Continue to be who and how you are…

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” – Maya Angelou

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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Iron Woman! The amazing Ashley Wiles #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @evaruns @Sole_Girls #ironman #run #woman

So proud of my friend Ashley! This amazing woman just completed in the Ironman World Championship! ‪This ironwoman‬ ran in 41degree heat, came in 79th/145, is the 2nd Canadian in her category and finished with a time of 5:51. Way to go Ashley!! Jumping for joy :) Learn more about Ashley here: solegirls.org

Get out there and do it!

Photos: 300 people jump for joy at the Downtown Eastside corner of Abbott and Pender by @tlupick @georgiastraight #art #dtes #mural #wallofjoy

The Georgia Straight

The Georgia Straight

Wall of Joy Mural photo by Rick Etkin

Wall of Joy Mural photo by Rick Etkin

Another fanstastic write up about the Wall of Joy mural I’ve just completed with the participation and support of many people all around Vancouver (and the world! I had funds donated from around the world). Really feeling proud and happy to share everyones joy. You can read the article here: http://www.straight.com/blogra/518561/photos-300-people-jump-joy-downtown-eastside-corner-abbott-and-pender

In the news @24hrs : Wall of Happiness Returns to Vancouver Streets By Patrick Colvin @FreeOfViolence #streetart #Gastown

24hr News article about the Wall of Joy Mural

24hr News article about the Wall of Joy Mural

More news on the Wall of Joy Mural. I love that this article also shares the perspective of Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Womens Resource Society. Its thanks to her that this mural got the go ahead from the start. She is also responsible for raising more than half of the funding for the project! Forever grateful for the support I felt from everyone at Atira.

You can read the article at this link: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/08/26/wall-of-happiness-returns-to-vancouver-streets

A Playful Path – A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by @BernieDeKoven #playful #jumpforjoy

A Playful Path - A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven

A Playful Path – A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven

A Playful Path - A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven Photographs and mural by Eyoalha Baker

A Playful Path – A sweet note on Jumping for Joy by Bernie De Koven Photographs and mural by Eyoalha Baker

How nice to be included in the – A Playful Path website – a collection of ideas and tools to help us bring our playfulness back into the open. When we find ourselves forgetting the life of the game or the game of life, the joy of form or the content, the play of brain or mind, body or spirit.

www.aplayfulpath.com/jump-for-joy/

Its Sekawnee Baker #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @Sekawnee Aug 24, 2015 #Vancouver

Sekawnee is one of my amazingly wonderful and talented nephews :) It was a great pleasure to have him jump for joy and share his good vibes on the Wall of Joy… stop by and take a look at the mural, see if you can find him there.

Have a fabulous day!

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!

Tao Sheng #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 20, 2015 #Vancouver

Its Tao! Super woman jump for joy of the day :) MOre great energy for the Wall of Joy, come check out the Jump for Joy Photo Mural on the corner of Abbott and W Pender Street in vancouver BC Canada. Lots of good vibes.

Have a great day!

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

It’s Wes Regan #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @411Regan Aug 16, 2015

Full starfish jump of joy, reminds us of what it feels like to be a kid again :) Wes was a featured Jumper a couple of weeks ago.. learn more about Wes here. Our jump shoot was by beautiful Trout Lake in East Van. You can find one of Rgans jump pics up on the Wall of Joy on the corner of Abbott and West Pender. Still a work in progress but should be finished by the end of the week, stop by and take a look!

Have a fabulous day!


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Its Satara Malloch #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 15, 2015 #Vancouver #jump

We called her jumps – air time! Satara was one of 4 that met up with me at Spanish Banks to share her jumping joy for the Wall of Joy.. the group jump photo will be going up on the wall sometime next week. Stop by and take a look – corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Have a fabulous day!


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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

Erikka Gilmore #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 14, 2015

Erikka’s jumps of joy look all like she is floating up, so lovely.

Have a wonderful day!


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Junko O’Hanley #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 13, 2015

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Vibrant jumps by Junko at Spanish Banks. Sharing her unique jumping style. Jump for joy!

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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

Its Erin Cebula #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @celebula Aug 12, 2015

This was a fun shoot at Spanish Banks with Erin and her friends. This was her solo jump, very rock and roll.

Have an amazing day, get out and play!


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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

Richard Secrist is todays #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug 9, 2015

Hard to believe this photo was taken in Vancouver.. its in Stanley Park near Lost Lagoon. Fun jumping joy to uplift your day.

Have a fantastic day today!


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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

First day of #jumpforjoyphoto posters up on the wall corner Abbott and W Pender St.

Thats me up there putting up posters. Photo by Alexandre Legere

Thats me up there putting up posters. Photo by Alexandre Legere

First row of Jump for Joy posters up on the Wall of Joy

First row of Jump for Joy posters up on the Wall of Joy

First day putting up posters for Wall of Joy corner of Abbott and West Pender St. Vancouver BC Canada

First day putting up posters for Wall of Joy corner of Abbott and West Pender St. Vancouver BC Canada

First day of putting up posters is complete! This was the hardest part, should go a bit more smoothly from here on. Lost 1.5 posters. One from the wind getting a little too playful and the other when I hit a patch of water repellant cement, the poster just wouldn’t stick and ended up too wet with glue to salvage. Need to sort something out with that.

My body is really feeling it today.. Im super sore and covered in bruises! Its all worth it though :) and will be out there again today again (its supposed to rain today at some point, so will have to hold up if it does. The posters need to be dry until I paste them to the wall).

I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Have a wonderful day!

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

It’s Lenora Gates #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @lenoragates Aug 7 2015

Lovely Lenora, jumping joy in a beautiful West Vancouver cove. So fun.

Enjoy your day, get out and play!


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#jumpforjoyphoto Mural update Aug. 6, 2013 – Ready to go… BUT 4 days of rain are around the corner #mural #jumpforjoy #gastown #dtes

Photos by Eyoalha Baker

Photos by Eyoalha Baker

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Im all ready to go! I have the posters ready, the lift ready, I’ve patched the largest holes in the wall, scraped down pealing paint and hammered down and removed rusted shards of metal and nails from the wall.. it’s a minor fix up job on a wall that needs major repairs.

However, I’ve made the decision to hold off on putting up the posters until next week as the forecast calls for rain 4 days straight as of Saturday. This is a tough decision as Im dying to get started. But, I don’t want to get half the mural up then have it rain for 4 days without being water proofed first.

So, I wait until the sun comes back next week… if the forecast is correct, my start date for the mural will be Wednesday :) Can’t wait!!!

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

Alice and Shervin #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! Aug. 4, 2015

Alice and Shervin a sweet jump in COal Harbour for the wall of joy!

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whatever makes you feel alive and joyful, is your unique expression… #quote #joy #jumpforjoy

“While living in the present moment, the true source of experiencing joy lies in one act: discovering and following what excites us the most in any given moment each day, all day… What you do, whatever makes you feel alive and joyful, is your unique expression. And it is probably the only thing that will bring you true joy and excitement.” – Robert Anthony

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

It’s Riaz and Lori #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @riazmeghji July 31, 2015

A sweet shot of Jumping Joy with Riaz and Lori near the Cambie Bridge. More joy-filled energy for the wall!

Finishing up the posters this weekend, fixing and prepping the wall next week and then the posters will start going up! So excited to share all the jump photos :)

Have a fabulous day!

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

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

Thank you to all who have helped make #jumpforjoyphoto posters for the mural so far :)

Just a few of the many poster making helpers this week – THANK YOU every who has come out so far :)

One more week of preparing the posters before I begin preparing the wall for the mural. Lots of wok to do and loving every minute of it!

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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

It’s the ZAG HeartBeats Team! #jumpforjoy @ZAGGroupHQ @IamSteveCurtis #zag #heartbeat #joy

We had a blast doing this massive team group jump! There were nearly 40 people here and amazingly we got a few shots with everyone up at once – amazing team work! I am super grateful to the Zag HeartBeats team for the generous contribution toward the Jump for Joy Photo mural. Thanks to the contribution for helping spread massive joy around the world :) Look for the Zag Heartbeats group jump on the finished wall!

Have a fabulous day!

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

Catherine is the #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 24, 215 @FreeOfViolence #jumpforjoy #Vancouver

The lovely miss Catherine does work with a program called Enterprising Women Making Art run by Atira Womens Resource Centre. She and her friend Joseph were two of the first people to come help me make Jump for Joy Photos for the Wall of Joy :) And out of over 200 photos, she happened to pick up the pile that was her own photo, pretty cool. Look for her joy-full energy on the wall soon.

Have a wonderful day!

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

Danton and Heather #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @DantonJay @DJHLmusic July 23, 2015

Spontaneous jumping joy with these two lovely people. We stepped out of a roof top BBQ to snap a couple of jumps, and the joy lifted us all up :)

Look for them on the wall of joy… coming soon to the corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver ;)

Have a fabulous day!

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

Chatting on the radio about joy @storyshow @coopradio @eyoalha and Vanessa Woznow #vancouver #radio

Eyoalha Baker guest on The Storytelling Show w Vanessa Woznow on Coop Radio July 2015

Eyoalha Baker guest on The Storytelling Show w Vanessa Woznow on Coop Radio July 2015

Last night after a super long that started out with a jump for joy photo shoot, then fun, full day of poster making I was a radio guest on The Storytelling Show with my new sole friend, and host of the show Vanessa Woznow. We had a great time chatting… here is the link to the show, Enjoy: https://soundcloud.com/the-storytelling-show/joy

Have a wonderful afternoon!

Its Chris! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 20, 2015 #Vancouver #dtes

I met Chris in a DTES ally while doing a Jump for Joy photo shoot.. we asked him to join in and he happily stopped what he was doing to share his jumping joy. Another fun pic for the wall of JOY!

Have a wonderful day!

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

Its Patrick Smith! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 19, 2015

I met Patrick briefly in the Hastings Community Garden while doing jump shoots with a couple of other people. He was game to jump, so we dis a jump for joy with him too :)

Another shot for the Wall of JOY :)

Have a wonderful day!