Grateful for the year that’s past and the year ahead

Christa Avampato
2 min readNov 21, 2023
Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Photo by Christa Avampato.

Real talk: every day I navigate the waters between disappointment and joy. Today I found out I didn’t get a fellowship I applied to, and that I may have some additional writing work coming my way that’s completely aligned to dream work I’d like to do.

This is the yin and yang of being a creative of any kind — we win some, and we lose a lot so we have to constantly put ourselves and our work out there. We never know what will resonate with others, and the only way to know is it to give it a try and see what lands.

This time of year always puts me in a reflective mood. I take some time to take a breath. I take stock of how I’m doing, how I’m feeling, and where I want to go from here in the year ahead. Most importantly I reflect on what I’ve learned and how I’m going to carry those learnings forward.

Today I’m starting that journey to reflect on this past year, and I’m excited to share what I find as a sift the sands of 2023 over the next month. I do know that 2024 is shaping up to be a pivotal year in my life, and I’m grateful to be here for all of it. Happy holidays to all celebrating this week.

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Christa Avampato

Award-winning author & writer—Product Dev — Biomimicry scientist — Podcaster. Runs on curiosity & joy. twitter.com/christanyc / instagram.com/christarosenyc