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MOM | Her Voice Is My Voice

MOM | Her Voice Is My Voice

Hello everyone. You guys have been watching me on YouTube and reading my blog posts as I document my life as an author, whether that’s through daily vlogs, tag videos, short films or my semi-weekly writing podcasts.

In honor of International Women’s Day, I wanted to make this video/blog post.

My writing, my journey, and my voice are not just my voice. My voice comes from the strongest, most loving woman I know: my mom.

I know to some out there this will be seen as either corny or childish, but I think a big part of life should be honoring and cherishing those closest to you, whether that’s a parent or a friend or a significant other. I have an incredible mother who has supported me my entire life and whose strength gives me the courage to pursue my dreams. She has risen above hardships and struggles galore to pursue her own dreams, and despite impossible odds she goes out and does the things she’s most passionate about.

My mother has struggled with disabilities her whole life. I do not want to get into detail how many illnesses she suffers from but suffice it to say she lives with pain every moment of every day. I know because I have inherited several diseases genetically from her, and can feel some of the pain she feels. It breaks my heart to see her like that.

However I am encouraged and overjoyed to see her push herself day in and day out. Not only has she taken on the mantle of caring for our family, who struggles with our own health daily, but she has pursued her passion for photography. In just a few short years she has become one of the most amazing photographers I’ve ever seen, dedicating herself to learning camera techniques and editing lessons to make her photos truly beautiful.

My mother has taken this passion of hers and has begun to build a family photography business, teaching us photo techniques and even inspiring me to want to learn more about videography and improve my video shooting style. Despite the pain she pursues this passion with a zeal and confidence that inspires me to pursue my own dreams. More than anything, I see the joy and happiness it brings her, and when I see her smile as she is on a shoot, I know that because of her example, I can find that happiness as well.

My mother is not just one of the most inspiring women I know, but one of the most inspiring human beings I’ve ever met. Through her, she has shown me a life where I am free to make my own decisions, and has given me the tools to become a better human being. My passion for equality in all things, whether it’s race, gender or sexual identity, comes from her. My passion for creativity through books comes from her. My sense of
humor and belief in hope and romance comes from her. My voice is her voice, and her voice is my voice. I am me because she is my mom. Mom, I love you. Thank you for being the influence I need in my life.

Thank you guys for checking out this post. In honor of International Women’s Day, tell me about a woman who inspires you. Leave your comments down below. If you enjoyed this blog post I hope you will follow/subscribe to my blog and follow me on my journey. I will also include the link to my new video on my YouTube channel, Avina Vlogs, and if you guys enjoy it I hope you will subscribe to my channel as well. Your support means the world to me everyone. Thank you to all of the amazing, strong and inspirational women in the world who make me want to be a better person. Especially to my amazing mother.

 

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Where We Stand: Avina Vlogs

Hello citizens of Avina Vlogs!

This is your host, author Anthony Avina, and I am writing this post today because recently YouTube relaunched their Creator Hub and along with
that their benefits levels. In essence, this shows us where we as creators stand within the community thus far, and gives us goals for which we
want to achieve. In the past three years, I have gone from this incredibly shy, quiet human being with dreams of being a writer, to now this
moderately shy, somewhat more energetic human with his dreams of being a writer slowly coming together. In those three years we have grown as
a community, and now we sport about 575 subscribers, nearly to the big 600.

According to the new benefits program, we are nestled in the Graphite level, but are nearly to the next level, the Opal level, which we will get
upon hitting our first 1,000 subscribers. My main goals with this YouTube channel has always been to have a living memory of my life preserved
through video to remember, and to entertain and connect with my audience as I grew as an author. In these last three years I have far exceeded
what I expected to do with this channel, having nearly 600 subscribers and having made some great friends here in the community as well. Doing
this channel has given me the confidence to dream big and go for what I want, and I want to immerse myself in the world of YouTube even more.

This year I have started playing around with different video styles, from tags/challenges and podcasts to video reviews of all forms of entertainment
and even some short films and trailers. I also have always enjoyed life casting my daily life, but for now I’m going to be saving those videos
for special or naturally entertaining moments until I get to a place where I can make my daily life interesting. I want to expand my brand and my
outreach on YouTube, and in order to do that I want to cultivate videos you guys love to watch.

I would love to reach 1,000 subscribers in the next few months. You guys seem to love the video reviews and I would love to know more about what
you like to see on this channel. The biggest help you current Avina Vlogs family members could be is to share the videos you watch, leave some
comments or questions so we can get some awesome Q&A videos going, and then leave some suggestions for future videos. Maybe I can review or share
gaming news/theories/previews, or talk about my love and fan theories for Game of Thrones and other pop culture shows. Or maybe you guys would like
to see more serious subject videos, much in the same vein as one of my favorite YouTubers, Jaclyn Glenn. I have a great new video series idea I
briefly mentioned in my last vlog, where I want to make writing challenge videos, in which I post a challenge to you guys each week, (write a
poem, essay, short story, first chapter of a novel, etc), and not only would I share my work for the week or month or whatever we decide, but I
would pick a couple of you guys to shout out your channels or social media feeds, then read what you submitted. You can submit the actual work
in the comments or you can publish your work to Wattpad or your website/blog and send me the link to share.

I love YouTube and writing, and want to combine the two to build an incredible community here on the internet. I am becoming so passionate about
the channel, and I want to grow it into the community I know it can be. So I’m reaching out to you, my incredible friends and community, to help
me make that a reality. The first stop is the Opal level, but I know that together we can grow this channel into something truly amazing. I hope
you’ll join me in doing so. Thanks everyone, and I hope to hear from you guys in the comment section or on social media!

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