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3 Ways That Will Make Your College Move-In Easier!

We are finally approaching one of the most anticipated times of the year! No… I am not one of those people who is already setting up Christmas decorations and listening to Michael Buble, but I am, like many others, starting school back up in a few short weeks! It has been almost a year and a half since I stepped foot on UCLA’s campus and let me tell you, it has been a long year and a half. I have been so fortunate to have come home to beautiful Santa Barbara and I really couldn’t ask for a better family to have spent all of this time with. I am just so excited to be back in LA, going to football games and truly feeling like a college student. As I, once again, pack up my bedroom and get ready to move, I wanted to share some things that have helped me make the transition easier! Con...

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I Made A Podcast!

Hellooooo everyone! I know most of the articles I post are about uplifting topics such as surrounding yourself with people that make you sparkle or finding your inner motivation, BUT, today I am going to center the conversation around a personal update: I STARTED A PODCAST! This has been in the works for many months to come and I am so proud to say that it is finally out! My co-host, who goes by the name Felisha, and I created the podcast “Emissions from Montecito” where we discuss everything involving my home town. Recently, Montecito has been transformed from a sleepy beach town to a bustling community with the influx of affluent families who wanted to raise their children in a less dense environment. However, the best part about Montecito is that it provides many city-like am...

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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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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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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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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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What No One Tells You About Living In Montecito, California

What No One Tells You About Living In Montecito, California Looking back to a year ago, time felt like it couldn’t move any slower...now here we are in 2021. As the world went to, excuse my french, utter shit, last March, I found myself packing up my Keurig and other college dorm room necessities to move back home. I know I have touched upon this process of relocating and moving my life around but I have never really shared where I am from. Get ready, it’s story time...    Located in between the beautiful San Ynez mountains and the sunny coastal beaches, I live in the small town known as Montecito. When I was little, I took for granted of the affluence surrounding me. The superb dining options and the world class boutiques that are located on Coast Village are just one...

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How I Completely Transformed My Mindset After The Hardest Moment Of My Life

How I transformed my mindset... No one tells you when you are going through a moment in your life that will change you forever. That’s exactly what happened to me my senior year of high school.  Let me paint the picture: since the start of my educational career, I have always studied the hardest to be the best I could be. A’s weren’t enough, I needed to receive A+’s and additional remarks. Having put this pressure on myself my whole life, I thought it was always a good thing. It made me extend myself to being the president of multiple clubs, the captain of my cheer team, complete extensive volunteer work and involve myself in other extracurriculars. Life was always busy with progressing to the next task in order to make myself feel like I was in control of the path I was...

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