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Wonder: You already have the special ingredient


Shine on

“There is no special ingredient. It’s special if you believe it’s special.” ~Mr. Ping, Kung Fu Panda

I was flipping through the channels on a snowy President’s Day and came upon the scene in Kung Fu Panda when Po feels so defeated and let down. He’s just realized that his nemesis is stronger than he ever imagined and believes he lacks that something special that would transform him into the Dragon Warrior. Then he learns from his father, Mr. Ping

So often we’re searching for a silver bullet – this one magical element that’s going to make our lives, projects, relationships, careers, and jobs better. We think everyone else has it and we don’t. The truth is that what we’re doing is special if it’s special to us. That’s all that’s required, and that magic comes shining through to others when we’re doing what we’re meant to do. Shine on.

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


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