When people tell you that they’re going to make your life better, they’re usually selling you something. As the digital age became the social media age, the always-on age, the stay-connected age, we’ve been told a lot lately about things that we never knew we needed to be happy and fulfilled.
Except a lot of us aren’t particularly happy. Or fulfilled. Quite the opposite.
I humbly submit that you should be skeptical of someone offering you a solution that only they can provide- especially a solution that requires you to get more “stuff.” I suggest that REAL paths to happiness are always things you can do yourself, using only your heart and mind and the people around you.
I have a lot of ideas about how we can do this better - how we can all be better.
You’re one of the people that want to be a positive force for change, and you feel, as I do, that one of the most important changes we should be making is to rediscover our connections to each other.
Last year, I read the amazing book The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. It’s about community, art-making, human connection and the power of simply asking for help. Over more than a decade, Amanda has woven a web of relationships that sustain her creative work by just honestly presenting the value she wants to bring and asking her community to help her deliver it.
My biggest takeaway was the powerful reminder that this online world - is just PEOPLE. That's right! The Internet is just people, wanting to be seen and loved from their corner of the world. Just like me.
As it turns out, I LOVE PEOPLE!
Do you know what I want more of in 2019? People. YOU. My neighbours. My family. The people I’m going to meet traveling and speaking this year. People.
I signed up to support Amanda’s work on Patreon last year and it's an amazingly joyful experience to watch her make in her special way and knowing that, in some small way, I’m helping her do it. It’s a relationship. No more shouting /selling /promoting on social media. No fancy sales techniques.
I want to invite you to be a part of something like that with me. I want to know you, and I want to build this with you.
It’s time for me to make the big ask. Isn’t it surprising how hard it is to ask for what we need from others? I think a lot of us have been conditioned to be ashamed of it, especially when it comes to asking for people to really GIVE in a meaningful way - that we should be self-reliant, that everyone is out for themselves, that the only way to get anything from others is to hustle or fast-talk them.
I disagree. I think we’re capable of more and better, and I invite you to contribute to my mission of proving it- and helping us all get there, together.
I invite you to become a JOMO patron, by doing so you’ll be the lifeblood I rely on to create the content and programming that will help inform, bring together, and delight.
As a JOMO patron, these are some of the benefits you can expect:
Immediate access to supportive and inspiring patron-only content
Monthly downloadable wallpapers for mobile and desktop
“Digital clean-up” Patreon livestreams with yours truly (Pour yourself a glass of wine and join me…)
Early, uncut episodes of the JOMOcast podcast
Monthly JOMO mantra postcard
A note card and exact postage to send write and mail to a loved one
A physical product to move the dial in your relationship with tech such as: a beautifully-designed copy of The JOMO Manifesto, suitable for framing, standing at your desk, or anywhere else you want to show off your allegiance to the joyful life; The Joy of Missing Out book to read and share; an alarm clock to replace your phone alarm clock on your bedside table; Wooden JOMO box to store and charge your phone and help you be present to your home life; JOMO tote with a reminder to “Do more things that make you forget to check your phone”; a Five-Minute Journal to begin and end your day right — by writing; a simple sand timer to keep focus; etc.)
Joyful analog surprises
Every new patron will receive a handwritten card expressing my thanks to YOU personally.
For a limited time, I’m offering a 15-minute one-on-one consult with me via the conferencing app of your choice - tell me your JOMO story; I’d love to get to know you! (You will receive an invite to schedule a call when you become a member through the Patreon.)
All members will be on an exclusive invitation list for Patron-only gatherings of the JOMO community. I’ll be keeping these small- intimate gatherings with myself and colleagues featuring art, music, science, and enlightening conversation with similarly supportive folks! I am working on a partnership with Artery.is to launch this later this year.
To see the kinds of supportive content you can expect in the Patreon, take a look at this series I published about reclaiming attention, reclaiming time, and reinvesting that time and attention on life-giving commitments.
I’m deeply grateful for the support, enthusiasm, and friendship of everyone in our JOMO circle so far. I hope you’ll join me on this new leg of the journey.
JOMO, as I define it, is the joy of missing out on the right things: life-taking things like toxic hustle, comparison, disconnection, and digital drain in order to make space for life-giving commitments that bring us peace, love, meaning, and joy.
I hope you’ll take the time to learn more and become a patron today. Your monthly patronage supports me supporting you.
Cheering you on in joy!