Jumping with Linda McAllister at the Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs

Linda McAllister photographed by Eyoalha Baker’s Jump for Joy Photo Project and Palm Springs Cultural Center Artist Residency

Meet Linda McAllister.

We decided to meet up at a strip mall which happens to be across the street from the vibrantly colourful, Saguaro Hotel.

Linda was full of energy and excited to jump and we all agreed that the colours on the Hotel would make a beautiful backdrop, so we walked over to explore and jump around.

We took lots of fun jump pics, this one was my favorite as it captures Lindas enthusiasm and joyful presence.

Get to Linda a little more, read on…

Q: What inspires you to want to jump for joy?
A:
Living in Palm Springs causes me to jump for joy. I’ve been here for 15 years (12 years as a snowbird, and three years as a permanent resident), and a day does not go by where I don’t wake up and think how lucky I am to be embraced by the Santa Rosas and surrounded by azure skies and majestic palm trees. The sun nearly every day is a fabulous mood stabilizer!

Q.What was your experience doing the jumping photos? How did you feel?
A:
I felt lighthearted–and young! I haven’t jumped that much since I was in grade school (except for jumping rope at my trainer’s), but this was more fun than exercise! I was excited to participate — and the experience fulfilled all of my expectations. Eyoalha made the experience lighthearted, and gave me the perfect directions so that I jumped in a way that would result in a photo where I appeared suspended in mid air! It looks like I’m flying — and who doesn’t want that in their life? It also looks like I have legs as long as a supermodel’s — and that’s an added bonus I’ll take any time!

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy? How has joy impacted your life?
A:
I walk out of my yoga class, and I am in a joyful state. After nearly three decades as a yogi, I’ve found it to be the spark that ignites joy from within, and I take that mood with me when I leave the studio and go out into the world.

Q: What is/are your greatest passion in life?
A:
My greatest passion in life is connecting with people to make a difference in my community, often in the healthcare or creative arts arenas. Both of these have been a focus in my professional life and remain on my radar in my philanthropic endeavors. Nothing makes me happier than bringing people together on a project and making those magical “connections” happen to get the job done.

Q: What does it mean to be part of the Coachella Valley community? How do you feel about being part of a community project that promotes joy?
A: I feel honored to do anything that is connected to the Palm Spring Cultural Center, particularly projects that bring all parts of our community together — old, young, gay, straight, white, brown, male, female, high profile and under the radar. We all reap the benefits from programs that are designed to inject more joy in our lives.

Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
A:
I’m living my best life, but my dream is to travel more within North America — perhaps to Canada and northern California for starters. I haven’t really explored my new home state north of San Francisco (other than the wine country of Napa and Sonoma), so that’s on my list, as well as Santa Barbara. Seattle and Vancouver would also be on my wish list. Ideally? I’m a writer, so I would go to a writer’s retreat in one of those places and complete enough blog posts to submit to agents for consideration for a screenplay or a book. I am presently adding posts to have enough material to submit my blog to national markets.

I’m working on my blog, and can be reached at my business site:
Pslindamcallister.com.

Q: Mini bio or something special you want to share.
A:
I live in south Palm Springs — and have a beloved community of friends here, which allowed me to relocate my entire life from the midwest. I can’t imagine living anyplace else! My special quality? My friends say I am two degrees of separation from every gay man in this town (no offense to Kevin Bacon) — I have made a lot of very wonderful friends in my years here, and I love connecting people both socially and professionally.

Thank you for sharing your JOY Linda!

And.. thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley.

If you live in the Coachella Valley and would like more info on the project, or would like to take part, email us: jumpforjoy@psculturalcenter.org

Follow Jump for Joy on:
Instagram: @jumpforjoyphotoproject
Twitter: @jumpforjoyphoto
Facebook: /jumpforjoyphotoproject

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