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Wonder: Illegitimi non carborundum (Don’t let the bastards grind you down)

A friend sent me this saying, “Illegitimi non carborundum—don’t let the bastards grind you down.” And I certainly needed that message this week.

On Saturday I wrote about the topic of being authentic and true to yourself, even if it causes you disappoint others. As I thought, my direct and professional note was not received well by the person to whom I sent it. And you know what? It’s totally okay. It’s better than okay.

When I hit send, I detached myself from the result because I knew it my gut and in my heart that I had been truthful, honest, and respectful, and that I had honored my own integrity and dignity. That’s really the best we can hope for in any situation.

I closed that chapter gracefully holding my head high and keeping my eyes ahead. On to the next grand adventure, a change that I know is absolutely the right decision.

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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