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.

Jumping for Joy opened hearts and unified communities – Eyoälha Baker speaking at TEDxEastVan

My TedXEastVan talk is online! The short version of how Jump for Joy photos opened my heart, turned into murals and brought people together in the DTES of Vancouver: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-MFCkjTEhY&feature=youtu.be

Photo by Michelle Hondl

What propels you forward each and everyday? @ashleighmcivor @D6MERIT

Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit Jumping Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker for www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit Jumping Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker for http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Passion is defined as having or being compelled by intense emotion; a strong fondness or enthusiasm. It is a stirring within that possesses your being in a euphoric manner, creating a feeling of connectedness with yourself and an assurance that you are following your life’s path. It is what propels you forward each and everyday, each and every moment, and gives you the strength to pursue all that inspires you.”http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Passion-in-Life

When I think of passionate people with strength to pursue what inspires them… these two are a perfect example. I first discovered Jay DeMerit (ex-pro soccer player, and played in the world cup, entrepreneur) watching his talk at TedxVancouver. I was so impressed and inspired by the story he shared, by his incredibly positive energy and uplifting attitude that I immediately contacted him to ask if I could feature him in the Jump for Joy photo project. He not only said yes, he also brought his amazing wife Ashleigh McIvor-DeMerit, who just so happens to be an Olympic Gold Medalist!

When you hear the stories of determination and passion to reach a goal… or even better, following your life’s path, from two amazing people like this, it really does make you want to jump for joy.

Thank you Jay and Ashleigh, for reminding me that anything is possible.

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: 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: 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

Vancouver mural may make you Jump for Joy By Yvonne Zacharias @VancouverSun #Publicart #dtes #art #Vancouver

The Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun Wall of Joy mural with video interview with Eyoalha Baker

Vancouver Sun Wall of Joy mural with video interview with Eyoalha Baker

Another wonderful write up, and video interview about the Wall of Joy mural in the Vancouver Sun. I was pretty exhausted as I had literally just finished the mural that day, so dont let my mellow demeanour fool you I was beaming with joy about sharing the mural with everyone. Thank you to everyone who is a part of it and helped make it happen 🙂

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!

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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!

David Wood is the #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @FreeOfViolence July 8, 2015

I stopped in to one of the SRO’s run by Atria Womens Resource Society to see if anyone wanted to jump for joy with me and I met David. David was happily moping and cleaning and loved that his photos would be up on the wall making hundreds of passers by smile. This ones going up on the wall for sure 🙂

Its the last week for me to raise funds to create the massive wall of jumping joy, if you are moved by my work, please make a pledge of any amount and help spread joy around the world: www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/

Hvae an amazing day!

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

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!

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

Todays #Jumpforjoyphoto of the day is Kelsey Wilson! June 30, 2015

This is Kelsey. I met her at one of the Atria Women’s Resource Society SRO’s. She was in right away when I asked her if she wanted to Jump for JOY for the mural. She even asked me if she could volunteer to help when I start putting the posters together for the 18,000 sq ft mural – before I even mentioned that I would need volunteers. I love her enthusiasm and excitement for the project 🙂

Please help me make it happen! I only have 2 weeks left to raise the remaining $11,590 to cover expenses for the mural. Make a pledge of any amount here and help spread massive JOY around the world.

Thank you and have an amazing day!

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

Help spread massive joy around the world: Vancouver Jump for JOY Photo Mural 2.0 BIG JOY

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

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

Challenges are what make life interesting… #quote #challenge #life #jumpforjoy

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

It’s about the journey, the process, the path… @marcandangel #quote #journey #jumpforjoy

“It’s about the journey, the process, the path – what you’re learning, how you’re helping others learn too, and the growing process you allow yourself to participate in.”Marc and Angel

It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination… @mayaangelou #quote #jumpforjoy #love

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it’s destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

Play keeps us vital and alive… #quote #play #jumpforjoy

“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good” – Lucia Capocchione

This life is for loving, sharing… #quote #love #jumpforjoy

“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving.” ― Steve Maraboli

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes… #quote #mistakes #creativity #art #jumpforjoy

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ― Scott Adams

To be creative means to be in love with life… @osho #quote #creative #jumpforjoy

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ― Osho

The good fight is the one that’s fought in the name of our dreams… @paulocoelho #quote #dreams #jumpforjoy

“The good fight is the one that’s fought in the name of our dreams. When we’re young and our dreams first explode inside us with all of their force, we are very courageous, but we haven’t yet learned how to fight.” – Paulo Coelho

Ashley Wiles #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @evaruns @Sole_Girls June 5, 2015

Here she is again Miss Ashley Wiles Founder of Sole Girls jumping for joy along the beach in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC.

What fills you, what drives you to create, what gets you excited about life? .. do that.

Have a wonderful day!


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the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in… @marcandangel #quote #jumpforjoy

“Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t. Be productive and patient. And realize that patience is not about waiting, but the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in. This is your life, and it is made up entirely of your choices. May your actions speak louder than your words. May your life preach louder than your lips. May your success be your noise in the end.” – Marc and Angel