We had the good fortune of connecting with Audra Buras and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Audra, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
Lying, by Sam Harris, is one of the most important books that I have ever read. It helped me to realize the freedom that comes when you refrain from telling small lies, or “white lies”. I’ve embraced this as my approach to my professional and my personal life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of the most important lessons that I have learned along the way is to know when to pivot, and when to take risks. It can be extremely difficult to walk away from something once you have invested a lot of time, effort, or money into it. For me, it was even more difficult to learn how to trust my instincts. This is something I still work on and I believe it is a very important lesson that some of us have to learn over and over again.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
After hanging out on the beach, I would want to take my friend to see some live music. Depending on my friend’s musical taste we would see a show at either the Greek Theater or the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Of course on the way we would have to stop by the Farmer’s Market at the Grove for some grub. And after, we would go to Bottega Louie for some of their world-class macarons. Who doesn’t like French pastries?! And of course, we would also spend some time at Nelson’s (at Terranea Resort) drinking Jalapeno Margaritas and enjoying some of the best views of Southern California. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this Shoutout to every single one of my teachers. Being a teacher myself, I fully understand the responsibility and critical influence that comes from teaching. I have been very fortunate to have had so many incredible teachers, and coaches, along the way. I am deeply grateful for those who choose to encourage others to be themselves and to always do their best.