Keep going… dreams do come true – Jump for Joy!


“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

Action. Taking action is all part of the fun of creating ideas into reality. Without taking action, even the smallest little steps – or leaps – towards what you want, a dream will just stay a dream.

Right now, I am dreaming about making a Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Book about my experiences of creating massive murals with hundreds of people jumping for joy around Vancouver. The murals were made in an area of Vancouver where you would least expect people to be jumping for joy. Creating the murals had way more impact than I even imagined, both on me and on the people in this neighbourhood.

This area has a high percentage of homelessness, poverty, struggling with drug addiction, abuse and mental illness. Creating these mural gave me the opportunity to interact and get to know a lot of these people who actually became the biggest fans and supporters of the murals. It felt humbling to realize that after years of passing by people on the street and feeling sad and helpless, that public art with my joyful images, really did inspire joy and brought people from all walks of life together. The experience opened my heart and has made me fall in love with the neighbourhood and I would love to continue to share the joy, long after the murals have disappeared.

This experience was not a planned part of my original dream but has created a new path for accomplishing what I had set out to do. Simply by saying yes to an opportunity and taking action to make it happen has provided a new outlet for sharing joy around the world.

Part of my steps towards creating this book, is to get some feedback from you. I have created a questionnaire and would love your feedback: VANCOUVER JUMP FOR JOY BOOK QUESTIONNAIRE The more feedback I can get, the more I will know what steps to take to make this dream come true. So please forward this questionnaire on.

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful day!


Another of our Jump For Joy photo contest winners: Joyce Braun

We did a little call out for YOU to submit your own Jump for Joy photo. This one was sent in By Joyce Braun from the East Coast of the United States.

Photo submitted by Joyce Braun

Photo submitted by Joyce Braun

Name: Joyce Braun took the jumping photo of her lovely daughter.

Location: Tobay Beach, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York.

Inspiration for the jump: “My daughter was jumping because it was a BEAUTIFUL day, the beach was empty and she had the day off from school!”

What’s your definition of joy? “I feel joy is a happiness that comes from inside.”

We were so thrilled with the Jump For Joy photo submissions and would love to see more from you. Take a few minutes and do a jump for joy photo shoot with your loved ones and send us your best one!

Extra points for creativity and artistic merit.. have fun and go for it 🙂

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A taste of the #jumpforjoyphoto mural!

Alittle taste of Jump for Joy Mural

Alittle taste of Jump for Joy Mural

I just laid out a few of the finished poster out on the floor to give you a little taste of what to expect from the Jump for Joy Photo Mural.. 🙂 Excited to start putting them on the wall.. I will hopefully be done the prep of cutting and pasting together the posters by next week so I can get started on the mural.

This is going to be so amazing, can’t wait to share the finished mural!!

Feet Banks jumping joy photo of the day – February 4, 2014


Feet Banks jumping joy photo of the day - February 4, 2014

Kung foo jumping joy on an amazing sunny day on Whistler Mountain BC Canada.

Have a great day!

Today was fun…

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” – Dr. Seuss

Self-portrait jumping joy photo by Eyoälha :) @eyoalha @ojairesort

Self-portrait photo by Eyoälha Baker

Self-portrait photo by Eyoälha Baker

My last weekend was a magical and beautiful event.. my dear friends were married at the stunning Ojai Resort in Ojai, California.

In between the beautiful wedding events, I managed to get in some jumping joy with a few friends as well as a couple of self-portrait jumps.. this is one of them I did with the trees along the road 🙂

Jump for joy photo of the day – Christine Michelle! October 24, 2013

The lovely Christine Michelle jumping around in the ally ways of Gastown, Vancouver BC Canada.

Have a great day!

Jump for joy photo of the day – Janette Gorney! October 23, 2013

Luminous jumping joy on a dirt path in Ojai, California with the lovely Janette Gorney.

Have a wonderful day!

Jump for joy photo of the day – Erin McMorrow! October 22, 2013 @erinmcmorrow

Stunning jumping joy with Erin McMorrow on the life guard post at the beach in Venice, California.

Have a wonderful day!

the joy of the moment…

“Learn to be one with the joy of the moment.” — Douglas Adams

Afternoon jumping joy photo with Jessica Carter! @JJCarterStyle

Some more fun jumping joy at Ambelside in West Vancouver BC Canada with Jessica.

Have a great day!

Jump for joy photo of the day – Kelby Bryant! October 20, 2013

Loved how this one turned out… Kelby transforming into an angel on the cliffs in Malibu California in moonlight 🙂

Have an amazing day!

Jump for joy photo of the day – Xjohnyy Gnosis! October 19, 2013

Another fantastically fun shot on the cliffs in Malibu California as the sun set.

Have a wonderful day!

pretend and invent…

“You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.” — Paulo Coelho

Afternoon jumping joy photo with Leah Nicole Tisdale!

Loved this fun jumping joy in front of Joe’s Cafe on Commercial Dr. in East Vancouver.

Have a fantastic day!

Jump for joy photo of the day – Christine Solomon! October 17, 2013

Sweet jumping joy in the hills of Hollywood with the lovely Christine Solomon.

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Afternoon jumping joy photo with Vicho!

Oh how I love this little guy.. my little friend Vicho jumping around like a rock star in North Vancouver BC Canada.

Have a fabulous day!

be the full expression of yourself… @marcandangel

“The world will never see another human being like you. There is no one on the face of the planet that has what you have. Your uniqueness, in every respect, is your gift. Life asks one thing of you… to be the full expression of yourself so that you can leave your unique imprint on all those you encounter and upon the world. Never underestimate the power of your energy and how it ripples outwards to affect everything and everyone around you.”Marc and Angel Hack Life

Jump for joy photo of the day – Silas Babaluku! October 16, 2013

More fun jumping joy with the fabulous Silas Babaluku jumping for joy around Gastown in Vancouver BC Canada… I have been enjoying some of his music, you might like it too: Babaluku Featuring Jess Vaira – 2011 – Kitaffe (our father)

Have a wonderful day!

Afternoon jumping joy photo with Laurel L. Lewis!

A fun shoot with Laurel from my last visit to LA.. this shot was taken in front of a mural by an over pass in Santa Monica.

Have a wonderful day!

This season is about becoming…

“Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal… Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe God is good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.” – Taken from Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

Jump for joy photo of the day – Katharina Pretl! October 15, 2013

An absolutely amazing day – 5 hours of hiking and jumping joy photos yesterday in Griffith Park, LA California. Nature, sunshine, good company, fun jumping photos. Bliss.

Have a fabulous day!

the basic goods of life…

“Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure and wonder” ~ Abraham Maslow

Afternoon jumping joy photo with Greg Weber!

This kind gentleman who happened to live near by, used his boat to help us rescue a rogue flip flop that flew over the bridge into the canals mid jump during our shoot in Venice yesterday. Fun times in LA, people helping people a great reason to jump for joy 🙂

Have a fantastic day!

limitless possibilities before you…

“You have limitless possibilities before you. Those of you who dream it, believe it and action it, will become aligned with it and experience it. When change and possibility are welcomed and expected, it is ultimately received.” – Danielle Maylyn

Jump for joy photo of the day – Bristol Baughan! October 14, 2013 @BristolBaughan

Had a super fun time playing around and shooting jumping pics with the gorgeous Bristol all around the canals in Venice yesterday. So fun!

Havr a fantastic day!

Afternoon jumping joy photo with Anne Vollborn!

Jumping for joy as the sun goes down in the streets of a small Mexico town.

Have a fabulous day!

Jump for joy photo of the day – Dannie Raymond! October 13, 2013

The beautiful Dannie jumping for joy in Vancouver BC Canada.

Have a stupendous day! 🙂

Afternoon jumping joy photo with Jaxon Howell! @nakedwooddesign

Amazing form in the sky with this jump 🙂 taken in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Have a wonderful day!

what you want it to be… @Koyczan

“Do not feed today the leftovers of yesterday. Today has teeth and is hungry. Feed today what you want it to be and let it become that.” – Shane Koyczan

get the most out of life…

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as a great adventure.” 
- William Feather

Jump for joy photo of the day – Going Coastal Running Group! October 12, 2013

One of my most energy packed shoots was with the Going Coastal Running group last year in Vancouver BC Canada. Tonnes of fun!

Have a great day!

a beautiful mosaic…

“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” – Jimmy Carter

Newsletter Feature Featuring Sascha Rochon from July 29, 2013

In case you missed it the first time around: Newsletter Feature Featuring Sascha Rochon from July 29, 2013

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Make your life a masterpiece…

“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” ~ Brian Tracy

who you are is unique…

“Smile because who you are is unique, one of a kind, never to be replaced. Beauty within. Joy.” – Jenny Schmal

opening new doors and doing new things…

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious abd curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Jump for joy photo of the day – Alli Warnyca! October 9, 2013 @Omworks

Playing around and jumping for joy on Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver BC Canada.

Have a fabulous day!

don’t be afraid to jump…

“Don’t forget to dance wildly and sing your heart out with the children. Have fun, enjoy and don’t be afraid to jump, pop and shake!” – Les Petits Enfants ‏‪@LilyEvangelene

Afternoon jumping joy photo with – Brooke Leifso!

The lovely Miss Brooke jumping in the beautiful light.

Have a wonderful day!

Travel. As much as you can…

“Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.” — Gentlemen’s Wisdom

Jump for joy photo of the day – Silas and Christine Michelle!

Sharing some fun jumping joy in the back ally ways of Gastown. Founders of the Merita Movement working with the youth of Uganda. Their intention is to accommodate space, resource and method to breakthrough old cycles and advocate self actualization and growth amongst creative entrepreneurs both individually and collectively.. check them out!

Believe in yourself…

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle.” ~ Christian D.

Afternoon jumping joy photo with Samantha Grey!

Jumping joy in the woods of the endowment lands at UBC in Vancouver BC Canada.

Have a fantastic day!

the fullness of life…

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Afternoon jumping joy photo with Paul Furminger!

A fun, fun day of jumping joy at Spanish Banks beach, Vancouver BC Canada.

Jump for joy photo of the day – Klara Jahrig! @KJahrig

Lovely jumping joy on the beach at English Bay, Vancouver BC Canada.

Have a wonderful day!

play and enjoy life…

“It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day do something that makes your heart sing.” – Marcia Wieder

Afternoon jumping joy photo with Caz Andrews!

A fun day of jumping joy on a hike to waterfalls in Kauai, Hawaii.

Have a fantastic day!

triggers for experiences…

“Stop thinking about art works as objects and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.” – Brian Eno