Dear USA: Please be kind to one another. Be motived by joy and love. #sharejoynotfear

Selfie-jump Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Selfie-jump Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Dear USA:

Please be kind to one another.

Please put your focus on expanding and sharing your joy, not your fear.

Please use your goodness and compassion to inspire unity.

Keep the light in your hearts shining bright.

Set an example of how beautiful humanity can be.

Choose to be motived by joy and love, rather than fear and hate.

Make the choice to be a positive example of humanity with your, kindness, love and joy.

You can do it. I believe in you, I believe in us.

#shareyourjoy #jumpforjoyphotoproject #upliftyourselfandothers #chooselove #choosejoy

Respect, joy, love and kindness are a cycle too and they need our attention.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

My heart gets heavy with the weight of hate and violence felt and experienced, every day, all around the world. Sadly, fear, retaliation and hatred has been taught and passed on generation, after generation and history repeats itself again and again.

Still, I choose to focus on the good in human hearts. I choose to focus on the successes, acceptance, peace, kindness, understanding and compassion that also happens, every single day, all around the world.

I will never experience first hand the oppression, violence and hatred directed towards other peoples races, looks, cultures, religious ideologies, and sexual orientations. I can not know any other experience than my own. But, I do have a deep capacity for empathy and compassion. I do share in the suffering of my human family whatever they look like, think or do.

I have experienced white privilege and experienced the pain and suffering inhered from an Indigenous (actually… multi-mixed race, including African American) family oppressed and nearly destroyed by colonization.

I have never killed, raped, been violent or oppressed another human. Yet I carry deep shame, guilt and have felt responsible for the pain and suffering of others because of the colour of my skin and the blood in my veins… ashamed of who I am because of the colour of my skin and the blood in my veins.

This pain, guilt and shame does not make the world a better place. This energy does not help others feel better about themselves, it does not keep people safe or help the world in any way.

I / we (all skin tones, cultures, religions etc.) have the power to change this violent, hateful history that keeps repeating itself. We have the power within, to question what we’ve been taught, to reflect on our actions/ inactions, our words and experiences. It takes ongoing self reflection, inner work, it takes courage, it takes forgiveness and understanding. It is a commitment to being a better person, to uplifting ourselves and others. I work on it every day of my life and I don’t always get it right, but I keep trying to do better.

History has shown us that hate, fear and violence are a cycle. Respect, joy, love and kindness are a cycle too and they need our attention. Even with a heavy heart, I will not let hate and fear extinguish the joy and love in my heart. I want to do more to make the world a more joyful, safer place… starting with myself, with every action and decision I make.

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” – Nelson Mandela

Jumping for Joy opened hearts and unified communities – Eyoälha Baker speaking at TEDxEastVan

My TedXEastVan talk is online! The short version of how Jump for Joy photos opened my heart, turned into murals and brought people together in the DTES of Vancouver: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-MFCkjTEhY&feature=youtu.be

Photo by Michelle Hondl

A look back in time, what I was thinking 3 yers ago, stands today @eyoalha

Selfie Jump for joy photo Eyoalha Baker

Selfie Jump for joy photo Eyoalha Baker

Nearly 3 years ago, before I had even imagined I would create the 2 Jump for Joy Photo murals and before I got hooked on Instagram, I filled out my own jump for joy newsletter feature questionnaire which I used to give everyone who jumped with me: http://eepurl.com/y6uOP although a LOT has happened since I answered these questions, my answers remain the same… only
I’ve added more to the scope of what I’ve accomplished and far more what I want to accomplish.

Things I’d like to add to the list of to dos:

1. I’d like to make a book about my experience of creating the Jump for Joy Photo Murals in Vancouvers DTES. This was an incredibly heart opening experience that has inspired me to connect more with people, especially people who are facing hardships in the world. Working on this project in an area where people face homelessness, hunger, drug addiction, mental illness and abuse deepened my compassion, and gave me a first hand experience of the effects of sharing joyful images in an area that really needed it. I want to create more projects that use joy to connect people, inspire joy and involve people and communities from all walks of life.

2. I’ve now done 3 public speaking events about the amazing impact sharing joy has had on me and the people I’ve shared the experience with. This was an incredible feat for me as I was literally terrified of public speaking. The best thing about facing your fears, is that they feel less and less terrifying every time. In fact, once I got out there, I had so much fun that I want to do more!

3. I’d love to do a video of people jumping for joy to music! This would be fun.

4. I’ve learned that being open to new ideas, trying new things (especially that scare me) and collaborating with others as much as possible opens whole new worlds of possibilities. I’m always on the look out for the next cool thing or way of sharing joy that I haven’t thought of yet 🙂

It feels really good to look back and be proud of the answers I gave and reminds me of why I set out to create this project in the first place 🙂

It felt good to take a moment to reflect today… Am I doing what I love? Am I challenging myself to try new things? Where do I want to go from here? These questions get me excited about all the possibilities to come.

Enjoy your day!

With 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

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

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

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

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

Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studio with Eyoalha Baker

Jumping selfie by Eyoalha Baker. Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studio.

Jumping selfie by Eyoalha Baker. Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studio.

Excited to be invited to do an artist talk at Thrive Art Studio on March 30th. Its a small intimate space to meet with other artists and creatives. Join us, tickets on sale now and can be purchased here: http://thriveartstudio.com/thrive-talks-2/

Hope to see you there!

Happy love day to all the romantics in the world – Happy Valentines day!

I love that there is a day of the year designated to celebrating romantic love. Not for the consumerism or false expectations built up around romantic love but because I love any opportunity to celebrate love. … romance is really just thoughtful, kind gestures and creative ways of expressing the beauty of your love to someone who holds your heart. Happy love day to all the romantic lovers out there.

Eyoalha the human Valentine :) yay for love! Jump for joy!

Eyoalha the human Valentine 🙂 yay for love! Jump for joy!

Eyoalha shares her story + process of creating Jump for Joy Photo Project and murals

Eyoalha Baker speaking at Interesting Vancouver about the creation and process of Jump for joy Photo Project and murals.

Life is very interesting… Eyoalha speaks about creating murals and connecting with community

Life is very interesting…

Today, the talk I did about the Jump for Joy Photo Project / murals at Interesting Vancouver was posted. I was incredibly nervous, emotional and fumbled my way through.. but I did it 🙂

Yesterday, I received a letter from the city letting me know that I have 30 days to repair the mural or it will need to be removed. I may have some funding coming in, and need at least a week of dry weather. I’m asking for an extension in case the funds and money are not in line with the deadline. Will see what happens.

History repeats itself and gives us opportunities for deeper learning and understanding every time. It makes me wonder, maybe the creation of the murals were meant to be temporary and more about the beauty of sharing joy, connecting with people, learning about community and kindness. I’m not sure how this month will play out, I’ll keep on pushing for the repairs but if it doesn’t happen my heart is full with all that the experience creating this work has brought me. I know that either way this is only the beginning of more amazing opportunities to create, connect and experience life in whatever form it takes.

Eyoalha Baker speaking at Interesting Vancouver

The weather is already taking its tole, repairs are in the works for the Wall of Joy

Thanks to everyone who has let me know that there are some posters coming loose on the Wall of Joy. I appreciate you looking out for it 🙂

The weather is already starting to take its tole on the posters, much sooner than expected. I think the major storm we had that hit the wall, literally the day after I finished did more damage than I realized. Im guessing that the water sealant we had just finished applying had not cured yet when the storm hit.

I was able to do some of the most needed repairs in a couple of hours the morning of the mural opening but skipped a lot of the smaller ones due to time limits. What were small corners of posters lifting up are now starting to show and pieces are starting to peal.

I want this mural to last as long as possible so I am working on setting up a full day to do repairs in the next couple of weeks. It is a bit of a process and of course the costs (around $1200) to make it happen. One 24 hour day of repairs requires: insurance, a signed licence agreement between myself, Atira, BC Housing and Impark, rental of all the parking spots along the wall from Impark, 30 ft of fence rental (delivery and set up), lift rental (+delivery), repair materials (several gallons of contact cement), a volunteer to help me as time will be limited to get a lot done and of course, a beautiful sunny day so the wall is dry.

Hopefully this set of repairs will be the last ones that need to be done until next year.

Enjoy your day!

Much love,

Eyoalha

 

 

Interesting Vancouver – Instant Time travel – Jump for joy!

 

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Storm left a little mark on the mural too, repairs already being arranged

Photo damage to mural from the storm by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Photo damage to mural from the storm by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

We had a few days of intense rain and wind here in Vancouver over the weekend. The storm tore up trees and left many people without power for several days. Once things settled down I went out to check on the Wall of Joy mural and found that a couple of the posters mid way up on the side of the mural had started to come loose – they since have peeled down. The rest of the mural seems to have held up quite well through the storm 🙂

Im now in the process of arranging to replace these two posters. It’s a bit of a process as they are at least 30 ft high. I’ve already had the posters reprinted but also need to put them together and before I can put them up I will need good weather, to rent a scissor lift (they don’t deliver on the weekend), to get the ok from Impark (and maybe the City too.. checking into it) before I can do anything (I may also need to get insurance first). Im hoping to have this all arranged and the repairs done before the opening event next week.

The opening event will be a community BBQ at the mural (located at the corner of Abbott and West Pender Street). We will be there between 4-6pm. Stop by if you can and say hello.

Have a wonderful day!

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Thank you for Sharing the joy on Instagram and Twitter – The Wall of Joy

Pretty excited to see all the instagram and twitter photos being posted of the Wall of Joy Mural – thank you everyone for sharing the joy 🙂 .. I’ve been reposting a few of them. If you come across any pics of the mural on Instagram of twitter, please tag me and hashtag with #wallofjoy #jumpforjoymural so I can find them and re-share. Especially the ones with people jumping in front of the mural, those ones really make me smile and the wall becomes a fun interactive public art piece. Enjoy!

Here are a few images I found on Instagram:

VanCityBuzz Instagram photo by @Instakram of The Wall of Joy Mural by Eyoalha Baker

VanCityBuzz Instagram photo by @Instakram of The Wall of Joy Mural by Eyoalha Baker

Naweena Instagram

Have a wonderful day!

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Today is final touches to the Wall of Joy! #jumpforjoymural #wallofjoy #Gastown #mural #jumpmural

Photos of Eyoalha putting up posters on wall of joy by Gregory Mullaly

Photos of Eyoalha putting up posters on wall of joy by Gregory Mullaly

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This is it! Hope to get all the last touches done today (if my arms will hold out). I found a spot to add a couple more posters and I have to graffiti out the graffiti in my photos. I had no idea that having graffiti in my mural is illegal, the City of Vancouver has asked that I remove it. So, it ads another element to the mural. I will learn how to be an un-graffiti artist today 🙂

So close! The #jumpforjoymural is nearly done :) #gastown #Vancouver #publicart

I’m very close to being done the Wall of Joy mural 🙂 This has been such a great experience that part of me doesn’t want it to end, but i know that there will be more wonderful things and joy-filled creations to come.

Please stop by and take a look at the mural 81 West Pender Street (corner of Abbott and West Pender St). If you post your pics to social media, please tag me or hashtag: #jumpforjoymural. #eyomural #wallofjoy #jumpmural or #jumpforjoyphotomural so I can find your photos and share them.

Have a wonderful day!

Its J.P. Holecka! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @jaypiddy #Vancouver June 26, 2015

JUMP FOR JOY! Its JP Holecka!

I meet JP y e a r s ago, we worked on a film together (It was my first film and he showed me the ropes). We’ve run into each other occasionally over the years and its always a pleasure to catch up. Thanks to social media, we have been able to stay in touch and it’s been wonderful to watch family and career grow over the years… He created: powershifter.com which has beed massively successful, so happy for him!

So it was a pleasant surprise to have JP be the first person to pledge for a solo jump shoot and he will have his photo up on the wall! Thanks JP!!!

Would love to have you be a part of this heart felt community project as well… please take a moment to check out how you can take part in the creation of the massive wall of jumping joy. Be part of the JUMP FOR JOY MURAL 2.0

Have a wonderful day!

It’s Wiggy and Two Paws! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! #DTES #Gastown #Vancouver

Taking the risk to jump is a beautiful metaphor for all aspects of our lives. Jumping is something only we can do for ourselves. When we jump, and we jump for joy, we use our own power and strength to lift ourselves up. When we take the risk to open ourselves up, we inspire others to do the same.

This is Wiggy and her dog Two Paws 🙂 They live in the Arco Hotel (run by Atira) – location of the 18,000 sq ft mural I will be creating this summer. We chose the Hastings Urban Farm, a community garden in the DTES of Vancouver, for her Jump for Joy. We tried to get Two Paws to jump at the same time.. this is as close as we could get 🙂 but fun trying.

This will be one of the photos to go up on the Jump for Joy photo mural – assuming I raise the money to make it happen!

I only have 25 days left to raise funds to make this unique and heartfelt work. If you are inspired by my project and touched by the work I do, please consider contributing a pledge of any amount – every bit helps to spread the JOY!

Watch the video to learn more about the project and how you can take part:

http://igg.me/at/Lc-KC54o76I/x/53648

Be in #Vancouver #jumpforjoyphoto #mural help create #publicart

Fundraising marathon has begun!

Hi!

I hope you are well and feeling wonderful!

I’m super excited and proud to share my Indigogo Campaign with you… I’m creating another gigantic Jump for Joy Photo Mural – it’s 2 times the size of the first one I made!

This is a heart felt community art project that will bring people together and spread joy all around the world.

I’m reaching out to ask for your support to create this joy-filled “Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural” on my Indiegogo campaign.

There are two ways to help:

1. Contribute – even small contributions raise their popularity and give them more visibility on the site.

2. Post to social media – the more people hear about the project, the more likely I can meet the target.

Sending you a big warm hearted thank you for helping spread the joy!

Eyoälha Baker
http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

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Nina Wang #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! June 4, 2015 #mural #Vancouver #streetart #DTES

This is Nina. Last year, Nina helped me out on a few things while I was making my last mural. Having volunteers help me cut and paste together posters was immensely appreciated (before adhering the posters to the wall, each poster was cut and paste together with 15 individual pieces of 11×17 paper to create 4×4 ft posters).

This year I’m looking forward to creating an entire team of cutters and paste-rs. My next mural will be twice the size and the posters will be even larger… Crafty people living in Vancouver who would like to get involved and help create a beautiful uplifting, community public art project, please get in touch info@jumpforjoyphotoproject.com 🙂

Have a wonderful day!


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Jump, Jump :) It’s me again #jumpforjoyphoto by @eyoalha

Selfie jumping photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Selfie jumping photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Another one of my selfie jumps – just me and my camera timer 🙂 I took this one a while ago while visiting Alert Bay BC.

I’ve been feeling incredibly excited about the new 18,000 sq ft Jump for Joy Mural Im creating. This project is a massive undertaking and has many, many challenges… one of the first ones being raising the funds to create it. Which is why I will be launching another Kickstarter campaign.

If all goes well, the video should be ready to go by the end of next week and I will launch the Kickstarter campaign. If you feel moved by the work I do and would like to be a part of an amazing project, I would be grateful for any contributions you are able to make when the campaign launches.. even if all you can offer is sharing and talking about the project.. it all helps 🙂

I know it will be a LOT of work. I also know it will have a beautiful, uplifting effect on everyone involved and who views the final project and there is no better reward than that 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

Samantha Skelly @samanthaskelly #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @hforhappiness May 31, 2015

A bundle of jumping joy, Samantha was recently a Jump for Joy Feature… here it is again in case you missed it the first time around: March 30, 2015 – Jump for Joy! Featuring Samantha Skelly also take a look at my jumping shoot with her in action on GO West Coast TV with Dunia Tozy

The mural in the video has since been removed… BUT 🙂 I am now in the process of creating a new, even bigger Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural – about twice the size of the first one! This is a massive undertaking and I will need all the help and support I can get to make it happen.

Dunia has kindly offered to help make a video for the Kickstarter campaign. We will be filming tomorrow along with my partners on the project, Atira Womens Resource Society.

I will begin fundraising to create the mural within the week – as soon as the video is ready to go. Any help you can offer from donations to sharing the news will be greatly appreciated ❤ I will keep you posted as things progress!


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Looking for a part-time super Intern to join the Jump for Joy Team :) #intern #jumpforjoy

Hello Vancouver people!

Jump for Joy Photo Project is about to get real busy!

Over the next few months I’m doing another Kickstarter campaign, raising funds to create another massive (estimated 17,000 sq ft) Jump for Joy Photo Mural in Vancouver’s DTES .. thats a lot of photo shoots! I will need someone who is versatile, creative, totally organized and an efficient team player to help make it all happen smoothly.

Are you or anyone you know looking for a fun internship or practicum over the next 3-4 months?

The position is unpaid but you will be helping to create an incredible public art mural that will touch the hearts and lift the spirits of many people

You will also get to do a jump for joy photo shoot and be in a huge mural! It is min. 10 hrs per week with flexible hours.. and it will be fun!

The Jump for Joy Project is all about uplifting ourselves and others, taking a positive perspective on life and spreading JOY.. so a positive, uplifting, fun and optimistic attitude is essential and should be reflected in all work created.

What do you love to do? What are you passionate about? What do you want to create in your life?

Do any or all of the following apply to you? If yes, please get in touch and share your experiences and how you would like to be involved: info@jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

– Do you love being part of a creative fun project/team?
– Are you super organized and efficient aka type A personality?
– Do you love admin work and scheduling?
– Do you know how to create a website and or graphics?
– Do you enjoy writing? And doing WordPress posts and or have blogging skills?
– Do you enjoy social media and are you proficient in using Hootsuite?
– do you like to do jumping photos?

Im looking forward to hearing from you and how you want to contribute to spreading joy 🙂

Makenzie Chilten

Mural making on my mind… #jumpforjoy #Vancouver #mural #publicart

Photos and mural by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Photos and mural by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

This is a little section of the first Jumping mural I made last summer, the new Jump for Joy Photo mural I will create this year will be very similar only on a much larger wall and in a more exposed location – The corner of Abbot and West Pender Street (DTES) Vancouver BC Canada.

I have a lot to do before even beginning the mural, most importantly – raising the funds to make it happen and taking at least 100-200 more jump for joy photos over the next few months – thats a lot of jumping photos!

I have put together a Kickstarter campaign and as soon as Im able to get an intro video produced, I will publish it and begin fundraising. I would very much appreciate your help in spreading the word once the campaign starts.. and if you are able to donate to the project and help spread the joy – that would be even more amazing 🙂

I will keep you posted as things progress.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoälha

A new #Vancouver @JumpforJoyPhoto #Mural is in the works! Happy to announce partnership w @FreeOfViolence!!

It’s official! I’m making a new – even bigger – Vancouver jump for joy photo mural 🙂

Two weeks ago my Jump for Joy mural was removed. A couple of days later, I wandered around looking for potential walls to make a new mural and… I came across this wall and knew this was the one.

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I immediately went into the print shop in the building and asked who owned the building. I was told it belongs to BC Housing. I looked them up and found they were only a few blocks aways so went straight to their office, they said I would need to speak to Atira Women’s Housing. Atira is a community-based organization that supports all women and children who are experiencing the impact of violence committed against them.

I looked up Atira’s location and went to the leasing office in Coal Harbour.. they told me the number to call, which I did, and had the most wonderful response. 1 or 2 emails and we scheduled to meet today..

Now, I am proud to announce that I am partnering with the Atira Women’s Resource Society and making a massive mural on the corner of Abbott And Pender St. in the most amazing location situated between Downtown Vancouver, Chinatown and Gastown aka DTES 🙂

Let the fundraising extravaganza and jumping photo blitz begin!

I’ve already started preparations for a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds as I would love to get started on the mural asap .. at the same time, I will need to do at least 4 shoots a day over the next couple of months to have enough photos to for the mural.

My last mural was 32 ft high by 114 ft wide, this wall is the same width, but has 3 more stories at 65 ft high by 114 ft wide! So thats a lot of wall to cover with jumping joy and a lot of funds to raise to make it happen.

Celebrating all Mothers around the world #jumpforjoyphoto! #happymothersday May 10, 2015

Here she is, the woman of the day – my mom 🙂 She is 100% awesome. She showers my brother, sister and I with endless generosity, kindness and love. She is always our number one supporter and fan. Happy mothers day to you (and to all the amazing moms around the world).

Motherhood is without a doubt, one of the most important and undervalued contributions to the world that exists. Creating a human being is no small task and I think you’ve done a pretty darn good job. We would not even exist without you!

I love you mama, thank you for being amazing.

Possible new location for bigger Vancouver @JumpforJOYphoto mural

Less than a week since the Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural came down. It was quite emotional saying goodbye… BUT every ending is a new beginning and I already have some potentially exciting news 🙂 Yesterday I walked around the DTES looking for a big wall for a new mural and found – the perfect wall! I tracked down the owner of the property, they love the idea and we are meeting to talk about it in a couple of weeks. I’ll keep you posted!

Susana and Matt #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @VanPrint May 4, 2015

This is Susana and Matt. I met these two last year at the West End VanPrint they went way above and beyond to help me when I was creating the Jump for Joy Mural. Now that the mural has been removed, Im already excited to created a new one. As soon as I find a big wall and raise the funds I good to go and – I know exactly where to go when its time for printing. Looking forward to working with these two wonderful people again 🙂 Jump for Joy!

Enjoy your day!


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Today was the end of the Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural #jumpforjoyphoto

To my surprise the Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural was removed yesterday. I discovered it by chance as I passed by in the morning. I knew it would be coming down eventually and it was starting to come apart on its own but it was still quite emotional to see it coming down. I wish I’d had a heads up that it was coming down but I’m glad I chanced upon it before it was gone. A lot of love and joy from a lot of people went into creating that mural. It was an incredible experience and I’m grateful to Amalia Liapis and Murality for the opportunity to share my art with the world. The good news is… I can make another mural! All I need a new wall and I can get started 🙂

Farrah Marisa #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! #anideaisborn Apr. 10, 2015

This is Farrah. I met her in Los Angeles. This jump shoot was a special day for me as it was the first day Jump for Joy Photo Project was imagined. After a fun day on the beach doing jump photos together, we sat on her roof top in Venice, California and imagined how wonderful it would be to take Jump for Joy Photos around the world… 🙂

Farrah gave me a little gift with this note inside which always reminds me that anything is possible:

An idea is born. Jump for joy.

An idea is born. Jump for joy.

Enjoy your day!


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Let’s Put More Joy into Our Lives and Work – Eyoälha Baker’s Health Care Pecha Kucha

My first attempt at public speaking! Forgot a lot of what I wanted to say and fumbled my way through lol but, I did it! Let’s Put More Joy into Our Lives and Work. This Pecha Kucha presentation was done for the 2015 Quality Forum BCPSQC Health Talks. It was a great challenge and look forward to improving my skills at my next speaking engagement 🙂

Here I go again… @eyoalha #jumpforjoyphoto selfie March 16, 2015

Selfie jumping photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Selfie jumping photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

I went on a road trip with my dad and sister last week to Alert Bay, BC Canada. I was born in Alert Bay, and although I’ve never lived there, it’s is where my name is from. I haven’t been there in about 15 years.. so naturally, I had to do a couple of selfie jumps while I was there 🙂 it was a fun trip!

Have a wonderful day!


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#HappyValentinesDay! From my #Romantic Heart to Yours <3 #jumpforjoyphoto by Eyoälha of @eyoalha

Selfie-jump Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Selfie-jump Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

From my romantic heart to yours… any chance to celebrate love and romance is a reason to jump for joy.

I love love. I love being in love. I love sharing love… and I LOVE romance 🙂

If you need a little romantic love inspiration for today… take a peruse through here: InspireLove

or here: Big Love Ball

Have a wonderfully joy-filled, love-full, romantic day!

An email from Joe Carlson about the #Vancouver #JumpforJoyPhoto #Mural @eyoalha

I received this touching email yesterday from a fellow named Joe Carlson. I went by to see what had been done…

They did a great job of pasting back pieces that had started to peel off due to water damage…. I am very appreciative of whoever took the time to voluntarily repair the water damaged areas pealing off the wall.

Thank you Amalia and whoever your friends are that did the work…

Joe gave me permission to share his lovely email with you, please take a moment to look through his wonderful photographs here: joecarlsonthroughthelens.com

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Hello Eyoalha;

My name is Joe Carlson, at the end of January, I was downtown and found your amazing mural. I ended up at the mural twice in 3 days.I hung around and got some cool shots of your mural, people in the lane and the 2 gentlemen sprucing up your mural.

I posted my photos on Facebook, people were surprised at where the mural was and thought it was a great idea and very cool…

I just thought you would like to know that your work was appreciated.

I did not attach the photos that I took , I thought it would be easier for you to see them at my website: joecarlsonthroughthelens.com

This is what I said on Facebook:

“I was downtown on January 26th to do some street photography and found this mural in a lane off of Main and Pender. I stayed for a while and took some photos of the mural and some people. I saw that it was called the Jump for Joy photo project. I noticed that some of the mural was peeling away from the wall of the building. (this comment will make sense in a moment) I went on line to find out what the project was, this is what it says:

“Completed August 4, 2014: 32 ft high by 114 ft wide Jump for Joy Photo Mural in the lane way of 161 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC Canada. The mural is a compilation of photos of almost 200 people jumping for joy in different parts of Vancouver. The photos have been enlarged to 4×4 ft. and printed on 11×17 sheets cut and pasted together, then pasted to the wall.”

On January 28th I was back downtown and was walking by the mural and noticed a workman on a ladder fixing the mural. I spoke to the gentleman holding the ladder and found he was a friend of the person who owned the building. They were there volunteering to do some repairs to the mural. I stayed for a while talking and taking some photos. They were still working when I left. I just thought it was a cool little story that evolved by visiting the same place twice over 3 days. It’s amazing who you meet when wandering and how creative and talented people are….”

Take care, Joe

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Thank you joe! 🙂

Happy New Year 2015! from @eyoalha #jumpforjoyphoto #happynewyear

Photos by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Photos by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

A few words of inspiration for 2015:

Possibility. Creativity. Courage. Love. Inspire. Believe. Accomplish. Faith. Adventure. Lead. Play. Connection. Force. JOY.

I like the way these words feel. I’m excited and encouraged to take action, to create beauty, use my creative power to express and connect with the energy of these words this year. I know already that this will be an incredible year, lets make the most of it. Enjoy!

Much love, Eyoalha

Alive and eager to live… @eyoalha

The world calls out in rhythms of colour
Pulling and pushing with playful taunting winds
Deep laughter bubbles up
Desire awakens
A first breath through frozen air
Alive, out of focus
Alive and eager to live. – Eyoälha

You are here to be brilliant… @eyoalha

You must dream bigger. Expand. Share your light. Know who you are is more than this. You are here to be brilliant, to shine, to expand. – Eyoälha xo

A few photos from the Vancouver Jump for Joy photo mural opening event <3

An incredible day celebrating the completion of the mural and sharing joy with participants, passers by and the local community in Chinatown. So proud of my nephew Sekoya who took these photos, I handed him my camera and after a very brief explanation how to use it… he captured these incredible photos 🙂 I cant wait to create more jumping joy photos to complete my book and make more murals!

A little message for the day from @eyoalha Play!

A little message for the day –

Play. It keeps you young at heart. Let loose your ideas. Deconstruct your limits. Be open. Create your way every day. Smile at everything you can. Its all for you. This life is made for you, by you. Use it for yourself. Make it what you want. The imagination of play is your tool. Play today. – Eyoälha Baker ❤

Stay true to you and you are everything you desire…

“Art is the way, play, it will be so. Love is all there is for you in every way, it’s all you are and all you ever were. Stay true to you, you are everything you desire.” – Eyoalha

A little message from me. I have started to practice automatic writing, this is the first thing that came to me.. so lovely, I wanted to share it with you.

Big love to you, Eyoalha ❤

#Tweet us your own jumping joy photo!

#Tweet us your own jumping joy photo @jumpforjoyphoto #jumpforjoy #jumpforjoyphoto help us spread some joy today 🙂 #jumpingphoto #sharejoy

A gigantic heart felt THANK YOU! To all my Kickstarter backers!

SUCCESS – The mural has been funded – THANKS TO YOU!

A gigantic and heart felt THANK YOU! to the fabulously generous people who have made contributions!

The first generous Kickstarter pledge was made by: MARC TELIO – www.entreedestinations.com Thanks for starting things off 🙂
2. Julien Fruchier – https://life.is/good/
3. Mode Suites
4. Honeybee Henderson
5. Laurel L. Lewis
6. Michael Robinson – Rawporter
7. Kreativefinds
8. Katy Mackenzie
9. Taranah King – Registered Counsellor and Expressive Arts Therapist
10. SamanthaMG
11. Alice Ko
12. Deborah Low
13. Meghan Sharir
14. MJ
15. Amalia Liapis – wesellvancouver.ca
16. Karina Louise Vallee
17. Chad Mac – Recruiting Social
18. Norman Jaffe
19. Lea Chaplin
20. Miguel A. Ruiz Jr.
21. Alyssa
22. Roland Tanglao
23. Ed Adams
24. Laura Livingstone
25. Dayna S.
26. Graham Snowden
27. Simone Seeger
28. Jory Kevin Berger
29. Aliyah O’Brien
30. Rachel Small
31. Chad Deal
32. Qulsey Zeeper
33. Dawn Neal
34. Brent
35. Kirk Fuller
36. Julieanne Chazotte
37. Ahbyah Baker
38. Julian Guderley
39. Christi Yassin
40. Michael Lyons www.facebook.com/grazevegetarian
41. Thais Sewell
42. Ruth Nahanee
43. Karen Pelrine-Abs
44. Ulrike Metzner
45. Janice Antoine
46. Lucy Oliver https://life.is/vancouver
47. Jules Seaman
48. Melody Ma
49. Gabriel Torrado
50. Allan Chan
51. Colleen Critoph
52. Carol Arnold-Schutta
53. Doerthe Keilholz
54. Thomas Nicol
55. Dominik Klein
56. Analise
57. Maryann Treffers
58. Nadia Wood
59. Sharad Khare
60. Courtney
61. Stephanie Wiriahardja
62. Esra
63. Darren L.
64. Ida Avignoni
65. Jaxon Howell
66. Surya Devi
67. Andrea Flamenco
68. Praveen Varshney
69. Andrea Brockie
70. Cara Brighton
71. Kenny Huang
72. Michael Mayzel
73. Elizabeth Westberg
74. Pilar Stella
75. Sat Harwood
76. Antonio Alvarez
77. Roberto Ortiz
78. Dennys
79. Adam King
80. Carlos Castellon
81. Caryn Cameron
82. Joseph Pallant
83. Taoin Naia Lore
84. Koshala Basnayake


You are all fabulous!!! THANK YOU!!!

SUCCESS! The Jump for JOY Photo mural is funded! #jumpforjoy

SUCCESS! The Kickstarter campaign is now finished and the Jump for JOY photo mural is funded! JUMP FOR JOY!

THANK YOU!! To everyone who pledged, shared, and supported the Jump for Joy! Photo Project and Murality over the past 3 weeks. I appreciate every single one of you ❤

What a fun experience. Now the real work begins for me. While I wait for the Kickstarter money to process over the next couple of weeks, I will be doing all the shoots of people who pledged to be on the wall and preparing the images for the mural.

Thank you all for your kind support and for helping to spread the jumping joy! — feeling wonderful.

Jump for Joy Photo Project Kickstarter Funded

This is it! Last day to pledge! Jump for joy!

This is it! Last day to pledge!

Pledge to a part of the JOYful wall mural in Vancouver, buy a print of the finished mural or order a book of 1000 people jumping for joy around the world. Many ways to create and share JOY: http://goo.gl/ZMYhnX every little bit helps Spread #JOY #jumpforjoyphoto.

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

A boost of energy…

Katie Shaw