Give away $10 free money to charities like @betterlifevan + @FreeOfViolence Thanks to @wearechimp @vancitybuzz #jumpforjoy

Daily Hive / VancityBuzz on shares Chimp.net interview with Eyoalha Baker about sharing joy in the community.

Daily Hive / VancityBuzz on shares Chimp.net interview with Eyoalha Baker about sharing joy in the community.

This is a surprise… an interview I did for Chimp.com On Purpose last year is featured in Daily Hive today 🙂

I love that Chimp is encouraging giving. Right now if you register on the link in the article, they will give you $10 to give to charity AND if you add $10 they will match it!

That means your $10 ends up being $30 towards the cause. I suggest donating to: A Better Life Foundation (or to Atira Women’s Resource Society both are amazing causes) as they help make sure that people, like those I met while making the mural are getting nourishment and opportunities for a better life.

Win, win 🙂

http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/on-purpose-eyoalha-baker

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

Support what you value and admire @FreeOfViolence #jumpforjoyphotoproject

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

“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

Janice Abbott is a woman I admire and respect. She is the Founder and CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society, which is a not-for-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women through providing direct service, as well as working to increase awareness of and education around the scope and impact on our communities of men’s violence against women and children.

If it weren’t for the support of Janice and all the amazing people who work at Atira, the Wall of Joy Mural may never have been created but more importantly the work they do in the community is vital. People have homes, are safe and eat because they took the time to build what was needed.

There will always be difficult situations in life, the perspective and actions we take make all the difference. Thank you to people like Janice, who do what needs to be done.

Happy to celebrate wonderful people doing good 🙂

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

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

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

It’s Hongoro the #jumpforjoy photo of the day! @EWMASTORE Aug 2, 2015

It’s Hongoro from Atira’s Enterprising Women Making Art program 🙂 We had a great time capturing these joy-filled jumps for the Wall of Joy, look for her in the mural going up in a couple of weeks at the corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver BC Canada.

Have a fabulous day!

The #jumpforjoyphoto of the day is Anne! Aug. 1, 2015 @EWMASTORE @FreeOfViolence

It’s Anne from Atira! I met Anne at Enterprising Women Making Art, she is all JOY and you can feel it in her fun jump pic… Look for her in the Wall of JOY! I will begin putting the posters up in about a week on the corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver. Lots of work ahead repairing the wall for the mural in the next week. Stay posted for updates.

Have a wonderful day!


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The #jumpforjoy of the day is Michelle Houle! @FreeOfViolence July 30, 2015

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This is the amazing Michlle Houle! She keeps everything running smoothly at Atira Womens Resource Society and has helped me immensely with getting all the Wall of Joy Mural official papers signed and out to the right people – there are a lot of them! Thanks Michelle for being amazing 🙂

More joy for the wall!

Have a wonderful day!

The #jumpforjoyphoto of the day is Meg Taylor! @FreeOfViolence July 22, 2015

I met Meg at one of the Buildings run by Atira Womens Resource Society.. the box beside her is a bee home 🙂 Jump for joy! Another pic for the wall of joy!

Have an amazing day!

It’s Kirstine Fuhrman #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @FreeOfViolence July 9, 2015 #vancouver

Kirstine did her jump for joy on one of Vancouver’s sweltering hot summer day’s in Blood Ally, Gastown. One more pic for the massive wall of joy 🙂

So, I have less than 6 days to raise $9,700 … help me prove that anything is possible! If 200 people can pitch in $50 each this goal will be surpassed.

This is the link, please, if you are able, make a pledge. Help spread massive joy out into the world: http://igg.me/at/Lc-KC54o76I/x/53648

Have a wonderful day!

It’s Gloria Akaya! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @FreeOfViolence #Vancouver

Gloria is joy. She works at Atira Women’s Resource Society and has wonderful energy and Im happy she took the time to jump for joy with me so I can ad it to the massive wall of joy 🙂

ONE WEEK LEFT!!

I am now in the final stretch of the fundraising campaign to raise money to make the Jump for Joy Photo Mural. I really need your help to make it happen. Please help me create a massive wall of jumping joy and spread joy around the world 🙂

If you are able to make a pledge of any amount and share it with others who might like to contribute, I would be greatly appreciative: http://igg.me/at/Lc-KC54o76I/x/53648

Have a wonderful day!

Todays #jumpforjoyphoto Shayna Keesic! @FreeOfViolence #joy #Vancouver #mural

The lovely Miss Shayna jumping for joy on a beautiful, hot sunny day in Vancouver. I met her at one of the SRO’s run by Atira Women’s Resource Society. We got a couple of great shots so choosing one for the mural will be tough 🙂

We are down to the last 10 days of the fundraising campaign.. please take a moment to read about the massive wall of joy and contribute if you feel moved by the work.

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

Todays #jumpforjoyphoto is Michelle Gonzales! @FreeOfViolence June 11, 2015

I love this photo of Michelle, you can really feel the joy! We had a nice time chatting while looking for the location and I discovered she is a history buff on Native culture – just like my dad 🙂 She also has interest in Cedar basket weaving which I think is super cool!

Enjoy your day!


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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.