Confidence

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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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 To Make A Long Distance Relationship Work For You

How to Make A Long Distance Relationship Work For You Okay... I get it. The phrase “long-distance” is one that holds many negative stereotypes when it comes to relationships. It's scary, I know. Time away from your significant other can be really challenging. However, it’s not all infrequent phone calls and tissue boxes. When you are forced to spend time away from your partner, you are granted a period to really reflect upon the value that your relationship adds to your life. While you are away from one another, you have ample time to talk and continue to learn more about one another than you would have when relaxing and watching Netflix. You are even granted more time to fully involve yourself in your interests and passions. Even though this all may sound great, it only is if yo...

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Hello world!

  Finding Your Illumination   So What Is This All About? I am Ava Burford and this is my blog Guide to Illumination. Here, you will find stories, tips and tricks, and inspiration to unleash your inner most confident self.  So why am I creating this blog you may ask? Because I find it is so physically draining to not be in love with yourself. Now I am not advocating for any narcissistic behaviors here, but just to simply look in the mirror and think “wow, I look damn good today,” or even “I am proud of who I am and what I can accomplish”. I truly believe that we are all put on this earth for a reason. We were all made uniquely beautiful. It is time to stop letting outside influences whether it may be someone you follo...

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