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.

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 🙂

Whatever you can dream, do it… do it now :) #jumpforjoyphotoproject

Jump for joy photo collage by Eyoalha Baker

Jump for joy photo collage by Eyoalha Baker

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that 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 favor 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 Hutchison Murray

The Tedxeastvan speakers - April 23, 2016 in Vancouver, BC Canada

The Tedxeastvan speakers – April 23, 2016 in Vancouver, BC Canada

When I started out with the Jump for Joy Photo Project in 2012, I hoped that I would be able to spread joy around the world with my photos. Since then the journey has been full of many beautiful heart opening experiences and opportunities. In a few weeks I have the honour of being one of 12 speakers presenting at TedxEastVan. This is an exciting challenge for me to get up on stage and overcome my stage fright and Im looking forward to sharing some of my experiences along my journey and why I have been so committed to keep going with this project even through the rough patches and hard times 🙂

I would love to see some friendly faces out in the crowd so hope you can make it out to cheer us on, on April 23, 2016.

Thank you for following along my journey and for your ongoing support with this project so far.

Have a wonderful day!

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

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.

Holding to the vision and making the world better @evelyniona

Brandi Liefso, CEO of EvlynIona Cosmetics. Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Brandi Liefso, CEO of EvlynIona Cosmetics. Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com



“Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

This is Brandi Leifso, CEO of Evelyn Iona Cosmetics. I am such a huge fan of this amazing human being. Brandi has overcome great obstacles in her own life, and on the path to creating this socially conscious company. Yet her beautiful and determined heart keeps her going and holds her strong while creating her vision, despite the many obstacles and difficulties she has encountered along the way.

A little Q + A with Brandi

Q: What inspires you in life?
A: The ability to make someones life better.

Q: What is/are your greatest passion(s) in life?
A: Paying it forward is my greatest passion – it gives me that same kind of feeling jumping for joy does 🙂 I also have a passion for food & traveling.

Q: What is your driving force in life?
A: The unknown and the challenge of accomplishing your wildest dreams.

Q: What is your philosophy in life?
A: Work hard and be nice to people.

Not only are her organic, cruelty free products good for you, they are also good for the women in our communities. Women in need of the support and camaraderie of other women. $1 from every Evelyn Iona product you buy is donated to friends at YWCA Canada. YWCA is an organization dedicated to helping nearly 25 million women and girls, per year, flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance their skills and develop confidence.

This is not meant to be a sales pitch, I am just so darn proud of Brandi, all she has accomplished, and how she intentionally created a business that helps other women flourish. She has literally set up her company in a way that her success, supports others to succeed as well. She is an inspiration and it makes me want to jump for joy that people like her exist in the world.

Feeling inspired to do better by people like Brandi. Thanks for being you Brandi ❤

Much love –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey… #quote #journey #jumpforjoy

“Success is not a place at which one arrives, but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.” – Alex Nobel

Look out on life with amazement… #quote #life #jumpforjoy

“Look out on life with amazement, not shock. The variety, the diversity, the manner of every person, the beauty amidst the drudgery, the contrasts, the opportunities, the heroism in the lives of ordinary people, your gifts, your talents, your friends – even just one friend – is all awesome. Live in awe, and entertain wonder, and you will be knocking on the door of true love. Don’t kill it with cynicism or criticism, don’t sabotage your life with moaning and complaining. Open the eyes in your head and the eye in your intellect and choose to see the stunning, awesome, diverse beauty of life happening around you right now. Meet it with your heart and you will enrich and be enriched in one single moment.” – Unknown

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the youth of your future… @Victoria_Moran #quote #youth #jumpforjoy

“In terms of days and moments lived, you’ll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra. In one sense, you’re just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless.” ― Victoria Moran

we paint our own stories… @IamSteveCurtis @ZAGGroupHQ #quote #jumpforjoy

“Life is like a blank canvass on which we paint our own stories using all the colours of the ‪‎Universe‬.” – SteveCurtis‬

Let’s practice and commit our lives to giving joy… #quote #jumpforjoy

“The rewards of giving are priceless. If you want to have happiness, you need to give happiness. If you want love, you need to give love. It is only in giving that you receive. No matter what your circumstances in life, you have the ability to give. I encourage you to look for opportunities where you can give and help others. The gift of joy will come to you when you give of yourself to others. That’s what life is all about. Let’s practice and commit our lives to giving joy. Try it! It works!” – Darshan Goswami

Kindness can only be repaid with kindness… @MalalaFund #quote #kindness #jumpforjoy

“Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like ‘thank you’ and then forgotten” – Malala Yousafzai

True giving comes from the heart… #quote #heart #giving #jumpforjoy

“Giving is one of the best investments you can make towards achieving genuine happiness. True giving comes from the heart, with no expectation of reciprocation. You’ll find that the more you give, the more you’ll receive. The power of giving is manifested in the kindness and generosity that you bestow on someone else. When you give to another unselfishly, the vibrational energy emitting from your subconscious is at its strongest. The power of giving, according to neuroscience, is that it feels good. A Chinese proverb says: “If you always give, you will always have.” A famous American author and management expert, Ken Blanchard, declared “The more I give away, the more comes back.” – The Mindful Word

how rare and full of potential your situation is in this world… @DalaiLama #quote #potential #jumpforjoy

“Appreciate how rare and full of potential your situation is in this world, then take joy in it, and use it to your best advantage.” – Dalai Lama