Are Limiting Beliefs Keeping You From Seeing Your Most Extraordinary Self?

Jun 15, 2020
Recently, I was on a Zoom conference call with a few associates from all over the world.
As the call progressed, I was distracted by the fact that when I viewed my own image it was fuzzy and hard to see. 

I looked around at all the other participants and their images were perfectly clear.
I thought maybe it was just me, so I took a moment to clarify by asking the group if my image looked fuzzy to anyone else. One by one they agreed: I was fuzzy. One of the participants suggested I wipe the lens of the webcam. Good thinking!
I grabbed a tissue, wiped the camera and suddenly my image became crystal clear. It was that simple and the call went on.
This scenario got me thinking about the self-image I carried for much of my life. Past events and emotional trauma I suffered as a young person created the distorted beliefs that I had about myself as an adult. These beliefs were usually not based in reality, giving me a “foggy lens” and making it...

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Self-Esteem and Stress: How to Break Free of Stress and Feel Better About Yourself

May 23, 2020
Life is full of cycles: the progression of seasons, day changing to night and interval cycles in a piece of music. Stress also has a cycle which affects our behavior, self-esteem and ultimately, our experience and perception of life. When you’re caught in the stress cycle, something triggers your stress and you engage in reactive behavior which leads to negative thinking and low self-esteem.

Take a moment and think about this. Recall a time in your life when you were feeling overwhelmed with stress. Notice the decisions you made. What was your behavior like? How did your stress affect your relationships? And how did you feel about yourself? Thinking back, how do you feel now about how you behaved? If you are like most of us, the answers to these questions are not positive or flattering. We may even cringe and be uncomfortable remembering these times. However, know this is not you on a good day. There is not something wrong with you and you are not deficient in some way. It...

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Maria LiPuma Interview with Locals Guide

Jan 02, 2020

Interview with Locals Guide Fall 2015

Maria LiPuma, Weight & Body Confidence Coach

Introducing Maria LiPuma, weight and body confidence coach with a practice here in Ashland, Oregon focusing on helping women shed false perceptions and develop healthy attitudes toward food, weight & body image.  New to the Rogue Valley Maria is passionate about her life's work and brings a unique understanding of the pain and struggle that women often face in regards to weight and body image.

After years of suffering herself from the very issues she now treats, Maria offers an enormous amount of professional experience as well as compassion in helping her clients make significant changes to live healthier, happier lives.  We spoke with Maria recently to learn more about her services and about the path she is able to offer to those wanting to find another way.

Thanks for talking with us Maria.  How did you come to this work?

My personal struggles with weight,...

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