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Christa Avampato

Christa is a writer, teacher, and business owner based in New York City. She is the Founder of Chasing Down the Muse and Compass Yoga. Learn more about her work at http://christainnewyork.com and http://chasingdownthemuse.com.

Latest articles by Christa Avampato

6 Personal Finance Books You Should Read

If you're looking to deepen your personal finance knowledge, you'll profit by reading any of these six in depth and clearly written books.

Turn Your Home Into a Spa With These 5 Frugal Stress Relievers

Science says you really need a vacation, but your budget says no way. What to do? Bring rest and relaxation home on the cheap!

Do This One Thing Every Day to Defeat Out-of-Control Spending

If you're worried about how much you're spending, keep your wallet in check with this simple daily task that has profound long-term effects.

You Might Be Breathing Wrong — Here's What You Should Do Instead

Many of us take breathing for granted and miss some of its benefits. Learn how to breathe right to feel less stressed and more energized.

7 Surprising Cooking Hacks That Save Time

Who wants to spend all day or evening in the kitchen? Cook faster and smarter with these seven clever tricks.

5 Awesome Cooking Tricks for Single People

Cooking for one can be a drag (leftovers AGAIN?), but it doesn't have to be with these simple cooking tricks.

5 Amazing Online Cooking Shows That Teach You All the Skills You Need

Looking to hone your cooking skills? These lively and informative shows will transform your cookery from stale toast to devil's food cake.

Science Proves It: You NEED to Take a Vacation

If the boss balks at your plan to take two weeks off, show him this. Brain science says you'll return more energized and productive than ever!

The New Best Reason to Sign up for Amazon Prime: HBO Shows!

Get your TV on! Amazon Prime members will soon be able to stream a variety of HBO shows, movies, and series at no additional cost.

The 5 Hardest-to-Kill Houseplants

No matter how black your thumb, these hardy indoor growers will keep green whatever the level of inattention and neglect you care to give them.

10 Surprising Benefits Of: A 10 Minute Walk

Got 15 minutes to spare? Spend five minutes reading this, and then take a walk to clear your mind and get these nine other health benefits.

6 Things You Can Do to Help an Unemployed Friend Find a Job

It can be hard to watch a friend struggle through a job search. Show them you care (and help them along the way) with these suggestions.

Amazon Prime Benefits and How to Avoid the Price Hike

Prime is being raised by $20. Learn how to get it at a discount (or free!) and why it is still worth it.

10 Ways to Get Stronger Bones Without Eating Dairy

Maybe you're avoiding dairy because of the fat or lactose or veganism. Keep your bones fit and strong with these non-dairy bone boosters.

How to Get Someone to Accept Your LinkedIn Invitation

You really can add professional acquaintances to your network, even if you've never met. Here's how.

How to Stop Being Afraid and Live Your Dreams

We know we have to put ourselves out there, but rejection and failure are hard. Learn how to overcome that fear and reach for what you want.

9 Techniques That Can Help You Conquer Any Fear

Fear is nothing to be afraid of. Learn to work through your fears — and reach your goals.

8 Quick Ways to Boost Energy Without Caffeine

You don't need a dose of caffeine for a quick pick-me-up — you need a good laugh. Discover how that and seven other things can give you caffeine-free boosts.

8 Ways to Improve Your Career, Get Ahead, and Become Upwardly Mobile

Wanna get ahead? Wanting is just the beginning — these are the steps to take to actually start moving up.

6 Natural and Effective Ways to Change Your Brain Chemistry and Be Happier

Winter got you down? Feel happier by tricking your brain with these secrets from chemistry and psychology.