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Ava Cowan


Ava Takes on New York
03/27/2012

I wanted to wait to announce my move to New York until it actually happened. Well, I am here and I have to tell you this has been the most challenging move of my life. I fight with fear everyday right now.

I am originally from California, born in the Mojave desert, then moved to multiple cities throughout the state growing up. I also moved to Nashville, TN for about 5 years from the ages of 6-11. Then we moved back to the West coast starting briefly in Torrance then to Sacramento for 10 years. At 19 years old, I wanted the fast pace so I moved back down to LA where I stayed for almost a decade. So I am a California girl without question. After growing up a bit, I decided to leave the hustle and chaos of Los Angeles. Without knowing one person in the state of Florida, I sold everything that I owned, shipped my car and moved solo to South Florida. I found great relief and comfort moving to Ft. Lauderdale Florida. I discovered Florida I went there on a vacation. From that short trip, I made the decision that the combination of the slower paced lifestyle and tropical warm weather year round was just ideal for me. The mild warm nights, gorgeous aqua blue ocean water, lizards and sleeveless living was just perfect for me. I absolutely love the humidity and breathing the warm moist air. And though the weather is ideal, there is nothing there for me. Nothing solid keeping me there. I came to realize that I need to be back in the mix, and made the life changing decision to head up to New York.

Unfortunately, New York gives me intense anxiety, and I cannot stand cold weather or the harshness of it all. That coupled with the fast pace of the city makes my heart race with fear. I know that in order to go to the next level personally and professionally, I have to get uncomfortable. So with my two cats in tow, I made the move. I am starting from scratch, no dishes, no food, utensils, no family or familiarity. I am scared to death. What I do know is that in my lifetime, it has been through extreme discomfort that has always lead me to bigger and better things.

I think about the desire to be on television, writing books, hosting life coaching seminars, training with the best in the sport of bodybuilding, my sponsors, new people, experiences and opportunities all are happening or can happen here.

This has been intense, and to find some comfort, I need to get back into my routine. I will be training at Bev Francis gym. i stopped by yesterday to check it out. I was in awe of that place, and was pretty star struck by the entire place. I couldn't even visually take in all that I saw. I start tomorrow, and will have my food and schedule organized and ready to go.

I am a wreck, but I know there is something big coming. God has put theses dreams in my heart, and I will never give up on those dreams. Not as long as I am breathing air, will I give up.

Let's see how this next chapter unfolds!

Game on!

Member Comments

Cynce T from Portland, OR
04/13/2012
No way - I grew up in the Mojave Desert. :) Graduated from Lancaster High! Where in the desert are you from?
Marva S from Philadelphia, PA
04/07/2012
"God has put theses dreams in my heart..." Within that one statement lies your strength and comfort! As a fan who has watched your career continuously go from better toward best, I am excited for you and immensely proud of you! :)
Christina Q from New York, NY
04/02/2012
Just wanted to welcome you to New York!!!!!! All the best with the transitional and wishing you lots of happiness in your new home. Lots of great things to do in NY when it gets warmer, Central Park and the West Side Highway are great places to workout and collect your thoughts. Happy to have such an amazing athlete in NY. ENJOY!!
Christina Q from New York, NY
04/02/2012
Just wanted to welcome you to New York!!!!!! All the best with the transitional and wishing you lots of happiness in your new home. Sounds like you are shopping at the same TJ's I do, even though I drive from Manhattan to stock the car for the week :) lots of great things to do in NY when it gets warmer, Central Park and the West Side Highway are great places to workout and collect your thoughts. Happy to have such an amazing athlete in NY. ENJOY!!
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