There is great potential in everyone and everything. @jajawoot @FreeOfViolence #sharethejoy

Photo of Janice Abbot, CEO of Atira Womens Resource Society by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo project

Photo of Janice Abbot, CEO of Atira Womens Resource Society by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo project

Janice is the powerful force behind Atira Womens Resource Society. I had the honour of not only meeting her, but being supported by her to create the Wall of Joy mural with Atira and BC Housing. I have great admiration and respect for her, and her ability to make things happen and to help people in the DTES of Vancouver. Knowing people like her are out there doing this kind and much needed work to lift people up is a good reason to jump for joy. Thank you Janice!

JANICE ABBOTT …

Q: What makes you jump for joy?
A:
Eyoälha.. 🙂

Q. Your experience doing jumping photos?
A:
A little silly. A little free. A little joyful.

Q: What inspires you in life?
A: My daughter… and all vibrant, intelligent, interesting, ambitious young women, really.

Q: Your greatest passion?
A:
Whatever I am doing in the moment.

Q: Driving Force?
A:
There is a Taoist saying, “the journey is the reward.” There is a Sanskrit saying, “Each today well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness and tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life.” I believe I have to live my life knowing this is all there is and that every moment matters.

Q. Philosophy?
A:
There is great potential in everyone and everything.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
I am currently doing exactly what I want to be doing and while the work of ending violence against women sometimes feels overwhelming and futile, if you think about it one woman, one child, one man at a time, it feels infinitely possible.

Mini Bio: I grew up in Powell River. The ocean smells like home. While there are lots of things I hate about the sports industry, I love baseball. I inevitably cry when I am reading a book or watching a movie, even happy ones. I don’t stand for the national anthem – any of them. I have a bit of a shoe fetish. I love the rain. I hate coffee. My favourite book is Beloved, by Tony Morrison. I have read every book, short story and poem Margaret Atwood has ever published. My guilty pleasure is reading crime novels, the creepier the better. I am a non-practicing atheist What I want most in life right now is a dog.

CONNECT WITH JANICE
Twitter: @FreeOfViolence @jajawoot
Instagram: @freeofviolence
FB: Atira Womens Resource Society
Web: www.atira.bc.ca

This is Janice Abbott being interviewed by Fiona Forbes at the Wall of Joy mural opening 2015

The magical sense that everything is possible… make me want to #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

Share joy! Photo by Eyoalha Baker

Share joy! Photo by Eyoalha Baker

One of the reasons I love the powerful energy of joy… when you can tap into it, you really do feel like anything is possible. In the times that I’ve felt most joyful, my world feels magical and alive.. jumping around and doing jumping photos, reminds me of that, it loosens me up, gets me silly and brings me back to that state. Give it a try, jump for joy… at the very least, you will giggle at yourself in the photos 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

It’s @JohnnysPops #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 13, 2015 #Vancouver

Johnny and I had a little jumping joy adventure wandering through an industrial area near Crab Park in the DTES. Beauty can be found everywhere, especially when jumping for joy 🙂

Johnnys jump will be going up on the wall of JOY!

Find out more about the massive wall of joy, and how you can help: www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/

Have a fantastic day!

The race is on! Only 24 days left to raise funds, or no mural! @1800GOTJUNK @HeRecruits @sherecruits #Vancouver #art

The race is on! Only 24 more days left to raise funds, or no mural! Thanks to a few very generous contributions, the mural is now 13% funded in the first week! 🙂 BUT there are now only 24 days left to raise the remaining $13,120. Without funds, the Jump for Joy Photo Mural mural will not get made.

Please take a moment to watch the video and learn more about this heart felt, joy-filled project.

Indiegogo Campaign Video by Dunia Tozy

Indiegogo Campaign Video by Dunia Tozy

Watch Video Here

If you feel inspired by this work, please consider making a contibution, of any amount.. even $10 or $25 will help spread massive JOY 🙂

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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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BEST PUBLIC ART IN VANCOUVER IN 2014 @vancitybuzz @SquashBlossom @muralityart

I was pretty excited to come across this article: BEST PUBLIC ART IN VANCOUVER IN 2014 by Lindsay William-Ross which includes the Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural thanks to my lovely friend Amalia Liapis founder of Murality.org who invited me to create the mural 🙂

Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural /  Murality included in top 10 Best Public Art in Vancouver list - VanCity Buzz

Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural / Murality included in top 10 Best Public Art in Vancouver list – VanCity Buzz

What is all the jumping about?

As you may notice if you look through my blog.. I love jumping photos!..I love the joy and child-like playfulness that surfaces in people people by having them jump for joy in front of the camera lens! This playful, child-like joy is why I’ve launched this project — Jump for Joy!

We can sometimes forget the importance of play in out lives and tend to feel weighed down when continually being fed negative stories online and in the news at every turn. As an artist, my hope is to shift some of that simply focus on having some fun!

Let’s remind ourselves to, as Don Miguel Ruiz, best selling author of The Four Agreements would say, “take ourselves a little less seriously,” play, laugh and Jump for Joy!

Read more about Jump for Joy! Photo Project here: https://jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com/about/