Posted by: ButterflyMoms | September 28, 2012


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!”  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,

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!


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  1. Thank you for the reminder. I’m sitting here writing my list of what I’m thankful and grateful for. You are missed.

  2. I’ll be by for a hug later Doug. XOXOXOXO to the PG (Portugal Gang)

  3. Wow, needed to hear this. Really missing you. Love to you and the girly girls. K

  4. Thank you for the reminder; another wonderful blog xxxx

  5. Great post Maria~ well thought out and I have to say, I agree with you. A couple great “buzz” words that stood out to me: PERCEPTION…spoiled…compartmentalize…shift…thankful…the real YOU…journey 🙂

  6. Hey Maaaaaria!
    Thanks for this. I want more culture on Portugal. What a beautiful place!
    I am stuck, stuck, stuck! I NEED to leave my negative feeling job. But of course, with a little one and mounting bills I have to find a replacement asap. I booked my vacation during a critical time to I will HAVE to leave eventually because they will not let me take that time off.
    Reading your book bit by bit to find out how I can make my small business work too. UGH!
    Thank you!

  7. You’ve said it all!

    Love and Peace,


  8. Thank you. I like the way you open up the bigger picture and at the same time add the details, like the importance of simple things like taking a deep breath and drinking a glass of water.

  9. Awesome blog post, Maria. You really spelled out the drama and trauma felt by so many during this challenging time. I love how you helped all of us to shift our energy and focus on gratitude and appreciation. I so appreciate you, Marvelous Maria!!

    I am working with some amazing visionaries and authors like you to offer a wonderful Tele-Lift in January 2013. Together, we will shift from tears to triumph! Please add your voice and vision to our facebook group at: and learn more. I would love to introduce you and other wonderful Butterfly Moms to this group and have them get to know you all as we are truly connected at our core. .

    Biggest hugs!! Doreen

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