THE JOMO STORY
The process of communication involves exchange, back and forth. It’s what much of our current communication is lacking: why calling someone and getting their voicemail or posting updates online without an exchange of ideas can feel flat.
CHRISTINA was feeling this flatness in 2012.
She'd just watched a documentary with a scene showing a priest conducting a blessing service for smart phones. Here was a person, dressed in holy vestments, calling on the God of the Universe to bless a Blackberry. Blessing blackberries - actual harvested food - to our bodies’ use, would have been one thing, but blessing a Blackberry - a piece of glass, metal, and plastic designed to speed our lives to the brink of exhaustion - was quite another. There was something wrong with this picture.
"I had already grown tired of the web mediating her relationships, like missing a friend visiting Toronto because she’d posted to my Facebook wall and I hadn’t checked it in time.
As a student of communication and a media professional, I was keyed into noticing how I was guilty of the same kinds of passive behaviour and how I felt like the Internet was making me lazy as a thinker, writer, and friend."
She decided to fast from the Internet for 31 days.
"It was here I discovered an abundance of time I never thought I had. I experienced peace, a quietness of mind, I had been hungering for. I found connection with neighbours, strangers and friends, because I was forced to turn to people (Like the day I locked my baby and my keys inside the house. Yup, that happened.) rather than Google for help."
She was figuring out how to flourish in a smartphone world.
MORE JOY. FEWER SCREENS. BIGGER LIFE.
I decluttered my inbox, implemented a weekly tech sabbath and culled the list of people I follow.
I treated the Internet as a tool.
I began to ask better questions, like: what today was most life-giving and what was most life-taking?
I deepened my relationships.
I reclaimed time and space.
I got things done.
I presented a TEDx talk and I wrote a book about it.
here's why seeking joy matters so much to CHRISTINA
"I will never forget the day during my Internet fast that I chose to call my grandma. My grandma helped raised me in the years when my mom was a single parent. I remember Grandma sitting in her armchair with a pot of potatoes in her lap while we watched Disney after school cartoons. I remember the smell of her double-buttered french toast. Calling her during my digital detox was like a fresh splash of colour on my white-walled heart. Grandma passed away later that year. I will never regret calling her. Never."
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
- Annie Dillard
SOMETIMES THE ALGORITHM JUST KNOWS
Fast forward to 2017 when Twitter recommend I follow a woman named Elissa Joy Watts. Sometimes the algorithm just knows. I loved Elissa's penchant for adventure and purposeful living. Elissa drooled over my award-winning book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World.
Now a team, we're pooling our passion for time well spent and empowering others to live with intentionality and joy.
You love the work that you do but you want to set boundaries so you can live your life.
You want to create your best work without comparing it online.
You love your family and friends and want to give your best to your relationships.
You want to stop numbing and start showing up in life.
JOMO is the Joy of Missing Out. It's the joy we find beyond our screens. JOMO is about intentionality, health, mindfulness and play. Sheer good fun. It's about what it means to be fully alive.
You can reclaim time and space to live your life.
You can reduce stress and overwhelm, beginning today.
You can increase focus and accelerate productivity, leaving you more time for hobbies, relationships and passion projects.
You can deepen your spiritual life as you embrace silence and solitude.
You can live with clarity and purpose.
It's our joy to help you get there.