Have faith, everything will be ok :) #jumpforphoto

“Faith is power. It changes your life by changing you. It places you on a different ground of being within yourself. It gives you a confidence based on something that’s in you but not of you, that can do for you what you can’t do for yourself … … and lifts you to positivity, which attracts more positive outcomes. Where we put our faith literally and directly influences what happens next.” – Marianne Williamson

Have faith, everything will be ok.

I’m feeling really excited today. The sun is shining, it’s getting warm in Vancouver and after hibernating most of the winter, I feel like I am blooming along with the flowers. I’ve just set up several jumping photo shoots over the next week and looking forward to getting back into spreading new joyful photos with you.

I have faith that all will go well and whatever happens next, will be wonderful 🙂

Have a great day!

Much love, Eyoalha

Joy feels even better when shared :) @celebula #jumpforjoyphoto

Friends! Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Friends! Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Joy feels even better when shared 🙂 This gang was a blast to shoot, thanks for pulling all your friends together for these fun shots. The joy was felt and still being shared.

Have a wonderful day!

Much love, eyoalha

Thanks to dreamers @marketing_girl + @SocialBites, @DinnerPartyYVR exists :) we have another reason to jump for joy

Annika Reinhardt + Crystal Henrickson Jump for Joy  Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Annika Reinhardt + Crystal Henrickson Jump for Joy
Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” — Edmund Lee

These two. I love good people who do good things in the world, inspired from the passions of what they love. What a fun day we had together making these fun photos, and of course we had to do few jumps for joy to round up the day.

Annika and Crystal are the brilliant creators of Social Bites, Talent Collective and Dinner Party YVR. Everything about what they do is fun and serves a greater purpose. I love being around people who dream up great ideas, then go out and do great things in the world.

Right now, I’m so excited about the Dinner Party YVR. Its such a brilliant idea. They have hobby chefs cook their favourite foods, open their homes and invite strangers to share the meals with them… all the proceeds then go to support local charities. I love this! You get to meet new friends, eat good food and help people all in one night 🙂 I love that they dreamed this up, it makes me want to jump for joy!

If you live in Vancouver, they still have space at some of the dinners taking place on April 9th.. check them out: http://dinnerpartyyvr.com/meals/

Annika and Crystal Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Annika and Crystal
Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Joy heals our wounds, inspires us to greatness, and fills our soul.

Laura Vancolen Jump for Joy  Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Laura Vancolen Jump for Joy
Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Joy is what makes life beautiful. It’s what gets us through challenges and allows light in to illuminate the shadows. Joy heals our wounds, inspires us to greatness, and fills our souls with goodness.” – Meimei Fox

Yesterday I received a call from Laura asking if she could take part and jump for joy in my project. I had never met her before and asked her what had inspired her to want to take part. She openly and vulnerably shared with me that she is going through drug detox. She is making some major life changes so she can get clean and get her 3 year old daughter back from Child Services. She said that one of the things she likes to do with her daughter on her visits is to look at the people jumping in the Wall of Joy and try to pick out people they know (some of the women who live in the neighbouring SRO where she lives are in the mural). She thought it would be fun to be in the mural and have her daughter be able to find her there. The mural project is done, but Im still doing jumping photos so we planned to meet up today in the beautiful spring sunshine to do her jump for joy photos.

When we met, we hit it off immediately. She loves the arts, writes poetry, paints, sings and makes dream catchers. As she told me all about her life living on the streets, her drug addiction and some of the struggles she has been though in her life. She has a very strong determination to get clean and be with her daughter again.

I admire her strength and courage thought this difficult time. In many ways doing these jumping photos was like a rebirth for her, the start of a new beginning. She is bright, creative and has such great ideas for improving the world. She has many challenges to overcome, but I believe in her and know she will do whatever she sets her mind to.

When I asked her how she felt doing the jumping photos, she said that at first she was a little nervous because she wasn’t sure what she should do, but then after a couple of jumps, it made her feel happy and free 🙂 I think these feelings are a good start in the right direction.

Surprise yourself, welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity

JR - Jump for Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

JR – Jump for Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com



“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.”
– Henri Nouwen

When I began approaching people who live in SRO’s (single room occupancies / low income residences), or on the street in the DTES of Vancouver to do jumping photos for my project. I was surprised by the willingness and openness of people who are struggling with all kinds of barriers and struggles in their lives including hunger, homelessness, drug addiction, abuse and mental illness. JR was one of those people who surprised me, he lives in the Arco Hotel which is the building I made the Wall of Joy mural on. He seemed very shy and withdrawn, but when I asked him if he would like to jump for joy for my project – he said yes 🙂 He liked the idea of spreading joy around the world and wanted to take part. This really warmed my heart, and reminded me not to make judgements based on perceived appearances and gave me the opportunity to celebrate more fully in our shared humanity.

Look out for moments that surprise you, and cherish what they reflect back to you about yourself, and humanity.

Much love,

Eyoalha

Holding to the vision and making the world better @evelyniona

Brandi Liefso, CEO of EvlynIona Cosmetics. Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Brandi Liefso, CEO of EvlynIona Cosmetics. Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com



“Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

This is Brandi Leifso, CEO of Evelyn Iona Cosmetics. I am such a huge fan of this amazing human being. Brandi has overcome great obstacles in her own life, and on the path to creating this socially conscious company. Yet her beautiful and determined heart keeps her going and holds her strong while creating her vision, despite the many obstacles and difficulties she has encountered along the way.

A little Q + A with Brandi

Q: What inspires you in life?
A: The ability to make someones life better.

Q: What is/are your greatest passion(s) in life?
A: Paying it forward is my greatest passion – it gives me that same kind of feeling jumping for joy does 🙂 I also have a passion for food & traveling.

Q: What is your driving force in life?
A: The unknown and the challenge of accomplishing your wildest dreams.

Q: What is your philosophy in life?
A: Work hard and be nice to people.

Not only are her organic, cruelty free products good for you, they are also good for the women in our communities. Women in need of the support and camaraderie of other women. $1 from every Evelyn Iona product you buy is donated to friends at YWCA Canada. YWCA is an organization dedicated to helping nearly 25 million women and girls, per year, flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance their skills and develop confidence.

This is not meant to be a sales pitch, I am just so darn proud of Brandi, all she has accomplished, and how she intentionally created a business that helps other women flourish. She has literally set up her company in a way that her success, supports others to succeed as well. She is an inspiration and it makes me want to jump for joy that people like her exist in the world.

Feeling inspired to do better by people like Brandi. Thanks for being you Brandi ❤

Much love –

Eyoalha

What propels you forward each and everyday? @ashleighmcivor @D6MERIT

Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit Jumping Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker for www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit Jumping Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker for http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Passion is defined as having or being compelled by intense emotion; a strong fondness or enthusiasm. It is a stirring within that possesses your being in a euphoric manner, creating a feeling of connectedness with yourself and an assurance that you are following your life’s path. It is what propels you forward each and everyday, each and every moment, and gives you the strength to pursue all that inspires you.”http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Passion-in-Life

When I think of passionate people with strength to pursue what inspires them… these two are a perfect example. I first discovered Jay DeMerit (ex-pro soccer player, and played in the world cup, entrepreneur) watching his talk at TedxVancouver. I was so impressed and inspired by the story he shared, by his incredibly positive energy and uplifting attitude that I immediately contacted him to ask if I could feature him in the Jump for Joy photo project. He not only said yes, he also brought his amazing wife Ashleigh McIvor-DeMerit, who just so happens to be an Olympic Gold Medalist!

When you hear the stories of determination and passion to reach a goal… or even better, following your life’s path, from two amazing people like this, it really does make you want to jump for joy.

Thank you Jay and Ashleigh, for reminding me that anything is possible.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

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

ErinMcMorrow

“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!

Eyoälha

Sharing joy, the jumping beauty of Meg Taylor @freeofviolence

Meg Taylor jumps for joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Meg Taylor jumps for joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and forgiving heart. Be the one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” – Marvin J. Ashton

I loved the beautiful energy of Meg. When I was out scouting around for people in the DTES to take part in the second Jump for Joy mural, and she hopped in right away 🙂 Unfortunately on the day I was working on the mural and about to paste her 6 ft poster to that wall, a big gust of wind came, crumpled the glue covered poster and it fell to pieces out of my hands. Her jumping pic never made it into the Wall of Joy mural (which is also, crumbling down and being removed very soon), but I love this photo of her and Im happy to share here and uplift you all with her energy. Im looking into a new art projects to make with the photos to keep on spreading the joy with my friends in the DTES.

Have a wonderful day!

Much love, Eyoälha

Word of the week: Joie!

CBC - Word of the Day: Joie! Jump for joy Photo Project

CBC – Word of the Day: Joie! Jump for joy Photo Project

I love this sweet article written By C’est la vie host Bernard St-Laurent and Word Lady Johanne Blais for CBC Radio called Word of the Week: JOIE!

Its basically a little French lesson in joyful French phrases …

Sauter de joie : To jump for joy
J’ai sauté de joie : I jumped for joy
Quand aurons-nous la joie de vous revoir? : When shall we have the pleasure of seeing you again?
Les joies de l’hiver : The joys of winter
L’Hymne à la joie : The Ode to Joy
Y’a d’la joie : (A song by Charles Trenet) There is Joy
>>>> to read the entire article follow this link:www.cbc.ca/radio/cestlavie/word/word-of-the-week-joie-1.2963553#

Founder of Jump for Joy Photo Project Speaking at TedXEastVan April 23, 2016

Eyoälha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project speaking at TedXEastVan April 23, 2016

Eyoälha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project speaking at TedXEastVan April 23, 2016

“You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

I’m excited to share that I will be one of the speakers at TedXEastVan on April 23rd, 2016!

“Dear Eyoalha –

Congratulations! TEDxEastVan would like to extend a formal invitation to you to speak at the event on April 23rd, 2016. We think that you have an idea worth spreading and would love for you to share it live on stage….” – TedXEastVan

It’s been an amazing learning experience, on many so many levels, creating and building the Jump for Joy photo project over that past few years. It all started out as a simple idea: To feel and share joy around the world with photos of people jumping for joy.

This simple intention has grown and morphed in ways I hadn’t even imagined when I set out on this journey. Creating images with people that touch others on an emotional level, creating massive mural projects that brought people from all walks of life together; all with the intention to uplift ourselves and others through the energy of joy, has been the most gratifying and heart opening experience of my life (so far).

In many ways I feel like I’m just at the beginning, at the tip of the ice burg and Im only now, after several years of jumping photos, starting to tap into the potential of what I can achieve with this project.

Many of you have been following along from the start and I appreciate your continued support. I’m honoured that I have the opportunity to share my experiences on the TedXEastVan stage and hope those of you who can, will join us to hear our ideas..

Have an amazing day!

Much love, Eyoälha

Self-portrait jumping photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Self-portrait jumping photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

THRIVE studio creates community for Vancouver artists

I will be presenting an Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studios on March 30th, read about the drive behind Thrive Studios in this Loose Lips Magazine write up.

By Alli Hayes
@allihayes16

Jamie Smith opens the door to THRIVE art studio, revealing its oak wood floors, succulents resting cozily between artwork and paintbrushes, and bright windows that overlook the buzzing heart of Mount Pleasant. After walking into the serene setting of THRIVE, it’s no shock that this serene space is a product of positive inspiration of Vancouver’s artist community, in particular the female mavericks.

“THRIVE is trying to foster this supportive community for females that can then push out work that shows that it’s full and rich; it’s a place for female artists to meet, connect, and learn from one another,” explains Smith.

“I do feel that women artists operate differently, and this studio can offer as a place to go once a month just to check in and keep going, which I know I need.”

Smith’s talents are multi-faceted, with a background in fine arts and a…

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Inspired by a greater purpose – feeling and sharing joy

Jumping free in venice, CA.

Jumping free in venice, CA.



“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
– Patanjali

I love this quote. In the moments that I’ve felt most connected, alive and in the flow, I have absolutely been in service to a greater purpose. Its those moments when Im helping others, being goofy / playing around, laughing uncontrollably, creating photos that uplift, and make people feel good about themselves. Its when I hear that art I’ve created has inspired someone, gave them hope, improved their lives in someway or simply made them smile.

If I can create work that inspires joy in others, it expands my own feeling of joy. Its something I feel to my core, to my soul. I’m still not exactly sure how to put into words, but I know that my greater purpose is related to: creating and sharing joy with others through interactive experiences and art, by expanding and opening my heart to what is possible and including others in the process.

I tapped into it while creating the jump for joy photo murals over the past couple of years. When I’m in the creative process, playing and connecting openly and focused on bringing out the potential and greatness of others… something beautiful happens. In those moments I feel pure joy and most connected to myself. I can only describe it as alchemy in action and I’m determined to learn how to live more continuously in this magical state of creation and connection.

Thanks for following along on my journey and helping me share the joy around the world.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Celebrate the joy of being alive, play outside, blossom with the spring

Steve Curtis and Leanne Turner jumping for joy. Photo by Eyoalha Baker

Steve Curtis and Leanne Turner jumping for joy. Photo by Eyoalha Baker

“Life is ephemeral, precious and we should take moments to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. It is not with sadness that we watch the first blossoms emerge or the last blossoms fall, it is with joy, the joy of being alive and aware of our own existence.” – Stuart James W.

Taking a moment out of a busy, hectic day to play in the park reminds us to play and enjoy the precious moments. Steve and Leanne came out to jump for joy with me on one of those crazy buys kind of days and we ended up have some great laughs and these fun photos to appreciate the memories 🙂 The joy of being alive.

Have a wonderful fun filled day!

Eyoalha

In depth interview with Eyoalha Baker, Founder of Jump for Joy Photo Project by James Phu for Global Asian Times

Selfie Jump photo by Eyoalha Baker

Selfie Jump photo by Eyoalha Baker

Global Asian Times interview with Eyoalha Baker Founder of Jump for JOy Photo Project

Global Asian Times interview with Eyoalha Baker Founder of Jump for JOy Photo Project

Jump for Joy founder fights negatives in life with joyful photos. An interview by James Phu

…. Read Entire Article HERE ….

Excerpt from interview:

James Phu: The Jump for Joy project that you started is one of the most beautiful and unique initiatives I have seen in a while. What is the background story behind the Jump for Joy Project?

Eyoälha Baker: We know that images are used as powerful tools of persuasion in business and politics, and I noticed that news and media tend to showcase mainly negative, fear-based images. It got me thinking about how this affects us as a society and how we in turn interact with each other. How does it make us feel as a collective, to see images that depict sad, terrorizing news on a daily basis? In general, it breads fear and distrust. My idea with the Jump for Joy Photo Project is that if societies as whole can be influenced to shut off, and fear each other by negative images, they can also be influenced to open up and be kinder by positive images. I look at it as the group think concept, where people feed off each other’s energy in a group situation, such as a riot, where people who may not normally be destructive get caught up in the situation. The same can be true with an overwhelming sense of joy. If there are mass feelings of joy being felt, people tend to be more open, more helpful, hopeful and want to help each other. So I began taking uplifting, positive images of people jumping for joy, and sharing them around the world. The intention is to help shift some of the negative energy being fed to us….

…. Read Entire Article HERE ….

A brief encounter, a Jump for Joy and sweet momento #jumpforjoyphoto

Jump for Joy photo of Sheila by Eyoalha Baker

Jump for Joy photo of Sheila by Eyoalha Baker

“…look at life with more playful eyes… …Just simply be a human being. The whole world is showering its joy on you in so many ways, but if you are too serious, you cannot open your heart.” — Osho

This was a completely spontaneous Jump for Joy shoot. I met Sheila while looking for people to participate in my last photo mural project called the Wall of Joy mural, in Vancouver’s DTES. When I do Jump for joy photo shoots, I usually take time to meet up with someone in a specific location and do several jumping shots to choose from but this one was a lucky one shot deal. When I told Sheila about my project and asked her to participate, she was vibrant and excited to take part. With one jump we were done and she was happily on her way. It was the only time I met her, but I have this photo as a momento of this brief encounter. I’m happy to have included her photo in the project so she could pass by and see her photo in the mural knowing that her energy would make many passers by smile. Sharing her joyful energy with the world helps uplift us all.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Making mistakes and having fun, all part of the creative process #jumpforjoyphoto

“CREATIVITY IS INVENTING, EXPERIMENTING, GROWING, TAKING RISKS, BREAKING RULES, MAKING MISTAKES AND HAVING FUN.” – Mary Lou Cook

I love this quote, it reminds me to get out and break some rules and make a mess of things. After quite literally hibernating since the fall, Im feeling the pull of spring challenging me to wake up and start growing again. Its definitely time to do some revamping and redirecting with the Jump for Joy Photo Project. I don’t know exactly what that will look like yet, but ready to start fumbling my way through to find out. There are a lot of exciting new things on the horizon which I will begin sharing and promoting over the next few weeks. I hope you will come along for the ride as I look for new ways to grow as I share the incredible uplifting energy of jumping for joy in new ways and formats.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Would you buy a Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo book? Survey says?

Awesome double jump. Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Awesome double jump. Photo by Eyoälha Baker
http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

I’ve had in incredible couple of years doing jumping photos all around Vancouver and eventually creating 2 massive large scale murals. I’ve been thinking about creating a Vancouver Jump for Joy book which includes select jumping photos from around the city, some back story on the project and how I ended up creating murals with the images. These murals were amazing community projects that brought together people from all walks of life in the celebration of create art inspired by sharing joy. I would love to document and continue to share the beauty of this work in book form.

I am really excited about this possibility but books are not cheap to create and there is a lot of work involved in creating a book like this. Before I start the fund-raising process, I need to be sure there is an audience as excited about buying this book as I am about making it and sharing it! 🙂

A wise man – David Vandas – who may be working on the project with me if it goes forward, suggested that I do a survey to see if anyone is even interested in buying this book – smart thinking!

So… if you have a few mins to fill out this form, your feedback on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for your feedback and continued support!