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Stop and Smell the Aspen!

When reflecting upon this summer, I once again did a classic Ava move. If you are unfamiliar with this, let me paint you a picture that I think you will be able to relate to. During periods of time where I have multiple projects, activities and goals in play, I tend to get hyper focused on partaking in actions that will push the needle further towards reaching my goals. However, one of my greatest faults is not knowing when to close my laptop or set down my project to go to a beach on a beautiful summer day or to join my family for a hike.    By being so engrossed in my work, I find I miss out on the activities that make life, well, life! This realization came into full view this past week when I was forced to de-plug by going on an incredible trip with my boyfriend’s f...

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The Power Of Positivity

The other day I came across a fascinating article I found on John Hopkins. In a study conducted by Lisa Yanek, she found that individuals who hold a more positive outlook are around 13% less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases even if they have a family history. Even though the connection between health and optimism is gray, some health professionals suspect that positive thinking can better protect people from stress induced inflammatory damage. Isn’t this awesome?     Just wait, it gets better. Additional studies have shown that having a positive attitude can improve one’s life satisfaction after suffering from a stroke, brain injury, or other forms of brain trauma. What I think researchers are getting at here is this: you have the power to control your lif...

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Listen To Your Gut!

Intuition...  I think we can all agree that sometimes life can be extremely unpredictable. Whether it’s not knowing where you’ll be living next year, what kind of job you will hold or who will be in your life, there is only one constant that we can rely on: our intuition. Acknowledging and understanding our initial instincts is key to building a strong relationship with ourselves. Because everyone’s own opinions and ideals are so unique, this will help you time and time again to avoid situations, paths, or people who will try to bring you down.  For instance, I think we have all had that friend or family member that thinks they know what’s best for us. But no one truly knows what is best for you other than yourself. No one can say they have walked in your same sho...

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Why I Am Okay With Not Forcing Friendships Anymore

Why I Am Okay With Not Forcing Friendships Anymore Let me start by asking you a question, has there ever been a time in your life that you found yourself changing in order to please others? For a substantial part of my life, I had been concerned as to whether or not people liked me. I just didn’t care for the thought of someone being out there who simply did not like me. When I switched schools, I remember wanting the easiest transition possible, which to me, included making as many friends as I could. I found that this caused me to morph or hide parts of myself for years in order to pursue friendships that at the end of the day, weren’t that fulfilling. Over the past year, this has been an eye opening time to reevaluate my friendships. By not being forced to see people who we...

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An Open Letter To My Brothers: Thank You For Letting Me Be A Big Sister

Thank you for letting me be a big sister Growing up, my siblings and I were constantly busy. From running to sports practices, to community service clubs, to study groups, we were always two ships passing in the night. Don’t get me wrong, it was so awesome to be in such a motivating and inspiring environment where all of us drew strength from one another. However, even though I kept up to date on what my brothers were doing, I never felt like I knew how they were doing.  Then March of 2020 hit and I was given a second chance to reconnect with them. Being home and not having any of the distractions that usually plagued our lives, I was finally able to build a relationship with both of them. From what started as just popping into one another's rooms to talk about a funny thi...

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The Greatest Piece Of Advice I Have Ever Been Given

The Greatest Piece Of Advice I Have Ever Been Given Thank you Grandpa Carl.  My great grandpa Carl was quite the legend. At the age of 14, he moved his family from Italy to the United States in order to have a better quality of life. After driving his family cross-country to move to a ranch in California, he worked tirelessly to help provide. Through his life, he met many incredible people and traveled to almost every country you can think of. He understood the value of hard work, but more importantly, understood that you need to live your life.  When I came into the world, we would travel up to Modesto to visit him and hear his wisdom. From being environmentally conscious to not being afraid to try new things, we learned so much from Grandpa Carl. The greatest piece...

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What I Wish I Would Have Known Before Attending My Dream School

If you are reading this post then I owe you a huge congratulations! You did it!!! You are in college! Never forget what an achievement you have made!  I was sitting in your same position a little over two years ago. I now find myself graduating early and approaching my senior year with more excitement than I could have ever imagined. The feeling of being able to attend your dream school never really wears off. To prepare you for your first year on campus, I’m going to provide you some key need to know tips!  First and foremost, always dress cooler than the weather says if you’re attending college in Southern California! You will be doing so much walking, like unfathomable amounts of walking. No matter if it looks cool or is in the high 50s, wear a t-shirt, trust me....

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One Of The Biggest Lessons I Have Learned During The Pandemic

Never be afraid of change! Wow, what a year this has been. With the world constantly spinning around us, especially this past year when it seemed like we couldn’t catch a break, it is crucial to make sure that we are grounded. The most helpful way I have found to do this is to ensure that I am being fulfilled by the activities that I am involved in. Whether it’s a rewarding part-time job or a weekly club, I want my activities to be a time where I am built up rather than dragged down. I am very grateful that this past year has taught me how to identify when I am in a negative state and not be afraid to change it! For instance, during those dark pandemic days where it was truly terrifying to even think of going outside, I had to keep finding the little things that made me happy. ...

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Why Everyone Needs To Start Manifesting Their Future

The other day I stumbled upon my high school brother in the kitchen as he was talking to himself, you know, just Burford things. While he was taking a break from his studies, he kept repeating to himself that he was going to be “successful, strong and have the ability to make a change in the world”. When I asked him why he was saying this, he told me that whenever he gets frustrated with his classes, he manifests his future.  I thought this was incredibly interesting. Thinking back to times where I really wanted something, I remembered that my dad would always tell me “picture yourself having that thing and how happy you will feel once you get it”. This image has always stuck with me from picturing myself acing exams to getting into my dream school to then making it a reali...

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What No One Tells You About Moving Back Home

What No One Tells You About Moving Back Home Raise your hand if this past year you had to move back home unexpectedly? My hand is raised too and yes, I am still living here. This past year has been unique for many different reasons. With the world slowly opening up, I found myself reflecting upon what no one tells you about moving back home.  As a twenty year old, I have always looked to my parents for guidance in whatever endeavors I am embarking upon. With being away for a year and then coming back, our relationship dynamic has shifted for the better. When coming home, my parents initially parented me, which is understandable given the world circumstances we were facing. However, the longer I have been here, I feel that my parents have seen me mature and grow intelle...

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