Love to Hate

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Something has been bugging me for a while now. I try to ignore it, but the more I ignore the worse it seems to get. So like any good creative person, I decided to write about it.

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the past few years. It started slowly and has grown to the point that it makes me want to pull the plug. Pull the plug… What in the heck in the world are you talking about Greek girl? We all know the Internet can be a powerful tool. However these days it seems more and more like a weapon.

For people like me (an independent recording artist) the Internet is a powerful tool that has opened up an entire world of opportunities (literally). Opportunities to share my music and brand with people in parts of the world I never would be able to without it. Artists, businesses, non-profits, the list of people who benefit from the freedom and connection of the Internet are endless.

For some it’s a powerful tool to share ideas and products. For others it a hideaway to hurl hate. Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe everyone is entitled to have their owns opinions and feelings about everything in life. We don’t all have to live the same and think the same like robots in a Stepford Wives episode. I mean we do after-all live in the greatest country on the face of the earth. Something has happened though, something that truly scares me. Never in my life have I witnessed so many who seemly love to hate. People united in posting, sharing, creating and devoting oodles of precious time spreading pure venom. Hatred, jealousy, envy, sorry but those are just not American values.

A little term I came up with called “derangement syndrome” seems to be everywhere anymore. Insert name or organization before the term and there you have the description of an entire group of people united in sharing and spreading each and every negative thing they can find about said person or organization. People who go bonkers, I mean literally off the rails at the mere mention of derangement objects name. What do I mean? Well, lets see… we have a few examples in no particular order:

Patriots Derangement Syndrome
Tom Brady Derangement Syndrome
Trump Derangement Syndrome
Bush Derangement Syndrome
Joel Osteen Derangement Syndrome

The list goes on. I post these examples not to judge or praise any of them, rather only to illustrate a few of the particularly common derangement syndromes permeating our society today. The thing I find most troubling about this condition are the people who come down with the syndrome, many of whom are Christians.

Of course it’s not just Christians getting it that bothers me, it’s anyone who comes down with the syndrome. When Christians get it though, I find it especially disturbing. You see Jesus said they will know us by our love. Now I’m not saying we need to lie down and let everyone walk all over us because Jesus stood up when it was necessary. Like the time when he flipped over the money tables in the temple. Standing up though doesn’t mean devoting ones self to the sharing of and spreading of hate.

We have a word in the Greek language for this kind of behavior, it’s called hypocrisy. Better known as do as I say, not as I do. It’s almost as if they are saying: “Yeah I’m a Christian I love God, I love people, I’m good, but I devote my entire Facebook page, blog, website (or whatever the case may be) to sharing articles I do not one hundred percent personally know to be true, but that’s OK because I got my opinion out there.”

Everyone knows the media has an agenda and often times are biased. However the rise of the “new media” movement has bred a multitude of websites, blogs, videos and more devoted to spreading utter vitriol. Oftentimes I am shocked even more by the personal words written by people in the comments section when they share these things. The people I see this bitterness coming from, and the level to which they go, this for me is what cuts the most. There have been times I almost dump my dunkins on my laptop it’s so disturbing.

America was built on hard work. Used to be a someone saw a successful person as an inspiration. If they can do it, so can I kind of thing. Americans used to celebrate others success. Instead today we have media propping people up then far to willing, ready, and waiting for the chance to tear them down. When a successful person rises to incredible heights in their field or career, the haters come out in full force. They hide behind a computer screen and cut, paste, twist, splice, dice, and concoct articles and videos that are used like bullets to wound those they view as needing to be taken down.

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Not sure how or when it happened, but jealousy and entitlement for many have replaced aspiration. Take Tom Brady for example: he’s talented, good looking, has a beautiful wife, makes boatloads of money doing what he loves. He can’t possibly just be gifted though, he must have cheated. Another example, what did the founding fathers want in a President? Successful businessmen to leave their vocation to go and “serve” the people for a time, then leave. So when someone steps up to do it, they are labeled an egomaniac or Hitler. I’m just sayin… think about it.

There are always two sides to every story and there will always be stories until the end of time. I just know I would not want to stand before God at the end of my time and have the answer to what I did with my time to be “sharing hate”. So I for one will continue to use the internet as a tool to share the good. To share my music and message. To make a positive impact, to encourage, inspire and do my best to lift people up, not tear them down. My hope is that more will catch this syndrome and do the same.

Blessings, Love & Music,
Ava xo
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Joy

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It’s finally here! In fact I’m so happy about it I’ve been humming a little tune all around the house for weeks now. “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy down in my heart…” Joy about what Greek Girl you may be wondering?

The new movie Joy starring cutie patootie Jennifer Lawrence? No, but it was a fantastic movie that I highly recommend! The characters were all very well developed, and it’s a super feel good film that gets a big fat thumbs up and five stars from this film critic.

If not that, what pray tell could be causing all that “joy” I am talking about? Why The Biggest Loser premiere of course! Why on earth am I so excited about a TV show one may wonder? Well hello… it has many of my favorite elements: sneakers (my number one favorite shoe to wear), people doing things they thought they couldn’t, inspiration, drama. Sure in my opinion the show will never be the same without Jillian, but it’s still incredibly inspiring, and never fails to have me in tears at some point during an episode.

I have been so inspired by some episodes in the past that I have even written lyrics to songs from watching. So for me it’s a win-win.

New year, a new chance to get up to bat and swing for one’s goals and dreams in life. We all have them, many start out strong at the beginning of the year and for a multitude of reasons peter out and end up quitting. For me it is magical to watch people who have tried time after time, after time to achieve a goal who have never been able to do it, finally break through and get it done. It’s just my happy place.

Society today has so many tools to be healthy and live longer, yet it seems is getting more and more unhealthy by the second. Your body is a miracle. When you treat it right by feeding it the right things and making fitness a part of everyday (just like brushing your teeth) the results are remarkable. That’s why I love the show so much, it demonstrates this principle in such a dramatic way on such a large scale, literally.

I think everyone has the ability inside them to blast through barriers… it’s just a matter of will. Not a matter of “can”, but a matter of “if”. Excuses can be made for everything, everyone has something. Not everyone has the “physical capability” to be an olympic athlete, this I know very well. Accidents, disabilities, many things can make a person think they “can’t” be physically fit. The truth of the matter is though that there is a modification for almost everything. There is some kind of physical activity that everyone can do, and once one changes their mentality from can’t to can… the entire world can change.

So you can be your bottom dollar I’ll be parked in front of the TV watching. With a hot cup of happiness a la Dunkin’s in my hands (with Truvea instead of sugar of course). Will you? If not my hope is that 2016 is a year for everyone to reach beyond their limits and break though barriers to reach goals and dreams they have buried on the inside. Remember, everything is possible… you just have to believe. Happy 2016!

Blessings, Love & Music!
Ava xo
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Should They Stay or Should They Go

What would Churchill Do?...

What would Churchill Do?…

Immigration… seems like you can’t go a day without hearing, or seeing the word these days. People are so passionate about it on both sides of the issue that it’s almost becoming one of those taboo topics, like religion or politics that it’s not polite to talk about because people get so heated. Well since I’m Greek which is code for (born without a filter) you had to know I would have to put my two cents in. WARNING: (This blog is not politically correct).

It’s everywhere from your local community to the talking heads on TV and most everyone understandably feels very strongly about it. I wonder though if it’s far more simpler than anyone realizes. It really boils down to the law. Either we have a country with laws or we don’t. We don’t get to pick and choose which laws we are going to enforce… or do we? Sadly these days it seems to be the latter.

Sounds like a line from a Trump speech does it? Dang right it does because he is right. Gasp… is Greek Girl a racist? No! HELLO (my dad immigrated to America from Greece before I was born with just $20 in his pocket) I’m the last person anyone could call a racist. It’s really just about the law. Are we going to follow our laws or not?

Yes America is the land of opportunity, we welcome the poor the tired, and we want to do whatever we can to help the least of these. The question is what about the poor and the tired who are here who are effected by the astronomical costs of illegal immigration? Think about it, what would happen to any random American who decided to go live in another country illegally. Lets just say Saudi Arabia for example… anyone who violates their immigration law is subject to deportation, fines and possible imprisonment. I’m willing to bet an American ICE holding facility is like club med compared to a Saudi Arabian jail cell.

Forget Saudi Arabia, pick a country. Any country… be as simple as a Google search. It’s all there. Australia for example has implemented one of the harshest border policies in the world. Characterized by three core points: turning or towing back boats of asylum seekers at sea; forcing asylum seekers to live in detention centers across the Pacific in Nauru and Papua New Guinea; and guaranteeing they will never be resettled in Australia.

Compare that to America. Can anyone imagine American authorities doing anything like that? Of course not because that would be inhumane and the media’s heads would literally explode at the slightest hint of anything like that. So instead we have people from God knows where who have come here to do God knows what, who have a virtual red carpet rolled out for them. Yes there are good, decent people who come here to find a better life like my dad. Even so, if they came illegally they broke the law, and on some level the point could be made how decent is that?

Our country is full of sanctuary cities with oodles of assistance programs (in NYS we have SSI, WIC, Welfare to name a few) where people receive free housing, medical care, and spending money and in some cases free college (no I’m am not kidding). HELLO do we not right now at this very moment have boatloads (no pun intended) of indoctrinated college kids jumping up and down marching and demonstrating at universities all over the United States demanding free college, and that all student loan debt be eliminated? It’s enough to make ones head spin. Here’s an example that could cause a serious case of agida: right now at this very moment, there are residents of Islamic training camps in Hancock and Deposit, NY who are receiving SSI, WIC, and or welfare. All paid for by US tax dollars.

Yet we had to have Obamacare so legal born American citizens could be forced to buy more expensive insurance with astronomical deductibles that cover less, things they don’t want or need. Meanwhile we have illegal’s receiving all kinds of things that these programs when instituted were never intended to be used for what they are being used for today. Either by people who mean well turning a blind eye or by policy loopholes and or lack of enforcement. It’s a serious problem… at the same time complicated and simple enough to be a sitcom episode.

My dad went through the legal channel to become a citizen. It was hard, and he had setbacks like when he and my mom got divorced he had to start all over again, and go to the back of the line. He didn’t complain, he didn’t go to a government agency and the news and carry on about how hard it was. He got up every day and did whatever he had to do to provide for his family and meet the requirements to become a citizen legally. He washed dishes; he worked construction as a bridge painter. He worked his way up to owning his own restaurant and eventually even to own his own bridge painting company.

I remember a story about a time before I was born when he was painting bridges down in the south somewhere. He had another week until he would get paid, and it was hot summertime. He was hungry and thirsty, so he took his last ten cents to get a coke from a vending machine. You know the old fashioned bottles that have now come back into style. He put the ten cents in and waited. Nothing… so he hit the machine. Still nothing, it was hot and he was dying of thirst so he hit it again. Just before he turned to give up he kicked it, then all of the sudden cokes started coming out one by one. So he grabbed one of the empty plastic bottle holders that were lying on the ground. He filled several of them, and he thinks it must have emptied the machine. The beauty of it is that he lived on those cokes until he got paid again.

Somehow somewhere in the days from that time to now there has been a shift, a shift from victors to victims. It seems were living in a day when some want to label an entire group of people as victims rather than enforcing the law and empowering people to utilize their strengths and talents and help them help themselves. Sadly in the midst of this problem as I mentioned above we have those who wish to do us harm and they are taking advantage of the gaping holes in US immigration policy. I fear what it will take for our leaders to wake up to the reality of what is actually happening.

What do we do? We have to do something. One thing is for certain Lady Liberty is tired and America did not become a Great Nation by being a doormat. What happened in Paris is a horrible tragedy, it is happening all over the world, and it has been going on for years. No one person has the solution, but unless we want to see it happening here in America… Maybe that wall isn’t such a bad idea after all.

Blessings, Love & Music ~

Ava xo

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Costume Party

Halloween (Howl-O-Ween for those of us who have pets) is right around the corner. I mean who can resist dressing up their furbabies in costumes anytime there is a holiday? Not this Greek Girl! Like everyone else life is busy and it can be hard to make time for just having fun. Even though I’m working on new music, making muckery and starting my own skincare line, it’s important for me to spend time with my furry-babies!

Recently I indulged in the yearly fall ritual of laughing my head off as I picked out the costumes for my furkids, so I thought it would be fun to post a virtual Halloween parade. So sit back relax and get ready… Time to bring on the cute!

  1. The furkids circa 2010: Left to right: Pookie dressed as an Angel, Bobo as a punk,  Punkin as a bug, Itty Bitty was supposed to be a pirate but he looked more like a little old lady (he is now at Rainbow Bridge).
The humanity...

The humanity…

2. Furkids 2011: Left to right: Itty Bitty (now at Rainbow Bridge) dressed as a punk rocker, Bobo top row dressed as a bumble bee, Pookie dressed as a bat, and Punkin again as a bug. (She was just too cute as it not to do it again).  

Just hurry up and take the pic so you can get these costumes off of us!

Just hurry up and take the pic so you can get these costumes off of us!

3.  Furkids 2012: A few days after Hurricane Sandy hit NY. We had no power, but in the midst of cleaning up we needed a good laugh, I mean there was so much sadness. We also had just taken in Pepe as a foster and wanted to get in into the swing of the costume routine. So… out with the phone. Top to bottom: Pepe dressed as a jailbird (fitting since we had just busted him out of doggie jail aka NYC ACC), Punkin dressed as a skunk, Bobo dressed as a shark, Itty bitty (now at rainbow bridge) dressed as a pumpkin, and Pookie dressed as an alligator.

Um, hello mom in case you didn't realize a hurricane just happened here in NY we have no power... Why are you taking our pics in costumes?

Um, hello mom in case you didn’t realize a hurricane just happened here in NY we have no power… Why are you taking our pics in costumes?

4. Furkids 2013: Itty Bitty had just passed unexpectedly so we superimposed him into the pic. Left to right Itty Bitty, Bobo dressed as Elvis, Punkin as a Ladybug, Pepe as a dinosaur, and Pookie as a girl.

First Halloween without Itty Bitty he had just passed, so we super imposed him from last year.

First Halloween without Itty Bitty he had just passed, so we super imposed him from last year.

5. Collage of some of my favorite costumes… Bobo as a bumble bee, Pepe as a lobster, Pepe as a jailbird, Bobo as a solider, and Punkin Pie as a witch. Which is what she says she feels like now that our latest addition Gracie has come into the house…

College of some of the furkids too cute!

Collage of some of the furkids too cute!

6. Howl-O-Ween 2014: Their faces kill me in this one. First year with Gracie the King Charles we were fostering at the time and have since adopted. They are still not too keen on her, she’s younger than they are. Hopefully time will change that. Left to right Gracie dressed as a devil (Punkin picked that costume for her), Pookie as a princess, Bobo as a soldier, Pepe as a dragon, and Punkin as a witch.

Bad enough we're dressed in costumes... now we have a new dog in our pack... Ov vey!

Bad enough we’re dressed in costumes… now we have a new dog in our pack… Ov vey!

So there you have it, the Halloween parade until this year 2015 photo is taken. We will soon be dressing them up again and I personally can’t wait to see my little monkeys dressed in costumes. Halloween isn’t really a holiday we celebrate except for dressing the dogs, but if you ask me this is the most fun! Be safe and happy howling.

Blessings, Love & Music!

Ava xo
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Clear Your Mind of Can’t

You can if you don't quit.

You can if you don’t quit.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for the underdog… what can I say, I just love a good comeback. (They also know I love coffee, dogs, sneakers, flip flops, and my favorite movie of all time is Rocky – all of them). So I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I was so excited I had to pinch myself when I learned about the new movie “Southpaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal (not just because I’m left handed either). No worries, Greek Girl isn’t going to spoil the ending. What happens in the movie is a blog for another day.

However when I saw the trailer for the film it reminded me about some things that have inspired me over the past few years. One so much so, that I was compelled to share it again. You may have seen the transformational video on social media, or on the TV Show Shark Tank… called “Arthur’s Story”. Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War who lived with pain for fifteen years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again.

He stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga and decided to try it. He couldn’t do typical high impact exercise, so he tried DDP YOGA, and sent an email to tell Dallas his story.

Dallas was so moved by Arthur’s story, he began emailing and speaking on the phone with him throughout his journey. Dallas encouraged Arthur to keep going and to believe that anything was possible. Doctors told Arthur walking would never happen, but he was persistent. He fell many times, but kept going.

Arthur got stronger, and lost weight at an amazing rate. Because of DDP’s unique workout, he gained incredible balance and flexibility, which gave him hope that maybe someday, he’d be able to walk again.

Arthur’s story is proof that we shouldn’t place limits on our capabilities. Often we don’t even know our own potential. Niether Arthur, nor Dallas knew what he would go on to accomplish. In less than one year, Arthur completely transformed his life. If only he had known what he was capable of doing fifteen years earlier.

I’m passionate about sharing this story not only because it is incredibly motivating, but because I have also experienced the benefits of this amazing program. As a person who suffered injuries and has experienced physical setbacks, I can tell you how much DDP Yoga has helped me both physically and mentally. His positive energy, his own story of going from physically broken to back in the game and helping others to do the same are simply irresistible.

In case you don’t know Diamond Dallas Page is not only a three-time professional wrestling heavyweight champion, but he is also an incredibly inspiring motivational figure and speaker. His career spanned two decades, and he entered the ring at thirty five years old. Many pro athletes are forced into retirement at that age. Years of wrestling left him with major injuries to his neck, back, shoulders and knees. Injuries that could not only end his career, but also affect his quality of life.

His answer to his injuries was DDP Yoga. A system he designed that allows you to work at your own ability, and with consistency grow stronger every day. Don’t waste precious time thinking you’re stuck. You can take control over your circumstances, no matter what life has thrown your way. Change might come faster than you might think, or it might take longer than you planned. All that matters is doing your best.

I’ve loved physical fitness as long as I can remember. Where most women have a collection of high heels, Greek Girl has collection of “sneakers”. Recently I found some Presidents Physical Fitness Awards from elementary and middle school up in my moms attic while visiting. Looking at them reminded me that we don’t have to give up the things we love; no matter badly we may have been knocked down. That is, as long as we continue to get back up.

Hopefully Arthur’s story can inspire you to follow your dreams, whatever they may be. For me, I just try every day to do my very best, and let God do the rest. No I may not be where I used to be, I may not be where I want to be. I know on the road to any goal all that matters is that you;

Get up, show up, do what you can… then one day you will be “doing the thing you think you can’t”. 

Remember… anything is possible!

Blessings, Love & Music ~
Ava xo
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Glowosity

Wanna get the Greek Girl Glow? Here's how, I'm spilling all of my secrets.

Wanna get the Greek Girl Glow? Here’s how, I’m spilling all of my secrets.

In the fall of 2014 I launched my own skincare line called “Get Glowing”. The feedback has been fantastic so far! People getting real results, which makes me one happy girl!

One thing though that might possibly have caused wrinkles to appear on my greek mug is, some people were not clear that the line is for both Men and Women. So being the kind of girl who wants to get it “100% right”… I went back to the salt mines to come up with a name and logo that would make it clear my skincare line is unisex.

Well… it’s finally here “Glowosity”. The trademark is submitted, the website is up, and now the official Facebook page is open. www.facebook.com/glowosity

This is your invitation to “like” it and see what can happen when you try medical strength skincare that delivers remarkable visible results without irritation, and reveal healthy glowing skin. The very same products I use on my skin that cause random strangers in public to stop and ask about that “Glow”.

Most people know me as an Independent Recording Artist and Actor. What some might not know is that I grew up the daughter of a cosmetologist, and was always around beauty products. As a teenager I learned the importance of proper skincare and it’s effects on aging. The rest as they say is history.

I’m a confessed skincare junkie and have tried every product the market has to offer. From drugstore brands, to pharmaceutical products, I’ve broken the code and found what really works. People joke and ask how I can be “Aging in reverse”. Often stopped in public by strangers, people ask about my “glowing skin”, some actually whip out a pen and paper to write down what I tell them. My secret, it’s just five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night combined with no nonsense high quality medical grade skincare that delivers results, not broken promises.

I’m super excited to offer people the same revolutionary skincare I have been using on my own skin most of my adult life. The majority of people don’t have access to products with this level of ingredients without a prescription or a hefty price tag directly from a dermatologist. “Glowosity” will offer everyone access. No gimmicks, no gotcha’s, just cutting edge skincare formulations for men and women of all skin types that deliver revolutionary results.

How can YOU Get It? Easy!  www.glowosity.com 

You get what you pay for, but that doesn’t mean one must break the bank to get their hands on physician formulated skincare. I’m Greek remember? (which is code for “must buy it on sale”, and sale is an old Greek word that means “you must buy it now). So I’m all about getting a good deal and getting the best value for your money.  “Glowosity”  skincare is medical strength and it’s affordable. The best part, no one is going to bother you to join something, start selling something or re-bill your credit card. You order what when you want, when you want – period. No appointment necessary, you get the products without paying a doctor visit fee and hefty markup.

Regardless of your age or gender there are five simple steps to getting and keeping healthy glowing skin. Simple steps that everyone should be doing morning and night. So I recommend everyone start with six products – five steps. We are all different and everyone’s skin is not the same, so “Glowosity” is not a one size fits all “pre made kit”. You choose what you want, based on your needs. The steps don’t change but the specific products can. The five steps and products work synergistically together – that’s what makes the change and delivers Revolutionary Results.

Some may think they can order a moisturizer, yet skip the cleanser, toner, serum and eye treatment but still expect to see earth shattering results… think again. In order for the product to get in to do it’s job it has to be able to get “to” your skin. Think about it… a lot of people look older than they could or should simply because they have layer, upon layer, upon layer of dead skin sitting on their face. Trust me people, exfoliation is your friend. Finding the right products and being consistent with them is the key.

1. Cleanser
2. Toner
3. Eye Cream *(If you’re a woman, eye make up remover first)
4. Serum
5. Moisturizer – One for AM and one for PM *(Why two, because they do different things.)

So that’s it! Six products in five steps, the secret to getting and keeping healthy glowing skin! I’m offering a #Facebook Page LAUNCH PROMO!

25% OFF ALL ORDERS – Just enter Code:  6569AA10E9F1  at check out! NOW through July 6th!

“Glowosity” offers Cutting edge skincare formulations for Men and Women of all skin types that delivers results, not broken promises. So what are you waiting for? Try it for yourself, and learn to love your skin again. If you have any questions or need help choosing products, please feel free to message via Facebook or the website – I’m here to help!

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Dictionary Definition of “Glowosity”

Have a beautiful blessed day!

Blessings ~
Ava xo
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No Excuses

Nothing can stop you unless you let it.

Nothing can stop you unless you let it.

When you get knocked down do you stay down, or do you get back up? Most people like to think they get back up, but the truth is sometimes we don’t.

Almost everyone likes to hear about someone taking a bad situation and turning it upside down. Especially if that someone is a hero like a Veteran, media figure, or a person in the public eye. I mean was there ever a greater contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” than Noah Galloway? Sheesh, I don’t even watch Reality TV, but I was glued to the tube like millions of other Americans because of his story, determination and passion to give back to people. His strength is unbelievably motivating.

The sad thing though is that some of us enjoy seeing that happen for “other people” but at times in our own lives we think it can’t happen for us. That the “thing,” challenge, injury, hurdle, whatever seems too big, too hard or just too insurmountable to overcome.

Recently I saw a video that was truly inspiring. Every person in the world struggles with something, no one is perfect. Every human being has an imperfect body. As great as it would be to have everything work perfectly all the time like a well-oiled machine, that’s not real life, nor is that how we are designed. Whether it’s a goal, a dream, a passion, a physical challenge, everyone has something they want to achieve. Life happens though, things happen, and at times we get knocked down. It can be easy to fall into the excuses game. What we want to accomplish can seem so far off, so daunting that we can find it easier to just think “well so-and-so happened and so I will never be able to reach my goal.” 

This video shows that no matter what is thrown at you, there are never any acceptable excuses to not achieve anything. If something happens to you, you have two choices: stay down or get back up. Pain (whether it’s emotional, mental, or physical) is temporary, but quitting lasts forever. The only thing that counts is trying to be better than yesterday. Do a little every day, and one day you’ll look back and be doing something you once thought was impossible. Doing the thing you thought you couldn’t.

Sometimes it may seem like things can happen “to” us. Really though we can look back and realize they actually happened “through” us. Our stories can touch the people around us in ways we may never even know or imagine. So the next time you’re down, remember you never know who is watching, or who you may be inspiring. In the words of one of history’s smartest men…

“You never fail until you stop trying.” ~ Albert Einstein 

Blessings, Love & Music ~
Ava xo
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