Take a deep breath, remember to have fun, and begin.

Jump for joy photo of Meg taylor by Eyoalha Baker

Jump for joy photo of Meg taylor by Eyoalha Baker

“Don’t look further for answers: be the solution. You were born with everything you need to know. Make a promise to stop getting in the way of the blessing that you are. Take a deep breath, remember to have fun, and begin.” – Jonathan H. Ellerby

What solutions are you creating? Every choice we make has impact in the world… even a smile as you pass by a stranger can uplift a persons day. Being kind, uplift each other. It won’t solve all the worlds problems, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Recognize how good things really are :) @KateDuncanDesig

Kate Duncan

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves 
to recognize how good things really are.” 
- Marianne Williamson

Kate Duncan came out to play!

Taking a few minutes out of a busy day full of deadlines to jump around and share joy, make you remember… just how good things really are 🙂

Kate designs the most beautiful, handmade furniture… check this out: www.kateduncan.ca

and, follow her work on all the good stuff:

Twitter: @KateDuncanDesig

Instagram: @duncankate

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

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

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

Look for reasons to be joyful, and see them everywhere…

“If you look for reasons to be angry, you’ll find plenty of them. Look instead for reasons to be joyful, and see them everywhere.

This day, this world, the events and people in it will reflect yourself back to you. Give joy, love, respect, understanding, creativity and good cheer, and get back much of the same.

Choose to be hopeful and you’ll find yourself putting your hopeful outlook into action. Almost like magic, you’ll also find yourself connected to others who share your positive perspective.

Even your small corner of the universe is so stuffed full of motion, objects, ideas, events and other stimuli you can’t possibly comprehend it all. Out of limitless possibilities, you choose your outer experiences based on your inner stories.
What kind of stories are you repeating to yourself? Are they stories of fear and despair, or stories of hope, of love, of giving and sharing and achievement?

Your outlook is more than just what you think of the world. It is what you make of the world, of your life, and you have every reason to make it the best you can imagine.” — Ralph Marston

Quote of the day: go out and meet it!

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and meet it.” — Thucydides

Quote of the day: To play is to be the bridge…

“To play is to be the bridge between mastery and mystery, chaos and control, the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish.” – the Oaqui

Quote: “Adventure is an attitude…”

“Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life – facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential.” — John Amatt

Quote: People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are…

“People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in – told they are brave, and smart, and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream – and more. Remind each other of this.”
— Stacey Jean Speer

Plant seeds of joy… #quote #jumpforjoy #joy

Plant seeds of joy,
nurture them with gratitude,
gather the kindness that blossoms.
Let your words and actions be honey.
Share the simple sweetness of love.

— Quiet Lotus

essentials to happiness in this life are… #quote #happiness #jumpforjoy

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Joseph Addison

a real magic in enthusiasm… #quote #jumpforjoy

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” – Norman Vincent Peale

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences… #quote #jumpforjoy

“The very basic core of a (wo)man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Christopher McCandless

only in your thriving that you have anything to offer… @AbrahamHicks #quote #thrive #jumpforjoy

“It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone. If you’re wanting to be of an advantage to others, be as tapped in, turned in, turned on as you can possibly be.” – Esther Abraham-Hicks

throw open the windows of your soul… #quote #soul #jumpforjoy

“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.” – Marcus Aurelius

what you become by achieving your goals… #quote #goals

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

fall madly in love with life… #quote #lovelife #jumpforjoy

“Be passionate, fall madly in love with life. Be passionate about some part of the natural and/or human worlds and take risks on its behalf, no matter how vulnerable they make you. No one ever died saying, “I’m sure glad for the self-centered, self-serving and self-protective life I lived.” Offer yourself to the world — your energies, your gifts, your visions, your heart — with open-hearted generosity. But understand that when you live that way you will soon learn how little you know and how easy it is to fail.” _ Parker Palmer

those who live their dreams… #quote #jumpforjoy

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” – Anthony Robbins

Decide. Is this the life you want to live? #quote #decide #life #jumpforjoy

“So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.” – Meredith Grey

the play instinct acting from inner necessity… #quote #play #creativity #jumpforjoy

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
– Carl Jung

there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon… @quote #hope #life

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage… #quote #courage

“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult. What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” – Julia Cameron

we start to cultivate love, kindness, and inspiration… #quote #jumpforjoy #possibility

“…if we start to cultivate love, kindness, and inspiration, then we tap into much higher levels of universal consciousness and thus ‘download’ information directly from the field in ways we never thought possible.

Insight, creativity, wisdom, knowledge of all things – this is what we tap into, and this is the source of all great works of art, or achievements of human thought.” – Brandon West

I am a dreamer… #quote #jumpforjoy #oscarwilde

“Yes, I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde

say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you… #quote #jumpforjoy #yes

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the centre of every constellation…” – Shannon L. Alder

praise and celebrate your life… @oprah #quote #jumpforjoy

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

there are blessings in everything… #quote #jumpforjoy #gratitude

“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything, This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” — Alan Cohen

happiness is an attitude of gratitude… @marcandangel #quote #marcandangel #jumpforjoy

‘In the end, happiness is an attitude of gratitude we act upon daily. We either make the best of the present or the worst of it. We either make ourselves miserable or happier and stronger. The amount of effort is the same.” – Marc and Angel Hack Life

Looking Beyond All We Presently Believe… #quote #jumpforjoy #think

“We Become More Than We Think We Can Be, By Looking Beyond All We Presently Believe.” ~ Eleesha

Do what makes you happy… #quote #happy #jumpforjoy

“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.” ― Rachel Ann Nunes

We should plague everyone with joy… #quote #joy #jumpforjoy

“…we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” – Swami Satchidananda

With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger… #quote

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen

challenge brings happiness… #quote #challenge #happiness #jumpforjoy

“One reason that challenge brings happiness is that it allows you to expand your self-definition. You become larger.” – Gretchen Rubin

we could have a paradise in a few years… #quote #joy #happiness

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.” – Bertrand Russell

Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover… #quote #dream #jumpforjoy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Set your sights high… @marcandangel #quote #jumpforjoy #bigdreams

“Set your sights high. Make your dreams big, exciting and undeniable. They’re the ones that will push you forward. Whatever is beyond your reach right now will not always be beyond your reach. Keep going.” – Marc and Angel Hack Life

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future… #quote #future #jumpforjoy

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” – Noam Chomsky

Challenge yourself to be who you know you are capable of being… @marcandangel #quote #beyou #jumpforjoy

“Challenge yourself to be who you know you are capable of being. Challenge yourself to follow through – to live what you preach, to walk your talk. Don’t worry about how slowly you feel you’re heading towards your goals, or how many roadblocks you find, or how many detours you’re forced to take. As long as you keep doing your thing, you’re still cruising far ahead of everyone who’s too scared to even try.” – Marc and Angel Hack Life

you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles… #quote #success #joy #jumpforjoy

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” – Helen Keller

demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act… @TonyRobbins #quote #rewards #jumpforjoy

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” – Anthony Robbins

work to build and support what you value and admire… @marcandangel #quote #value #jumpforjoy

“You get more reward from your efforts when they’re applied in a positive direction. So instead of rebelling against what you dislike, work to build and support what you value and admire.” – Marc and Angel hack Life

jump in and scramble through as well as we can… #quote #jumpin #jumpforjoy

“To do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.” – 
Robert Cushing

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it… #quote #beginit #dreamit #doit

“…the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – William Hutchinson Murray

donate your life to what you love and what moves you and brings you joy… #quote #joy #jumpforjoy

“Yes, it’s a risk to donate your life to what you love and what moves you and brings you joy, but it’s absolutely worth it, because having a comfortable and predictable life pales in comparison to feeling deeply, passionately alive and meeting each new day with fresh eyes and an open heart. Honor this life that is trying to express itself in and as and through you. You are not nearly as limited as you may have been led to believe by those who have not yet come alive.” – Jeff Foster

sail away from safe harbour… #quote #expore #dream #discover #jumpforjoy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Joy is the highest energy of all… #quote #joy #jumpforjoy

“Joy is the highest energy of all. It’s the magical sense that everything is possible. Joy springs from appreciating the gifts within each moment. Joy allows you to attract and create your present and future moments at their highest possible levels.” – Doreen Virtue

never lose sight of the reason for the journey… #quote #journey #fly #jumpforjoy

“We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.”― Gloria Gaither

dedicate ourselves to a life that feels true, empowering, and exciting… #quote #empower #true #life #jumpforjoy

“It’s not crazy to dedicate ourselves to a life that feels true, empowering, and exciting. It’s just plain crazy not to.” – Tama Kieves