I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you! I met Christina Blacken through one of my closest friends from high school. I was immediately inspired (and continue to be!) by her motivation and drive. She volunteered for a few events I was producing a few years ago and we've kept in touch since. I'm loving what she's doing with her website, The New Quo, a multi-media platform for people who are redefining the status quo through their lives and work. She's fun, quirky and developing unique and interesting content.
Join me on this journey of sharing stories and inspiring one another to be the best version of ourselves in our everyday lives.
Read on to learn more about Christina Blacken.
How do you spend your days?
I spend my days split between learning and consciously consuming a ton of information (pop culture, random articles, interesting news) and creating through writing and video.
What are three things you are grateful for?
My health, the internet, and ironically I'm grateful for the act of gratitude itself. Gratitude helps me put everything into perspective, even in the darkest hours.
Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
I'm a conscious creator and connector.
If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?
My gluten free mac and cheese. It sounds blasphemous but it's so darn good. And probably a kale salad because it's healthy.
If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Unfortunately check my cell phone to see how much more time I have to sleep in! Ha!
If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take you you to make that change?
I would have a set meditation time. I have intentions to meditate and clear my head space but always miss the times I set or don't do it as often as I would like. I need to get up earlier or go to bed earlier to establish a set place for that sacred space.
What does being healthy mean to you?
Health starts with being mentally sound and emotionally whole, because it is the foundation of the home of all health. Without those two things in place, it's nearly impossible to be physically or spiritually healthy.
Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle?
I've had various strange aliments over the years due to an unknown allergy to gluten and dairy. I forced myself to change my daily eating habits after a binge consumption of all the latest documentaries and books on healthy eating. It's still a tough journey but I'm happy that I have the power within to change for the better.
What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?
That's so hard to choose because I'm a music junkie, but I would say neo - soul steals my heart and sets my spirit flying (like Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Jill Scott) and any Beyonce song. Can't go wrong with Beyonce. I love the song Party.
What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?
Inaction is also a choice. Even if you are passively living your life, someone else will be making the major decisions for you.
What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?
I love a good blazer and high waisted jeans.
Complete this sentence: "In order to be happy, I need to..."
Channel happiness, be grateful, and live in the present. Mindfulness is the key to happiness no matter where I'm at.
What do you have going on in your life that you'd like to share with the (So)(Co) Community?
I built a website called The New Quo, a multi media platform creating inspirational content for creatives of color. I'm always on the hunt for inspirational entrepreneurial stories to profile and share on the website. If anyone knows a person that's a great fit to interview or would like to be interviewed, holla at me!
Christina Blacken started her career journey at a law firm and realized corporate slavery wasn't her style (no offense to all the lawyers out there, still have love for ya'll). From building online social movements at a nonprofit that moved 300,000 young people to action, to crafting digital media marketing for nonprofits, political campaigns and major brands, Christina realized the internet is where it's at, and is incredibly powerful in moving the world in positive ways. Christina is now the digital strategist and founder of The New Quo. She creates online experiences that inspires positive social change and action.