HOLLISTON, Mass. – Maria Salomão-Schmidt, mother of five from Holliston, Mass. has announced that she will be embarking on journey that will have her walking over 1,000 miles from Boston to Oprah Winfrey’s studios in Chicago beginning next month.
Salomão-Schmidt ‘s story begins four years ago when she tragically lost her then 13 month old daughter, Sophia, nicknamed Butterfly. This event started Salomão-Schmidt on a mission of self discovery and lead her to create a blog called Butterfly Moms (www.butterflymoms.com) which is a gathering place for all mothers who wish to feed their souls.
Salomão-Schmidt ‘s walk is to both fulfill her dream of being on the Oprah Winfrey show and to inspire other mothers to follow their dreams. “Whether you like Oprah or not, she has been an incredible influencer of our time. She has helped us shift to a new level of awareness and appreciation for life. Oprah has been a mentor to many American women and it is that influence that has affected so many of us. Oprah basically taught us to ‘walk the walk’ and that is where the idea came to me. It is a hero’s journey of sorts.”
It is 1,000 miles from Boston to Chicago and would normally take about 3 months to walk. “I’m a mom, I don’t have that kind of time, so I’m going to have to do what most Moms do, compromise. I will be biking, walking and may even take Greyhound, doing about 35-40 miles a day in order to make the trip in just one month. It’s a huge sacrifice for me to be away from my children, especially my youngest who is only two, but I feel that the message I’m sending to them of ‘follow your dreams’ is one that makes this trip worth it.”
Salomão-Schmidt plans to interview mothers along the way to find out what kinds of things they do to feed their souls. She will be posting daily updates to her Butterfly Mom’s Facebook Page and understands that she may not, at the end of this, get on the show. “I want to lead by example and show others that they can follow their dreams. How can I do that if I don’t at least try to follow mine?”
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