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Leap: The blessing of the recession

“Lasting change happens when people see for themselves that a different way of life is more fulfilling than their present one.” ~ Eknath Easwaran

I’ve been thinking a lot about lasting change. We’re much more often faced with changes that happen in fits and spurts, drop by drop. On occasion we get a chance to experience rapid, dramatic change. It throws us for a loop, confounds and confuses us, until we again find our way back to shore footing. But that rediscovered shore footing is often on different ground.

It’s often said that it takes 30 days of consistent, consecutive effort to create a new habit or break an old one. We’ve been in this tough economy, with its sometimes crushing and sometimes liberating lessons, for over 4 years. Our way of thinking about our future has been radically transformed. It’s taught me that an income earned from one source is the definition of instability. It’s taught me that bringing new people into our lives, having new experiences, and consistently pushing ourselves to learn something new are the surest ways of staying relevant in changing times. It’s taught me that my future is safest in my own two capable hands.

I think about my life pre-December 2007 and my life now. I’m shocked by the difference in me and in the world. And though these intervening years have been challenging on so many levels, I’d go back and live them all over again, exactly the same way, because I’m more in love with life now than I have ever been before. Life’s tough, but we’re tougher, and better off for having learned the hard lessons of this time. We’ve learned to value the now, in every moment.

About Christa Avampato

The short of it: Writer. Health, education, and art advocate. Theater and film producer. Visual artist. Product geek. Proud alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (MBA). Inspired by ancient wisdom & modern tech. Proliferator of goodness. Opener of doors. Friend to animals. Fan of creative work in all its wondrous forms. I use my business skills to create passion projects that build a better world. I’ve been called the happiest New Yorker, and I try hard to live up to that title every day. The long of it: My career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, entertainment, technology, and financial services. I’ve been a product developer and product manager, theater manager, strategic consultant, marketer, voice over artist, , teacher, and fundraiser. I use my business and storytelling to support and sustain passion projects that build a better world. In every experience, I’ve used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, programs, and events. While building a business career, I also built a strong portfolio as a journalist, novelist, freelance writer, interviewer, presenter, and public speaker. My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post,,, Royal Media Partners publications, and The Motley Fool on a wide range of topics including business, technology, science, health, education, culture, and lifestyle. I have also been an invited speaker at SXSW, Teach for America, Avon headquarters, Games for Change, NYU, Columbia University, Hunter College, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The first book in my young adult book series, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, was acquired by a publisher and launched in November 2017. I’m currently working on the second book in the series. A recovering multi-tasker, I’m equally at home in front of my Mac, on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I also cut up small bits of paper and put them back together as a collage artist. My company: I’m bringing together all of my business and creative career paths as the Founder of Double or Nothing Media: • I craft products, programs, and projects that make a difference; • I build the business plans that make what I craft financially sustainable; • I tell the stories that matter about the people, places, and products that inspire me. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


4 thoughts on “Leap: The blessing of the recession

  1. Great quote! Loving your energy Christa 🙂


    Posted by Nikita | January 30, 2012, 6:29 pm
    • Thanks, Nikita. I’m feeling so much better these days. The fear around this change is quickly evaporating – I think this change is going to come about so much faster than I expected!


      Posted by Christa | February 5, 2012, 10:37 pm
  2. Christa,

    It is better to keep our options open, such as having multiple sources of income. Recession or not, it is still wiser to focus on personal growth and professional development. The era of the specialist is over and done with. Now, the emphasis is on being a generalist, that is, acquiring a variety of skills. Developing new skills is a must because you may be asked to take on additional responsibilities or even lose your job and find another one. In another place, you may be required to master a cluster of skills and abilities. Instead of counting beans, for example, you may be asked to perform the role of general management. In the past, “hobbies and interests” looked good on a resume. Now, however, you can cultivate those same hobbies and interests and use these skills to further your career. Vive la difference! Have a good one. Cheers.


    Posted by Archan Mehta | February 1, 2012, 5:03 am
    • It’s so true, Archan. I am seeing this now in my job. I’m being pigeon-holed to use one set of skills and finding myself very frustrated to not have the opportunity for more creativity and impassioned learning. Whenever this happens, I always find it’s best to move on as quickly as possible – either to a new role or a new place altogether. Will let you know how it goes for me, and thanks for your encouragement.


      Posted by Christa | February 5, 2012, 10:34 pm

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