MEET THE experience jomo workshop TEAM

Christina and Elissa harness the internet to live juicy lives. Need proof? They met on Twitter. Now a team, they're pooling their passion for time well spent.

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In February of 2017, Christina Crook and Elissa Joy Watts were strangers living roughly 4,300 kilometers apart. Then one fateful day, Twitter worked its magic. Sometimes the algorithm just knows. Christina was inspired by Elissa's penchant for adventure and purposeful living and Elissa drooled over Christina's award-winning book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World. 


Immediately, they discovered they shared several mutual friends, a fondness for gin, and a love/hate relationship with technology. They began exchanging emails across the country.

"Smartphones. Ugh. People need to give it a rest, learn how to give eye contact and sit straight and be human. FOMO is ironically costing people the joy of showing up in real life. How tragic. Oh, may our legacies be rich with things that matter. Can't wait to read your book."

"I love the way you approach life with such joy and wonder, how you suck the marrow right out of every space and moment you're in. I know you're on your way to having another baby but I keep thinking, man, I would love to work with this girl." 

"Me too, girl. Looking forward to meeting one day."

And then life turned into a screenplay. Elissa's husband suddenly landed a contract at a university twenty minutes away from Christina's home. Within five months, Elissa and her family (including the newborn) drove across Canada and landed in Toronto. It wasn't long before they made their relationship official and became co-creators of the Experience JOMO workshops.

Now a team, they're inspiring people to see beyond their screens, distill their values, and live powerful lives, online and off. 

It's hard work, chipping away at changing the world, but somebody's got to do it. One day at a time, friends, one day at a time.



Christina's award-winning book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, has made her leading voice on technology and human flourishing. Through her writing and speaking she reveals how key shifts in our thinking can enable us to draw closer to one another, taking up the good burdens of local work and responsibilities.

She communicates the value of focus, making space to create, and the meaning we find in more limited connections. She challenges the Western values of power, control, and success, revealing how wonder, trust, and discipline are central to the experience of being human and the keys to our joy. Her commentary on technology and our daily lives appears regularly in the media including the New York Times, Psychology Today, Women's Health, NPR, CBC, Time of India and Glamor Brasil. She speaks regularly at conferences, corporations and universities across North America.

Most importantly, she is a wife to Michael and mother to Madeleine, Thomas, and Caleb where they live in their run amuck home in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood. That's a story all on its own.
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In short, Elissa Joy Watts is a globe-trotting people person set on making every moment count. Connecting with genuine human beings ignites her spirit; partnering with people and empowering them to flourish satisfies her to no end.

She's taken Strengthsfinders twice - once before motherhood, once after. Initially, her top five strengths were Empathy, Connectedness, Positivity, Developer, and Relator.

The second time around, Strategy kicked Empathy from the top of the charts. Apparently motherhood is strategy boot camp. The best defence is a good offence.

Professionally, Elissa has a long history with lululemon athletica. She played with the English language as the company's first official Storyteller and Copywriter before stepping out to raise her family across the pond. Her personal writing lives here.
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