Meet Christina Crook! Christina is an award-winning author and TEDx speaker whose commentary on technology and our daily lives has appeared in the New York Times, Psychology Today, Women's Health, Times of India, NPR, AARP, and more. In 2012 she disabled the data on her smartphone, turned off her email and said goodbye to the Internet for 31 days. This experience, chronicled as the project, Letters from a Luddite, garnered international media attention and fueled Christina's passion for exploring the intersection of technology, relationships and joy.
Christina's must-read wellness book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, was released in 2015 and has made her a leading voice on a more human relationship with modern technology. Inspired by a conversation with Good Life Project founder Jonathan Fields, Christina recently launched Daily JOMO: your daily dose of JOY, SPACE, CONNECTION and PLAY. Daily JOMO is a playful prompt delivered to your inbox to help you embrace a life with More Joy, Fewer Screens and Better Habits.
Christina’s overarching passion is to advocate for a human-centered future, one that embraces weakness, recognizes the mess and fruit of relationship, and values meaningful, physical work. Most importantly, she is mother to Madeleine (7,) Thomas (5,) and little Caleb (3) where she is learning to embrace her own weakness, experiencing the mess and fruit of relationship and learning to value what Kathleen Norris calls the “quotidian mysteries” (also known as “doing the dishes.”)
What rocks your bliss?
Connection. Deep conversation with one friend, or a small group of people.
Lazing. Sitting for extended periods of time reading aloud to my children or lying in the grass and watching the clouds slowly drift by.
Moving. Pushing myself and falling into rhythm with my rowing partner out on the blue waters of Lake Ontario.
Describe your perfect day.
I wake up early and make a cup of coffee. Light candles, then pray, read and listen. Maybe write a bit. Get the kids off to school without a rush. Walk to school together slowly, singing our morning songs. Laze a bit after drop off and talk to other parents. Come back to a solid chunk of writing in my tiny turquoise home office before heading off to an afternoon meeting with a colleague/friend to dream about and plan ways to collaborate. Pick the kids up from school and bask in the glow of their 1000 watt smiles when they see me. Book a babysitter and spend an evening over dinner with my man, preferably tacos at Cantina — a wonderful Mexican restaurant in our neighbourhood — and a margarita. Early to bed for an early morning row.
When do you feel most creative and alive?
Listening to good music, usually Jordan Klassen. I hit my groove about an hour into focused work.
Share a huge goal you are rocking.
The huge goal right now is building Daily JOMO — sharing the vision of a life filled with More Joy, Fewer Screens and Better Habits. The huge goal is seeing the JOMO movement hit a tipping point, changing the global conversation around FOMO - the fear of missing out - and helping the world see that spending our lives scrolling on social media is not true living. We need to step out. These words from Annie Dillard are my mantra, they ring in my ears: “How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives.”
If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
To see the Northern Lights.
How do you handle setbacks?
To be honest, I wish I handled them better. It’s easy to get down on yourself, wondering if you’re taking the right steps forward. I’ll often need comfort (usually from my hubby,) a good night’s sleep, and then I’ll come back fresh in the morning. This is where setting clear goals for the year is huge for me. My wish for 2017 is to “Do my work with grace, ease, humility and relentless excellence.” There’s a lot of room in there but it’s clear. After a setback, I come back to this.
How do you come home to yourself?
For me coming home to myself is more about coming home to God. Knowing that “I am the Beloved,” as Henri Nouwen writes. Knowing that regardless of what I do or accomplish, I am loved. Period.
What are 3 ways you rock self-LOVE?
Warm baths with lavender epsom salts. Losing myself in good fiction. Looking back at what I’ve done so far and acknowledging that it is good.
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