Jumping: The Conduit to Connection, Perspective, and Spontaneity

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Living Life—Two things make me really happy: being spontaneous and connecting with other people. Jumping is a conduit to both.

A little over 2 years ago, I saw an awesome commercial by Famous Footwear in which a girl jumped into a pool with all of her clothes on. She was wearing an awesome blue cocktail dress and high heel shoes.

A month later, I was at an event in Denver, Colorado and my new friend Aimee became my partner in crime as we led a group of fully clothed women jumping and screaming into the Warwick Hotel's heated rooftop pool. "Wow," I thought, "This is both liberating and a great bonding experience!"

My jumping spree continued to Nevada with Krista Parry; to Arizona with Kelly Loubet, Tiffany Romero, and Nicole Bullock; and twice in Park City, Utah at the evo Conference with groups of 30-ish give or take a few.

Here's last year's evo Conference pic...

Here's the before for this year's pic...

Here's the after...

There's something so freeing about jumping. Whether it's on the trampoline, off a diving board, into a pool with all of your clothes on, or on the side of a road next to a state sign you're posing for...

Or on the pier overlooking Lake Washington...

Or this one at Universal Studios (with friend Jenny)...

I won't lie. This new-found passion of mine is a little quirky (just in case you thought I thought it was totally normal!). But, life is too short not to live it to the fullest. Every once and a while, in the midst of worrying about how to pay the bills, raising perfect children, being the perfect person, and scratching your head as you try and figure out how to fit it all in and balance it all, it's nice to remind yourself that taking a step back... or a jump in the air... can help you gain important perspective, not to mention have fun and connect with friends in the meantime!

What helps you gain perspective? Take a step back? Or simply have fun and live life to the fullest?

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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