnosis and the shamanic journeys.

The Amazing Ellen Freedman will doing the yoga at the one day retreat on the 24th. She is an amazing yoga teacher that even beginners adore!

Ellen Freedman has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than twenty years. She teaches at Prana Yoga and in many other local venues. In 2011 she was asked to be the yoga leader at the ButterflyMoms retreat in Vermont. Ellen is wonderful at including everyone no matter what one’s level or ability. People always leave her class smiling because of the energy, meaning, beauty and wisdom Ellen naturally brings with her. It is always a joy to take her class… a real treat!

 

 

 

 

Come back every Friday for some more fun ENERGY information sharing!

LOVE BIG in the world THIS WEEK… and start with yourself!
Great BIG luscious hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

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

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

♥ SIGN UP NOW at http://www.butterflymoms.com/butterflymoms-one-day-retreat/!  ♥ BRING YOUR FRIENDS! ♥ LIFE IS SHORT! LIVE IT NOW!!!!

 

P.P.S. Please help me support my dream … It’s been TWENTY YEARS in the making! Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire is the amazing wisdom of 21 entrepreneurial moms who are passing on their knowledge to those who don’t have time for beating around the bush! We all need to make money and live our lives well NOW. YOU WILL LOVE IT! Please order it now and join the hundreds of happy readers before you who took the leap of faith in helping someone grow…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 Thursday Night we have a ButterflyMoms workshop at 783 Washington Street in Holliston, MA at 8pm that feeds your soul. They started after Maria manifested her dream…with the help of Sophia…to be a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and every week since she had done the workshop on Thursday nights. Any questions call my cell at 617.877.3616.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria gets up at 4:30-5:00am to write the weekly ButterflyMoms blog. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.

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

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

√  Next ButterflyMoms Workshops is Thursday, March 22 at 8pm. Come learn to feed your magnificent soul!…783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25, or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70 or drop off a check.

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

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

√  No ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE books sold this week. If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  PLUS each book is personally (and lovingly) autographed.
THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live, who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your city/town/country on the list like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

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

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

 

GET YOUR HEART ON!!!!

Good Morning Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

Ok, today might be March 9th on the calendar but for me today is totally HEART DAY! It might as well be VALENTINE’s DAY for today is the day that many things are going on in my heart. Today I am going to offer you a door into my heart, it is a place that I’m learning to share with others thanks to the gifts of the life experiences I’ve have had the pleasure to live through.

So if you are ready, take a deep breath and the key will magically land in your hands. Look at the key. What does it feel like to you? What colors do you see? How do you feel? Are you breathing? Take another deep, cleansing breath…. Ahhhhhhhhh!

Take the key and imagine going into my heart an opening it. Inside you will find a lot going on. First last night at the ButterflyMoms workshop was one of the most exquisite times I’ve ever had. Three new people I did not know where coming came. Some came with their heart closed, with their guard up but after a few minutes of feeling the safe, luxurious heart place we have created with ButterflyMoms their hearts melted open…Mmmmmmmmmm. It is a beautiful thing to see. I see it first in people’s faces, especially in their eyes….eyes are MAGICAL! :)! We don’t spend enough time looking into people’s eyes! ☺

I felt like last night was a gift from my Sophia. I could feel her there. I felt my heart opening even more. I feel like I am living my path of BEING THE FIRE THAT IGNITES PEOPLE’s SOULS. Last night I said that because I have lived through Sophia’s dead it has made me a SUPER HERO in the sense that things no longer can “hurt” me like they did before. I can be in certain situations that I would shrink from before I went THROUGH all this and now it is simply effortless, like water skimming over a seal’s back. There are so many gifts in the most unlikely places. It does not dishonor our Sophia by looking for the gifts, what it does is give her an even bigger place of honor.

Now this week my heart also experienced some “ickies” or growing pains. With all that is happening I’ve been ignoring chest pains for about a month. Finally it got really strong and I put aside my “oh-it’s-nothing” and went to get myself checked out first at the doctor and then at the ER. I’m now on a heart monitor but everything is fine. What an incredible gift I have given myself… the gift of taking care of me! ☺

Christopher introduces Beatriz to this girlfriend. 🙂

Finally, today is the day I go to pick up our beloved Beatriz for her to come live with us for good! I am sooooooo excited I can hardly stand it! I already miss her on a cellular level. In her fourteen years she has been through so very much, most of it with no adults to protect her at all, and still her heart is open. WOW! Such beauty and grace after so much strife. Beatriz is a wonderful reminder of how powerful our hearts really are if we focus on the LOVE. Today I invite YOU to focus on the love…. Call it into your life. Look for it. Focus on it. Expect it. Nurture it. Play in it. Ask for it. Give it. Cherish it. As it says in one of my favorite movies, LOVE ACTUALLY… “LOVE IS ALL AROUND”! May you catch it and may it catch you! May I be the first one to say to you today I LOVE YOU! ☺

Come back every Friday for some more fun ENERGY information sharing!

LOVE BIG in the world THIS WEEK… and start with yourself!
Great BIG luscious hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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

♥ THE BUTTERFLYMOMS ONE DAY RETREAT ♥

Saturday, March 24th 8am-5pm
PEACE ABBEY (Sherborn, MA), the magical place Mother Theresa helped build!

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

♥ SAVE ON the Cost if you Mention this Blog… normally $212 including all supplies, meals & workshops. Buy your spot by March 10th and pay ONLY $179! HURRY TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO SAVE… http://lnkd.in/evc9cE.  ♥ SIGN UP NOW!  ♥ BRING YOUR FRIENDS! ♥ LIFE IS SHORT! LIVE IT NOW!!!!

 

P.P.S. Help me support my dream  … It’s been TWENTY YEARS in the making!!!! Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire is the amazing wisdom of 21 entrepreneurial moms who are passing on their knowledge to those who don’t have time for beating around the bush! We all need to make money and live our lives well NOW. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!! Please order it now and join the hundreds of happy readers before you who took the leap of faith in helping someone grow…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 Thursday Night we have a ButterflyMoms workshop at 783 Washington Street in Holliston, MA at 8pm that feeds your soul. They started after Maria manifested her dream…with the help of Sophia…to be a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and every week since she had done the workshop on Thursday nights. Any questions call my cell at 617.877.3616.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria gets up at 4:30-5:00am to write the weekly ButterflyMoms blog. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.

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

√  ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build something so magical. Some of our world’s most magnificent people have been there like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez… we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…it will be a fun, transformational, heart-felt day filled with Yoga, Workshops, Hypnosis, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying, Breathing Work and much more! Price is only $212 including all supplies, meals and workshops. Buy your spot by Saturday, March 10th and pay ONLY $179! HURRY! http://tinyurl.com/7tbygnr . BRING YOUR FRIENDS! If you don’t make the March 10th deadline here is your link… http://tinyurl.com/7vt9l3e to sign up for this exciting event! LIFE IS SHORT! LIVE IT NOW!

√  Next ButterflyMoms Workshops is Thursday, March 15 at 8pm. Come learn to feed your magnificent soul!…783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25, or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70 or drop off a check.

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

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

√  Three ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE books sold this week, two in Medway at THE ENCHANTED FOX and one in Holliston by a gentleman in his 70’s Milton Cohen who is an entrepreneurial genius! What an honor to have him buy my book!… If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  PLUS each book is personally (and lovingly) autographed.
THE BOOK… “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”
The following is a list of places where ButterflyMoms live, who bought our wonderful book, MOM ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE… Buy one so you can put your city/town/country on the list like so many other beautiful ButterflyMoms have!

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

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

MY BIG SECRET – FINALLY REVEALED!

Good Morning Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

Today’s blog is especially from the heart in honor of my beloved classmates and teachers at the Rhys Thomas School of Energy Medicine as we are about to enter 4th chakra weekend. Thank you for these last three years of opening up my heart…It’s been a journey of YAY-OUCH-HEY-MMMM-YAY-OUCH-HEY-MMMM! 😉 Let’s see how big we can open our hearts…

Our Cutie Pie Olivia

So on my ButterflyMoms Facebook page I have been hinting that there is a big event happening, and this one is pretty H-U-G-E! It is the fulfillment of a childhood dream I’ve had since I was a little kid. I read a book about a family who went to adopt one child and ended up adopting something like 18. (NOW TO MY BEAUTIFUL HUSBAND DOUG, IF YOU ARE READING THIS DON’T WORRY – I’M NOT AIMING FOR ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THAT)  😉

Some of you may know that we have already adopted one little girl, our Olivia who is almost 6! We got her at 17 months. Life with her has had its ups and downs but we could not imagine life without her!

I grew up in such a way that my heart goes out to little kids who need help, especially those who have no mom and dad and are in the system. It can be a very cruel system. Again, it’s about the heart for me… there have been lessons of heartache throughout my life that have opened me up to be able to “be” this way.

For example, when I was in high school my father’s physical abuse got worse. The mother of the boy I was dating told him not to date me because I was “damaged”. Even now those words still sting a bit. I can now see, though, that his mom was a wonderful teacher for me because she, like Sophia suddenly dying and the abuse I suffered from my dad, helped me BREAK MY HEART WIDE OPEN. I believe that the more shattered your heart has been the more beautiful the rainbows it makes. I cannot change them but I have been changed by them…and I CHOOSE to see the incredible gifts in all of them and to forgive those who did the best they could with where they were in life, including myself. I can tell you about these events, and for the most part, I don’t LIVE IN THEM! The more I live in my PRESENT MOMENT, the JUICIER LIFE FLOWS!!!

My newest juicy is our journey back into the world of adoption. (NOW I’M GOING TO DIGRESS FROM THE BLOG FOR A MOMENT BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT INFO TO SHARE, INFO THAT COULD ALTER THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE…FOR THE FUN-NER-ER AND FULL-ER-ER 😉 For some reason when people think of adoption they immediately ask WHAT COUNTRY? When we say Massachusetts they are shocked and it takes them a bit to adjust their thinking. Most people don’t think about ADOPTING LOCALLY. Until now 😉 If you get anything out of this ButterflyMoms blog, please know that there are THOUSANDS of kids of all ages and abilities out there, especially now with the economy the way it is and so many people falling through the cracks financially – the lack of money in a family is a H-U-G-E problem that separates families. Sure the kids have their issues but if there were more parents out there who were willing to believe, you could make a huge difference. You often hear the horror stories but not the great stories. If not for you, then share this with a friend! It is FREE to adopt and the kids get FREE COLLEGE and HEALTHCARE! We went through Cambridge Family & Children Services http://www.helpfamilies.org/home.php. We never paid a penny to them. If you are thinking of adopting definitely contact them! I cannot adopt all of them but all of us together can adopt all of them! May you not only THINK about it, but may you also PICK UP the phone and CONNECT! Now back to our ButterflyMoms blog… 😉

This is THE very first photo they sent us of her..."Would you be interested in this child?" they asked.

So we wanted to adopt again after adopting Olivia, but then Doug got sick and we did not know what that would bring so we pulled back. Well, a few months ago we realized his dis-ease is our new normal for now so we should stop waiting for the “right” time and live our dream now. We did hit a snag this time but when we remembered to go with the flow and not judge everything we saw we finally got a call from our social worker who asked if we would be interested in a 14 year old girl named Beatriz (BEA-TE-REE-J). The process is that we read her thick file and talk to the people who take care of her teachers, psychologists, foster mom, counselor, social worker, etc. to get a picture of who she is. Well we met her on Sunday!!! A big thank you to Debra Sweet and her family who when I got the last minute phone call to see if we wanted to meet Beatriz LOVINGLY agreed to take my three girls in their pjs at 7am on a Sunday so we could make it in time for the meeting! WHAT LOVE! It does take a village! THANK YOU SWEET FAMILY! WE ADORE YOU!  It just makes the story even juicier! Truly!

This was the first meeting last Sunday...Look at how she looks at Doug after "knowing" us for just 2 hours:)

I was REALLY nervous? After all HOW does one prepare for a meeting their 14 child for the first time when your role in their life is to be the Mama? Did not learn that at Boston College or my MBA at Simmons! That is for sure! The best advice I got from one of my real estate clients was to JUST BE ME and that is what I did. If it was funny I laughed. If it sad I cried. It was a big mixture of emotions but most of all I wanted to show her AUTHENTICITY because that is what I want to be AUTHENTIC…that is what I wish for her and that is what I wish for you!

As many of you know I'm a MASTER HUGGER but I have to tell you I have never experienced a hug like this. On the very first day we met our new daughter Beatriz hugged me so long and so firmly it's like we melted into one. It was INCREDIBLE! Just look at her face! She hugged me for about 20 seconds. It felt amazing! 🙂 What a gift to receive...straight from the heart! 🙂

All this happened just this past Sunday and today, as I write this she is upstairs sleeping with her new sisters. I know there are a lot of people, even in our own family who think we are nuts but we are in love with being alive. It is from the ashes of our pain that a new, deeper love can emerge. Our new LOVE is called Beatriz!

Great big hug luscious hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

P.S.  SAY YES TO YOUR LIFE!  TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER AT THE DISCOUNTED PRICE!…The ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build something so magical. Some of our world’s most magnificent people have been there like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez… we now will have the HONOR of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…it will be a fun, transformational, heart-felt day filled with Yoga, Workshops, Hypnosis, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying, Breathing Work and much more! Price is only $212 including all supplies, meals and workshops. If you buy your spot before February 29th it is only $149, a savings of $63! YES! Space it limited however so guarantee YOUR SPOT NOW by either clicking here https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=V446L9J3TZXRA or sending your check to Maria Salomão-Schmidt, 783 Washington St, Holliston, MA 01746. Any questions call Maria at 617.877.3616. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

P.P.S. Help me support my dream :)… It’s been TWENTY YEARS in the making!!!! Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire is the amazing wisdom of 21 entrepreneurial moms who are passing on their knowledge to those who don’t have time for beating around the bush! We all need to make money and live our lives well NOW. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!! Please order it now and join the hundreds of happy readers before you who took the leap of faith in helping someone grow…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 Thursday Night we have a ButterflyMoms workshop at 783 Washington Street in Holliston, MA at 8pm that feeds your soul. They started after Maria manifested her dream…with the help of Sophia…to be a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and every week since she had done the workshop on Thursday nights. Any questions call my cell at 617.877.3616.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria gets up at 4:30-5:00am to write the weekly ButterflyMoms blog. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.

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

√  ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build something so magical. Some of our world’s most magnificent people have been there like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez… we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…it will be a fun, transformational, heart-felt day filled with Yoga, Workshops, Hypnosis, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying, Breathing Work and much more! Price is only $212 including all supplies, meals and workshops. If you buy your spot before February 29th it is only $149, a savings of $63! YES! Space it limited however so guarantee YOUR SPOT NOW by either clicking here https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=V446L9J3TZXRA or sending your check to Maria Salomão-Schmidt, 783 Washington St, Holliston, MA 01746. Any questions call Maria at 617.877.3616. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

√  Next ButterflyMoms Workshops is February 30 at 8pm. Come learn to feed your magnificent soul!…783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25, or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70 or drop off a check.

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

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

√  Another ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE book went to New Bedford this past week which means we have a new town added to our list! YIPPEE!!! Thank you Suzy!!!! If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  PLUS each book is personally (and lovingly) autographed.

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

UNITED STATES
California
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1
Connecticut
Cromwell 1

Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1
Florida
Fort Lauderdale 1

Georgia
Roswell 1
Kentucky
Louisville 1
MAINE

Biddeford 1

Maryland
Chestertown 1
Massachusetts
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2

Bolton 1
Canton 1

Framingham 1

Holliston 16
Hudson 4
Medway 3
Millis 1

Millbury 4

New Bedford 1 (WELCOME NEW BEDFORD TO THE MIX)
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 state and new town! YIPPEE!)
New York

Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1
Ohio
Dublin 1
Rhode Island
Newport 1
Vermont
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2
AUSTRIA
Wien 2
IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1
ITALY
Rome, Italy 3
JAPAN
Tokyo  1
PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1
SCOTLAND  
Greenock 1
SPAIN
Madrid 1
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*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

REMEMBER…

*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!

*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love!

YOUR LITTLEST VOICE…

 

 

 

TODAY, AS YOU ENTER YOUR INNER WORLD WITH THE HELP OF THE BUTTERFLYMOMS BLOG, GIVE YOUR SELF THE GIFT OF TAKING A DEEP, LUSCIOUS CLEANSING BREATH…. IN… HOLD……… OUT……..…AHHHHHHH. NOW WIGGLE YOUR TOESIES….GROUND YOUR SELF…. FEEL HOW VEEEEEEEERY GOOD IT FEELS TO FEEL…YESSSSSSSSSSSSS! It’s all FEEDBACK TO GET YOU BACK TO YOUR JOY…. YOUR CHOICE… Now let’s begin today’s adventure…

Sweet ButterflyMoms,

Inside of each one of us is a voice. It is our original voice, a voice without fear, a voice that is the core essence of who we are. Over time, as we develop our brain, the ability to communicate and the desire to be accepted by others covers over that little voice. Like a once precious childhood item that gets buried in a stuffy attic we lose our deepest connection to who we are. Over time more and more stuff gets piled up in that attic and soon the task of finding it seems so HUGE that we put it off…many times until it is too late.

DEEP BREATH HERE….AHHHHHHHHHHH!

Our world is shifting. I’ve written a lot about that. Are you feeling it? Thirty years ago if a man cried he was weak. If you went to a mental health specialist, you were crazy. If you worked, you were a bad mom. If you were gay, you were an abomination and somehow seen as not human. Although there are some people that still believe in these, for the most part society overall has done a huge shift into awareness and acceptance. As a whole our society has moved up the chakras and is now starting to enter the heart….AHHHHHHHH, the magic of the fourth chakra! The heart, energetically speaking is that meeting place where your lower self meets your higher self. It is the bridge of those two worlds. Without your heart there is deep and permanent chasm of disconnection.

In many ways your little voice, for many of us, is that of our hearts. It reminds me of a very young child who has much older siblings that are always louder and more forceful about what gets done and who gets heard. Can you picture what I mean? How is your heart feeling today? Be present with what feedback comes back. There is no good. There is no bad. Feelings are feelings. If you have not used yours in a while they may be a bit overwhelming but just be present with them for they are the guidance system towards finding your little voice. 🙂

Love to you! (and lots of it!)

Great big hug luscious hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

P.S. Here’s an idea for a FABULOUS VALENTINE’s GIFT…(SOUND THE TRUMPETS) LADIES AND GENTLEEN ANNOUNCING…GET YOUR CALENDAR OUT…The ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build something so magical. Some of our world’s most magnificent people have been there like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez… we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…it will be a fun, transformational, heart-felt day filled with Yoga, Workshops, Hypnosis, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying, Breathing Work and much more! Price is only $212 including all supplies, meals and workshops. If you buy your spot before February 29th it is only $149, a savings of $63! YES! Space it limited however so guarantee YOUR SPOT NOW by either clicking here https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=V446L9J3TZXRA or sending your check to Maria Salomão-Schmidt, 783 Washington St, Holliston, MA 01746. Any questions call Maria at 617.877.3616. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

PPS. Help me support my dream :)… It’s been TWENTY YEARS in the making!!!! Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire is the amazing wisdom of 21 entrepreneurial moms who are passing on their knowledge to those who don’t have time for beating around the bush! We all need to make money and live our lives well NOW. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!! Please order it now and join the hundreds of happy readers before you who took the leap of faith in helping someone grow…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 Thursday Night we have a ButterflyMoms workshop at 783 Washington Street in Holliston, MA at 8pm that feeds your soul. They started after Maria manifested her dream…with the help of Sophia…to be a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and every week since she had done the workshop on Thursday nights. Any questions call my cell at 617.877.3616.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria gets up at 4:30am to write the weekly ButterflyMoms blog. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.

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

√  ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build something so magical. Some of our world’s most magnificent people have been there like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez… we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…it will be a fun, transformational, heart-felt day filled with Yoga, Workshops, Hypnosis, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying, Breathing Work and much more! Price is only $212 including all supplies, meals and workshops. If you buy your spot before February 29th it is only $149, a savings of $63! YES! Space it limited however so guarantee YOUR SPOT NOW by either clicking here https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=V446L9J3TZXRA or sending your check to Maria Salomão-Schmidt, 783 Washington St, Holliston, MA 01746. Any questions call Maria at 617.877.3616. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

√  Next ButterflyMoms Workshops is February 9 at 8pm. Come learn to feed your magnificent soul!…783 Washington St, Holliston. Plenty of FREE & EASY PARKING in back. Only $25, or just $20 if pay through Paypal http://bit.ly/mS7c70 or drop off a check.

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

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

√  We released  ONE ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE book this past week in Rutland, MA! Please help me reach my goal of selling twenty-four more books this month.  If you have been thinking about starting a business or want to take your business to the next level this is a wonderful way to start. WAY cheaper than going back to school…and very helpful! To feed the soul of a friend buy them a copy by CLICKING HERE NOW… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U.  PLUS each book is personally (and lovingly) autographed.

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

UNITED STATES
California
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1
Connecticut
Cromwell 1

Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1
Florida
Fort Lauderdale 1

Georgia
Roswell 1
Kentucky
Louisville 1
MAINE

Biddeford 1

Maryland
Chestertown 1
Massachusetts
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2

Bolton 1
Canton 1

Framingham 1

Holliston 16
Hudson 4
Medway 3
Millis 1

Millbury 4
North Easton 1

Rutland 1 (HERE’s TO ANOTHER TOWN BEING ADDED TO OUR GROWING LIST! SO COOL!)
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1

Wrentham 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1
Missouri
Lee’s Summit 1
New York
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1
Ohio
Dublin 1
Rhode Island
Newport 1
Vermont
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2
AUSTRIA
Wien 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…

*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!

*Share the ButterflyMoms blog with your beloved friends! Spread the love!

Sitting On Each Other’s Dreams…

Another day of ADVENTURES on Planet Earth Begins! :)!

Good Morning Beautiful ButterflyMoms,

 

Happy Glorious Friday Morning! (ok, I can hear some of you already… MY, Maria you are certainly chipper this a.m.!! 😉 Although it is a currently popular in the American culture to BELIEVE we are not “morning people”, that we don’t really wake up until we get our “beloved” caffeine…MORNINGS ARE ACTUALLY SPECTACULAR times because your brain is still not fully in control of you! This is one place you can start digging for magic in your life. PLAY with EARLY MORNINGS! You heard me Sistah-Friend, PLAY WITH YOUR EARLY MORNINGS! Why? Well, BECAUSE IT IS SOOOOOOOOO FUN! Early mornings are the rare times when you have not slipped back into your HUMAN DOMESTICATION.

Happy Birthday Beautiful Corinne...Here is a photo of ButterflyMoms helping to support one another!

Early Morning From My New England Kitchen Window...

Notice WHAT SIMPLE things REALLY inspires you. Your INTUITION is strongest then because sleeping is like you have been MEDITATING all night so your brain is less likely to interfere. It is a fabulous time to write to see what (or who) comes out. Many times our true self comes out. The fact is that we sometimes pay others who have developed their intuitive/psychic skills but don’t take the time to nurture our own skills.

FROM LAST WEEK…CONNECTING THE THREADS

The assignment last week was to TRY THIS…For the next week either out loud or to yourself when you see someone instead of just saying “HEY” , “HI”, “HOW’S IT GOIN”, WHAT’S SHAKIN’ or HOW’S IT HANGIN’, how about you take a deep breath and say NAMASTE, even if it’s only in your mind. Think of it as a sweet, sweet alignment for your soul….it’s free and fun and is also a deep, magical gift to the others you come across in your day. 😉

How did it work for you? If you did not do it, no worries, take the guilt out of it. Look at it with childlike wonder and see where in your life you have simple, good things that will help activate the life you want. Do you not see these opportunities or just choose not to take them? Explore your unconscious habits. See what you can unlock and release today. Become lighter and happier. Like the song says, “I’m ALREADY THERE, take a look around.” Your happiness is already there you just have to notice and be open to it. :)!

Isabella enjoying her early morning in New England

HAPPY VD! 😉

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and that is the holiday of the heart, the fourth chakra. This chakra is the great connector of your lower self (the part that you don’t want people to see) and your higher self (the part you aspire to live in). The truth is that as the best-selling author Debbie Ford shares in her book Dark Side of the Light Chasers, we need both our dark and our light sides to be complete. The people who try to EXTRACT part of themselves end up doing more damage than not because when you cut off one part you cut off the other too because it’s all about balance. I personally like to know that I have a very healthy dark side that I don’t need to live in but if someone hurts my children or me I can access, fully, at my beckon call. I call it my MAMA BEAR mode. 😉 The KEY is not to LIVE THERE! That is when you are running your system into exhaustion because you are now accessing your fight or flight buttons and taxing the crap out of your organs, like your pancreas, adrenals, thyroid and yes, ladies, even your ovaries. These are all part of your endocrine system. It is part of the FIGHT or FLIGHT system that really was meant for us to access one every 2-3 years but in our society we access “several” times a day. It is one MAJOR way many of us are getting sick. If we were cars it’s like grinding your gears from over-use and not enough maintenance care. I do a fantastic healing for my clients to help them align themselves so it is possible to get out of this cycle. Notice when it happens to you and be gentle with yourself. It is all about noticing and letting go…and asking for help when you need it.

ButterflyMoms in Worcester (yes there are men ButterflyMoms too! 😉

FEED SOMEONE’s SOUL…AND YOUR OWN!

I see sooo many amazing people out there, especially MOMS who are following their passion. Unlike gigantor corporations who have a shitload of resources, loopholes and connections, most small businesses have very little. The one thing we do have is each other. I ask you this week to reach out to someone who inspires you, someone who feeds your soul. Support her business in some way, buy her product even if it’s a small thing, tell three friends about her and ask them to support her, write her a note saying she inspires you. Tap into your own INSPIRATION. In this planet of ours whatever we send our money and energy to we get more of. Many of us are conditioned to go to Target, for example, to buy gifts for people but what about the beautiful ButterflyMoms in town who own small gift stores…go their first. In Holliston there are six options I can think of where I can go right to the owner and tell them my budget and describe the reason for the gift and they oftentimes find me the most amazing items! When you support another’s HEART JOURNEY you automatically give fuel to your own. FEEL HOW GOOD IT FEELS to support someone’s dream! (DEEP BREATH REMINDER: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!)

The more you question your “SHOULDs” and you will EXPAND your JOY! It feels AMAZING, FAMILIAR, NURTURING, JOY-FULL, and even FUN! Thank you for your part in this wonderful formula we call ButterflyMoms! NAMASTE!

Great big honkin’ hugs to YOU!

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

ButterflyMoms founder…YAY!

PS  It has been a little over a week since my dream got delivered to me, the book I helped write called “Entrepreneurial Moms Extraordinaire”!!! So far I have sold about a book a day. My goal is to sell at least 300 in 2011. The people who have read it love it. If you want to be a part of that love order one now. I sign every book and wrap it with lots of love! You never know what magic comes to you when you create magic for others! To order now go to http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

 

Here is where the books have gone to ButterflyMoms…

UNITED STATES

Massachusetts

Holliston 5

Hudson 4

Worcester 2

Rhode Island

Newport 1

California

Sacramento 1

AUSTRIA

Wien, Austria  2

ITALY

Rome, Italy     3

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

 

PPS A special THANK YOU TO the beautiful NANCY SENIOR of FRONT PORCH HEALING for her amazing LOVE and support! What a heart friend! You can check out her blog at http://frontporchhealing.com/

Y O U are SAFE!

Our beautiful little butterfly Sophia on her first birthday 🙂 She is the inspiration for BUTTEFLYMOMS!

Today’s soul lesson is about paying attention to that thing that keeps coming up for you even though it feels ICKY, or, even though your mind is bringing in a chorus of naysayers. ALWAYS go with your gut. Part of this journey is starting to distinguish the voice of fear/mind vs the voice of wisdom/instinct. The more PRESENT you are the more WHOLE you will feel. Today’s lesson is a challenging one for me, personally, but it’s coming up as a topic today and if I’m talking the talk, baby, then I have to walk the walk…..because I know wonderful adventures await when we let go and observe! I trust you beautiful ButterflyMoms enough to write the following with an open heart….

“YOU ARE SAFE” – The first time I ever remember hearing those words was the first day of preschool for my then 2 year old Mialotta. I quietly burst into blinding tears. SAFETY. Wow, what a concept! Seeking SAFETY had been my holy grail quest. I had been looking for it, for a place to belong, where I could just “be” my whole life. I was petrified of not being SAFE. Now, as a mother, my SAFETY FEAR PARADIGM had shifted to also include my children’s safety. A few months earlier with the sudden death of my 13 month old baby daughter, Sophia, I was on HIGH, HIGH, HIGH ALERT. What I “believed” was being completely challenged. Growth sometimes feels like pain because it can be scary. To move through it bring in your breath. It is one of your biggest built-in assets!!!

Sophia and Mialotta were only 14 months apart. Mialotta ADORED her little sister. It was wonderful to watch! The day Sophia stopped breathing the blur of events started… all the screaming, trying to give CPR, frantic calling 911, the shrieking ambulances on our lawn, the burly paramedics. It was such a violent, scary scene for me! I cannot imagine what it was like for my twenty-seven month old,  sweet little “innocent” Mialotta!!!!  One of the hardest things about Sophia’s death was TRYING TO EXPLAIN to my 2 year old why her little sister was physically gone and would not be coming back. In her mind, I had left with Sophia with those BIG men.  Mialotta’s world, as much as I wanted to protect her from something so hard to bear, was forever changed.  She tried to make sense of it with a stream of  questions – “But why did you let those big men take her?” “But if she’s at the hospital why don’t you go get her?”, “Where is Sophia?”, “When is she coming back?”…. The next day she asked me, “Mama, when are the big men coming to take me next?” (breathe……….whew………ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh… stay with it).  Those words took my breath and crushed my heart. This little, little baby was now unsure of her own SAFETY because even at two your heart can be broken.

Little Mialotta at 2

It had only been a few months since our baby Sophia died and we were walking around in a deep fog. A WONDERFUL woman from our church, Ellen Kerstein, kept showing up, gently asking us about Mialotta’s going to her preschool. Ellen is an expert at helping children thrive. She has been doing it for decades and she is absolutely fabulous at it! Mentally, we were in a place where decisions were hard to make because they had consequences. Ellen kept asking. She kept showing up. We mindlessly agreed. When we walked in the first day of school and the beautiful Ellen bent down to Mialotta and said, “YOU ARE SAFE,” it blew my mind!

I had not realized I was worried about it because I was sooooooooooooo IN THE FEAR of not being safe. I could see Mialotta immediately relax. This whole scene was a DIRECT MESSAGE RECEIVED from the universe. I GOT that I AM SAFE, that WHAT/WHO YOU need shows up WHEN YOU NEED IT! Our job is not to JUDGE, just take it in. I got that, lessons even when they are crazy hard, help us grow. Someone once said to me that hearts can only grow after they break…….I am starting to FEEL that is true!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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