We had the good fortune of connecting with Avni Parekh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Avni, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
There are so many great quotes to live by, though the quote that resonates most within me is by one of my all-time favorite poets, Maya Angelou. One of the life lessons she learned and shared was, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” What I like most about this quote is how very accurate it is. When you think about it, memories tend to fade over time, but what doesn’t fade is the emotional imprint a person leaves behind when we interact with them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a writer and the author of self-help book, “Be The Bigger Person: Scenarios & Solutions to Better Yourself.” Writing keeps me busy on a daily basis and has always been a life-long passion of mine. In fact, publishing a book was one of my childhood goals and I never stopped inching toward that goal. Fulfilling it was a surreal experience and worth the effort that went into bringing it to life. However, getting to where I am now, was not an easy journey. The secret to my professional success is never giving up, especially during moments of uncertainty. Dedication and determination are what enabled me to overcome all the challenges that popped up along the way. What I’ve learned is, every person is capable of achieving their goals regardless of the obstacles they face in life. One takeaway people should know about my brand, Be The Bigger Person, is that it’s all about overcoming challenging situations and bettering yourself in the process. Plus, I’m excited to share that I’ve been working on my second book. It’s completely different from my first, and focuses on an easy way to shift toward a mouth-watering, meatless diet — so stay tuned!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Miami is full of so many great local spots, so to narrow it down, I’ll share a few must-see places I take friends of mine when they visit Miami. We go to Shark Valley in the Everglades to enjoy the nature trail. Then, we drive up the road for an authentic airboat ride so they can get a glimpse of gators and the awesome wildlife that makes up this special ecosystem. If we get time, I also like to take them to Coral Castle in Homestead — it has a neat background story and it’s a historic landmark. For fun and entertainment, I take them to my favorite areas: Wynwood, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and South Miami. When it comes to getting a delicious meal, my go-to restaurants are Planta in South Beach, Whisk in South Miami, and Ghee by Dadeland Mall, because they have a variety of options suited for vegans and vegetarians.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to my mother, Kalpana Mistry. She’s a strong, accomplished woman, and a wonderful role model. Without her, I would not be where I am today.