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Choosing to See Beauty

I use to be 35 pounds lighter than I am today.

The other day when a young woman told me that her number one goal in life is to be thin, my heart ached for her. Ladies, I am alive today to tell you that there is more to life than a number you see on a scale. Our society defines beauty as a number on a scale, a dress size, inappropr
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“Above all shadows, rides the sun.”

When I was four or five my dad would take me to the ocean, where he taught me to swim and ride the waves. My dad loves the ocean and is a phenomenal swimmer. When I made the swim team in college I remember the coach looked at me and said, Where did you learn to swim like that? I smile
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My Eyes Met His and We Embraced

I just got back from a party where I ate some of the most delicious salmon I have ever eaten. I love salmon, and man oh man, it was so amazing!! As you can probably tell from the past few posts, I really love the movie The Human Experience. Yesterday, I watched it with one of the men
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To the Gentleman From the Coffee Shop…

Several weeks ago, a gentleman approached me at a local coffee shop in Nashville, where I was working on various projects for Made in His Image. He sat down next to me and asked if I was a student. No, I’m not a student. He probed further, and I told him about MIHI. I could tell by hi
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Surf’s Up Baby!

I love the ocean so much! Besides sitting with Jesus in the Adoration chapel and  serving at Kalighat (Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Kolkata, India) the ocean is my favorite place to be. California is my favorite! Surfing, body surfing and swimming in the ocean is my ide
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Maura’s Story: Choosing to See Beauty, from Victim to Survivor

Yesterday, several people asked me to share more of my story, so I decided to share a pivotal moment. A majority of my story will be published in my book: Choosing to See Beauty. It was supposed to be out by now, but there were some legal complications. Even in my book though, I only
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It was harder to complete therapy, than to be a D1 Athlete.

I just got in from a hardcore run and a beautiful Rosary walk. Now, it’s time for some pizza and wine. But first I wanted to answer one of the many questions MIHI has been asked about therapy. Also, really exciting news: Tomorrow morning, I will be live on the Teresa Tomeo Show
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Break the Silence: Domestic Abuse Survivors Speak Out

The black colors remind me of all of the evil my abuser did to me. The black lips represent my silence. The black eyes represent all the wounds I received and how dead I felt inside. The butterflies are peace. One day I know I will be free. Purple is for the passion I knew I still had
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The Hurt and the Healer

Since the launch of Made in His Image, the organization has received thousands of emails. Each one has touched my heart in a unique way. Some have left me breathless at the wonders and majesty of God the Father’s healing Hands. Over a thousand have brought tears to my eyes, as I liste
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So why MIHI, he asked…

Yesterday someone asked me, Why did you launch Made in His Image? And this is my answer: Made in His Image exists to help women find their worth and cherished dignity as a daughter of God. This is for the woman who sees her self-worth through a number on a scale. This is for the woman
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