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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!!!
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What Can “I LOVE LUCY” Teach You About Energy Work?

Mialotta doing a handstand on the Beach. :) I'm in a cafe sitting in the sun!

Mialotta doing a handstand on the Beach. 🙂 I’m in a cafe sitting in the sun!

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

It has NEVER been MORE IMPORTANT than NOW to CHECK IN ON YOUR LIFE! Most of us bought into the formula of doing things the “right” way, filling out the necessary forms, having the perfect wedding, celebrating our kids’ birthdays with the appropriate birthday parties, visiting the in-laws, attending the neighbor’s bbq, going on the once a year vacation…blah, blah, blah…. Quite frankly, it’s exhausting! Have you realized that all of your “SHOULD”s (things you are supposed to do) are choking the very life out of you!

I love lucy collageIf you’re a fan of the 1950’s American television show, I LOVE LUCY, you might recall a scene from one of the episodes where she and her friend are working in a chocolate factory, which sounds like a wonderful predicament until the conveyer belts starts slowly serving them chocolates from a machine for them to package. The speed builds more and more speed until the two lovable female characters have nowhere else to stick, eat or hide the bon bons that are shooting out of the machine at rocket speed. Life in 2013 is like that for a lot of people. When we were younger, it might have started off slower, thus more manageable, but now it’s shooting the bon bons of life at record speed!

The fact is that so much is coming at us that we our systems get overwhelmed or “flooded”.  Most of us have simply slipped into automatic pilot, where life is numbed out in some way, so we can create an illusion that we are dealing with everything.

I love lucy chocolate factoryAt the writing of this ButterflyMoms blog, it is the year 2013 and the people who run the bohemoth corporations, because their number one goal is financial “profits”, are mindlessly raping and pillaging our beloved planet right in front of our eyes. With those record profits, they are changing and controlling many of the things we do, including even the very essence of our food. Here in Portugal you see it when you take a walk along the marginal (Linha de Cascais). Sadly, our beaches and oceans are full of trash. I am ashamed to share that but it’s true. Although they have public workers who pick it up on a daily basis you still find tons of trash thrown by beach-goers and that comes in from the tides. Our oceans are showing us that they are in trouble. What can each of us do to help? Sit in a quiet spot, ask the question and wait for the response. This is a fabulous exercise to learn how to use and develop your intuition… and start helping our Mother Earth!

 

This is a wonderful wake-up call for us! If we all become AWARE, we can start taking steps to SHIFT to bring out planet Earth into a healthier state! May this article be like one of the three ghosts who came to visit Scrooge to lead him from his place of FEAR, SADNESS and DISCONNECTION to his life’s purpose!

 

The inventor of this cool game! :)! Our Isabella! One of the youngest energy workers I know! :)

The inventor of this cool game! :)! Our Isabella! One of the youngest energy workers I know! 🙂

ANOTHER MINDFUL EXERCISE…

I invite you to bring AWARENESS into your life by playing with this simple exercise that you probably already heard of but have abandoned at some point. This version was invented by our then three-year-old Isabella. The name of the game is “Go Around The Rectangle”. Any time you sit down to have a meal with another person, even just for tea, do this. Start by going around the table (ours was obvious a rectangle, not a circle as Isabella so proudly and stubbornly pointed out). Have everyone respond to some version of the question… “What are you THANK-FULL for?” The kid in all of us, no matter what our age, loves it. This exercise is a simple tool that is incredibly effective. Especially in a time where so many of us automatically reach for a cell phone whenever it rings, regardless of who is around, this will help you and your family/friends re-align to being more grounded and present to life. Do it daily and see the magic that begins to unfold… LIVE MORE IN THE NOW!

 

 

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

 

 

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

√  REIKI 1 WORKSHOP: I’m teaching Reiki 1 in Cascais, Portugal (Feb 16 & Feb 23 10:00-2:30). Cost is only €130, includes materials, Reiki 1 certification and attunement. Class size limited and will fill up very quickly so if interested email me at maria@butterflymoms.com.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.

 

√  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

 

Beautiful Olivia with the setting sun! :)

Beautiful Olivia with the setting sun! 🙂

√ 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

 

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

 

Buy the book and support two people's dreams! :)

Buy the book and support two people’s dreams! 🙂

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

 

 

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

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

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!!!!!

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

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE FOUR DEADLY DREAM KILLERS

The divine Miss Olivia lost another tooth this past week! :)

The divine Miss Olivia lost another tooth this past week! 🙂

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Today’s blog was written with lots of love from beautiful Paço de Arcos, Portugal! It is gift-wrapped with Reiki energy so that whomever reads it gets a wonderful dose! Swim in all that love! Take as much as you need! 🙂

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Christmas for many of us is the time when we enter into our imaginations and activate the “perfect” images of Christmas. We spend the entire time leading up to the holidays using our energy to make this vision a reality. There is actually nothing wrong with having a vision and manifesting it, that is actually how we make dreams happen…We bring ideas from the 7th chakra and drop them down into the lower chakras to create them on earth. The challenge comes from people coming into Christmas with the four deadly dream killers activated….What are the four deadly sins> #1. Not grounded  #2. Low energy/vibration   #3. Unclean and  #4. Unprotection. When these four core areas are not addressed you are setting yourself up for pain and disappointment, in other words, what you will manifest is the opposite of what you wanted.

IMG_0739Why is that? Well let’s imagine that you are going to cook something. If you have don’t have a proper space to cook that is the equivalent of not being grounded (#1). You would not want to make scrambled eggs in the bathroom would you? YUCK! If you have no containers (pans, bowls, etc.) or they all have holes in them then whatever you are trying to make will also be more complicated (#2). When the vibrational level is low so is its mass. When this happens you get flimsy dreams…so close but there is not enough there to hold on to.

DSCN5293The third (#3) deadly dream killer is being unclean. How many times have you taken a shower or bath in your lifetime? How many times have you done that for your soul? Your soul gets dirty just like your body does yet most people never even think about cleansing it. Think about how bad you’d stink if you had NEVER taken a shower!!! This one deadly dream killer is one that people can do every time they shower or even wash their hands. It takes no more time at all. It’s just about visualizing beautiful light washing over you and dumping all the “ickies” into a drain. I like to follow that image and guide the ickies into the ground where they are turned into glorious fertilizer so the energy shifts into something that then helps grow beautiful flowers. This is an example of full-spectrum use of energy…it’s a wonderfully responsible way to make the whole planet energetically work more in alignment with its peace, its natural flow.

Beautiful Guincho... Breath-giving!

Beautiful Guincho… Breath-giving!

The fourth (#4) deadly dream killer is “unprotection”. What would happen if you left all your doors and windows open 24 hours a day? Sounds silly, well as we become more and more aware of our energy we see that closing and opening up to certain people and circumstances is a choice that greatly affects deadly dream killer #2, your vibration.

When you don’t monitor who goes in and out of your precious energy field it can be incredibly draining. Energy vampires can come in just as easily as energy bunnies (those who give you energy) into your field …until you feel drained or rejuvenated. You may even have no clue why you feel so tired. Do you have someone in your life who when they call you sometimes ignore that call? Chances are that they are an energy vampire. You feel icky when you see their number pop up. Now you know why. It’s completely ok to do this. There are also other ways that steal your energy which I’m writing about in my upcoming book. For right now this is a good way to start working on filling your energetic container by only allowing those with whom you want to share energy to consciously flow with each other. 🙂 Life shifts completely when you can actively notice these four deadly dream killers because when you work on them they themselves transform into your DREAM CREATORS!

If you want to learn more about the DEADLY DREAM KILLERS/DREAM CREATORS feel free to come to a workshop (see below). Because I’m teaching this while in my core, you’ll notice an immediate life shift alignment in yours! Thankfully, it’s CONTAGIOUS!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

DSCN5405WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL…

√  WORKSHOP: Wednesday, January 8th. HOW TO PROPERLY DEAL WITH THE  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, 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, 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

√ 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 5
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 –

Sintra 1 –

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

The girls love their 16 year old doggie that had been at the shelter for 11 years!!! She is being seriously loved on now, even started wagging her tail! 🙂

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!!!!!

WHAT PULLS YOU INTO THE WORLD OF BUTTERFLYMOMS?

DSCN5959Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Every week that you come here to devour the ButterflyMoms blog, you are being drawn into a very sacred and nurturing circle of magnificent energy. Out of all the things you could be doing, a part of you chose to come here to the ButterflyMoms blog. I take that calling to come here very seriously for that “signal” you get in the “firestorm of busy” has to be strong. The more I do my “work” of grounding, letting go, protecting, deepening and expanding my energy, the more your intuition will be called to the ButterflyMoms’ channel.  It is happening on a level that is “invisible” to most of the five sense and  brain, instead it comes more in through the heart, really. If you find yourself being drawn here celebrate because you are definitely on to something! It is the same special something that magically opens morning glories every morning, makes the sun rise and the egg find its perfect sperm.

DSCN6011There is a magical channel here on planet earth. To be truly happy you need to tune into it, but how? Little babies seem to know how to find it but then somewhere along the way early on we override our innate joy ability and learn a different way of living and being. In the process of getting to a “safe” place in our life, we lose that ability to be happy.  Most of what we learned will not get us aligned with that channel. Chasing it won’t get you there. In fact, no matter how much money, intelligence, education or influence you have, there is only one way to access it. The only way is by LIVING IN THE PRESENT. You know that cheesy saying… “The past is history, the future is a mystery and today is a gift,” Well, it’s not today that is a gift, it’s right now….. and now right now…. and now right now…. you get the idea. NOW is the gift. Realize this. Yes, you have read this concept a million times but have you TRULY let it sink in? Want to find out? Do this simple, little test:

(DRUM ROLL) BUTTERFLYMOMS TEST QUESTION: Answer the following question in “YES” or “NO” format. “Are you happy RIGHT NOW IN THIS MOMENT?” YES or NO. (ENTER JEOPARDY WAITING MUSIC)

WARNING! Now this is where most people fall into a trap…. If someone answers: “Ya, I’m actually feeling pretty ok, right now. My life if fine. I’m actually pretty content.” (ENTER SOUND OF GONG OR ANNOYING BUZZER)

Uhm, excuse me! Are you not an amazing creation working in synchronistic harmony with all the miraculous systems in your body? Need a reminder? Here is a little rundown of just some of the things your body does EVERY DAY see if this helps you snap out of the land of humdrum…

``````human bodyYou have 30,000,000,000 (thirty billion) working sections in your brain.

You have 131,000,000 photoreceptors in your eyes.

You have 24,000 hair-like cells in your inner ear which react to sound and convert it to nerve impulses.

Your small intestine has a surface area of 970,000 square feet.

Your heart beats 100,000 times and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood every day.

Your liver manufactures more than 1,000 different enzymes, each controlling a different chemical reaction.

You have 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body.

You breathe 438 cubic feet of air each day.

There are 35,000,000 gland cells in your stomach to allow it to break down food without digesting itself.

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Your kidneys have 40 miles of tubing and clean 500 gallons of your blood every day.

Every cell has 1,000,000,000,000 (one million million) bits of data in it. (That is as much information as 10,000 encyclopedia-sized books.)

Your body has 639 muscles that must work together.

Our joints must move 25,000,000 times in our lifetime without wearing out.

There are 30,000,000,000,000 (thirty million million) cells in our body with 10,000 functions.

HOLY SHIT! Did you put any of these things on your to do list? Nope, you didn’t and they still get done! Pretty damn cool!!!!! The answer above can easily be diagnosed as a case of NOTLD Syndrome…(Night Of The Living Dead Syndrome) where people go around existing in their lives like zombies. Unfortunately, it is so wide-spread that people don’t notice it when you have it, they only notice it when you don’t.

Hmmmmm…. Don’t believe me? Try this…Walk up to someone you know, look glum and exhale a lot. When they ask you why you are feeling so down tell them nothing happened, you just woke up that way, just feeling tired and icky. They will most shake their head and empathize, perhaps even share their own feeling tired and icky story. Now walk up to someone all happy and full of energy, beaming from every pore! When they ask you why you are so happy tell them you just woke up really happy. Most likely at some point your good energy will rub them the wrong way and they will get annoyed or talk behind your back to other who also like to share feeling tired and icky stories. This is, in general, the mode society lives in, but this is starting to crumble away. Those who are attracted to the ButterflyMoms blog are the light workers who are shining a path for those who will come after us. We are the antidote to the NOTLD Syndrome! We are doing amazing work, even without realizing it. We cannot help it because it is what we were born to do.

DSCN5851For those who are new to ButterflyMoms and don’t know, I am a Reiki Master Teacher and I am also a full-spectrum healer. So when you read the ButterflyMoms blog or share it with others, know that when I write the blog, I weave a lot of Reiki energy into each and every word. Whoever reads ButterflyMoms gets directly energized by universal Reiki love. (The cool thing about Reiki is that if you don’t want or need it, it goes to where in the world it is most needed. I’ve always loved that fact!) Now I’ve been writing this blog for almost four years and some weeks we get over 1,000 people from all over the world. Imagine with me if each one of those people is receiving Reiki think of how much love I’m calling in and sending out into the world! AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL! FEELS GREAT! FEELS VERY ALIVE!

I can see and feel things starting to energetically shift. I’ve gotten many more coaching inquiries within the last two weeks than ever before. This week I’m also proud to say that we sold 13 of the book Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, which I co-wrote. I am holding my first workshop in Portugal next week. (Details are below.) Also, while introducing myself at an International Women in Portugal meeting a woman named Samantha spontaneously yelled out, “Wait ButterflyMoms!? No way!” Her friend from South Africa had just a few days earlier sent her my ButterflyMoms blog! How very cool is that!?! I love that I’m living my life’s purpose of BEING THE FIRE THAT IGNITES PEOPLE’s SOUL! If I can help you get into your alignment please let me know. I am here to fly!!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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

Hey! I’m glad you are still reading! A few more things for those who want/need/desire a little bit more… Like extra credit without the pressure! 😉

√  WORKSHOP: Thursday, December 6th. FIVE EASY WAYS TO GROW YOUR INTUITION WORKSHOP… Are you curious as to how intuition works from an energetic point-of-view? How can you 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 blocks removed and be able to 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, 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!!!!!!!

√  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: Thirteen “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” books sold this week! And added 3 more cities to our list… 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…

DSCN6058BOOKS 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

DSCN5945BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL – 3 new Portuguese cities added this week! J
Carcavelos 1   – NEW CITY ADDED THIS WEEK!

Lisboa 11 – NEW CITY ADDED THIS WEEK!

Sintra 1 – NEW CITY ADDED THIS WEEK!

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

DSCN5847WHAT 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!!!!!

YOU CAN ONLY FAKE IT SO LONG…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

THANKSGIVING is one of my VERY FAVORITE HOLIDAYS!!!! This Thanksgiving was a little challenging for me because I’m not in America. Portugal does not celebrate Thanksgiving in any way so, here, it’s just another regular day of school. I had all these cool ideas of what to do with the girls and then I got a head cold that has rocked my world in a major way, thus putting a kibosh on all my plans. I started thinking about not seeing my son’s last football game, not doing all the rituals Doug and I do together, not having Thanksgiving with our family, not seeing our kids participating in the endearing New England events that we’ve done every year since they were born. I oftentimes feel alone because I am the cook, house cleaner, coordinating kids activities, food shopper, dish washer, driver, planner, dog walker, car maintainer, bill payer, clothes washer, etc. for my girls plus doing my work for with Brick House Realty, my clients and writing my book. The cold, which I suspect came on from lack of sleep, is my not-so-gentle reminder that there are severe consequences for not taking care of myself. AHHHHHHHHH! I teach this! I “should” know this lesson by now BUT it is a lesson that I have not yet managed to truly grasp. As a mother, I think I stay up late because it is the time when I get true ME time. Time to have quiet, sometimes it’s time to do the dishes or laundry so that we live in a semi-clean house. I am 45 now and cutting my sleep is not a wise solution any more. It sets up my next day for failure.

The beautiful Graça and her beautiful Scottish husband Norman! Amazing people!

A dear friend of mine Graça Palmer sent me this Neale Donald Walsch quote today that I’d love to share with you… “Challenges are what you came for. And you are never, ever, given a challenge you cannot overcome. The purpose of life is to give you a chance to be the grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are. When challenges arrive, then, move straight to clarity: This is what you came for. Now rise to this occasion, and know that you have every resource with which to create the right and perfect outcome.”

Above I wrote about some of my challenges, everyone has them. We are here to create exactly what Neale shared… TO BE THE GRANDEST VERSION OF THE GREATEST VISION EVER YOU HELD ABOUT WHO YOU ARE.” So whatever you are going through RIGHT NOW. EMBRACE IT! Let go of what is not working. Remember to practice extreme self-care. You know the basics… water, sleep, veggies, kindness, release, ground, protect, gratitude, movement, service… Check into these areas of your life. Make sure you are taking good care of you. Winter is the time for us to slow down and nurture… And don’t just nod, like you are right now, saying in your head, “Yes, I need to do that.”  Actually grab your calendar and PEN and write in five times this next week when you will do something to take care of yourself. Could be anything like take 20 minutes to read a book or do some crocheting or take a long bath. It does not have to be expensive, you just need to CARVE out the time and really be in the moment while you are doing it!

I realized that why I LOVE THANKSGIVING is because we get to share what we are thankful for! With this in mind I decided to celebrate this Thanksgiving by working on my gratitude. Back in August when I had our last ButterflyMoms’ meeting I was given about 18 magical cards and notes from the people whose lives I had touched, I got the intuitive hit that this was finally the time to open and read them. I did it while the kids were at school and to further take care of myself and savor the moment I also sipped on hot herbal tea for my throat. It gave me such inspiration! Thank you to everyone who wrote… or sang me their message! May the love you sent out be reverberated back to you ten-fold!  It was something that fueled my heart and it was THE absolutely perfect way for me to spend my Thanksgiving this year! 🙂

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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 goals. 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…

REMEMBER TO…
*Mark your calendar to read ButterflyMoms EVERY Friday!
*Share ButterflyMoms blog with beloved friends! Spread the love… http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com/

*Buy your copy of the book now at http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

Some of the very incredible ButterflyMoms who were there on the last day… 😉

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 was one of THE OPRAH SHOW’s last guests.

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

Do Zombies Clap?

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Ever go to a kids’ play and as the final curtain falls they bounce up on stage to proudly take a bow? What happened if no one, or just a few people clapped? Why is clapping so important? Sure there is the self-esteem, being seen element that is so obvious but there is also the energetic aspect of it. Clapping and cheering at the end of a performance are important because they complete the cycle of energy. The actors gave to you and now you give it back.

What the actors are really doing is sending out a big wave of connection and love to the audience through their acting. You can really see how energy plays a role by noticing how the audience reacts at the end of a performance. If the actors do a great job, the audience gives them a loud standing ovation. Recently my beautiful husband and I went to see Bruce Springstein and the energy was palpable. It was all coming from Bruce going into the audience and then back again. It was soooo powerful you could almost touch it!

If the actors are not present (thus did not send out connection and love) then the audience either won’t clap or will “politely” clap, which is flat energy – it’s very uncomfortable to watch or be around. It is the same thing if you are watching a sports team or someone out there performing in some way for you. The audience is definitely a factor in the equation, and a powerful one.

The reason I bring this up is that many times in our life we feel drained. If we are in one of our going-through-the-motions-of-life-as-it-should-be phases and we read something inspiring like the ButterflyMoms blog, we take it in for the moment, but then life takes over and we are soon right back where we were, drowning in our own life’s “shoulds” and “have to’s”. I know this is the case because I see how many people read the blog, oftentimes it’s over 1,000 people per week and still only a small portion comment. This means many of you are blocking your energy. So after reading this blog, you don’t send the energy back out there so it falls flat, like energy falling of a cliff instead of being sent back when you leave a comment.

I’m using today’s blog to remind you to step out of your ZOMBIE state of energy flow. Do even the small things that give you energy back. By doing a simple thing like leaving a comment on someone’s blog or hitting the like on someone’s post, you are giving energy back, which in turn energizes you! Try this and see how very good it feels. Most people don’t stop long enough to realize that giving back in this manner will shift where you are in your life and give you more energy to live the life you envision in your heart.

Oftentimes we look for ways to get more energy into our lives when if we just learned how to use what we already have in ways that serve our souls, then we would lead much happier lives. I am a light worker and the fire that ignites people’s souls. I teach people how to live meaningful, happy lives even in the face of illness, financial problems, depression and despair. Try this one simple act of “clapping” for others who are putting themselves out there and see how it shifts your own life! J Leave your comment below…

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

 

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

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
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*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!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Took My 8 Year Old Daughter To A Homeless Dinner…

I was the first one to arrive to my yoga class on the beach in Carcavelos! Surrounded by sun and surfers in late October. Cannot beat that! Plus our teacher is German so she said everything in English and German which was AWESOME!!!

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

After the yoga class we sat by the ocean sipping fruit smoothies. Australians, Germans, Portuguese, Americans and Italians… it was a wonderful mixture of love, fruit, nature and yoga! Someone pinch me! 🙂 Special THANK YOU to the beautiful Danielle for telling me about this amazing class!

I had the most amazing week of both highs and lows. I am realizing that when I am in my lows it’s because I’m no longer living in the moment. It matters little whether I’m doing something wonderful or having a car accident, as I did this week. What matters is if I’m living in the RIGHT NOW. Sounds too simple but notice it in your own life. Most of us are never taught that the way to being truly happy is to live in the RIGHT NOW. We are actually taught that “RIGHT NOW” is frivolous, lazy and unwise. We are always taught to keep our eyes on the future, always planning for something. We learn that to sacrifice the present for the future is a wise and noble thing to be praised. Well, this week I got an unexpected lesson of living in the RIGHT NOW… and about love … and about giving back… and about community… Also, ButterflyMoms readers have also asked me to include some photos, culture about Portugal and I think today’s blog does it in a fun, informative way. There is even a video at the end that is not what you expect but it is beautifully done. It is a jam-packed blog filled with LOVE, the spice of life!

Danielle is on the right who led me to the baskets. Eileen is next to her, the woman who helped organize all this, then Amy (who has a cousin in Holliston, MA) and Mary… ALL MAGICAL WOMEN! 🙂

The problem of poverty is UGLY… but the solution does not need to be. We can all do our part… Here is how we did our part this day. 🙂 Every little bit helps!

One of the BEST things about living in beautiful Portugal is meeting all the people! There are sooooo many incredible human beings here!…Many are, of course, from Portugal but there are also Portuguese who were born in other places or left Portugal very young, like I did, and have now come back. They have lived in places like Luxemburg, Brazil, America, Macao, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, Canada, France, England, Timor and Germany. These countries seem to be the main places people who immigrated went. Well, I should not really use immigrated for some of them because for many years Portugal was a colonial power that had an incredible influence in the world, especially considering its rather initial small landmass. Up until a few short years ago Portugal still had many colonies.** Portugal has always been a magnet for people, once you come here and savor the food, weather, climate, people, nature… you can’t help but fall madly in love! Also because there is a lot of light and sunshine here (it does not get dark until much later here as compared to Massachusetts, for example) people get more serotonin. Plus living right on the ocean is a soul-FULL experience I wish on everyone… especially the more grumpy of us humans! 😉

Just some of the REALLY GOOD LOOKING volunteers… 😉 Amazing people and their equally amazing children! It was a big lovefest!!!

So far on this magical year’s journey I’ve had the pleasure of meeting my very first week here, the beautiful Eileen McDonough, who is originally from Pittsburg. She started a greeting card company called Mandamor…(Manda= send) (Amor= love). What a cool name right? She has helped revolutionize the greeting card industry in Portugal and are thinking of expanding overseas. To check out their cool designs… http://www.mandamor.com/index.html Today I want to write about a REALLY cool thing Eileen did.

Last year our beautiful Eileen, turned 50 and to celebrate she wanted to do something for other people so she organized a group of friends to feed the homeless. Well, it was SUCH a huge success that she did it again this year and I was lucky enough to be invited. It was something I will never, ever forget!

Everyone did whatever was needed, whenever it was needed. We all had great flow!

You see, there was an ordinary Portuguese man named Alfredo Abreu in Lisboa, whose heart broke every time he heard of someone going hungry*, so he started this special organization. He basically asks someone to bring together friends who not only volunteer but also pay for the event. Eileen heard about what he was doing and it opened up her heart as well… because that is how love works – it’s contagious!…and when you live in the RIGHT NOW you can feel the intuition hits more clearly and feel the love more deeply. It’s almost impossible to do this when you thinking about a deadline or your to do list… know what I mean? 😉  So from those 40 friends she collected about $25/person with some giving more and some giving less – it all works out. We volunteers set up the menu, shopped for the food, cooked, set up, served, did the dishes and cleaned up. It used to be outside and only a few times a year, now it’s up to once every two weeks and indoors! We also have people there who sit at each table to keep the guests happy and conversations going. Most groups even have live music… all volunteers!

To be honest when I found out about it I was not very excited. Things seemed to go against us for a while. It started raining like crazy then, on the way we had a car accident which made us later, then took the oh-so-wrong turn that meant we had to sit in traffic over the 25 de Abril bridge (you know the one that they modeled after the Golden Gate bridge) knowing the whole way that it was the wrong direction and we were now almost an hour late. ARGH! It was a wonderful exercise in letting go and being in the RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW. Sometimes people think we are working to ARRIVE at a place where all will go as we wish and there will be no more “bad things”. If we are just good enough, sacrifice enough, give enough THEN we will arrive at that safe place where daughters don’t die, banks don’t take away a family’s house or people we love don’t get cancer, but EVERY situation is both good and bad… it is all about perspective. It is a very foreign lesson to most of us but it is one that is necessary if you want to attain happiness. Gentle reminder to always be checking your perspective. 🙂 I felt like we should go home but I did not, we just kept moving forward, being open to the possibilities!

In the middle of it all I asked Mia to pose so that I could give her the gift of that very special moment from that very special night! “OH MOM! We gotta get back to work!” 😉

I didn’t expect this but the second we walked in you could feel the magic, the love. Mialotta and I got table 9, that’s her luckiest of lucky numbers because it’s the lacrosse number she choose because that was also her big brother Christopher ‘s jersey number. Mia and I worked together beautifully. We knew a lot of the volunteers so it was fun running into people we had met over the last two months (almost to the day) of when we had arrived in Portugal. Mialotta and I made a pact that we were going to be the best servers in the whole world that night and we shared that with our guests. “Get ready for a lot of love!”, we said. There were parts of the night that stand out. One, was that many more people came than ever before, I believe it was over 300, so we ran out of food. It still brings me to tears the memory of having to look into someone’s eyes, someone who is obviously very hungry and tell them there is no more food for a second helping. It is savage and heart-breaking. I had to do it over a dozen times that night. The people who were there were mostly people you would NEVER expect to see there. Many are the working poor who have been caught in the crossfire of political shenanigans. There were lots of men, but also many women and children, even babies and grandmothers. One man who had MS walked for over three hours in the rain to get to this dinner. When Mialotta asked him how he did that, he smiled and said he walks a little and sits a little. Imagine having to say to him sorry no more food. Heart-breaking!!!

Mialotta and her artist friend Artur Mata. She was in heaven!

There were many heartwarming stories too. We met an incredible artist and poet Artur Mata with whom Mialotta totally clicked with! She has been an artist from birth and has always connected with artistic people. His drawings and poems are gorgeous. Someone read one of his poems that night. I’m including it here.

Our incredible Sr. Emilio and his amazing baskets… big and small.

The person who affected me the most deeply was Senhor Emilio, a beautiful man in his late 50’s early sixties who makes baskets. My beautiful Australian friend Danielle was insistent that I meet the man who makes these amazing baskets. Sr. Emilio and I locked eyes and I could see his heart. There are people who have the grace of peace in them and beautiful Sr. Emilio is one of those people. When I asked how much his baskets were, he told me a ridiculously low price. I asked why so low. He said he lives to simply make enough to get by, not to make a profit. He wants to live life simply. Eleven years ago he lived happily in Angola with his beautiful wife and two children, a little boy and a girl. One day he came home from a long day at work to find his beloved family all murdered by petty thieves who got almost nothing because there was nothing to get.

Humbling. How can there be any other word?! Wow! Wow! Wow! Seriously. It is moments like these I can feel my Sophia around me. It is not like feeling a person, more like feeling a deep love. I had the courage to ask him why he had not taken his own life. At this point we were simply looking deep into each other’s eyes. He has such kind eyes. He said that he would not killed himself, nor does he hate the people who murder his beloved family, because his act would be worse than his. I kissed and gave him one of my very best special hugs…and for those of you who have gotten one of my “normal” hugs can only imagine what the extra-special ones are like. 😉 In general Portuguese people don’t hug too much, we do more of the kiss on both cheeks, so for him to get this hug, you could tell it was not very common but that it also touched his heart. He said many other wonderful things that made me feel so amazing. It felt like I was in the presence of God… not in the religious sense but in the LOVE sense, like a huge PEACE was all around us. (sigh) Sr. Emilio asked me three times if I was coming back in two weeks… I said no the first time, thinking how very hard it was to get a babysitter… by the third time I got a grip of myself and said that of course I would come… and Mia piped in, “E eu tambem!” (and me too!) Later on the drive home I asked her what she had learned and she said that she had learned not to judge a book by it’s cover. This whole night had a wonderful healing affect on her too. I bought every single one of his beautiful little baskets, except for the special one he gifted to Mialotta. When I got home I put all my sacred stones and crystals I use for coaching and healings in them. I feel these magical baskets are made with love so when I see someone who needs to magnetizing love, I will grow the circle, the circle of love that never stops.

This man specifically asked for Eileen to thank her… turns out that he had live in America for over 25 years and now is homeless. He was very grateful to her and us for our kindness. We were touched by his gratitude.

Because of all that she had done, I gave Eileen a guardian angel medal that I bought at a wonderful HEART store in Holliston, Massachusetts called KAMALA’s! http://www.kamalaboutique.com/ If you have not been there, go! It is a truly magical place! It is one of the things (and people – Kate the owner) I miss the most about the States. The twist I also just realized in writing this is that it is yet another example of how love moves in the world.. because the weekend I wrote my VERY FIRST ButterflyMoms blog in VT, I stopped in at Kamala’s. Kate was inspired by what I was about to do and gave me a bracelet from Tibet that I wore for a year until it broke off. She is also a part of this journey in so many ways. (Beautiful Kate, you probably think that I have forgotten but I have not!  THANK YOU DEAR FRIEND! 😉

Living in the RIGHT NOW!

Finally, at the end of the evening, after most people had left, I sat down with Alfredo who started all this from his heart’s vision. I had a lot to say, but when I looked around me and then at him, I just started uncontrollably weeping. He took my hand as he nodded his head with a peaceful smile and whispered, “Magical, isn’t it?”

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS To see a video of last year’s dinner that our beautiful Eileen did with her friends here it is. http://vimeo.com/35566164 Notice that they did it outside last year because they did not have a location. The miracle was that it was raining right before they started and started again after they ended. Everyone commented on how divine that was, how extra-ordinary. 😉  To find out more about Alfredo’s organization… http://www.servethecity.pt/

PPS Dearest Mialotta, most people don’t read this far so I just wanted to let you know how VERY VERY VERY proud I am of you! You rocked it!!!! WHEW WHO!!!!!  It was amazing seeing you that happy!

Mialotta teaches Pedro how it’s done!

*The current political policies are dramatically reducing the already meager salaries and pensions. I spoke to one lovely neighbor who had worked hard all his life and is now retired. He was expecting to live off of what they told him but they have reduced that and reduced that and reduced that amount until it borders on abject poverty. Pretty unconscionable what they are asking people to do, especially older people who literally sometimes simply die in their home alone because they oftentimes only live on $300/month and rents are the equivalent of what they are in the States. So if they pay for rent they cannot afford food and medicine or heat. If you have seen the protests they are why. People are sick of this kind of treatment from the very people who were put in office to serve the common person. (Side prayer request: Please pray for/envision that politicians around the world remember to serve the common people and our planet FIRST, and not mega-entities of unusually high money-making ability.)

This is the power of what a group of friends can do to end hunger. We did not solve the problem this night but we lived in love the entire evening by filling bellies and hearts! :)!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! We HIGHLY recommend it! 🙂

** From Wikipedia… In the 15th and 16th centuries, as the result of pioneering the Age of Discovery, Portugal expanded western influence and established the first global empire,[10] becoming one of the world’s major economic, political and military powers. In addition, the Portuguese Empire was the longest-lived of the modern European colonial empires, spanning almost 600 years, from the capture of Ceuta in 1415 to the handover of Macau in 1999 or the grant of sovereignty to East Timor in 2002. The empire spread throughout a vast number of territories that are now part of 53 different sovereign states. However, the country’s international status was greatly reduced during the 19th century, especially following the Independence of Brazil, its largest colony. After the 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy, the democratic but unstable Portuguese First Republic was established being then superseded by the “Estado Novo” authoritarian regime. Democracy was restored after the Portuguese Colonial War and the Carnation Revolution in 1974.

My beautiful friend Aida! LOVE HER! What a beautiful soul!

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. I only take on a few clients at a time so right now I have space for three 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!!!

The Beautiful Eileen and me 🙂 Ready for action!

√  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”

Another two young volunteers who went above and beyond… Catarina and Ricardo with Mialotta! What an amazing group of young people! 🙂 Watch out world!

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

Amazing poet Artur Mata who was present… this is his poem… O NOSSO JANTAR – OUR DINNER – part 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
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

 

 

Good Friends Jess and Aida with founder Alfredo Abreu. What an amazing man! What an amazing vision!

“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

I was not the only mom to bring her daughter… Here is Danielle with her beautiful daughter Ines! 🙂 Gotta love those Aussies! 🙂

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.

Another wonderful volunteer Henrique! 🙂

*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!!!!!

The Dark Side of Parenting…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

When I sit down every Friday no matter where I am in the world to write the ButterflyMoms blog, I hold a space for it to be as authentic and real as I can be, in that moment. I have learned that the more I can be in that space, the more you, my beloved ButterflyMoms, can too. Deep breaths for this week’s blog will awaken your heart…
It was a very challenging week. My dark side came out. It was very ugly at times. Don’t get me wrong, I love living here in Portugal. On the stunning drive along the sunny Atlantic coast today to drop off Isabella at her preschool, I contemplated how I would describe this to you so you could see what I mean. Please let me know if you get what I’m saying…

I am in love with being here. It’s the end of September and still in 90’s, sunny, very little humidity. I literally live across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a 10 minute leisurely stroll to several gorgeous beaches. There are magical moment at every turn, like just before I started writing today blog, I opened my window and was greeted with the most amazing sunshine carrying with it the smell of the ocean….ahhhhhhhhh! There is sooooooooooooooo much to love here!

Yesterday I had a women’s group meeting at my house with women from England, Denmark and Australia. It was incredible. We all pulled an affirmation and mine was ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT!… ARGH! Not that lesson again! (You always know it’s your lesson because when you pull a card like this you always want to put it back 😉

The AHA that hit me like a ton of bricks is that pretty much EVERY little or big thing that you and I usually take for granted… driving to your destination without getting lost, knowing how to simply turn on a gas stove, putting a load in the washer that came with no directions, finding out where to get gas, trying to get the girls signed up for a good school, knowing where things are, knowing what words to use… all of these things are new to me here! There is a learning curve and they also take a lot longer than if I already knew them… This adds stress to the equation.

If I go back to the incredible work of Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of needs, I am on ‘level one’ from a logistical standpoint (chakra one), yet my upper chakras are in heaven (the visionary, writer) because there is soooo much visioning going on. So basically what is happening is that parts of me are being nurtured while other parts are being slowly starved.

What that looks like is that instead of getting sleep, I stay up. My brain/ego have taken over my body and its needs are falling by the wayside. How I see it in my life is that I get super cranky. My lack of self-care is directly proportional with how I treat my children. I yell and am short-tempered to an extreme that keeps growing until I realize what is happening…sometimes it takes days or weeks. The joy is squeezed out and the day becomes a military exercise of getting things done. It is a very sad way for children to grow up. It is a very sad way for me to live.

I know some of you will judge me but I am writing this for those of you out there who feel the same thing and don’t know how or what to shift. Sometimes when we do things we regret we stay stuck in that memory and eventually that memory defines us. All you can really do is START WHERE YOU ARE. START WITH THE SIMPLE… a letter.

What I did is I wrote my daughter Mialotta a letter that described how important she is to me. How I now saw how I had not treated her the way I truly feel about her. As I write this I am getting flashbacks to my own childhood. We imitate what we have seen. This is a priceless moment for me to take the IMPRINTING I received as a child and MORPH it into my vision for what kind of parent I want to be. PERFECT is not an option. AUTHENTICITY is an option and it is the option I am intending.

I cannot JUST say it. I know that if I don’t take REAL care of myself, my children will suffer. This crap does not just PLOP IN out of left field one random day. It builds and builds and builds as I ignored and ignored and ignored it. I have gotten too good at ignoring things. My life can be soooooo amazingly wonderful if I only do the things I know I need to take extreme care of myself… EXERCISE, GET ENOUGH SLEEP, EAT WELL, DRINK WATER, DO MY DAILY REIKI RITUALS, DO MY ARTIST’S WAY MORNING PAGES, CHOOSE MY ACTIVITIES WISELY, HONOR MY TIME…. There are a lot more, but these are the core activities that set up my life for massive amounts of fulfillment and joy and that is the time of life I’m striving for! I believe that time of life is our birthright.

I wrote that letter to Mialotta last night and handed it to her this morning. It was the first time I had ever written her a letter like that. She devoured it.  When she was done I hugged her and through my tears I told her how sorry I was for not truly SEEING her or treating her through the reflection of how much I love her. She hugged me back tightly and said, “You are the most beautiful mommy in the whole world.”

Today is a new day….and I am immensely thankful for the powers of awareness and forgiveness.

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Only one person responded to adding cool Portuguese terms and culture to the ButterflyMoms blog so unless I hear from more of you I won’t be doing it. Let me know know what you think. ALWAYS love hearing from our readers…

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

√  YAY SOLD ANOTHER BOOK THIS WEEK!!!! This time to Holliston, Massachusetts!!!! YAY! 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 (YAY another book sold in Holliston this week! GO HOLLISTON!)
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

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!!!!!

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
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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!!!!!

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