Butterfly Awakens

A Memoir of Transformation Through Grief

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Pub Date 07 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 18 Oct 2021
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Butterfly Awakens depicts the story of the extraordinary transformation of a forty-something Italian American attorney as she moves through unimaginable grief and sadness watching her beloved mother lose her battle to breast cancer. This tumultuous life experience shifts her world, causing her to question her life choices and opening her up to her soul’s calling. Nocero brings readers along on her journey through a dark night of the soul as she deals with the grieving process, a toxic work environment, and intense stress that results in depression, anxiety, and an acquired somatic nervous disorder called tinnitus. Through it all, she never gives up, instead looking for the help she needs to start to heal and find her light. In the end, like the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, this story is a beautiful love letter that honors Nocero’s mother’s legacy while detailing the awakening of her own.

There are many stories about breast cancer and grief, but none are quite like this one. Throughout her tale, Nocero pulls the reader deep into her story through the intensity of her emotions; and in the end, after resigning from her career as a federal prosecutor due to a toxic administration, she searches for the lighthouse she saw in a vision when her mother died. Embarking on a spiritual pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain to get to the lighthouse at Cap Finisterre, she sets out to wake up and live again; the butterfly connection and stark honesty of her writing offers readers important lessons learned from moving through grief so that each person can shine their light again.
Butterfly Awakens depicts the story of the extraordinary transformation of a forty-something Italian American attorney as she moves through unimaginable grief and sadness watching her beloved mother...

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From immigration attorney to spiritual pilgrim, journey with Meg Nocero from Miami to Spain where she walks the coveted El Camino trail. More than a story of loss, Meg deftly shows us how one can move from grief to grace - both emotionally and through physically and spiritually challenging acts. Find yourself on the trail of life with the author in this page turner.

From immigration attorney to spiritual pilgrim, journey with Meg Nocero from Miami to Spain where she walks the coveted El Camino trail. More than a story of loss, Meg deftly shows us how one can...


Advance Praise

“Meg brings you on her journey through her dark night of the soul with such honest, passionate writing you feel you are there. Her beautiful vulnerability opens the door for all of us to peer into our heart and pay attention to its stirrings, inviting us in to discover our bliss. Meg reminds us that we all have the power to transform our lives and the lives of others by following our dreams and becoming the person we were intended to be.” 

—AMY BUTLER, Editor-in-Chief / Blossom 

“Meg’s memoir is a must-read for anyone dealing with loss. Who knew when Meg and my path crossed that she would end up helping me with my own grief? I am grateful for Meg and all the magic she brings.” 

—PAM GROUT, #1 New York Times bestselling author of E-Squared, The Course in Miracles for Badasses and 18 other books 

“In Butterfly Awakens Meg Nocero takes us on a quest that is physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. We join her as she journeys through fear and despair, with courage and hope. Meg’s metamorphosis becomes ours, as it inspires us to transform our lives.” 

—TAL BEN-SHAHAR, PH.D, New York Times bestselling author, Happier, No Matter What 

“As I read Meg’s beautiful words, just beautiful things came up. . . . I appreciate Meg’s courage to be transparent and real and vulnerable to the benefit of us all. I appreciate Meg’s candor in not holding back, and more than anything, I really appreciate Meg’s eloquence in writing. Meg is among the best of the best, and I’m honored that I got a sneak peek at this beautiful artistic magnum opus (or one of her many anyway). I TOTALLY LOVE THIS.” 

—BERTA MEDINA-GARCIA, keynote speaker, adventure coach, and founder of Dreamers Succeed

“Meg takes us on her deeply personal journey of transformation that ultimately serves as profoundly hopeful encouragement for finding one’s own true path. Her story truly moved me to tears in some places, to giddy joy in others.” 

—JESSICA CIOSEK, author of Sometimes a Soldier Comes Home 

“Butterfly Awakens celebrates a woman’s journey to her authentic self as it illuminates the enduring bond between mother and daughter. . . . With this life-affirming memoir, Meg Nocero will become your soul-sister, enthusiastically welcoming you into her world, as she lays her heart wide open on her journey to wholeness. She bravely reveals her own dark night of the soul, offering her readers permission to be beautifully and imperfectly human: to stumble, fall apart, grieve and ultimately awaken to boundless self-love.” 

—TANYA MIKAELA, author of The Circle, A Woman’s 

Guide to Joy, Passion, and Authenticity 

“This book is wonderful. It is such a different look upon life and how to navigate your way through grief or pain and come out the other end on top of it. This is a story of resilience and transformation. . . . Meg’s vulnerability and rawness reminds you not to give up. It is not only a beautiful tribute to her mother but a reminder that you can always find your way back home: to you.” 

—PAULINA DE REGIL, employee relations specialist 

at Cushman and Wakefield 

“Meg’s words carry you into her world. You find yourself sighing with sadness or smiling as she takes you on her journey from grief through fulfillment. I wanted to call the author to dig deep into her experiences and explore the emotions that are so raw and on the table. May your metamorphosis take off as you read through the pages of this memoir.” 

—GRISSEL SEIJO, ESQ.

“Reading Butterfly Awakens, you’ll feel that Meg is an old friend you’ll be rooting for. We can all relate to her story of overcoming grief and loss and emerging stronger for it.” —DAVID LANDAU, ESQ., editor 

“Relatable and emotional. A must read for anyone going through a trans formative life experience.” 

—KELLIE SANTOS-DE JESUS, ESQ. 

“Meg drew me into her pain and her struggle. Meg’s vulnerability and rawness of emotion keeps her story pure. And those who have been through that depth of pain—those who are in it right now—will understand the incomprehensible and all-consuming effects of a broken heart. She had me laughing, crying, holding my breath, and cheering her on. Even in the midst of the thick, stinking mud-hurricane that is depression, Meg knew there had to be more. Her story serves as a guide, lighting a path out of darkness.” 

—TAMAIRA RIVERA, ESQ. 

“Meg gave me a true glimpse into her honest and true personal life journey from the pain and awkwardness of childhood through the downward spiral of unspeakable mourning that continued through recovery, self-empowerment, then true growth. Her daring to undergo the metamorphosis has her arriving at a more bliss-filled life. . . I highly recommend the inspiring writings of Butterfly Awakens to anyone seeking to better understand the process of healing and growth.” 

—ANDREW DEUTSCH, global marketing and sales executive, Fangled Tech International 

“At one time or another, we all experience adversities that challenge us to the core. In reading this book, you’ll share her journey and may start to ask those difficult questions we all must ask to ‘transform’—you don’t have to agree with all the decisions she took, but you will see the courage and love expended to go from cocoon to butterfly.” 

—THOMAS AYZE, ESQ., lieutenant colonel, USAFR (retired)


“Meg brings you on her journey through her dark night of the soul with such honest, passionate writing you feel you are there. Her beautiful vulnerability opens the door for all of us to peer into...


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