What is a good burden?


Christina Crook launched her new book, Good Burdens, here at Skybarn the night before we recorded the conversation I’m sharing today.

(We got to be in person, even though her launch with Toronto’s Type Books was virtual!)

That night, I joined Christina on Zoom with David Sax, author of The Revenge of Analog, to discuss what she means by a “good burden” and why it’s crucial for a life that includes joy and success. Our interview will be available later this month.

The next morning, I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Christina properly, in person. We had sliced fruit, cappuccinos, and bright sun streaming through the window. What a pleasure to be in real life for a conversation like this! Each of us had our notebooks in hand — the mic might have picked up the sound of our pens scribbling as we wrote down insights that came up as we spoke.

Christina wrote Good Burdens during the 2020 lockdown. In this conversation, I asked her how she actually wrote it. She talks openly about her process, and gets practical with the details. She also talks about how she cultivated trust, and her support systems. 

A heroine knows that she’s not supposed to achieve success alone. She knows her strengths and her limits. She knows that she is in community, and she knows that her connections are part of her power. 

It is so inspiring to hear a writer talk about this — especially an expert! Christina researched and wrote the book on how to turn effort into joy (this is what Good Burdens is all about). 

Listen to Christina as she describes her journey from proposal to draft to failed pitch, and how she started all over again, with deep support. Learn how she found trust again, and finally wrote the book that she wanted to read. 

AND!!! We are so excited to welcome Christina Crook to Centered for the month of December — if you aren’t already a member, join today! In the meantime, enjoy this conversation.


Sarah Selecky  

Listen here:   (The transcript of this conversation can be found here.)

Notes from the conversation:

Georgia Dow’s YouTube channel

The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, by Christina Crook

Good Burdens: How to Live Joyfully in the Digital Age, by Christina Crook

The Heroine’s Journey, by Gail Carriger

The Heroine’s Journey: A Woman’s Quest for Wholeness, by Maureen Murdock

About Christina Crook: Christina is a visionary and leading voice in the field of digital well-being. She is the author of the best-selling book The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World and the leader of the global #JOMO movement. She’s written about technology and daily life for The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, BBC.com, Harper's Bazaar, NPR, Times of India and Glamour, and the newly-released book Good Burdens: How to Live Joyfully in the Digital Age.

Photo credit: Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.

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