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Sending BOSTON LOVE BOMBS…

flag over Boston“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments, but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.”

– Joseph Addison **

Pray for BostonBeautiful ButterflyMoms,

The last four weeks have been quite INTENSE for me… my beautiful friend Aida (my age) unexpectedly died, the dollar took a huge drop in value so everything here got a lot more expensive, my mom was hospitalized for heart issues (yesterday)… and then, one we are all experiencing, all this “madness” with the Boston Marathon bombings and the incredible drama that is unfolding as authorities “hunt” for the people responsible.

Since I started doing energy work I’m a lot more sensitive and intuitive. Right now, I can FEEL people in Massachusetts SHUTTING DOWN to “protect” themselves. They are in the Land of Should, feeding their anger and sadness from what they are hearing on the news. Some of the things people say when they are feeding their heavy/sad/angry selves are statements like:

Boston - We are one Boston*People are so evil.

*You can’t trust anyone anymore.

*The world is getting crazy.

*What is wrong with people?

*The world is getting worse and worse.

Sound familiar to anyone? Do you ever hear yourself talk like this? I do! It is from all that conditioning from what has been the human status quo for a very long time. Statements like these above bring your vibration down to a denser level of existence. When you feed that low vibration thinking, you not only feel bad, but you attract more icky stuff into your life.

The people of Boston work together so well that when they were asked to stay off the streets they did.

The people of Boston work together so well that when they were asked to stay off the streets they did.

Near Fenway Park

Near Fenway Park – Same thing.

For those who don’t know what I mean, “vibrations” are like “channels”. How wisely you use your energy in each moment determines the quality of your life. A classic example is that if you wake up on the “wrong side of the bed” and don’t shift your “channel”, your day will continue with lots of icky, low energy things happening to you. Some people get so stuck in that pattern that if they are not careful the whole blueprint of their whole life will follow this pattern.

Sophia on her birthday!!!

Sophia on her birthday!!!

Love and Purpose not fear and woundsWhen an icky event happens, negativity oftentimes becomes the norm. People who already live their lives in low energy levels love it because for that short time a lot more people are in that lower vibration with them. I will give you an example. Very soon after our baby girl Sophia died, Doug and I went to go volunteer in New Orleans to help rebuild. Something happened that I did not expect. It felt absolutely wonderful for me to be there because the energetic level of the city was GRIEF and so was mine! I really felt like I fit in because most of New Orleans, because of what they had lost was on the same energetic vibration as I was on. It helped me notice it and heal a lot faster because I was not fighting it, plus we were working together to rebuild the city so we were on many levels helping each other to move forward.

Thanks to Spc. Bigham and Spc. Anthony, currently serving in Afghanistan.

Thanks to Spc. Bigham and Spc. Anthony, currently serving in Afghanistan.

When those bombs went off at the Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day, the goal by the people who thought of this and set it up was to hurt others. So, their INTENTION WAS PAIN. In the past that might have been the case but what has happened in resent years has been that the American psyche has shifted a bit. I believe it started with 911. We realized that we can no longer just stand there and let others solve what is before us. An example is that when I was a kid and you heard of a plane getting hi-jacked no one fought the hi-jackers. They just waited for the demands to be met and then then be released. After 911 that all shifted. The rules were no longer the same. We got that it is in our hands and that what we do for others is paramount. The fact that people who finished the marathon, upon hearing what happened ran another 2 miles to General Hospital to donate blood is part of that incredible new collective though process.

Boston BatmanI don’t know about you, but hearing that makes me be a better person. The act of one person like that raises the water level for ALL our ships. I could not have been prouder of all the people whose collective love and dedication to total strangers turned this horrific PAIN BOMB, into a LOVE BOMB that is still reverberating all over the world… even the NEW YORK YANKEES are sending their love to Boston! WOW! Who would have thunk it?!

Times like these break us apart, or, bring us together. We, in the Boston area, never knew how close we were to each other, how much we love our city or how much others love us… until this happened.

We finish the race.Every situation, big or small, has both gifts and curses. EVERY SITUATION… Having kids, buying a house, being in a relationship, running… EVERY THING has a good and a bad…  What matters is what you are focusing on. The quality of your life is completely shaped by how you see the world. So in the midst of all this life “stuff” that keeps coming at us, check in and notice if you are noticing the curse or the gift.

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

Holding space today. Sending love and light to those in need…

the ones who have passed, the ones left behind, the ones who protect, the ones who are acting out. Remembering that it is not more rage and more killing that will bring us peace. Remembering that it is LOVE that ultimately heals all wounds. ♥ –Erica Silvestri, Massachusetts

Gandhi on humanityThe following poem is gift from WOMEN AS VISIONARIES founder, Lore Raymond, from Saint Petersburg, Florida.
“Dedicating this to our ONE FAMILY in Boston ♥” Lore, Florida

sunshine of my heart,
glistens,
in reverence-
for today.
yes,
I am alive another day.
rays of light,
beaming upon me-
yesterday, I now let go,
today's promise-
touches my morning,
with warm light-
spilling over me,
letting me see-
the gratitude of living.
no wrongs,
no rights,
darkness pierced by light.
sunshine of my heart,
let my day now start-
walking in the light of your presence.
By Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg

Keep wicked CalmWHAT 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 Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! ! http://vimeo.com/30095902

HEY! I CO-AUTHORED A BOOK! ;) WOW!

This is the book I co-authored… Entrepreneurial Mom Extraordinaire

√ 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…

Boston StrongBOOKS 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

Boston Police DepartmentILLINOIS

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
ClickHudson 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

Darkness cannot drive out darkness only the light can do thatMISSOURI
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

 

Do something for othersBOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

 

The words you speak become your house.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!!!!!

**About Joseph Addison- English politician and writer Joseph Addison is remembered as a cofounder, along with his friend Richard Steele, of The Spectator, one of the first magazines to cover literature and manners. He was born on May 1, 1672 in Wiltshire. He spent four years traveling in Europe, studying politics and writing poetry, and became a Commissioner of Appeals on his return to England. His shyness made public office difficult. His most famous work is the play Cato, a tragedy about ancient Rome. He died on June 17, 1719.

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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
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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!!!!!

The Seven Secret Steps for a Fantastic 2013!!!!

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

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Dearest ButterflyMoms,

This is the last blog in 2012. It is also the 200th original ButterflyMoms blog ever written. Do you usually do goals, “real” goals for the upcoming year? By “real” I mean those that don’t come from the Land of Should… things you “should” do but rather from what your intuition is telling you. How do you begin to increase the voice of your intuition is what reading ButterflyMoms is all about… The goal of the ButterflyMoms blog, workshops and coaching is to help align you with your life’s purpose by building up your ability to hear the guidance that is your birthright.

There are parts of my life that are falling apart and there are parts that are growing. In the past I’ve tended to hold onto things that do not serve me because it was comfortable. This year, however, I’m letting go more and opening more. Whether you come to drink from this beautiful blog’s gifts every Friday or just once a year, I hope it fills your soul with the most amazing elixir that warms the cockles of your soul!

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1 8th St, Pier 6
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 242-8040
www.tavernonthewater.com

Café: with a viewThe top floor terrace at Bairro Alto HotelPraça Luís de Camões 2 1200-243 LisboaHere you can fall in love with the city. This place has one of the best views over the Tagus River and the 25 Abril Bridge. Visit this terrace in the afternoon, to witness the sunset from that spot. It´s just beautiful. The hotel is located in one of my favorite areas, the Bairro Alto - a bohemian quarter, a neighborhood with art galleries, record stores, bookshops, restaurants, art schools, cafés and design shops. At night is where all the fun happens - you can find hundreds of people gathering outside. Bairro Alto is the extension of one of Lisbon's most visited areas - Chiado, and consequently this neighborhood has become a great place to go!

Café: with a view
The top floor terrace at Bairro Alto Hotel
Praça Luís de Camões 2 1200-243 Lisboa
Here you can fall in love with the city. This place has one of the best views over the Tagus River and the 25 Abril Bridge. Visit this terrace in the afternoon, to witness the sunset from that spot. It´s just beautiful. The hotel is located in one of my favorite areas, the Bairro Alto – a bohemian quarter, a neighborhood with art galleries, record stores, bookshops, restaurants, art schools, cafés and design shops. At night is where all the fun happens – you can find hundreds of people gathering outside. Bairro Alto is the extension of one of Lisbon’s most visited areas – Chiado, and consequently this neighborhood has become a great place to go!

I invite you to carve out a block of time (minimum 90 minutes). Go to a really awesome café/restaurant (not a chain if possible) with an incredible view. For me, places by the water or in a city are top on my list. Pick a place that is out of your normal pattern but that you love! Don’t overthink it just go armed with beautiful pens and notebook/journal/sheets that make you giggle. Make sure you are warm so if it’s cold where you are bring a favorite sweater or if you are where it’s hot that you also go dressed appropriately because comfort will allow you to focus on the task at hand… and that task is to pull out what your plan is for 2013! I use my bubble method which is also called MIND MAPPING. I’ve been using it for years and years with some of the world’s most influential people like Mikhail Gorbachev, Jane Goodall, etc. Why it works is that we receive ideas out of order but when we speak or write ideas need to be in some sort of order to make sense. Using the bubble method does this and it’s incredibly simple and fun to use! :)!!!!!!!

*dec29blog3Simple Instructions…

#1  Close your eyes, take a deep breath, make good use of the play skills you developed as a child and imagine the life you want to live in 2013. What can you see yourself doing? Being? Who are you meeting? Who are you with? What are you accomplishing? What skills have you gained? What have you bought? How have you fed your artistic side? How have you moved your body? How have you fed your body? What have you sold? Where have you traveled? What have you given to others? What words have you learned in a different language? What have you discovered about yourself? What have you let go of? How have you treated your body? Your soul? Your mind?

#2  Draw a bunch of circles of all sizes on a page.

*dec29blog2#3  As ideas pop into your head randomly put them in a circle. If you need more circles feel free to draw more.

#4  When you are done with the stream of ideas, move your perspective from the small into the big picture and look at what you wrote from that perspective. Are there any areas that are similar? If so, connect them with a line. Is there something else that is popping up, then write it down. Laugh. Have fun. Play with it.

#5  Now from here take each idea that you want to manifest in 2013 and write your MAGNIFICENT LIST for 2013!

#6  Quantify the items, which means add some sort of number to the goal so you can check in with it, like if your goal is to read more books, then write as your goal… I will read 12 books in 2013.

*dec29blog1#7  Now break each goal into smaller simpler steps of what you are going to do specifically and when you are going to do it.

Feel free to do one for each of your businesses, one for family and one for self. My life is very full so doing this helps me keep a better balance and helps keeps things in the right place for them to get done.

*dec29blog4As a FREE bonus, when you are done with this exercise send me your goals and I will check in with you four times in 2013 to make sure you are on track. Those who start strong and have support will most likely finish strong! Drop the excuses. Don’t get to the end of 2013 with another disappointing year. START NOW and start loving your life and letting it love, love, love you!! Being happy is our birthright… ACTIVATE IT!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

IMG_0848√  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 goals for 2013 and beyond. 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, 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…

Volunteers Teresa and Ana, plus Carla and Dulce with Joaninha, Isabella and me! What a wonderful experience! Everyone was soooo joyous. They new they were part of a miracle and in a country where bad news is everywhere this was refreshing!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
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*To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

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HAPPY 2013! Remember to reach out and get the support you need! 🙂 Doing it alone is close to impossible… and oh-so-boring!!!!!!!! 😉

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

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
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*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!!!!!

Sometimes Pictures Are More Powerful Than Words..

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Today I was going to write about something else but then I downloaded these photos and I felt the need to post them. They are of Doug, my life partner’s visit here to Portugal. If you look at the faces you see represented in these photos the deep love of a family. They show how two people who grew up in massively abusive homes can heal enough to come together… and learn to TRUST the world… then give back to it. They teach about FORGIVENESS, even we repeat old worn-out patterns that attract pain and discord. They are a reminder that WE ARE ALL MADE UP FROM LOVE. It is for certain that we NEED EACH OTHER. None of us is ever truly alone, except in our heads.

EVERYONE jump on Papa!!!!!!! Ouffff!

Olivia and Papa cooking 🙂

Dropping off Isabella at her pre-school.

Look at these photos and see what you need to GET INTO YOUR ALIGNMENT, YOUR joy! None of us knows how long we have to live. Don’t know why we all forget that but it is a MASSIVE EPIDEMIC OF FORGETFULNESS. It is ridiculous how much time we waste on CRAPolla, doing what we THINK we are SUPPOSED to do! I know that is not the “divine way” of saying it, but COME ON NOW!!!!

This is the backyard of the apartment in Lisboa where my mom grew up from 1947 until she married my father in 1964. My Tio Carlos (always beautifully dressed – pictured here in his tie and sports jacket) still lives here! Doug with my cousin's husband and my mom's brother. They are both Carlos Alberto as luck would have it! Pretty cool how that happens in life… O Freud! 😉

I invite you to STOP living your PRETEND LIFE and REACH FOR THE LIFE THAT IS BLUEPRINTED IN YOUR HEART… LIVE LIFE OUT LOUD!

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Enough people have responded so I will be including some cool information about Portugal in the next blog. J

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

Oftentimes after we picked up Bella at school we took her to the beach to make sand-angels!!!! Who knew a practically bald man could track in soooo much sand in his head! 😉

√  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!

 

Soooooo much LOVE that even when Doug went running along the Atlantic Ocean, he sweats in hearts… totally true photo. The second I saw it I asked him to hold his shirt and took the photo.

“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

Stops at small cafe's happened at least once a day… AT LEAST!

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

Lisboa at night is breath-giving!

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

Stunning city of Lisboa!!!!!

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

 

Dinner party in Lisboa put on by our friends Trev (British & Portuguese) and Eileen (from Pittsburgh) and their daughter Dorothy… in Doug's honor. Also had two American students there and another couple. What a fabulous time! The food was out of this world!!!!! 🙂 THANKS TREV, EILEEN and DOROTHY! YOU ROCK!

 “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

Can't get enough of our Papaaaaaaaaaa! While we took a walk around the corner from our house… Not bad weather for October, eh?!

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.

Mialotta ended running almost 5 miles with Papa along the coast WITHOUT STOPPING! This was her at the end!!!! She had never really ever run before…WOW!

*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!!!!!

Local Food Market in Paco de Arcos, Portugal

GLOBAL CRISIS… AFFECTS MY GENERATION

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Before we start, a moment directly from me… “I’m totally blown away that we got almost 1,000 hits on the ButterflyMoms blog this past week alone! At last count, ButterflyMoms from over 35 countries read it! AMAZING! HUMBLING! GRATEFUL! Please continue sharing http://butterflymoms.wordpress.com!”  Now onto the ButterflyMoms blog…

Economic abundance, or lack thereof, is on a lot of people’s minds. Here in Portugal, the word “crise” (pronounced kree-z), meaning the crisis is heard on every news report and read in every newspaper. Times like these set a perception in motion and INCREASE THE FEAR. In this case it is global. I picked up a Canadian magazine and it was talking about how college graduates have mega-debt and no high paying jobs to dig out of their debt. You turn on the news and it is fighting, disharmony, discord.

For the last few decades, we human beings, from a global point of view have gotten, dare I say, I wee bit spoiled. Never before have we had the extravagance of food, shelter, amenities and transportation as we do now. Even someone like Louis XIV or Henry VIII could did not have access to the incredible amount of options we have. For example, if we wanted to eat a lobster or fly to Paris or have hot water on demand, most of us can do this if they needed to. Those old wealthy rulers simply could not because the technology and abundance were not there for them.

For someone born in 1910 by the time they were in their 20’s, they had experienced the Great Depression. In their 30’s, they experienced World War II. They called this group of people THE GREAT GENERATION for how they dealt with the deep adversity. Our global generation has experienced abundance, growth, peace and prosperity… for the most part. We have been able to compartmentalize war, suffering and poverty so that it is hidden. My daughter Mialotta is 8 and a half years old and even before she was CONCEIVED the United States of American has been at war with Iraq. (It is weird even for me to write this because it seems like it can’t be true but it is true.) We have just disconnected from it. As a mother, it bothers me that in my beautiful daughter’s lifetime we have been at war, and not even really “felt it”.

The GREAT GENERATION had their moment and now it is ours. The price the planet and we have paid for living so mindlessly is catching up to us. We are at the precipice of a huge spiritual and cultural shift. Corporations are failing. This can cause panic in some but only to those who cannot see that life is about shift and every generation has had their shift. Those who thrive are those who are able to step back and see the big picture.

Picking grapes at a magnificent Portuguese winery at someone's birthday party

You cannot feel LOVE and FEAR at the same time. So if you are feeling scared about your money situation, take a step back. Take in several deep breaths. One… breathe.  Two… breathe. Three… breathe. AHHHHHHH! Now get out pen and paper and a warm glass of water (believe me it works wonders – just warm water) and ask whatever you need to ask. “How is what I’m experiencing the best lesson for me at this moment in time?” “What am I thankful for right now?” “What are the gifts in front of me that I have not seen?” “What things/habits/people am I ready to release in my life?”

What we have been doing on our planet is something that cannot be sustained. This economic global crisis will probably get a lot “worse” but there is so many wonderful gifts and shifts that are coming from it. Make sure you are getting rid of what does not work in your life and are doing more of what you love! Even just one person doing this SHIFTS it for everyone. Bring more good feelings to our planet by bringing out the real you… more aligned with your life’s joy! If you don’t know what that is have fun letting it find you! Enjoy your journey!

Now if you are feeling stuck or need help leave a comment below and I will coach you through it. If you have that question chances are that a lot of other people do too!

Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS Only two responded so far 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 what you think. ALWAYS love hearing from you!

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

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

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

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

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

 

“Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire”

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

GEORGIA
Roswell 1

KENTUCKY
Louisville 1

MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

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

MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

 “Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire” BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL
Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

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!!!!!

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!

Shifting From PAIN to an AHA!!!!

Making Sure 2012 is About Nurturing the Little Girl Inside Me

AS YOU ENTER TODAY’s BLOG TAKE A DEEP CLEANSING BREATH (IN…………HOLD…………OUT……..…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!

 

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

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

I have been doing the ButterflyMoms workshops for months and months now. It is hard to believe but each one is different based on who is there. Each person adds to the “flavor” of the event, as does the day, weather, food, temperature, lighting, etc. Everything factors in to create a very unique “unfolding” each week. I have no idea why but last night’s was one of my VERY favorite. The people who showed up were present and willing to be vulnerable. Magic happens when those two things come together. It is one of most incredible feelings to watch people, especially women, especially moms, shift from pain to AHA!!!! (deep breath here!) :)!!!!

I want to feel happy and play more in the world!

It breaks my heart that I see sooooooo many women struggling with life. It is only now in my 40’s that I’ve truly started finding the “tools” that help me regulate my energy, intention, focus and flow. For soooooooo many years I kept hitting that wall of frustration, trying everything I knew to break free. No matter what I tried I just felt ICKY. Not that I did not have moments of joy, of course I did, but not like now. Now I have the most amazing experience…like going from black and white (rabbit-eared) TV to  FULL-SPECTRUM COLOR FLAT SCREEN TV…with BOSE surround sound! OH YA BABY! YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKIN’ BOUT! 😉

So the next step of my journey is leading me to do a day long workshop at one of the coolest places on earth… The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts. It’s one of THE MOST magical places you can go and yet most people speed right by it and miss all it has to offer… much like we do in our life. I believe that when you stand on the side of love, wonderful things start to unfold. I am feeling this wonderfully delicious surge of energy around doing this event. It will have all of the elements you need to get happy and grounded in your life. There will be wonderfully yummy homemade vegetarians meals, incredible workshops, shamanic journeying, yoga, journaling, meditation…etc.

I Want Others To Feel Good Too...There are Soooooooo Many Princess in The World Who Have Forgotten That They are!

This year is a year of self-care for me. For too long I have been neglecting my body and my needs. To be the best ______________ (I can fill in the blank with any of the following: MAMA, DAUGHTER, WIFE, LOVER, FRIEND, SISTER, BOSS, NEIGHBOR, ENTREPRENEUR, WRITER, BUSINESS OWNER, ARTIST…) then I need to start with me FIRST. I want to be able to offer an affordable way others can have the same gift! I hope you come on this wonderful journey with me. I promise you will not regret it…unless you decide not to come! 😉

So here are the details… I’ve put them in this form so you can not only get more information so you can sign up, but also so you can take this paragraph and help spread the word… Please do. We want a wonderful mix of people there so we can create a wonderful “recipe” of flavors as we do in the weekly ButterflyMoms workshops.  Here it is…

Let's All Play and Learn Together!

ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm. To be held at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build, something so magical right under our noses. Where some of the world’s most magnificent people have been like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez, Mother Theresa…we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…There will be yoga, workshops, meditation, shamanic journeying and much more. Talk about a whole day to get your life back on track in such a fun way! The price is only $149 including all supplies, meals and workshops. There is nothing to do but SHOW UP! Space it limited so to guarantee your spot sign up now at…. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=V446L9J3TZXRA or send your check to Maria Salomão-Schmidt, 783 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746.

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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.

 

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring 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 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. To be held at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build, something so magical right under our noses. Where some of the world’s most magnificent people have been like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez, Mother Theresa…we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…There will be yoga, workshops, meditation, shamanic journeying and much more. Talk about a whole day to get your life back on track in such a fun way! The price is only $149 including all supplies, meals and workshops. There is nothing to do but SHOW UP! Space it limited so to guarantee your spot sign up now at…. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=V446L9J3TZXRA or send your check to Maria Salomão-Schmidt, 783 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746.

 

√  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 sold ONE ENTREPRENEUR MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE book this past week in Holliston, MA to ! 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 (Yet another book sold this week in Holliston. THANK YOU Tara Hathaway! YOU ROCK!)
Hudson 4
Medway 3
Millis 1

Millbury 4
North Easton 1
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!

MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MOMMY GOING DOWN!

Connecting with Nature at the Beginning of Summer

Dearest ButtterflyMommies!!!

As we go through life we get into ruts. These ruts can become a whole life if we don’t pay attention. It’s like the lobster in the pot of water that slowly heats up. They just fall asleep until they die. Wouldn’t it be GREAT if life came with a MAYDAY call?! The good news is that it does. It comes in many, many forms illnes, death of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of a relationship…..we have all seen soap operas. They have great examples! 😉

When you have no goals or direction to your life you get bored. When you get bored you start “zoning out”, doing behaviors that fit that kind of mental state like sleeping less (oh I am sooooo guilty of that!) watching more TV or what I call paying more attention to machines than people. Notice when you do that. Bring AWARENESS TO IT.

By simply noticing YOU SHIFT. SMALL SHIFTS = RE-ALIGNING BACK INTO YOUR ZONE!

Be honest for a moment here. When was the last time you brought your A game to your life? When was the last time you were THE BEST YOU you can be? I can promise you that not being in your zone has caused you MORE PAIN than any ADVENTURE being in your zone would cause so have at it beautiful ButterflyMoms!!! I ask you today to bring out your A-GAME. If you don’t think you have the energy or you don’t know where to start simply sit back and picture what your A-GAME life looks like. Swim in it. Languish in it. Play in it. Wear it all day long. See how it feels. Translate it back into your day.

Notice that when YOU shift everything around you SHIFTS. You are where you are today because everything is a reflection of YOU. I invite you to PLAY TODAY IN YOUR ZONE! Share with us what happens. What works and what does not.

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS If you like our wonderful ButterflyMoms.com blog please share it with others. That is how we grow and help all those mommies out there who are feeling oh-so-lost!

My Mommy Is “BUSIER” than your Mommy!

A reminder that before you rush into reading this that you take a nice, deep, gorgeous breath so you can take it all in… (no cheating now ;)…..There! Doesn’t that feel “bettah”? Get ready to be inspired. You will feel lighter after reading this, promise!

I have one of the most fantastic neighbors in the world! Victoria is a very kind, funny soul whois always there when you need her and knows when to give space too. She is one of my biggest ButterflyMoms fans. Even though she lives next door and we have this amazing bond, I have not seen her in what could be weeks! Two days ago I sent her an email. It read, “Just so you know. I really, really love and miss you! I think about you all the time. Just not enough hours in the day for all that I’m trying to cram in so I’m uncluttering my time.”

When I read it back it shocked me. The words “crammed” and “uncluttering my time” hit me. What kind of life am I living here? What example am I giving my children? Here I was thinking I have a grip on my life’s flow and BOOM, sudden awareness of how I am not aligned with my desired life.

Moments like this are what life is all about if you want to live a happy one! Just like in meditation the goal is to focus on finding your goal(in this case wanting a happy, meaningful life) and then letting go. When your mind starts to wander GENTLY (Do not judge your behavior) bring it back. “Life” is the same way. When your life starts to wander GENTLY bring it back. Tomorrow I will write more about this topic because it is incredibly important!

In the meantime take wonderful care of yourself! Your children are learning how to treat themselves by WATCHING how you treat yourself!Red, Mama, Mia and Olivia

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