Posted by: ButterflyMoms | June 28, 2013

SENATOR WENDY DAVIS IS MY HERO!…Here’s Why…


Doma is defeatedDearest BFMs,

ENERGY FACT: What happens in the “micro” (small) happens in the “macro” (large). When things happen on a small scale, that energy reverberates until it’s occurring on a larger scale. So as we are individually SHIFTING as we witness the bigger changes happening around us…because it’s happening to so many of us… it’s shifting us all as a whole too!

NOTICE THE INCREDIBLE ENERGY SHIFT THAT IS HAPPENING ON OUR PLANET EARTH…

ENERGETICALLY it is a VERY POWERFUL time right now. This week there was the Solstice full moon and in the US Tuesday was an incredible day… DOMA was defeated (giving equal rights to millions of people), CT Governor Malloy signed the GMO Labeling Bill and then one HUGE thing where a 50 year old single mom, Senator Wendy Davis, who took on the entire political system and was able to do the impossible, defend the rights of Texas women against the conservative powers that be!

Princess Diana Shrek(personagem)WHAT DO PRINCESS DI and SHREK HAVE IN COMMON?

We LABEL our roles in the world as what Carolyn Myss calls ARCHETYPES. These are always shifting, as are the archetypes for women. When our planet starts to energetically shift as a whole you can see it in the news stories that capture our attention. For example, as soon as Princess Diana died it energetically signaled the official end of the fairytale belief of being a “traditional princess” and soon movies like Shrek took off because it was no longer about “getting rescued by a prince”. If that movie had been made 10 years earlier people would not have related to it because that archetype was still one people wanted to own as their own.

 

Today, we have a wonderful story that will help you see how things are shifting. So grab yourself a tall glass of water, take a big refreshing gulp and enjoy this very powerful energy lesson…

 

Wendy Davis 1ARCHETYPE: WOMEN WARRIOR

Statistically, the southern United States is one of the most conservative places. To those of us who read energy the energy there is very ‘dense’. Because of this culturally heavy energy, things like women and non-white’s rights are not something that has traditionally been supported by the mainstream. To survive in this density you have to work your spiritual muscle. Maybe that is why the women of the south are also known for their strength.

Senator Wendy Davis, might be small and thin but she showed the depth of her courage and strength this past Tuesday, even in the face of some major bullies, defenders of the Land of Density. Senator Davis is one of those Texas women who exemplify the woman warrior archetype.

Wendy's binder full of womenHER STORY: Once upon a time (actually it was Tuesday 😉 ) there was a 50 year old single-mom who took on the entire political system and saved the rights of women! For almost 11 hours straight, little-known Texas politician Senator Wendy Davis stood on her feet and spoke passionately about a woman’s right to choose and ignited the world! She radiated authenticity!

ISSUE BACKGROUND: Abortion is an issue that divides America, where doctors who perform the operations have been murdered while campaigners picket clinics in a bid to get pregnant women and girls to change their minds. In the UK, England, Scotland and Wales are covered by one abortion law where the procedure can usually be carried out up to the 24th week of pregnancy. But in America, though the US Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, more and more conservative states have quietly and continuously imposed restrictions on the law. Democratic state Senator Davis was not about to let that happen in Texas.

Sen Wendy Davis yes yes yesTHE DANGER: The mostly white old men who make up the Texan Republicans were proposing a bill that, if passed, would effectively shut down almost all abortion clinics in the second most highly populated US state. All, Republican say, to protect women’s health. The majority of representatives are conservative Republicans who were not listening to the people.

THE PLAN: When all else failed Senator Wendy Davis took the matter into her own hands. A day before her speech in Austin, she tweeted: “Stand with me tomorrow and share your story with me so I can tell it from the Senate floor.” And she did. She started her marathon oration by saying she was “rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans” and called Republican efforts to pass the bill a “raw abuse of power”. The plan was to derail the vote by staging a filibuster – whereby politicians speak until the voting deadline passes. The challenge is that rules state the lawmaker must speak without sitting down, leaning on furniture for support, straying off topic or even having a break for food or to go to the bathroom. Can you imagine not even leaning on anything for 11 hours?!!! Senator Wendy Davis did just that… from around 1:15pm to minutes before midnight! Wearing pink trainers, Davis whittled away chunks of time by reading the life stories and messages from others protesting against the legislation, and drew on her own experiences as a single mother at 19. She then held the floor for almost 11 hours to deliver her momentous speech to obstruct the final vote.

All the supporters who heard about what was happening and showed up! This is WE THE PEOPLE... SHOWING UP!

All the supporters who heard about what was happening and showed up! This is WE THE PEOPLE… SHOWING UP!

HOW YOU GROW A HERO: Senator Davis began working at the age of 14 to support her single mother and three siblings. By 19 she was divorced and raising the first of her two daughters in a trailer park. Despite all this, she went on to graduate first in her class at Texas Christian University. Before and during college, Senator Davis worked as a waitress. After becoming the first in her family to graduate from college, Senator Wendy Davis went on to earn her law degree with honors from Harvard Law School. In a state dominated by Republicans, she scraped a Texas senate seat at an election in 2008.

WHY SHE CARES: Senator Davis said the bill would have choked off her own access to a local Planned Parenthood Clinic. “I was a poor, uninsured woman whose only care was provided by the facility. It was my medical home,” she said. Twice within the first six hours, she was questioned by anti-abortion lawmakers about the bill. Davis answered their questions but did not give up the floor.

Texas abortion voteTHE ENERGY IGNITED: As the hours passed and she kept passionately maintaining her ground, word spread throughout the world and her Twitter followers surged from 1,200 to more than 100,000 within hours. Hundreds of supporters who wore orange shirts started streaming into the public gallery of the state house to encourage her, many hailing her as a superhero. Even President Obama said, “Something special is happening in Austin tonight.”

FINAL STRETCH: All the while, Republicans were watching for any slip-up that would allow them to end the filibuster. At one point, supporters of the bill complained she had received help to adjust her supportive back-brace. Eventually her marathon effort came to a halt when Republican Senator Donna Campbell suggested Davis had strayed off topic. After much discussion the Republicans voted to end the filibuster minutes before the midnight deadline to allow the vote to take place. This provoked a raucous response from the public gallery, shouting for Davis to be allowed to speak. Republicans insisted the 19-10 vote was done before the deadline, but computer records showed the vote took place after midnight. Senator Wendy Davis had done it! Afterwards she said: “My back hurts. I don’t have a lot of words left. It shows the spirit of Texas women.”

The final word with Davis: “An incredible victory for Texas women and those who love them.”

Opponents-to-an-abortion-bill-1997444CALL TO ACTION…

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Usually the best conversations happen in the comments section so make sure you leave your comments below! Cannot wait to get your thoughts and feelings about the Senator Wendy Davis! ❤

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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√  SPEAKING: I have spoken all over the world including the United States, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Canada and Portugal. Whenever you hear of a conference or organization that needs a passionate speaker, please pass on my email maria@butterflymoms.coms.

For those who love GAME OF THRONES this one is for you!

For those who love GAME OF THRONES this one is for you!

√  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. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

√ 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…

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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… https://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

 

Use your voice…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

 

 

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Posted by: ButterflyMoms | June 21, 2013

9 *AWESOME* THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR SUMMER SOLSTICE


ss4Dearest BFMs,

For years I’ve been hearing about the SUMMER SOLSTICE (SS) but not really understanding what it was or why it mattered so I started doing a l’il diggin’. Here’s some cool info…

SS is also called:        -Litha                 -Midsummer                -Alban Heruin

The SS is the longest day of the year BUT only if you are in the northern hemisphere of our planet. Today the North Pole is tipped more toward the sun than on any other day of 2013. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, like Brazil and Australia, then it’s the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice! Pretty wacky! So when we are talking about the SS it only applies if you are living ABOVE the equator.

ss3On June 21 or 22 (or December 21/22 in the southern hemisphere) – the sun reaches its zenith in the sky and seems to just hang there without moving. “Solstice” comes from the Latin word solstitium, “sun stands still.”

SS is the time when the sun is most powerful, and new life has begun to grow within the earth. This is a time of year of brightness and warmth. Crops are growing in their fields with the heat of the sun, but may require water to keep them alive. The power of the sun at Midsummer is at its most potent, and the earth is fertile with the bounty of growing life. After today, the nights will once more begin to grow longer, and the sun will move further away in the sky.

EARTH MEANINGS

Traveling the Heavens: Midsummer was celebrated with hilltop bonfires and that it was a time to honor the space, the connection, between earth and the sky.

Fire and Water: In addition to the polarity between land and sky, Litha is a time to find a balance between fire and water. In Ceisiwr Serith’s book The Pagan Family, European traditions celebrated this time of year by setting large wheels on fire and then rolling them down a hill into a body of water. This may be because this is when the sun is at its strongest yet also the day at which it begins to weaken. Another possibility is that the water mitigates the heat of the sun, and subordinating the sun wheel to water may prevent drought.

 

ss9OUR ANCESTORS’ RITUALS & CEREMONIES

For many of the ancients, the SS wasn’t just an excuse to party or pray—it was essential to their well-being. Most agricultural societies marked the high point of summer in some way. The travels of the sun were marked and recorded.

Egyptians:  The ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramids so that the sun, when viewed from the Sphinx, sets precisely between two of the pyramids on the summer solstice.

Saxon Traditions:  When the Saxons invaded the British Isles, they brought with them the tradition of calling the month of June ‘Aerra Litha’. They marked Midsummer with huge bonfires that celebrated the power of the sun over darkness. For people in Scandinavian countries and in the farther reaches of the Northern hemisphere, Midsummer was very important. The nearly endless hours of light in June are a happy contrast to the constant darkness found six months later in the middle of winter.

ss8Pagans:  In some traditions, Litha is a time at which there is a battle between light and dark. The Oak King is seen as the ruler of the year between winter solstice and summer solstice, and the Holly King from summer to winter. At each solstice they battle for power, and while the Oak King may be in charge of things at the beginning of June, by the end of Midsummer he is defeated by the Holly King.

Roman Festivals:  Romans celebrated this time as sacred to Juno, the wife of Jupiter and goddess of women and childbirth. She is also called ‘Juno Luna’ and blesses women with the privilege of menstruation. (now you know who to blame 😉 The month of June was named for her, and because Juno was the patroness of marriage, her month remains an ever-popular time for weddings. This time of year was also sacred to Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The matrons of Rome entered her temple on Midsummer and made offerings of salted meal for eight days, in hopes Vesta would bless their homes.

ss mayaInca of South America:  The Inca of South America celebrated the corresponding winter solstice with a ceremony called Inti Raymi, which included food offerings and sacrifices of animals, and maybe even people.

Mayans:  Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an astronomical observatory in a long-buried Maya city in Guatemala in which the buildings were designed to align with the sun during the solstices. During such times, the city’s populace gathered at the observatory to watch as their king appeared to command the heavens.

United Kingdom’ Druids:  Perhaps the most famous is Stonehenge which has been associated with the winter and summer solstices for about 5,000 years. Stone circles such as Stonehenge were oriented to highlight the rising of the sun on the day of the summer solstice. Observers in the center of the standing stones can still watch the summer solstice sunrise over the Heel Stone, which stands just outside the main ring of Stonehenge.

 

SOLSTICE June 21 - First Day of SpringTHE CHALLENGE

For many modern cultures—and Americans in particular—the solstices and equinoxes, although growing in popularity, still no longer attract the same kind of attention they once did.

Jarita Holbrook, a cultural astronomer at the University of Arizona in Tucson, said, “The only people who really pay attention to what’s going on outside on a regular basis are the neo-pagans in America and farmers, because it’s important for their growing and harvest seasons. We’re pretty much an indoor culture at this point … so we have less of a connection to the sky.”

 

ss outsideTHE SOLUTION – NINE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SAVOR THE SUMMER SOLSTICE….

1. GET OUT!   If you find yourself inside turn right back around and go outside. Turn off the electrical stuff and turn onto nature. Touch trees and rocks. Stick you feet in water, even if it’s a bowl you’ve emptied onto the ground. Bring your kids, your partner, your neighbors, everyone out! Cook and eat outside. This is a wonderful way to ground yourself and eliminate stress. Take advantage of the extra hours of daylight and spend as much time as you can outdoors.

ss outsidea2. PLAY WITH HERBS. Herbs and flowers picked during the summer solstice were believed by people in medieval times to carry healing energy above and beyond any normal healing properties. Play a bit and grow your own herbal medicine garden during summer. Learn more about using plants to heal minor injuries and illnesses, such as scratches and headaches. There are many good books about using plants for medicinal purposes, such as National Geographic’s Guide to Medicinal Herbs (2012), which details what does––and what does not–– really have healing properties.

SIDENOTE: While growing your herbs and veggie garden, remember to thank the pollinators. Summer is a time of high pollination because so many trees and plants are flowering. And yet, in recent years many bees have suffered from disease, in particular colony collapse disorder, threatening the future of pollination by bees. Find out all you can about what is being done to protect bees and give bee keepers who practice natural, organic and chemical-free beekeeping your support by buying their products.

3.  MEDITATE   This is a day of inner power and brightness. Find yourself a quiet spot and meditate on the darkness and the light both in the world and in your personal life. Celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year with fire and water, night and day, and other symbols of the triumph of light over darkness.

4. CUT SOME FLOWERS   Connecting with nature and the sun is a very important part of the SS. Many times we neglect the beautiful flowers around us. I invite you to go outside and look for beautiful flowers or some other type of plant that you can cut and bring indoors. You can buy flowers but it’s MUCH more powerful if you bring them in on your own.

SS25. LIFE CHECK-IN   The SS heralds the beginning of summer, which represents the time of fulfillment. It’s an excellent time to take stock of your life and assess how your goals and aims are going. You can do it yourself of if you feel stuck hire a coach to help. From the year’s earlier New Year’s resolutions to the big goals in your life, ask yourself how you’re doing in achieving these things for yourself and others you care about. Are you still aligned with your goals or have you strayed from them? Be honest with your goal appraisal––set aside those goals that aren’t taking you in the direction you want to go now. We all grow and change over time; make sure you’re not hanging onto goals that no longer fit the person you have become. Take this opportunity to reinvigorate them and to make any necessary changes to achieve your aims in life.

6. START LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB TODAY   If your current job is not fulfilling to you, you owe it to yourself to start looking around to see what is available that you would be a better match for you. If you need more experience, training or information, make today the day you begin overcoming such obstacles so that you can start doing what you really want to do. To help move you forward, consider starting a gratitude journal to recognize all the wonderful things in your life. This tool will help you notice and increase your energy. Speaking of energy…

ss77. CONSOLIDATE YOUR ENERGY   Summer is considered to be a time to develop yourself, to set yourself free and to nurture yourself. As the crops begin ripening, this is a time for self-maturation and for consolidating your energies. Take the easier nature of summer as a reason to let go of weight, refresh your home (perhaps a new layout, maybe even a new home), re-adjust your nutritional intake and find an exercise you really click with, rather than doing one everyone else is doing. Start using fresh fruits and vegetables of summer as your base. Use this as an opportunity to align your thinking about food to involve eating more greens, more locally grown foods, more organic foods and less processed foods.

ss bonfire8. WHO LOVES A BONFIRE? A bonfire is part of the tradition of the summer solstice. Fire has always been a source of protection for human beings, scaring off the beings of the night, both real and magical. Nowadays you can reinvent the bonfire as a great reason to hold a summer solstice party with friends. Just be sure to choose a location where it is both safe and permitted to burn a bonfire––check with the local authority first. In some places there will a fire ban due to the dry conditions, so make plans to have a party without the bonfire if this happens.

ss sun salutation9. HONOR THE SUN, BABY  If you enjoy doing yoga, there’s a set of exercises known as the “sun salutation”. These exercises exercise both your body and your soul, balancing both in harmony through meditation and physical movement in one. Begin this exercise on the morning of the summer solstice and aim to make it a daily habit from this time on. It takes only a few minutes but it feels sooooo GREAT afterwards, ESPECIALLY if you do it outside!

I hope you have LOVED reading today’s ButterflyMoms blog! ❤

CALL TO ACTION…

If you LOVED this blog for goodness sakes hit the LIKE button and FORWARD it to friends!

Usually the best conversations happen in the comments section so make sure you leave your comments below! Cannot wait to get your thoughts and feelings about the SS! <#

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

SS 1ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL… 

√  FACEBOOK: For daily 30 SECOND Mini-COACHING check out the Facebook ButterflyMoms group… CLIK HERE https://www.facebook.com/groups/93661017326/

 

√  COACHING: NOW IS THE TIME!!!! STOP EFFORTING and START LIVING! 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!!!

 

√  SPEAKING: I have spoken all over the world including the United States, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Canada and Portugal. Whenever you hear of a conference or organization that needs a passionate speaker, please pass on my email maria@butterflymoms.coms.

√  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. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

 

√ 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…

 

YUM! SUMMER FRUITS & VEG!!!!

YUM! SUMMER FRUITS & VEG!!!!

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SS6WHAT 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… https://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Use your voice…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

Posted by: ButterflyMoms | June 14, 2013

DO YOU LIKE SAINT ANTHONY?


Santo antonio1Dearest ButterflyMoms,

When I was a child, I was taught that whenever I lost anything, if I prayed to Saint Anthony, he would help me find the missing object. Over the years I have invoked St. Anthony many, many times. He is one of my favorite saints. He has been in my life like a favorite uncle, always there when you need him.

 

Yesterday, June 13th and here in Portugal it’s also one of the most popular national holidays, “Dia de Santo Antonio” (Saint Anthony’s Day). Living here in Portugal, I’m more present to things I’ve heard about but to which I never really paid attention. I had never bothered to find out who Saint Anthony really is, so as I was choosing a topic for today’s blog, I decided that it was a good time for us to discover who this Saint Anthony really was/is.

 

s. anthony 9St. Anthony is among one of the most beloved saints of Christianity. A rich legend of mystism and miracles surrounds him. Over the centuries, he has inspired voluminous amounts of devotional literature, countless masses of people being named Antonio in his honor, and numerous cities, neighborhoods and other public places all over the world also having his name.

 

According to Wikipedia… Saint Anthony is “considered the patron of amputees, animals, the sterile, the boatmen, the elderly, pregnant women, fishermen, farmers, travelers and sailors, horses and donkeys, the poor and the oppressed is the patron saint of Portugal, and is invoked to to find lost things, to conceive of children, to prevent shipwrecks and for those who want to get married.” Well, ok then! That is certainly a vast list of options! Busy guy!

 

s. antonio 13

 

WHO WAS HE?

Born Fernando Martins de Bulhões in Lisbon, Portugal, he was the scion of a wealthy and noble family. He entered the Augustinian Abbey of Saint Vincent on the outskirts of Lisbon, where he studied scripture and the Latin classics. In 1219, he met five visiting Franciscan monks who were en route to Morocco to preach to the Muslims there. In February 1220, news arrived that the five Franciscans had been martyred in Morocco. Anthony was moved by their deaths and obtained permission from his superiors to join the Franciscan order and travel to Morocco. He later relocated to Italy, where he showed great aptitude for preaching. He was eventually commissioned by the Vatican to produce a series of “Sermons for Feast Days.” He died in Padua, Italy on June 13th, 1231. In 1946 he was named a Doctor of the Church, a particular distinction given after canonization by the Roman Catholic church.

 

santo antonioST ANTHONY MAKES PEOPLE PARTY

The festivities in honor of St. Anthony begin on the evening of the 12th of June. Every year the beautiful city of Lisbon hosts the “popular marches”, a very large colorful parade coming down the Avenida da Liberdade (main artery of the city). Different neighborhoods create their own floats complete with wild costumes and dances competing for bragging rights.

s. AntonioA large fireworks display usually ends the parade. Boyfriends buy a small vase of a basil-like to offer girlfriends. The party lasts all night and all over the city. This is a popular folk festival. People eat outside and there is a fun atmosphere. The most popular food is the treat of eating grilled sardines, pork ribs and caldo verde (an incredible yummy soup made ​​with finely cut kale and drink red wine. Especially in the very old and typical Alfama district, there is lots of live music and dancing until dawn.

 

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St. Anthony is the matchmaker, so the Lisbon City Hall yearly on June 13th organizes a marriage ceremony for many young newlyweds from modest means. They all get married together. They are known as ‘St. Anthony’s Grooms’ receive offers from the local government and also various companies as a way to help the new family start life on the right foot.

 

 

festa de lisboaFEEL LIKE TRAVELING…

Even though he was born in the 1100’s you can still go visit where he was born… Check out this amazing link… http://www.golisbon.com/sight-seeing/santo-antonio-church.html

 

 

CALL TO ACTION…

If you like this blog for goodness sakes hit the LIKE button and SHARE IT!

 

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

s. Antonio peixeELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL… 

√  FACEBOOK: For daily soul-feeding at the Facebook ButterflyMoms group… https://www.facebook.com/groups/93661017326/

√  COACHING: NOW IS THE TIME!!!! STOP EFFORTING and START LIVING! 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!!!

√  SPEAKING: I have spoken all over the world including the United States, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Canada and Portugal. When you ever hear of a conference or organization that needs a passionate speaker, please pass on my email maria@butterflymoms.coms.

s. Antonio 6√  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. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

√ 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…

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S. Antonio 8CALIFORNIA
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Roswell 1

ILLINOIS

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KENTUCKY
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MAINE
Biddeford 1

MARYLAND
Chestertown 1

MASSACHUSETTS
Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
S. Antonio 5 bridesHolliston 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

S. Antonio 4MISSOURI
Lee’s Summit 1

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia 1

NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
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RHODE ISLAND
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

festas s. AntonioBOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
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JAPAN
Tokyo  1

Festas s. Antonio 3PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

bairo-alto-santo-antonioSPAIN
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**To buy your copy Click now… http://bit.ly/gRxe4U

 

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

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

 

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Beautiful Lisboa!!!!!

Use your voice…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

 


 

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Visiting Old Ironside with our two “babies” Christophino and Mialotta. Wish they did not grow up soooo damn fast!

* * *I lovingly dedicate this blog to all the little boys in the world (even if you’ve already grow up), may you never lose sight of the magic in your heart.

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Christophino and his sisters pretending they are statues at a Newport mansion.

Christophino and his sisters pretending they are statues at a Newport mansion.

For the last 12 years I’ve been totally in love with him. His name? Christopher Stone Schmidt, but I like to call him ‘Christophino’, my special nickname for him. At the time, I was living in San Francisco, California but was in Boston for a business trip. A friend of mine invited me to a stranger’s birthday party in Dedham, Massachusetts at Joe’s American Bar & Grill. August 24, 2001 was the day that Christophino’s beautiful father Doug and I magically connected at a birthday party neither of us were supposed to be at.

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Number 9 in Lacrosse

Number 9 in Lacrosse

When Doug and I were on our first date he (as the 80’s song goes) “dropped a bomb on me”. He shared that he had been divorced for a year and that he had a son who lived with him every other week. A son?! Wow! Well, ok then. Although I adored kids and could not wait to have my own I had never thought about having this scenario. I had never dated anyone with kids so this was a new world. It’s one thing to love playing with other people’s kids, but it’s another to be an almost instant parent to someone else’s child. Things moved pretty quickly and a few days later I met the adorable little boy Christophino. Even at the ripe old age of just having turned the big six he had a magical presence about him. His energy filled the room with playful curiosity. In their Ashland condo, as his Doug introduced us, Christophino and I instantly clicked.

Christophino 44Father daughter dance with whole famI was so smitten by these two, that within two months I had put my house in San Francisco, California up for sale and moved back to Massachusetts. It was one big giant play date for Christophino because we all loved being around him! We had very strong boundaries but Christophino rarely needed to be disciplined. He has always had such a love of life. When you are with him you are the only person in the world to him. Part of why he is as mature as he is because he understand the fragility of life. In his short life he has lost his baby sister, cousin Mandy (exactly two years ago today), grandmother June, great-uncle and great-grandmother Amanda (Oma Becker).

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Feeding the homeless

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Volunteer work continues

Volunteering in New Orleans with the youth group of our amazing UU Sherborn Church

Volunteering in New Orleans with the youth group of our amazing UU Sherborn Church

We also have a lot of fond memories! I remember once in line at a grocery store we were play fighting in slow motion and the little boy in front of us was looking longingly at us. We did talent shows in front of the huge bathroom mirror after his baths. We crushed peanuts and threw them on the floor at that Florida restaurant that was famous for that. We drove to Long Island as much as possible to see family. My boys slamming into me with their go-carts, over and over and over again at Disney. We built snowmen. We raised chickens. Our traditions around the holidays. We adopted Shakespeare. We took our dogs London and Oscar for walks by the reservoir. We told bad knock-knock jokes…(Ok it was not us. It was Christophino ;). We built forts.

At Bumba Gumps in Northen California

At Bumba Gumps in Northen California

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The infamous teacups.

We went fishing. We walked him to school as a family every time he started a new school (even when it was embarrassing because it was always more loving than embarrassing). We did things around the house together. We sat by the fireplace watching movies and eating something really yummy that Doug made. We drove cross-country to visit family in New Mexico and Arizona playing license plate games the whole way. We went to three Superbowls for his Holliston High football team. We tricker-treated together as a family. We spent a summer at Martha’s Vineyard where we had the infamous air conditioner mishap. We all were there for prom photos. We did daylong trips to our favorite Newport Beach and then restaurants. Sooooo many wonderful memories!!!

Family trip to San Francisco. (this is one of THE coolest photos I've ever taken!) Check it out! Christopher jumped about 50 times to get the right shot. We had a blast!!!

Family trip to San Francisco. (this is one of THE coolest photos I’ve ever taken!) Check it out! Christopher jumped about 50 times to get the right shot. We had a blast!!!

Christophino 14There have been times, when I did not know where I fit in as a parent because of a number of factors neither of us could control. Through the years he and I have further deepened our bond even in the face of such unfairness.

Many people don’t know that Christophino was the one who the one who began the butterfly legacy. When our daughter Sophia was born, Doug and I were shocked and devastated to find that she had down syndrome. We were in dark, icky place mentally and emotionally. Our healing really first began with Christophino.  To us Sophia looked like a bloated Asian football player but in the innocence of his beautiful heart, when he saw her he blurted out, “Oh she is so cute! Hey she looks like a butterfly!” A ‘butterfly”??? Doug and I looked at each other and smiled, our healing had begun. The name stuck and Sophia became the ‘butterfly’. That symbol has been instrumental in discovering my life’s purpose. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Christophino 21c30Over the years I have helped Christophino with homework. I even learned math better than I knew it when I was in school! (If you knew me with my math history you would be REALLY impressed right now 😉 I made a point to teach him some cool life lessons. I’ve gone to his soccer, baseball, football and lacrosse games, driven him to school and bought him clothes. I have cooked, played, planned, warned, washed, taught, traveled, joked, imagined, dreamed, kissed and hugged this beautiful little boy who grew up in front of my disbelieving eyes. The days are long but the years are short is what I have said before, but with Christopher the days were never long.

Family visit to the New England Aquarium

Family visit to the New England Aquarium

Even with an IEP, he still excelled in many areas. At 11 Christophino started his own (real) landscaping company, “Stone Works”. He even got business cards. I could not write this without including a mention for his passion for shoveling/plowing and snow. You have NEVER seen someone soooooo incredibly passionate about it. Even from a very early age he talked about snow like kids talk about Disney or candy! Christophino has been entrepreneurial his whole life and continues to this day. He does his work with a respect and precision that most 50 year olds don’t even possess. It’s a natural flow for him and he excels at it.

Lots of playing and having fun!

Lots of playing and having fun!

There were times where I simply let go so that Christophino could grow the way he wanted to and not the way I wanted him to. He is my only boy and I love him from the bottom of my heart, not like a stepson, but I love him simply as a son.

Football number is 35.

Football number is 35.

Sunday is my beautiful Christophino’s graduation. My heart breaks for not being there on his very special day, as we are 3,000 miles away. In hindsight I wish I had done this differently and that I were there. Sometimes we make choices that we think are a good idea when we make them. This is one of those times.

To you beautiful Christophino, I am soooooo proud of the young man you have become! You followed no one’s rulebook other than your own and all those years that I told you always have the choice of two roads, one closer to your heart and the other further. Over time you saw how this happens in life. You made choices on both sides of the road and learned from them. So at

Just after braces got taken off

Just after braces got taken off

17 years of age, with special needs that you have completely outgrown, with the love of both sets of your parents, with the adoration of your sisters, with the respect of your teammates, with the biggest hug I can muster…I wish you a very happy graduation and entrance into adulthood. I know you are going to have a very magical ride! We are always here for you! WE WUV YOU!!!!

Holiday traditions are sooo fun!

Holiday traditions are sooo fun!

Knowing you has helped make me a better person. THANK YOU for coming into my life!

CALL TO ACTION…

If you like this blog for goodness sakes hit the LIKE button and SHARE IT! What are the boys in your life who have made a difference to your heart?

Good friend Brian and Christopher

Good friend Brian and Christopher

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aka Mamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

My boys!

My boys!

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

√  FACEBOOK: For daily soul-feeding at the Facebook ButterflyMoms group… https://www.facebook.com/groups/93661017326/

√  COACHING: NOW IS THE TIME!!!! STOP EFFORTING and START LIVING! 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!!!

√  SPEAKING: I have spoken all over the world including the United States, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Canada and Portugal. When you ever hear of a conference or organization that needs a passionate speaker, please pass on my email maria@butterflymoms.coms.

Isabella and Christopher

Isabella and Christopher

√  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. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

√ 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…

The beautiful blankie that Grandma Vickie made with her "Happy Hookers" group that she loves. He still LOVES it!

The beautiful blankie that Grandma Vickie made with her “Happy Hookers” group that she loves. He still LOVES it!

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

Two peas in a pod, Mialotta and Christophino

Two peas in a pod, Mialotta and Christophino at the zoo

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

Lindy and Christopher pose fo Senior Prom photos

Lindy and Christopher pose fo Senior Prom photos

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

Christophino 2NEW YORK
Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

OHIO
Dublin 1

RHODE ISLAND
Bristol 1

Newport 1

VERMONT
Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2

 

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In Porto, Portugal by the rooftop beach! NICE, REAL NICE!

In Porto, Portugal by the rooftop beach! NICE, REAL NICE!

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
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IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

Newport

Newport

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1

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

 

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At the Norman Rockwell Museum in Western Massachusetts

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.

At the Barking Crab in Boston.

At the Barking Crab in Boston.

*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… https://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

Use your voice…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

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Looks like Mars but it’s Arizona with Grandapa Dude

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On Sophia’s birthday, a week before she died.

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At the Grand Canyon when we drove cross country.

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Visiting Washington DC

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Fall in New England

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Running the Race for the amazing Respite Center in Hopkinton in Sophia’s memory

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Meeting cousin Daniel in Long Island who is about to enter Jr. High!!!!

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One of Christophino’s first football games ever with Vovo Raquel, Grandma Vickie and Grandpa Dude.

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Eating at the Boston Harbor

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At a Pawtucket baseball game with cousins Alex and Ben and Uncle Petey and Aunt Nisey!

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Christophino and his cousin Ben! It's a bro lovefest!!!

Christophino and his cousin Ben! It’s a bro lovefest!!!

Photo of whole family in NY

In Long Island with the Schmidt family

Posted by: ButterflyMoms | May 31, 2013

DO YOU FEEL OLD?


Cutie pie Christopher

Cutie pie Christopher…

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

I had a couple of “REALITY CHECKS”, that I’d love to return! 😉 Ahhhh but you know life… the more you resist the shittier your time will be. It’s ALWAYS best to go with the flow.

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

..has grown up into this beautiful young man!

TIME MARCHES ON…

Our youngest is 5 years old and our oldest Christopher will be 18 next month. Our son Christopher had his last day of high school this past week on May 29th, my birthday. When you have a child that reaches this age there is a part of you that feels a bit like being IN SHOCK because we cannot believe how quickly it all went. They say the days are long and the years are short and ain’t that the truth!

A BIRTHDAY HUM DINGER…

Well, for my birthday this past week, since I LOVE sushi, a beautiful friend of mine took me out for a sushi lunch by the ocean. I wish you had been there to see this view! WOW! I LOVE looking out onto the water! What I did not like was the interaction with our waitress (translated from Portuguese because the meaning is not lost in translation)…

Waitress: “Ahhh, it’s your birthday! Congratulations! How old are you?”

Me: “I’m 46.”

Waitress: “Wait, did you say ‘36’ or ‘46’?

Me: “46”

Waitress: “Oh”

ARGH! Even as it’s coming out of my mouth it sounds odd. Could I REALLY be that old? I honestly feel more like I’m 36 but I’m a million years away from where I was when I was 36.

mirror mirror off the wallMIRROR, MIRROR…

I know it’s not politically correct to say this but I don’t like mirrors!

I believe there is a conspiracy going on and maybe you have experienced it too? I have lately noticed that ALL mirrors MUST not be working properly because every time I look into one I see someone staring back at me who is MUCH older than I feel. I have to admit it shocks me how much different I look than I feel.

It’ is then that I notice how being young and beautiful is such a part of what I bought into. Wrinkles, sags, lines… I never really got why people got upset at those… until now.  I’m still working on this one. No answers today, I’m afraid. Just putting it out there that I’m feeling it too in case you think you are the only one. 😉

CALL TO ACTION…

If you like this blog for goodness sakes hit the LIKE button and SHARE IT!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL… 

√  COACHING: NOW IS THE TIME!!!! STOP EFFORTING and START LIVING! 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!!!

√  SPEAKING: I have spoken all over the world including the United States, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Canada and Portugal. When you ever hear of a conference or organization that needs a passionate speaker, please pass on my email maria@butterflymoms.coms.

√  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. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

√ 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

book2FLORIDA
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

 

book1BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

 

Christopher at senior prom

Christopher at senior prom

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… https://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Use your voice…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

Posted by: ButterflyMoms | May 24, 2013

Are You Feeling Lost?


IMG_2582Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Sometimes to be found we need to feel lost. Where we get even more lost is when we start freaking out. I’m going through that right now…

I have fallen deeper in love with Portugal. It is a much simpler life here. I have about 5% of the “stuff” here that I have in the States. We’re on a VERY tight budget, I have no car, no dependable cell phone and even so, except for not having my gorgeous husband and our son Christopher here, I’m as happy as a pig in shit.

I know that probably surprises some of you, because in a way it does me too, so I broke it down.

map of PortugalIt hit me hard when I came to the realization this past week that I’ve lived in America for over 43 years!!!! (Bear with me because inside I still think I’m about 16 so there is a part of me that can’t grasp 40 years of anything! 😉 ) On many levels I am truly the American dream. From kindergarten to graduate school I was educated in America. I’ve lived in Altlanta, Boston, New York and San Francisco. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the United States too and have even driven down both the East and the west coast a few times. I say this because I have seen a lot America and lived here long enough to get a very strong sense of what we are about.

Sister bonding and love!

Sister bonding and love!

IN GENERAL, there are two main reasons I’m being pulled to stay in Portugal for at least another year. One is the amazing weather here but it’s more than that, there is a magic in the air that, even with the economic crisis, makes this one of the most popular places in the world to visit and live. There is something cellular here that I love about the air, the trees, the water, the people, the food. I love that even in the dead of winter you can see flowers blooming all over the place! There is a lot of sunshine here and I love that! It’s one of those things we don’t think about but that affect us in profound ways. Because of this we go outside to walk or play most every day, even for just a few minutes. It is a fabulous way to connect to nature, each other, our bodies and our community!

Calling Papa and Christopher on Skype has made a huge difference.

Calling Papa and Christopher on Skype has made a huge difference.

The second difference between America and Europe is simply the way people live their lives. In America we truly believe that hard work is paramount and being “lazy” is one of the worst things you can be called. In Europe, in general, there is a natural order, a beginning and end of each workday. In the States there are way less lines of demarcation. Work and life are a blended blur. We live to work, but I don’t think we really see it. Being away for a whole year I see it now, and where I see it most is in my children…

My cousin, her grand daughter and our girls! Priceless!

My cousin, her grand daughter and our girls! Priceless!

My girls, especially our Olivia who has learning issues, is thriving here. It’s like the community has risen up at all levels to support them not in an overt way but in an inclusive way. They definitely believe in the “it takes a village” mentality so when kids do something that is unsafe some adult around them will immediately pipe in. There is ZERO concern for how it looks. It is simply how things are done. There is also a lot of tenderness, a kindness from the people. Kids are adored here.

Mother's Day Tradition... Breakfast in bed, one of my VERY favorite memories of this lifetime!

Mother’s Day Tradition… Breakfast in bed, one of my VERY favorite memories of this lifetime!

Olivia's skirt she made from plastic trash bags! GO OLIVIA!

Olivia’s skirt she made from plastic trash bags! GO OLIVIA!

The new school the girls are at is simply awesome! The level, depth and width of the subjects they are learning are amazing.

For example, today Mialotta, who is in third grade, for the first time today is using the camera she made in school. Olivia, who is in the first grade, had a fashion show last week in front of the whole school. The items the kids wore were made from recycled materials like newspapers, plastic bags, etc. Kids got crazy creative and Olivia won 1st place for her grade and 4th overall for the whole school. It was awesome! She was soooo excited to be acknowledged by all the big kids in her school!

International friends, amazing views... heaven.

International friends, amazing views… heaven. How’s this for lunch?

Even with all this said I still ADORE America and especially the people in it. I am completely torn. It gives me more of an insight of what my mom went through when she immigrated to the States.

When we don’t know what to do it’s important to stay open, keep breathing, keep letting go and being open to the messages that are being sent. I am vulnerable but I am happy and I know whatever happens I’m in love with my beautiful husband and children, and whatever we pick it will be perfect for the magical journey we are on!

CALL TO ACTION…

If you like this blog for goodness sakes hit the LIKE button and SHARE IT!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

IMG_2579ELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL… 

√  COACHING: NOW IS THE TIME!!!! STOP EFFORTING and START LIVING! 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!!!

√  SPEAKING: I have spoken all over the world including the United States, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Canada and Portugal. When you ever hear of a conference or organization that needs a passionate speaker, please pass on my email maria@butterflymoms.coms.

√  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. If you know anyone who would like to do an interview I can be reached at maria@butterflymoms.com to set up a time.

√ 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…

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A picnic with friends at a fabulous park. Now that’s a playdate!

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

IMG_2619KENTUCKY
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

IMG_2584MISSOURI
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

 

I love giving the kids cool creative surprises. Here is a simple one with spaghetti that helps them learn to spell.

I love giving the kids cool creative surprises. Here is a simple one with spaghetti that helps them learn to spell.

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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

 

Ancient trees

Ancient trees

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… https://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

 

IMG_2547USE YOUR VOICE…

I invite you add your comments below and leave your mark that will inspire others through your authenticity.

 

Posted by: ButterflyMoms | May 17, 2013

Do Boundaries REALLY Matter?


Me in Chicago as a guest on THE OPRAH SHOW. Oprah was in the background! :)

Me in Chicago as a guest on THE OPRAH SHOW. Oprah was in the background! 🙂

Dearest BFMs,

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TODAY…

Today is MAY 17 and it’s a VERY special day for several reasons:

*It’s the ButterflyMoms blog’s four year anniversary!!!

My VIP Badge which gave me the access to my dreams!  PRICELESS!

My VIP Badge which gave me the access to my dreams! PRICELESS!

*It’s the two year anniversary of being a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW!!!

My mom and I on my 1st birthday in Portugal.

My mom and me.

*It’s my Mama’s 76th birthday!!!

 

DO BOUNDARIES MATTER?…

Imagine that after an especially tough week one of your best friends  surprises you and says I’m taking you to your FAVORITE restaurant anywhere in the world! You pack your bags and head to the airport! Arrangements for your children have already been made so you are all covered there too. There is a beautiful limousine to pick you up and drop you off at the airport. You have a wonderful time on the plane catching up with your friend and feeling like a queen after the on-flight massage, pedicure and manicure (hey, we can all dream, right 🙂

When you land a limousine is waiting for you and your friend. It whisks you to your favorite restaurant. It’s the kind of place that has 8 courses of the most scrumptious food anyone has EVER tasted. Just reading the menu makes your mouth water. Take a moment to think of your FAVORITE foods. They have ALL of them, exactly like you like them! You and your friend order. As the servers begin bringing in the wonderful dishes you take each one and stick it in the blender in front of you. As soon as every dish is regally delivered to you, you turn on the blender and let it do its thing.  Drink up, right?

WHAT?!!!! WAIT!!!! If someone gifted you with this experience is that how you would want to eat this fabulous banquet? NO???? Then why would you do it with the way you life your life? When we live a life without boundaries that is exactly what we are doing. Even if each piece is perfect, without limits and boundaries it becomes basically GUNK!

Ask yourself if you are living a GUNKY life! If the answer is yes then take your first step and acknowledge it. Being “mind-full” is paramount. Just like if you’ve ever meditated (or tried to ;), it’s all about GENTLY bringing your attention BACK TO AWARENESS. AWARENESS is your gate-keeper. It is built into you. It’s is one of the gifts you get when you are born. Those who use it have a much “fun-er-er” time on this planet! Don’t miss out on the fun! How are you feeling right now? Sit with whatever feelings come up. Never judge. Just feel. Just be. Wherever you are is exactly where you need to be. You are safe. Feel and let go. Feelings come from somewhere, bottling up or ignoring those feeling cause the death of your soul. Chew on that! 😉 (Pun intended!)

CALL TO ACTION…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

One of The Oprah Show's make-up artists Robert. He is FANTASTIC and phenomenal at what he does! WOW!

One of The Oprah Show’s make-up artists Robert. He is FANTASTIC and phenomenal at what he does! WOW!

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

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

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

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

BOOKS SOLD INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

CONNECTICUT
Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

Front Row Seating to Oprah in an Audience of 13,0000!!!

Front Row Seating to Oprah in an Audience of 13,0000!!!

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

 

Maria in front of Oprah studiosBOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

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

 

Me and the Oprah Show camera crew who came to our house in Holliston

Me and the Oprah Show camera crew who came to our house in Holliston

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… https://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!

Posted by: ButterflyMoms | May 10, 2013

AMERICA IS GROWING HEROES


Magnificent ButterflyMoms,

Sidenote: The book is coming along beautifully! THANK YOU to those who have been asking! It is incredibly powerful and fun to write. I cannot wait to share it with you when it’s done!

So this week I’ve been riveted by the happenings around Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who held three young women as sex slaves and a child. The entire week I fluctuated between emotional waves of everything from anger to gratitude. As I’m tuned into writing my book, I’m sensing a more focused shift on love in how I see the world. Even so, there were times, however, when I after hearing more of what Ariel had done that I got so damn pissed that love was very distant from where I was vibrating! In that abyss of the negative thinking, I did the hardest thing I could in that moment, I stepped out of the mob mentality zone of “lets string ‘em up and kill him” and simply sent him love. YUP! I did. I sent love to this man most everyone, including him, hates. It felt very weird at first, but then it felt magnificent.

Charles RamseyNow let’s talk about an authentic hero. When we think about heroes we have a certain image in our minds that may even include a cape… or at the very least bulging muscles, but Charles Ramsey blew all of that out of the water! Charles is the man who heard Amanda Barry screaming for help and helped her kick open the bottom part of the door for her and her six year old daughter to escape. If you have not seen Charles’ interviews you really should. He is the poster child for authenticity. He did not try to do anything but be himself. One of the most powerful things he said was he knew something was wrong when a pretty white girl runs into the arms of a black man she does not know. This kind of real speak is refreshing to me. I love him too because he blew up the stereotype of what a hero looks like! People can relate to Charles because you could tell he was speaking from his heart! AWESOME!

What Does 9-11 Have To Do With It?

Now all this got me thinking. For a black man in a street that everyone basically keeps to themself to “get involved”, especially with a white woman who is asking for help (and especially since at first he thought it was a domestic abuse issue), is something that almost never happens because quite honestly some people don’t want to put them selves in harms way… or at least that’s how it used to be.

ap_boston_bombing_inset_nt_130421_wgGo back a few weeks where at the Boston Marathon bombings we had three people instantly die and almost 200 injured. This was not the I-scratched-my-leg-injured. It  was the I-blew-my-leg-off-injured, yet not one more person died. Think about that! Out of all those injured and with the gravity of the injuries, not one more person died… and I know why!

It all has to do with a “little” event, we Americans like to call “9-11”, that drastically altered the way we see the world and our place in it. As soon as the second plane hit the towers people started calling their loved ones. The calls that the people on the third plane got changed our American way of thinking forever because even though they died, the passengers fought back, and in doing so created a massive shift in consciousness for our people.

september-9-11-attacks-anniversary-ground-zero-world-trade-center-pentagon-flight-93-second-airplane-wtc_39997_600x450Before 9-11, when there was a hi-jacking, the general way people acted was to be submissive and follow the orders until negotiations were done. Most times hostages would be released. 9-11 changed all that! I flew 10 days after 9-11. It was a pretty eerie feeling walking around the vacant airports with everyone on high alert. At one point while we were waiting at the gate to board, someone said out loud that if anyone was even thinking about doing anything that we would beat the shit out of them. Everyone was pretty much on board for that.

Something had shifted and from that point things were different. Below are just a few examples of catastrophic events and how heroes stepped forward to make a difference, even if it cost them their lives…

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating storms in US history. The damage hit some of our poorest Americans who had no money to rebuild. The US government and insurance companies abandoned many of the very people who needed the most help. Some people did have insurance money but contractors who had promised to do the work stole it. That is a story you hear over and over again so it was nice to hear that other contractors would simply pack their trucks full of supplies and go down to help as much as they could, and continue doing it year after year! We went down to New Orleans with our fabulous Unitarian Universalist Church after my daughter Sophia died, to help an elderly woman rebuild her home. Even though it was two years after the storm, the devastation was still immense! What struck me the most about the whole Hurricane Katrina experience is that the number of every day people, strangers, churches, groups still go down to help rebuild. They don’t get any medals or awards, or even recognition for what they do. Many have been going down every year since it happened, sometimes twice a year, to help rebuild one family at a time. Knowing this feeds my soul with such love! LOVE STRONG!

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane 2012 season as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. At least 285 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries. The severe and widespread damage the storm caused in the United States, as well as its unusual merge with a frontal system, resulted in the nicknaming of the hurricane “Superstorm Sandy”. During the storm, parts of NYC were left with no electricity. There were hundreds of stories of people offering food, letting people re-charge their phones and even offering shelter. There were tons of heroes who emerged from this natural disaster, many whom we will never know about but they got their intuitive hit to serve and they answered it. Little or big, it all matters… all of it matters!

Heroes at Sandy Hook Elementary

The level of violence perpetrated on such young children ripped our hearts out. Even so there are countless examples of human beings working together for the common good. Many of these amazing women sacrificed their lives to safe others. They are true heroes of the heart. They are warriors of love in my book. Here is a small description of just a few of them.

*At the shootings at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, Principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach, lead teacher Natalie Hammond were in a meeting when they heard gunshots. Instead of hiding, these heroes rushed to the source of the sounds, and encountered and confronted the shooter. The three brave women called out “Shooter! Stay put!” which alerted their colleagues to the danger and saved their lives.Two of the women died and the other was shot several times.

*The beautiful Victoria Leigh Soto, a first grade teacher hid her children and managed to save 11 of her children. She put herself between her students and the shooter, who then fatally shot her. Six surviving children from Soto’s class and a school bus driver took refuge at a nearby home. Police found the five children she hid in the closet unharmed thanks to her bravery when they entered the classroom.

*Beautiful Anne Marie Murphy, a teacher’s aide who worked with special-needs students, shielded six-year-old beautiful Dylan Hockley with her body, trying to protect him from the bullets that killed them both.

*Teacher’s aide Rachel D’Avino, who had been employed for a week at the school to work with a special-needs student, also died trying to protect her students.

*School nurse Sally Cox, 60, hid under a desk in her office. She and the school secretary Barbara Halstead called 9-1-1 and hid in a first-aid supply closet for up to four hours.

*Custodian Rick Thorne ran through hallways, alerting classrooms.

*Other teachers, parents and even strangers helped lead children to safely. If these brave heroes had not acted, many more magnificent children and adults could have died.

boston-bombing-adrianne-haslet-davis-running-dancing-marathon-amputee-foot-loss__oPtTHE WHY

Earlier I asked why more people did not die at the Boston Marathon even though there were almost 200 very injured people. The reason is that AMERICANS are now trained to be heroes. Being a hero has entered the national psyche and is common to see heroic acts only a daily basis. We are shifting out of our by-stander mentality and into the hero mentality. When the bombs went off, every day people ran towards the injured, not away to save their own lives. The fact that these common, every day people, stepped up to the plate immediately, saved many, many more lives.

Charles-Ramsey-Caricature-Cleveland-Hero-Bearman-CartoonsWatching Charles Ramsey’s interviews helped me piece this all together. He was just a simple, every day guy, eating his burger on his day off… until he was abruptly called to serve. In America, you will see more and more examples of people answering the call to do exactly that, to serve.

When 9-11 happened people wanted to DO SOMETHING to help. Instead we were told to just go shopping. That did not sit well with us and we, Americans, of all economic levels, shapes, ages, colors and sizes are starting to really get the hang of this hero “thang”! I hope that as you read this that you are inspired to be hero to someone. Remember sometimes the best way to be a hero is to simply show up for others. It’s not always about jumping into a burning building, sometimes it’s watching someone’s kids who really needs a break or anonymously mowing someone’s lawn. So I ask you… How will you serve? Where will you put your drop of love today?

Great big hugs,

Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

CALL TO ACTION…

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

Charles-RamseyELSE IS GOING ON? MORE WAYS TO FEED YOUR SOUL TO START 2013 OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!… 

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

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

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

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

charles-ramsey-1-600Lake 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

 

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **

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

 

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

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

Posted by: ButterflyMoms | May 3, 2013

Good News…The Contractions Have Started!!!!


My good friend Eileen and I in Lisboa with some cool street art!

My good friend Eileen and I in Lisboa with some cool street art!

writingMagnificent ButterflyMoms,

I’m very happy to report that things with the book are flowing as smooth as silk. I’m very happy with the progress I’m making and have the complete intention that it will be done on May 17. Why May 17? Well, it’s my mom’s birthday and it’s also the two year anniversary that we taped the Oprah Show episode I was a guest on!

As I am birthing the book I’m getting incredible downloads that I’ve started sharing with my coaching clients, not in a forced way at all. It just keeps happening that whatever I was writing about that morning, shows up in my client calls in the afternoon. It’s happened three times this week.

YOU ROCK!

YOU ROCK!

This week’s blog is a very simple one. It is simply to let you know that the contractions have started and the book is on its way. I have re-started writing this book four times, but am sooooooo glad I followed my instincts because it is one of the best tools I could give the world! I am so excited to share it with the world because I’m living my life’s purpose and it feels great!

Life coach 1CALL TO ACTION: If you want to be one of the first people to know when the book is coming out send me an email to maria@butterflymoms.com with your name and I will make sure you get the information. SOOOO EXCITING!

FREE BONUS: In the meantime, as you read this, you are automatically becoming more aligned with your own dreams too. How very cool is that?!

I invite you add your comments below about what your dream is and how you can do one thing to move it forward. This whole process is about connection and moving forward.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

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

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

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

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

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

HEY! I CO-AUTHORED A BOOK! 😉 WOW!

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

 

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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

 

book 5WHAT 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… https://butterflymoms.wordpress.com and spread the love!!! FEED YOUR SOUL!!!!!


Corinne's beautiful mama Jean

Corinne’s beautiful mama Jean

Diane, Doug,  Denis and Debra's beautiful Mama June Schmidt. My beautiful mother-in-law!

Diane, Doug, Denise and Debra’s beautiful Mama June Schmidt. My beautiful mother-in-law!

This blog is dedicated to Corinne Kelleher’s mama beautiful Jean. Somehow I ended up with her magical blue coat and wear it proudly, always send her love! <3!

AND to my beautiful mother-in-law June whom we miss every single day. She knows I’m doing my best so that my girls, who never met their grandmother connect to the love she gave all of us. 🙂

Mother's day cool cartoonMagnificent ButterflyMoms,

Mother’s Day, one of my ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE holidays, is right around the corner! It’s filled with the delight of getting (and the delight of watching our kids give us) handmade Mother’s Day presents, cards and letters. Over the years, even the best de-clutterer moms are unable to throw out the precious letters and cards from her beloved children. The love in them is both timeless and priceless.

When I lived in magical San Francisco I worked with one of the best public relations people in the world, Stuart McFaul. It is rare to find someone who is good in the PR field, but who also has a heart as beautiful as his. It was obvious that he had a fantastical mama! 😉 This past week, fifteen years later and from six thousand miles away, I got a surprise call from Stuart letting me know about a project he really cared about. I instantly knew I had to share his mother’s act of un-dying gift of love with you, because it’s absolutely perfect for Mothers’ day!

2006 Christmas Cruise with the Family , Stuart and his mom

2006 Christmas Cruise with the Family , Stuart and his mom

Stuart told me that his magnificent mother June, had recently died. He and his sister spent the last few, precious days with their beloved mama. Her end was something that he calls absolutely beautiful because it was a celebration of her life and gave them a chance to peacefully accompany her out of this lifetime. After her death, they were surprised to find a letter she had written to them days before her death. The magnificent letter begins like this,

“Dear Mary Anne and Stuart,
As your mother, I wanted to leave you this message. I love both of you and have always loved you. I have tried to show you this love by words and actions, but I’m afraid many times I’ve fallen short. I’ve tried to give you my time, fun and laughter. I’ve tried to give you a safe and protective home (sometimes overly so, I’m afraid… (to read the entire letter check out the link at the end of this blog.)

The Stuart Family at Stuart and Nick's wedding

The McFaul Family at Stuart and Nick’s wedding

WHAT STUART WROTE TO ME AFTER OUR CALL WHEN I ASKED HIM FOR MORE DETAILS…

”After my mom passed… then her funeral passed… I was still left with the feeling that things were incomplete. Had I honored her, honored her memory properly? Then I just flashed on it: the letter she left was a legacy – not just for us – but for others as well. So I spoke with my sister and we agreed that I would build MyMomento.org as a way to “play it forward” for my mom. Now, she can live on in the way her words can inspire others, just as they have inspired us. Here’s the press release I plan to release next week. XO – AND THANK YOU!

Inspired By A Mother’s Final Words, MyMomento.org Allows You to Share Your Own Mother’s Lasting Legacy

APRIL 29, 2013 — SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Launching today in time for Mother’s Day, MyMomento.org, a site inspired by a loving letter a mother left for her children, allows you to share the special “momento” left to you by your mother. Riffing on the word “memento,” a moment is a special memory, lesson or legacy that you inspires your life.

In the case of the site founders Stuart McFaul and Mary Anne McFaul Lothrop, it was a letter they found two days after their mother June died at age 93. The letter, which June had written just a few weeks before she died, was a deeply-felt message of humble and abiding love of a mother for her two adopted children. You can read the letter here.

“We had no idea she had written this, but – as our final legacy – it’s the single best gift we have ever received,” said Stuart. “It’s an inspiring memento that moves us to be better, more loving people as we go through our own lives.”

In honor of June and other loving mothers, Stuart and Mary Anne created MyMomento.org as a place where others can share the legacies left by their mothers.

“Our mother left us a gift that we can never equal,” said Mary Anne. “MyMomento.org is just a way we can ‘play forward’ our mother’s love.”

To learn the complete story and to share your own “momento,” please visit www.MyMomento.org or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/MyMomento.org.

June McFaulJune’s letter is a gift not only to her children, but also to the rest of the world. Her act of love, thanks to her beautiful children is reverberating out into the world, increasing the amount of love in the world… and after all, isn’t that what Mother’s day celebrates?

CALL TO ACTION…

I invite you add to the love cycle that June started and that Stuart and Mary Anne have continued by forming www.mymomento.org! Share this blog with friends and let’s see how many likes on FACEBOOK and content we can get! This is a great way to honor our mothers!

Mother's powerHAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great big hugs,
Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

🙂

PS As promised here is the rest of the letter from above. June’s letter to her “babies” http://www.mymomento.org/letter/

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

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

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

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

happy-mothers-day-jokes8BOOKS 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

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.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

 

BOOKS SOLD OUTSIDE UNITED STATES

AUSTRIA
Wien 2

IRELAND
Dublin, Ireland 1

ITALY
Rome, Italy 3

JAPAN
Tokyo  1

PORTUGAL 
Carcavelos 1

Lisboa 11

Ovar 1

Sintra 1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

SCOTLAND
Greenock 1

SPAIN
Madrid 1
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **

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

 

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

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

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