“Thank god you have strong bones.” That’s what the physician’s assistant said to me this weekend via a One Medical video chat after I fell down a set of stairs in my apartment building. I was carrying Phineas down the stairs to protect his back when I slipped; the irony isn’t lost on me. As I was falling, I told myself “protect Phineas, don’t hit your head, stay flexible.” Thankfully, I completely protected Phineas from getting hurt, I didn’t hit my head, and I didn’t break any bones. I’m just very sore and bruised. I can’t really sit down comfortably for more than a few minutes so I stand or lie down on one side.
I took the required weekend of rest to mostly be offline, sleep, read, take a lot of pain meds, apply ice packs, and meditate. Now that the holiday season is upon us, we turn to reflection, evaluation, and contemplation. What’s going well in life? What’s not going well? What could be better? And how could we make it so?
I’m right there with you. I have a lot to be thankful for. I also have a lot of things that I want to be better. I imagine 2017 will hold a lot of change for me. Some of it I can already see coming and I’m actively planning for. Some of it will be a total surprise to me. Because that’s how life is. We make decisions, we plan, and then we fall down a flight of stairs so we have to adjust. Lately, everything feels like we’re going up the down staircase. Maybe we always were, and now we’re just waking up to the reality of it all.
In this time of uncertainty, I trust in this idea: No matter what happens, if we remain flexible and ready to protect what we love and value at all costs, then we will make it through. We may end up sore and bruised, but we will survive. We may end up down for a bit, but let’s not count ourselves out of the race. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
Published by 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, PBS.org, Boston.com, 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.
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 https://twitter.com/christanyc and Instagram at https://instagram.com/christarosenyc.
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