So many wonders and beautiful experiences that one can enjoy in this life #shareyourjoy

Photo of Courtney Spahan by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Courtney Spahan by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

The bright and colourful Ms. COURTNEY SPAHAN shares her JOY! …

Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A:
There are so many wonders and beautiful experiences that one can enjoy in this life and being able to express that in a singular action is simply put – fun!

Q. Jumping photo experience?
A:
I was very excited to be a part of a public piece of art that captures what I think should be our natural state… joyful. As for the shoot itself? Leaping about the steps of the art gallery with so many curious faces was a lot of fun. Especially when I may have accidentally flashed some civilians.

Q: Inspiration in life?
A:
Beautiful things. The sky. The curve of a persons face. The smell of cut grass. My family.

Q: Greatest passion?
A:
Having fun and experiencing as much of this world as I possibly can.

Q: Driving force?
A:
My family who are supportive and loving for all the choices I make.

Q: Philosophy?
A:
People have the right to live in a way that makes them happy.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
Travel everywhere, read many great books, see many great works of art and be kind to people. I try everyday.

Q. Working on?
A:
I enjoy performing burlesque, so there is always a routine in my mind that would like too get up on stage and shake it. I really try and see a show once a month and there are so many creative performers that I love. So I try and support the burlesque community because they were so open and supportive.

Q: Mini bio:
A:
I am originally from the Coldwater Reserve in the beautiful Nicola Valley! I now live in Kitsilano as close to the beaches as I can afford. I play hockey. Love to swim. Took a hat class the other week and have a penchant for sparkly things.

Photo of Courtney Spahan by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Courtney Spahan by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Be openminded and kind, and listen with your heart. – Ashley Wiles @sole_girls @evaruns #jumpforjoy

Photo of Ashleigh Wiles jumping for joy by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Ashleigh Wiles jumping for joy by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Introducing the fabulously joyful – ASHLEY WILES …

Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A:
I am surrounded by so much awesomeness in my life, and all the stuff that isn’t so awesome – well even more reason to jump. My learning curve has seemed steep the last couple of years in business, leadership and dealing with things I never thought I’d ever do. It is absolutely freeing to take a morning and reflect on all the lessons learned and jump for joy!

Q. Your experience doing jumping photos?
A:
This was the most fun thing I’ve done all week. Eyoalha and I laughed so hard I thought it might actually be an abs workout instead of a photo shoot. Eyoalha is super fun and made this shoot so easy to be playful.

Q: What inspires you in life?
A:
I’m inspired by people’s ability to make change happen – when we get into a tough situation choosing to learn and grow and push through the dark. I’m inspired by the ocean, that keeps on coming in, the mountains that always stand strong, I’m inspired by my friends and family and I’m especially inspired by the sole girls.

Q: Your greatest passion?
A:
I’m passionate about being active and spreading the message of positive mental health. I have gained so much from my personal experiences in both – and I’ve also seen the flip side, when we aren’t active and the depreciation of mental health.

Q: Your driving force?
A:
Possibility. So many possibilities… it allows me to get out of my head and dream bigger than I previously imagined. In my business, I was driven by a video of a girl named Amanda Todd – I think it is truly unfair and cruel that anyone should be treated like this, and it drives me to listen more actively, strive for my goals, support the people around me and create a community, a movement of people who want to see change happen.

Q: Philosophy?
A:
Be openminded and kind, and listen with your heart. Everyone is going through something.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
I think I have always done exactly what I wanted, I’ve had my dream job a few times 🙂 Currently I’m working on making the teachings of Sole Girls, a movement and physical activity fun and inclusive for everyone! I love connecting people especially young girls with older girls and seeing the beauty of mentorship and connection shine.

Q: Working on?
A:
www.Solegirls.org is my baby. We are taking Sole Girls on the road this summer to Kamloops, Kelowna, Williams Lake and Calgary! I’m also working on Speaking more about mental health, physical activity, and community building in business.

Mini Bio:

Founder and Head Coach of Sole Girls, Life Coach, Iron(wo)man, and Mental Health Advocate! Growing up with a family of runners, Ashley started running at 5 years old, and now runs and competes in marathons and triathlons around the world, recently she completed the high altitude road marathon in La Paz, Bolivia.

After seeing Amanda Todd’s video in 2012, she created Sole Girls, a program and community for girls to build their confidence, connect with mentors and combine that with a love for physical activity. Sole Girls has expanded to 6 locations and encompasses leadership summits for young women and events for moms to connect more with their tweens.

CONNECT WITH ASHLEY:
Twitter: @sole_girls
Instagram: @sole_girls
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SoleGirls
Web: www.solegirls.org

Photos of Ashley were taken in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Photo of Ashleigh Wiles by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Ashleigh Wiles by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

The countdown is on… 24 hours left: pledge for a jump for joy photo Book

Jump for Joy Kickstarter Campaign - watch video here

Jump for Joy Kickstarter Campaign – watch video here

Hi everyone!

Doing this Kick starter campaign has been an incredible experience so far.. I am so happy that so many people feel that there is value in focusing on, and spreading joy in the world.

We are now coming to the end of the fund raising campaign. With only 24 hours left in the campaign I am still hoping to raise funds towards finishing my book of 1000 people jumping for joy around the world.

24 hours left: pledge for a jump for joy photo Book here

Your pledge (even $5 helps:) create art and spreads joy! THANK YOU