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Enter to Win + Flash Sale!

Yesterday I shared my exciting news that Frisky Fish Essentials has curated a special TRANSFORMATION Trio set for some lucky Blessings Butterfly fans (enter below for your chance to win). Each 3-piece set includes one rollerball bottle each of these wonderful, locally hand-blended scents: Uncensored, Supernatural, and Fly.

Today I get to share that Frisky Fish Essentials is also holding a 3-day Flash Sale over on Jane.com! I’m stoked to share this with you because 1) I love sharing good things with and for friends, and 2) the products are things that I actually use and love- so I believe in them!

Even if you don’t win one of my limited edition TRANSFORMATION Trio sets, you can still buy your own at a super discounted price (or create your own set from the many scents available!) of over 50% off!

***Click here to visit the special Flash Sale.***

Enter your info below to join my mailing list and a chance to win a FREE 3 bottle TRANSFORMATION Trio!

Big Announcement Time!

I don’t want to brag (okay- YES I DO) but I have some pretty AH-MA-ZING friends!  One of them is Alana, and she is the beauty AND brains behind Frisky Fish Essentials, a fabulous line of custom & hand-blended essential oils that are all-around wonderful. I’ve been blessed to be friends with her for many years, and she’s one of those genuinely kind, caring and beautiful humans.  You can read more about Alana and her brand philosophy here.

I reached out to her recently wanting to offer something extra-special to my lovely readers, and she curated a special TRANSFORMATION Trio of essential oils from her collection! YES!  The special TRANSFORMATION Trio includes one each of her Supernatural, Fly, and Uncensored essential oil blends.  All locally blended by hand with pure, 100% natural, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

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If you would like to entered to win one of these limited edition TRANSFORMATION Trio sets, just complete the form below.  Winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email. 

Good Luck!

Love, Michelle 🙂

All Are Welcome in The Cocoon

Sometimes living life in a bigger body has it’s challenges!

Too often we are made to feel as though enjoying good health, practicing self-care, and a modeling a lifestyle of wellness is only for the thin, the athletic, and the fit-and-trim… but I want to let you in on a (big) little secret:

It’s just not true.

Over in The Cocoon, ALL are welcome. Together, we get to disrupt the stereotypes of what it means to be healthy, what it means to be beautiful, what it means to be sexy and strong. We have fun moving our beautifully abundant bods. We learn to love our curves, muscles, and yes, even our “jiggly jelly rolls” all while doing short, simple workouts that are actually fun. We laugh, we move, we meditate, and we learn to appreciate ourselves for what we CAN do, not beat ourselves up for what we can’t do.  It’s a paradigm shift that is empowering & transforming!

And instead of following restrictive, boring diets, I’m sharing tasty, super-simple recipes that are quick, healthy & appropriate for anyone. It’s so easy to incorporate these to your existing meal plan! Total win.

I have to be honest, I’ve LOVED creating this program and launching our first Session. I finally feel like my body and my soul are in total alignment, and my heart is full. I pretty much melt at the kind things that members have been telling me about their experience in The Cocoon, and it is confirmation to me that I did the right thing by following my dream of creating a space where ALL could feel welcome and successful in their pursuit of a healthier life.

Session 1 “live” is wrapping up this week so that I can spend time creating new content for our upcoming Sessions, but the beauty of The Cocoon is that as a member, you have 24/7 access to the videos and recipes as soon as they are posted. You can go through the material at your own pace, because life happens and sometimes you just need some flexibility in your schedule.

Here’s the signup link if you are ready to start your journey. It’s an all-inclusive annual membership for just $120 (USD), and it even comes with a FREE 10 Day Trial Membership.  Click the link  to sign up and get things started:  JOIN ME IN THE COCOON

Love, Michelle <3

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#MondayMantra Face My Fears & Kick Ass

I’m facing down one of the scariest weeks  of my life, or so it feels like. I’m launching my new program next week, and it’s down to the last few days to finish shooting and editing videos, being completely real and raw and vulnerable in them. My face. My body. My voice. My message.

The voice of self-doubt has been nagging and trying to sideline me for days, the butterflies in my belly feel more like dragons, and procrastinating seems like a viable option.

But not today.

Today, I will face my fears- of rejection, of harsh criticism, of failure- and I will move forward. I will feel the fear and I will do the work anyway. I will simply do it scared.

And even if my fears come about as a result of my moving forward, well, that’s okay. Because it’s in moving forward that I choose to own my power, and in so doing, I will kick ass. And then I’ll do it all over again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that one because I remember that I’ve been through all sorts of scary, awful things before and I’ve always emerged stronger, wiser, and a more beautiful version of my truest self. This is no different.

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Craving Good Things & The Thing About Emotional Eating

I was recently visiting with my dear friend Susan, chatting about what we are both up to and chewing on big ideas. I was enjoying a finely crafted unsweetened green tea latte, and we were remarking about how much we actually want to eat healthy foods now (with the exception of delicious, occasional French Fries, obvi)  when something she said struck me like a bolt of lightning: “Bodies don’t crave junk food, emotions do.”

Isn’t that just the absolute truth? Think about it- when you are depressed, sad, upset, angry, lonely- what do you reach for for comfort? A stiff drink or two or ten?  A pint of ice cream?  Anything edible that you can shove in your mouth in excess?  Damn. 

It’s not just the “negative” emotions that can cause us to turn to food & drink for comfort.  Do you like to celebrate good times, come on, with an over-the-top elegant meal, fine wine or Champagne? Maybe a round or two or ten of beers or martinis?  Or maybe you “treat” yourself to donuts, cupcakes, an extra slice of pie?  Damn (again)- So Busted!

Bodies don’t crave junk food, emotions do.

Before you think I’ve suddenly become a boring, tight-ass killjoy here to lecture you that what you’re eating is “bad”  and “wrong” and that I am basically better than you, well, you don’t have to worry.  I’m not better than you, and I will absolutely still enjoy sweets, Fries, and adult beverages.  I will still savor the pleasure of delicious tastes on my tongue and the smell of baked goods in my girly nostrils.  I will shamelessly eat that slice of homemade pie at the family Thanksgiving dinner and have mimosas at Christmas breakfast. Here’s the thing, though- knowledge is power, and now that I have the power to make better decisions for operating MY body, you can be sure that moving forward, I will pay more attention to what I eat and why I’m eating it.

Our bodies require GOOD things that can properly fuel and sustain us, like plenty of rest, nutritious foods, daily movement, mental stimulation, love, joy, and security.  When we are not providing these essentials for ourselves, everything inside starts to go off the rails- physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our bodily systems get out of whack, and we are actively, albeit unconsciously, putting them in a continuous panicked state of trying to adapt and adjust.  Our immune systems become weakened.  Our mental focus wanes.  We become snappy, irritable, stressed, and downright unpleasant. The longer we deprive our bodies of what they need, the more dysfunctional they inevitably become.

So, can we really fix ourselves with food? Yes, and no.  Our bodies are so much more than what we eat and what we drink; they are also what we think, what we feel, how we see ourselves and the world around us, what we dream about and what we fantasize about.  We are complex and magnificent.  We are more than sum of our parts, more than our individual experiences, more than our mistakes and victories. Eating healthier and in such a way as to support our bodies is an important key, and maybe it’s the first one that we can pick up and actually start using right away; but we must also be willing to pick up the remaining keys in order to fully enjoy our optimum health- mind, body, and soul. It really does take a holistic approach to treat the whole person.


To take a positive step in your journey of health & wellness, I encourage you to try my revolutionary new program, The Cocoon – Empowered Transformation.  It’s designed for women who are more than 30 lbs overweight and looking to learn how to LOVE the body they are in.  Registration for is open for Session 1, classes start March 30!

Click here to register today for just $10/month

 

#FridayFeels Brave

It’s been the kind of week where I am questioning my every decision one minute to pushing my own limits the next. Question. Push. Question. Push. Mild panic. Deeper questions, push back harder. I have a message to share, and it equally emboldens me and terrifies me.

It’s the driving force behind my new health and wellness project, The Cocoon – Empowered Transformation, and the reason I have been videoing myself doing a series of workouts- even though I don’t have a model’s face, a trainer’s body, and a studio to produce high-quality videos. 

It’s just me, my message, and occasional photobombs from my cats. (Apparently they love it when I practice yoga.)

My message to myself, to other women, and ultimately to girls growing up in a world where enormous pressure to look a specific way in order to be valued is this: Bravely love yourself, exactly as you are.

  
In this photo, I was 30 lbs heavier than my “goal weight”. Even though at that point I had already dropped 50 lbs, I still didn’t feel “good enough”. What kind of nonsense is that?  What kind of pressure do we put on ourselves to look a certain way, and what kinds of horrible things do we say to ourselves when we don’t measure up? It’s crazy. It HAS to stop.

So, I will dig deep and pull on my big girl panties and bravely love myself- exactly as I am. I will be vulnerable and real and I will cheer you on and walk beside you as you learn to bravely love yourself, too. 
 

Registration is OPEN for Session 1!

Session 1 of The Cocoon – Empowered Transformation begins on Wednesday March 30! If you’ve already registered, YAY!  You’ll be receiving additional information directly from The Blessings Butterfly throughout the session(s).

Registration is now open for all who wish to participate in our first 4-Week Session (begins 3/30). All programs delivered completely online. Lifetime Membership is only $120!

Click here to register now!

If you just want to try the Pay-As-You-Go Membership Plan, you can register here for just $10/month.

Click here to register for Pay-As-You-Go Membership.

See you in The Cocoon!

Love, Michelle 🙂

#FridayFeels : Compassion

Election years have a way of revealing some very deeply seated ugliness in a nation and its people. Candidates seeks the lowest common denominator to garner votes, and their most rabid supporters seem to lose their humanity, becoming angry robots fueled by hate & fear.

In contrast: I pray for peace daily. I call on a spirit of kindness, caring, and love to fall on me. I open my heart for compassion, because I cannot bear the weight of existing in this world without it. 

  

What Does Healthy Actually Look Like? My Answers May Surprise You

Blessing #5:

I AM HEALTHY & I AM WHOLE. MY BODY IS HEALTHY. MY MIND IS HEALTHY. MY EMOTIONAL SELF IS HEALTHY. I AM WHOLE & COMPLETE. I CHOOSE TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF MYSELF EVERY DAY. I CHOOSE TO MOVE MY BODY TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, BECAUSE IT FEELS GOOD! I LIKE TO EAT, SO I CHOOSE NOURISHING MEALS THAT SATISFY ME. I ENJOY RESTING AND I GIVE MYSELF PLENTY OF SLEEP. I AM COMPLETELY IN CHARGE OF MY OWN HEALTH AND PERSONAL CARE. I AM HEALTHY & I AM WHOLE.

~The Blessings Butterfly

On Monday this week, I introduced you to Caro (Carol) a lovely little girl who lives in Masii, Kenya – East Africa.  I met her several years ago on my first of many visits to Kenya when I was working with the humanitarian missionary organization Tumaini International.  Little Caro was not sponsored at that time, nor were her siblings, and her mother Zipporah was really, realllllly struggling just to get through a day- let alone take care of 4 children by herself.

Caro was born with a birth defect that caused non-communicating hydrocephalus, resulting in an enlarged, deformed head. Her ability to use her legs was also affected, and when I met her all she could do was scoot around on her bare bottom, in the dirt.

It was heart breaking.

But, there was something special in her eyes- a bright, beautiful spirit that would NOT be crushed or quieted.  Despite the obvious health issues on the outside, she was and is one of the strongest, sweetest, and most healthy little girls I’ve ever met. Her little friends and siblings played and giggled as small children do, and when I came over to sit next to her on the concrete stoop, she didn’t hesitate to take my hand in hers and crawl up for a soft seat on my lap.

It was heart warming!

In the next few visits, I was able to bring over an awesome little off-road wheelchair donated to us by a dear friend.  Presenting it to Caro and her mom was one of the best days ever.  In my time with Tumaini, I was able to bring over 3 more chairs and deliver them to children in need.

Caro and her eligible siblings have since been sponsored, and are attending school, receiving school uniforms & shoes, meal and emergency food assistance, medical care and so much more.  Caro is one of the top students in her class and able to attend a (rare) school for children with disabilities. Her mom is also now in an amazing support group, active in her church and community, and receiving the medical care and ARV medicine that she needs.

A few years before leaving my work at Tumaini, I helped to launch a women’s empowerment project there in Masii called WE Care that trains widows in the art of paper bead jewelry making, which the ladies sell to help support themselves and their children.  It was an opportunity to create a healthy & supportive community, skills training, and work with dignity.  Caro’s mom was one of the inaugural group of Artisans, and she’s totally thriving.  Here she is!

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Healthy and Whole has less to do with the body that we live in, and more to do with the beautiful, amazing, incredible souls that we are. After all, our bodies aren’t designed to last forever- but our essence, now that’s forever. <3

If you would like to purchase any of the paper bead jewelry that Zippy and the other ladies have created, please let me know.  Just send me a private message through The Blessings Butterfly Facebook page with your email address, and I’ll be in touch.

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Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly Companion Guide Having worked hard for decades to overcome severely traumatic events that began in her early childhood and repeated in painful, looping patterns well into her adult life, Michelle is passionate about using her gifts and wisdom in bringing hope and healing to millions. This is more than “mindset hacks” and “Pollyanna” positivity. Through the work of what she calls Transformational Positivity, Michelle helps her clients to get clear on where to shift their thoughts and actions, while dismantling the culture of toxic positivity.