Sometimes, difficulties and loss can reshape who we are and nudge us into growing. Just like a caterpillar sheds its skin and spins itself a silky chrysalis, what results is a breathtakingly beautiful creature we could never imagine, the butterfly. Meg Nocero’s story is not so different as she depicts her extraordinary transformation in Butterfly Awakens.

As a forty-something Italian-American immigration attorney, Meg moves through unimaginable grief and sadness watching her beloved mother lose her battle to breast cancer. Questioning her life choices and opening herself up to her soul’s calling, Nocero brings readers along on her journey through a dark night of the soul. We experience with her the grieving process, a toxic work environment, and intense stress that results in depression and anxiety, along with a somatic nervous disorder called tinnitus. Meg never gives up and– instead– looks for the help she needs to start to heal and find her light. In the end, like the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, her story is a beautiful love letter honoring her mother’s legacy while detailing the awakening of her own.

Among the many stories about breast cancer and grief, none are quite like this one. 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 an inspiring 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.

MEG NOCERO is a former Department of Homeland Security attorney. After 19 years of federal government service, she resigned to pursue her dream as a writer, inspirational speaker, a success coach, and attorney for justice.

Nocero is an avid learner who holds a BA in Spanish, with a concentration in Italian from Boston College; an MA in international affairs from the University of Miami; and a JD from St. Thomas University School of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar, serves on the Wellness Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and holds certifications as a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center instructor, as a Professional Coach from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and as an Associate Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation. She has a Certificate in Happiness Studies through Harvard Professor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar’s Happiness Studies Academy and a Certificate for the Science of Well-Being from Yale University.

In addition to being named Miz CEO Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019, she appeared on CNN Español with Ismael Cala and hosts her own YouTube channel and a podcast called “Manifesting with Meg: Conversations with Extraordinary People.”

PRAISE

2021 International Impact Book Awards Winner

“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 best-selling author of E-Squared and The Course in Miracles Experiment

“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, PhD, New York Times best-selling author of Happier, No Matter What

“Meg takes us bravely through her extraordinary evolution by sharing how she moved through unimaginable grief and sadness with the loss of her mother and how this massive life experience shifted her world and opened her up to her soul’s calling. 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 of Blossom

“Meg takes us on a 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

“I appreciate Meg’s candor in not holding back and more than anything, I really appreciate her eloquence. I TOTALLY LOVE THIS.” —Berta Medina-Garcia, keynote speaker, adventure coach, and founder of Dreamers Succeed

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

“Nocero brings you into her story with her amazing way with words, spirituality, and imagery. . .” ―Readers’ Favorite

TIMELY TIE-INS

August (pre-pub)

Book Lover’s Day August 9
Happiness Happens Month August

September

National Read A Book Day September 6
International Literacy Day September 8
National Day of Encouragement September 12
Positive Thinking Day September 13
International Day of Peace September 21
World Gratitude Day September 21
National Daughters Day September 25
National Family Day September 26

October 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month October
National Book Month October 
Immigration Awareness Month October
Mental Health Awareness Day October 12
Conflict Resolution Day October 17
Evaluate Your Life Day October 19
Make a Difference Day October 23
National Immigrant’s Day October 28

HONORS & AWARDS

  • TEDx MartindaleBrightwood- It Takes A Village- Wake Up! How to Create a Better Story for a Happier Village! May 2021
  • Next Generation Indie Award, Finalist, Motivational Non-Fiction Category, 2021
  • Book Excellence Award Finalist 2021
  • Quarter-finalist Book Life Prize 2021
  • Readers’ Favorite Five Star Reviews 2021
  • Notable Top 100 Indie Authors in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Books
  • 2020 Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Award 2020
  • “Improve Your Mind, Body, Soul and Even Your Wallet” panel at BookConline 2020
  • Independent Press Award Winner-Motivational Category 2019
  • Miz CEO Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019
  • 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards-Finalist in the Inspirational Non-Fiction Category 2017
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards-Finalist in the Inspirational Non-Fiction Category 2017
  • Hollywood Book Festival, Honorable Mention, Inspiration Non-Fiction Category 2016
  • Nonfiction Author’s Association, Gold Award 2016
  • Midwest Book Reviews Five Stars, 2015
  • Readers’ Favorite Five Star Reviews, 2015
  • Kirkus SELECT Reviews, 2015

TALKING POINTS

  • Female Empowerment – Living the Life You Deserve
  • Transition and Transformation – Embracing Loss and Possibility
  • The Mother-Daughter Bond  – Honoring Legacy
  • Navigating Darkness Through Times of Illness
  • The Art of Listening – Through the Years of an Immigration Attorney
  • From Caterpillar to Butterfly – Trusting the Process of Change
  • Living a Life of Service and Generosity
  • How to Be Happier During Challenging Times