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In the pause: Thriving in our storms

“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.” ~R.H. Sin

There’s something to be said for being able to sit in the middle of the storm and embrace it rather than fight it. The storms of our lives, as difficult as they may be, have powerful lessons to offer us. Sometimes we need to grow from them. Sometimes they help us to appreciate the bright skies. And sometimes they give us the ability to empathize and help others in new and needed ways.

I’m not suggesting that these storms happen for a reason. I think many storms come to us for no reason at all. That’s what makes them so gnarly to deal with. Storms are just part of life, part of our world, and eventually they find everyone whether we like it or not. I do think that we can make meaning from every storm, that we actually have to make them mean something in order to get through them and help one another.

We begin to create meaning once we stop fighting them and start embracing them, once we look them dead in the eye, wink, and resolve to get through them. We might end up a little battered and bruised, but we tell ourselves that we’ll survive. Then we get about the business of not only surviving, but thriving in their aftermath. I can’t wait to see you thrive.

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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