Everyday is a day to celebrate life, share your joy – video of Eyoalha Baker jump for joy by Angie Winona

Never underestimate the power of joy. Joy makes everyday a day worth celebrating.

Thank you Angie Winona for capturing these playful, joy-filled moments.

Share your joy with people around you, uplift yourself and unite your community #tedx

Stay focused your own joy, and you will notice how it ripples out in your interactions and affects those around you. Share your joy.

Dear USA: Please be kind to one another. Be motived by joy and love. #sharejoynotfear

Selfie-jump Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Selfie-jump Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Dear USA:

Please be kind to one another.

Please put your focus on expanding and sharing your joy, not your fear.

Please use your goodness and compassion to inspire unity.

Keep the light in your hearts shining bright.

Set an example of how beautiful humanity can be.

Choose to be motived by joy and love, rather than fear and hate.

Make the choice to be a positive example of humanity with your, kindness, love and joy.

You can do it. I believe in you, I believe in us.

#shareyourjoy #jumpforjoyphotoproject #upliftyourselfandothers #chooselove #choosejoy

I jump for joy. I jump for peace. I jump without fear. I jump for love. #shareyourjoy @jumpforjooyphotoproject

Alexandre Légère photographed by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo project

Alexandre Légère photographed by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo project

I met Alexandre while working on my first Jump for Joy Photo Mural, and he was the first to volunteer when I began my second mural in the down town East Side of Vancouver. Sharing joy has a powerful impact the ripples out and touches others. Share your joy, it just may change someones life for the better.

Alexandre Légère …

Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A:
Life changing. Jump for a better world.

Q. Jumping photo experience?
A:
I had fun! Good laughs lol I felt fresh and made a new friend. I felt all doors open to me.

Q: Inspiration in life?
A:
Others in action. Life experiences. Nature.

Q: Greatest passion?
A:
Love. Liberty to be free. Free to create.

Q: Philosophy?
A:
You are alive, always have hope. Hope to change. Hope to love. Hope to be better person in life.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
The world needs love. We need to take care of the world. It’s a garden that needs love to flourish.

Q. Working on?
A:
I’m providing home hair services to my clients. I volunteer by doing hair for the homeless in my community.

Mini bio:

I will share a piece of my story. We were two friends. We were living in the darkness of addiction and lost our way. Enough is enough. With Gods’ love, I found the courage, determination, passion and love to fight against myself. I was able to get out of the darkness.

I present myself. Alexandre Légère. French Acadian. Artist. I was orphaned from a very tender age of 5 years old. I want to share my story because I won this struggle. With Gods’ love, I found a family every where I go. The world is my family.

Recently, I was walking down an alley where my friend Robert used to live. Singing to him. Love. Truth. Courage. Faith to never give up. My Biggest wish is to see him happy and in peace. Eyoalha was doing her art at the end of the alley while I was singing to my friend who lost his life. With Gods’ Love, she is now my friend. This is Gods’ handiwork.

Now I take the time to see, feel, listen and smell art. That’s the reason I jump. I jump for joy. I jump for peace. I jump without fear. I jump for love. Thanks to all my friends who never give up and who believed in me. Special thank to my dear friend, Robert.

A little video about the project, Eyoalha Baker being interviewed on TelusOptic during her first mural in 2014. It shows Alexandre’s photo shoot too 🙂

So many wonders and beautiful experiences that one can enjoy in this life #shareyourjoy

Photo of Courtney Spahan by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Courtney Spahan by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

The bright and colourful Ms. COURTNEY SPAHAN shares her JOY! …

Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A:
There are so many wonders and beautiful experiences that one can enjoy in this life and being able to express that in a singular action is simply put – fun!

Q. Jumping photo experience?
A:
I was very excited to be a part of a public piece of art that captures what I think should be our natural state… joyful. As for the shoot itself? Leaping about the steps of the art gallery with so many curious faces was a lot of fun. Especially when I may have accidentally flashed some civilians.

Q: Inspiration in life?
A:
Beautiful things. The sky. The curve of a persons face. The smell of cut grass. My family.

Q: Greatest passion?
A:
Having fun and experiencing as much of this world as I possibly can.

Q: Driving force?
A:
My family who are supportive and loving for all the choices I make.

Q: Philosophy?
A:
People have the right to live in a way that makes them happy.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
Travel everywhere, read many great books, see many great works of art and be kind to people. I try everyday.

Q. Working on?
A:
I enjoy performing burlesque, so there is always a routine in my mind that would like too get up on stage and shake it. I really try and see a show once a month and there are so many creative performers that I love. So I try and support the burlesque community because they were so open and supportive.

Q: Mini bio:
A:
I am originally from the Coldwater Reserve in the beautiful Nicola Valley! I now live in Kitsilano as close to the beaches as I can afford. I play hockey. Love to swim. Took a hat class the other week and have a penchant for sparkly things.

Photo of Courtney Spahan by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Courtney Spahan by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

George Bradt @georgebradt on jumping for joy: “Happy. Pure and simple.”

George Bradt

Introducing George Bradt, another beautiful soul whom I had the pleasure of meeting during HATCH. Hatch is more or less, JOY in motion (and my absolute favourite event of the year) which took place in Big Sky, Montana.

Q: What inspired you to jump for joy?
A:
You. Loved hearing you talk about it. Loved your excitement. Loved the setting. Loved being invited to do it.

Q. How did jumping photos make you feel?
A:
Happy. Pure and simple.

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:
It was a simple, uncomplicated joy. Wasn’t trying to prove anything to myself or anyone else. It was just happy.

Q: Your greatest passion in life?
A:
Meg. I’m absolutely positively convinced that the root of all my happiness is my relationship with my wife. We dated for four years before getting married 35 years ago this week. She is my angel.

Q: Driving force?
A:
I try to be a contribution. I contribute to individuals including my family and friends, HATCHers and the people we help through our executive onboarding consulting. I contribute to knowledge through my books and articles. I contribute to joy through my musical plays. (Including my newest one that I wrote in its entirety this week in Bermuda)

Q: Life philosophy?
A:

I will follow Jesus and continually grow as a loving friend and caring teacher.
I will answer Jesus’ call and model my words and deeds after His.
I will love myself and others with integrity, compassion, courage and optimism.
My words and deeds will light the way for others.

George Bradt 1988

Q: What are you working on?
A:
A new musical. Finished the book and lyrics this week. Will do the music next week.

Q: Something unique about you?
A:
I don’t actually write the music for my songs. Once I write the lyrics, the music is already there. So my efforts are more about discovery than creation.


Connect with George:

Linked: georgebradt
Twitter: @georgebradt
Instagram: @georgebradtsr
FB page: gbradt
Web: www.primegenesis.com

Playful elegance with Bobbie Long Haberdasher for the Jump for joy Photo Project! #shareyourjoy

Photo of Bobbie Long Haberdasher by Eyoalha Baker

Photo of Bobbie Long Haberdasher by Eyoalha Baker

Bobbie Long Haberdasher Shares her beautiful Jumping joy!

Q: What inspired your jump for joy?
A:
Joy! Joy made me jump! It’s an extraordinary feeling and emotion that not everyone gets to experience. I am blessed to experience joy at least once a day. But I had to do the work to get there. There was a long period of my life where I hadn’t experience joy.

Q. How was your experience doing the jumping photos?
A:
Fun and joyful! How can it not be? What a glorious idea to take pictures people jumping for joy. I loved it, and as a matter of fact for two days after, I found myself randomly jumping and it brought me so much joy!

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:
Oh man, how do you describe the feeling of joy? For me, I am a deeply feeling soul and when I feel eminence joy, the best way to describe it is like their is the biggest brightest light in the world trapped inside me and it wants to bust through. It makes me feel warm and joyful. It’s probably one of the greatest feelings I have ever experienced.

Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
A:
My business – I get to dress men for a living and it brings me so much joy every day! I love that I get to do what I’m good at. I have amazing clients and network that also love what I do and support my passion.

My Husband and our life. We’ve worked hard to get to where we are and continue to work on growing and evolving into our best life. It’s a tough world out there, but it’s a lot easier when you get to go through it with someone you love.

Q: Your driving force?
A:
The young girls in my life – my nieces and step-daughter. I want them to see that even though you are a girl, you can be, do and have anything you desire. I have faced a lot of challenges in my life, but the biggest one was not being encouraged and supported in my dreams as a young girl. We need love, support and encouragement to rise to our greatness and I want to be that role model for them.

Q: Your philosophy?
A:
You don’t lose when you lose, you only lose when you quit. This has been with me ever since I moved to Vancouver in 2004, I read it in an article interviewing Jimmy Pattison. They quoted him saying that and I have tried my best to live by it everyday. It’s the reason I’m still living in Vancouver and now running my own business.

Q: Anything in the world, what would you do?
A:
Currently I’m doing it, but I have so much more that I want to accomplish. I would like to have multiple, thriving HaberdasherAndCo businesses that are run by strong, successful and empowered females. As well as start a charity that provides support, education and work skills to at risk male youth.

Oh and travel. I want to travel!

Q: What are you working on?
A:
I’m working towards being the go-to Suit Specialist in Vancouver for men and Grooms!

Q: Something special about you?
A:
I love being outside – camping, picnics and hikes are my favourite Summer activities

I am obsessed with podcasts and audio books. I love constantly feeding my brain with self improvement, motivational and business related content. I am constantly learning and want to be the best at all that I do.

I’m an urban gardener. We grow all the stuff on our private rooftop patio in East Vancouver.

Instagram: @HaberdasherAndCo
FB page: facebook.com/haberdasherandco
Web: haberdasherandco.com

The joy of jumping in poetry… by @soramaruT share your passion, share your joy!

Photo of Sora Jumping for Joy by Eyoalha Baker

Photo of Sora Jumping for Joy by Eyoalha Baker

A beautiful poem about joy by Sora Takayama …

———–
Jump

Jump
The body’s pulse
Jump
The soul’s fugue
Jump
Over the horizon
Jump
Break through the dimension

———–

ジャンプ

ジャンプ
肉体の躍動
ジャンプ
精神のフーガ
ジャンプ
地平線を越えて
ジャンプ
次元を破って
———–

Photo of Sora Takayama by Eyoalha Baker

Photo of Sora Takayama by Eyoalha Baker

A little bit about Sora:

Born in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan in 1979. Master of Arts in philosophy.
Beginning in 2007 travelled the world for 4 1/2 years.
In 2008, joined Austrian Artist Bello Benischauer’s ongoing art project doing translation and performance (http://www.artinprocess.com).
1st poetry book “Tsuki To Buranko” was published in Spring, 2014.
Started Vegan Pudding & Co from 2015.
Co-stared with Japanese actors Takao Osawa and Masami Nagasawa in clothing company Global Work’s advertising campaign “Sekai-jin” [Global Citizens] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ws8y_bHW54).
​Invited to perform poetry piece at the Canada Japan Friendship Association. (http://cjfa.org/).
Host of the “Japanese Poets North of the 49th”.

Working on: Writing poem. Performance poetry reading. www.takayamasoramaru.com

Connect with Sora:

Twitter: @soramaruT

Instagram: @vegan_pudding_co

FB page: www.facebook.com/veganpuddingco/ www.facebook.com/jpn49th/

Celebrating the joy of togetherness @jordankallman jumps for joy!

Jordan Kallman celebrating a successful day at the Vancouver Deighton Cup. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Jordan Kallman celebrating a successful day at the Vancouver Deighton Cup. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Jordan Kallman

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:
Pursuing a dream, living with flow, laughing with friends.

Q: Your greatest passion in life?
A:
Dawn, my one-and-only. Without her, I would have zero interest in pursuing my many sub-passions.

Q: Your driving force?
A:
Since I was young, I’ve been driven to deliver a sense of belonging for others. It took a long time to really understand why I love building this vibe, but it is definitely part of my personal fabric. This force will provide meaning and purpose for my remaining days, I guarantee it.

Q: Your philosophy?
A:
We each belong to one of three companies: givers, matchers and takers. Always choose to join the give ship. And once there, lead from a place of empathy.

Q: What are you working on?
A:
We are constantly developing awesome projects. But today, I’m working on a new idea showcase and media platform with a few great partners called Superhuman. Longevity lessons, human augmentation technologies and explorations outside of the comfort zone. The goal: #ENHANCEYOURSELF. Check it out: superhvman.com

A note from Jordan:
A:
I will one day, very soon host a dinner party for 10,000 people. Seems crazy, until you join the fun with @TSC_Agency

Twitter: @JordanKallman

Instagram: @jrdnkallman

FB page: www.facebook.com/jordan.kallman

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Jordan jumps for joy at the end of a fun day at the Vancouver Deighton Cup. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo project.

Jordan jumps for joy at the end of a fun day at the Vancouver Deighton Cup. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo project.

What makes you want to jump for joy? How about giving to charities that help people in need? :)

Sharing jumping joy with the community and Chimp.net at the Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival ‪#‎SummerofChange2016‬

I had the great pleasure of partnering with Chimp.net to capture the beautiful jumping joy with the community at the Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival ‪#‎SummerofChange2016‬.

To view more of the amazing jumping joy energy that was shared, take a look at the Chimp.net blog here.

… Chimp is a charitable marketplace that connects you with the causes you care about. Give how you want, when you want. Because the choice of how you change the world is yours.

7 Tips for Awesome Jumping Photos – Guest post by Laura O’Donnell

Jumping photo of Eyoalha  Baker by Lilou Mace

Jumping photo of Eyoalha Baker by Lilou Mace

People often ask me for tips on taking jumping photos… Im usually having so much fun, giggling and laughing that I don’t pay attention to anything but playing around to get the shot. Luckily, Laura O’Donnell has submitted this wonderful post with lots of great tips on how to get a capture a beautiful jumping shot (while giggling and having fun at the same time) 🙂 I hope you will feel inspired to go out and do some jumping photos!

Have a great day – Eyoalha

Enjoy the article!

7 Tips for Awesome Jumping Photos
Guest post by Laura O’Donnell

Many people have cameras in their phones today, and taking pictures of every interesting thing has become more and more common. With so many more opportunities to capture the joyful moments of our lives with photographs and utilizing digital picture frames, the desire to create something beautiful, beyond the general pose and smile type of picture has given rise to more action photos, in particular jumping photos.

Jumping photos are fun and have been around for quite a long time. There’s just something inherently joyful about someone jumping into the air, especially if the photographer can give the impression of flight, of the person in the picture becoming untethered from the Earth. That carefree kind of action can capture something truly special in an individual.

A great jumping photo should capture the unique essence of who you are. Here are a few pointers you might consider if you want to take some jumping photos that really show your subject in a new light.

Remind The Jumper to Relax

One reason jumping photos are so great is that they cause people to be fully present in the moment. While someone is jumping up and down, they’re not thinking about how they’re going to look, or about the concerns of the moment – they’re just concentrating on jumping. A great jumping photo doesn’t have to take a lot of effort, the freer and looser the person is, the better the photo will be – remind them to relax before jumping, or better yet, get them to laugh… this is part of the fun.

Go Low

One of the best things you can do when taking a jumping photo is to take it from a low vantage point. The lower you go, the higher the jump is going to look in the final picture. It really gives a dramatic look to the composition.

Stay Close

While you’re getting low, stay close to the subject. Naturally, you don’t want to get too close to a jumping person… but being close up does give the picture a dramatic look. You’ll be able to see little details that give the final photo the impression of motion, or of floating. Remember to frame your photo and take it at the proper time to avoid cutting the subject’s head out of the picture 😉

One of the best things about going from film to digital is that your pictures are essentially unlimited. So, you can take dozens of shots, then delete the ones you don’t like, and keep going until your jumper is tired of jumping (and laughing), or you have a shot you are happy with.

Press (or Unpress) the Button

Remember that there is often a lag between when you push the button and when the photo is taken, so do what you can to get the timing right. If your camera comes with an action or sports setting, use that.

Cell phone users should note that the picture is taken when you take your finger off the button, not when you push it. So, get your position set up, hold down the button, then release it at just the right moment. You’ll get less of a pause until the camera actually starts taking photos. Timing is everything.. that being said, sometimes the outtakes are the most interesting ones.

Count Down

Counting down is absolutely necessary to keep you and your jumper on the same page, so you’re ready when they jump. It will probably take a little practice, but it will be worth the time. You can count down from three, so your jumper knows exactly when to jump. That way, the subject will be totally focused on the jumping, and you will be totally focused on taking photos of the jumping. 1 – 2 – 3 – GO!

*** A little about our guest post writer ***

Laura O’Donnell writes smart content on behalf of the digital photo frame gurus at Nixplay. As an avid writer and learner, she loves to use her skills for engaging others in important topics in creative and effective ways. When she is not working, she loves meeting new people, traveling, and bringing her Pinterest dreams to life. Find her on LinkedIn.

– Edits have been made to the article by Eyoalha Baker –

Choosing to feel + share joy, the jump for joy journey so far @eyoalha @tedxeastvan

Eyoalha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project on the TedXEastVan stage. April 23, 2016

Eyoalha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project on the TedXEastVan stage. April 23, 2016

https://youtu.be/f-MFCkjTEhY

“Everything you do has an impact. Who you are – that you are – actually matters. In an interconnected world (the only kind we have), our actions and the actions of others are inextricably linked- we are always and forever in a dance of mutual influence with those with whom we directly and indirectly participate. It is the unavoidable reality of being social creatures, only magnified by an ever-increasingly complex and interwoven societal structure. We matter to each other.” – Paul Greiner

The decision to make feeling and sharing joy a priority in my life, has shown me just how interconnected we are. Last night I was honoured to share the TEDXEASTVAN stage with 12 amazing human beings who making an impact on the world by sharing who they are through their ideas.

What an amazing joy journey this has been so far… I am excited to turn the next page.

If you were not able to be at our live presentation last night, not to worry, it will be edited and ready to share in about a month 🙂

Thank you for following along. Here is the link to the TedXEastVan Talk

Have a wonderful day!!

Eyoalha

I started to feel an exhilarating sensation… #jumpforjoyphotoproject

Barbara Tili jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Barbara Tili jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Barbara Tili came out to jump around and spread a little joy with me and we had a really fun time. I loved watching her open up and get more playful with every jump 🙂

A few questions to get to know Barbara….

Q: What inspired you to want to jump for joy?
A:​ I loved your project since I’ve first heard of it few years ago, so when we met it just came out so natural… of course I was going to jump for you! 😉

Q. Your jump for joy experience?
A:​ It felt a bit strange at the beginning, like I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to…jump (?)​… But then the more we took photos the more I started to feel an exhilarating sensation… like the inner child had finally found something very appropriate to do! When we finished it felt like… no… have we done already?

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:​ ​The feeling of joy is a very high vibration of energy, you cannot contain a smile even if you try. It feels like a stream of very fresh air.

Q: Your greatest passion?
A:​ Photography and Architecture. I’m a trained architect but photography makes me look at architecture in an all other way. It makes me feel more connected with the original idea of why I’ve studied it​ in the first place, photography makes me see the noble side of architecture. It makes me experience the built environment in a more intimate way. (this may sound weird in english…..feel free to change if needed…)

Q: Your driving force?
A:​ My driving force is inspiration. From every little thing in life or interaction with people. I feel that in order to function well, we need to feel inspired every day by what is around us.

Q: Your philosophy?
A:​ ​It is important to never stop learning, wether it is our own profession or exploring new directions. I believe in not being afraid to discover who we really are and what is our true journey in life and doing all we can to follow that path. Because it is only when you are on that path that you feel you have arrived home.

Q: If you could do anything in the world?
A:​ I would love to use my photography to document what good architecture can do in developing countries. It is in my list of goals for the next years.​

Q: What are you working on?
A:​ I’m specializing in architectural and interior photography, and have a bit of obsession with geometry and patterns, most of my photography is a collection of shapes and form. www.barbaratili.com

Q: Something special you would like to share.
A:​ Exactly 1 year ago I decided that inspiration was something that I wanted in my life, every single day. I didn’t expect that so much would have changed after this decision, I’m a very different person from whom I was then, and I’m also turning 40 this year….the best time in life to celebrate change and new directions!

You can follow her work at:

Instagram:​ @barbaratili
Webpage: www.barbaratili.com

Have a wonderful day!

Much love, Eyoalha 🙂

Recognize how good things really are :) @KateDuncanDesig

Kate Duncan

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves 
to recognize how good things really are.” 
- Marianne Williamson

Kate Duncan came out to play!

Taking a few minutes out of a busy day full of deadlines to jump around and share joy, make you remember… just how good things really are 🙂

Kate designs the most beautiful, handmade furniture… check this out: www.kateduncan.ca

and, follow her work on all the good stuff:

Twitter: @KateDuncanDesig

Instagram: @duncankate

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Have faith, everything will be ok :) #jumpforphoto

“Faith is power. It changes your life by changing you. It places you on a different ground of being within yourself. It gives you a confidence based on something that’s in you but not of you, that can do for you what you can’t do for yourself … … and lifts you to positivity, which attracts more positive outcomes. Where we put our faith literally and directly influences what happens next.” – Marianne Williamson

Have faith, everything will be ok.

I’m feeling really excited today. The sun is shining, it’s getting warm in Vancouver and after hibernating most of the winter, I feel like I am blooming along with the flowers. I’ve just set up several jumping photo shoots over the next week and looking forward to getting back into spreading new joyful photos with you.

I have faith that all will go well and whatever happens next, will be wonderful 🙂

Have a great day!

Much love, Eyoalha

Joy feels even better when shared :) @celebula #jumpforjoyphoto

Friends! Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Friends! Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Joy feels even better when shared 🙂 This gang was a blast to shoot, thanks for pulling all your friends together for these fun shots. The joy was felt and still being shared.

Have a wonderful day!

Much love, eyoalha

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.

Keep going… dreams do come true – Jump for Joy!

ErinMcMorrow

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

Action. Taking action is all part of the fun of creating ideas into reality. Without taking action, even the smallest little steps – or leaps – towards what you want, a dream will just stay a dream.

Right now, I am dreaming about making a Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Book about my experiences of creating massive murals with hundreds of people jumping for joy around Vancouver. The murals were made in an area of Vancouver where you would least expect people to be jumping for joy. Creating the murals had way more impact than I even imagined, both on me and on the people in this neighbourhood.

This area has a high percentage of homelessness, poverty, struggling with drug addiction, abuse and mental illness. Creating these mural gave me the opportunity to interact and get to know a lot of these people who actually became the biggest fans and supporters of the murals. It felt humbling to realize that after years of passing by people on the street and feeling sad and helpless, that public art with my joyful images, really did inspire joy and brought people from all walks of life together. The experience opened my heart and has made me fall in love with the neighbourhood and I would love to continue to share the joy, long after the murals have disappeared.

This experience was not a planned part of my original dream but has created a new path for accomplishing what I had set out to do. Simply by saying yes to an opportunity and taking action to make it happen has provided a new outlet for sharing joy around the world.

Part of my steps towards creating this book, is to get some feedback from you. I have created a questionnaire and would love your feedback: VANCOUVER JUMP FOR JOY BOOK QUESTIONNAIRE The more feedback I can get, the more I will know what steps to take to make this dream come true. So please forward this questionnaire on.

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoälha

In depth interview with Eyoalha Baker, Founder of Jump for Joy Photo Project by James Phu for Global Asian Times

Selfie Jump photo by Eyoalha Baker

Selfie Jump photo by Eyoalha Baker

Global Asian Times interview with Eyoalha Baker Founder of Jump for JOy Photo Project

Global Asian Times interview with Eyoalha Baker Founder of Jump for JOy Photo Project

Jump for Joy founder fights negatives in life with joyful photos. An interview by James Phu

…. Read Entire Article HERE ….

Excerpt from interview:

James Phu: The Jump for Joy project that you started is one of the most beautiful and unique initiatives I have seen in a while. What is the background story behind the Jump for Joy Project?

Eyoälha Baker: We know that images are used as powerful tools of persuasion in business and politics, and I noticed that news and media tend to showcase mainly negative, fear-based images. It got me thinking about how this affects us as a society and how we in turn interact with each other. How does it make us feel as a collective, to see images that depict sad, terrorizing news on a daily basis? In general, it breads fear and distrust. My idea with the Jump for Joy Photo Project is that if societies as whole can be influenced to shut off, and fear each other by negative images, they can also be influenced to open up and be kinder by positive images. I look at it as the group think concept, where people feed off each other’s energy in a group situation, such as a riot, where people who may not normally be destructive get caught up in the situation. The same can be true with an overwhelming sense of joy. If there are mass feelings of joy being felt, people tend to be more open, more helpful, hopeful and want to help each other. So I began taking uplifting, positive images of people jumping for joy, and sharing them around the world. The intention is to help shift some of the negative energy being fed to us….

…. Read Entire Article HERE ….

Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studio with Eyoalha Baker

Jumping selfie by Eyoalha Baker. Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studio.

Jumping selfie by Eyoalha Baker. Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studio.

Excited to be invited to do an artist talk at Thrive Art Studio on March 30th. Its a small intimate space to meet with other artists and creatives. Join us, tickets on sale now and can be purchased here: http://thriveartstudio.com/thrive-talks-2/

Hope to see you there!

Happy love day to all the romantics in the world – Happy Valentines day!

I love that there is a day of the year designated to celebrating romantic love. Not for the consumerism or false expectations built up around romantic love but because I love any opportunity to celebrate love. … romance is really just thoughtful, kind gestures and creative ways of expressing the beauty of your love to someone who holds your heart. Happy love day to all the romantic lovers out there.

Eyoalha the human Valentine :) yay for love! Jump for joy!

Eyoalha the human Valentine 🙂 yay for love! Jump for joy!

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

Raising funds for much needed Wall of Joy Mural repairs – keep spreading the joy!

The damage to the mural has become worse in the past month and the repairs will be more extensive than anticipated. Im now looking at a weeks worth of equipment rentals and will need to raise upwards of $5000 just to cover costs.

For the month of December, I served to save up tips towards repairs at Save On Save on Meats. I chose to work at SOM because of the generous work they do with people in need in the DTES (where the mural is located). Im inspired by the work they do. I also love supporting the token program which feeds many people who may not otherwise have food to eat. Hoping to do more work together in the future with this amazing group of people 🙂

Thank you to all the wonderful people at Save On Meats who welcomed me in, helped me learn the ropes and made me feel like part of the team.

I’m proud to announce that working part time as a server of the month of December I was able to save up $980.60 to wards mural repairs (thanks to some generous tippers and direct donations) 🙂

I still have a few thousand $$$ to raise to make the repairs and am working on finding sponsors to make up the balance. And of course, I’m more than happy to accept direct donations too – email info@jumpforjoyphotoproject.com if you would like to contribute 🙂

Wising you the happiest and joy filled year for 2016!

Much love,

Eyoalha

Serving up food to raise funds for repairs on the Wall of Joy Mural

Hello folks!

I have a couple more shifts coming up at Save On Meats this weekend December 11 + 12 from 4pm.

Im serving up yummy food and saving ALL MY TIPS over the month of December towards mural repairs.

I wanted to stay connected to the community and interact on a more personal level with people. I appreciate the kind work done at Save On Meats with the token program and the care they give to the community so I’m happy to be part of the team.

Please stop by and I will be happy to serve you up some comfy diner food – the shakes are the best! 🙂

Hope to see you this weekend… if you can kick in a little extra to help with the mural, even better!

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha selfie Jump for joy Photo

Eyoalha selfie Jump for joy Photo

Downtown Eastside Jump for Joy mural needs repairs by Emily Jackson Metro News Vancouver

MetroNews Vancouver - Jump for Joy mural  By Emily Jackson

MetroNews Vancouver – Jump for Joy mural
By Emily Jackson

Metro News Vancouver Eyoalha to serve at Save On Meats to save up for Wall of Joy Mural repairs by Emily Jackson

Metro News Vancouver Eyoalha to serve at Save On Meats to save up for Wall of Joy Mural repairs by Emily Jackson

Thank you Emily Jackson for your wonderful article in Metro News Vancouver about my efforts to save up and fix the Wall of Joy Mural thats been getting a beating from our rainy and stormy Vancouver weather 🙂

I will serve at Save On Meats for the month of December 2015 and donate all of my tips towards repairs to the mural. You can read the full story HERE – One note… I gave the wrong start date! I will have my first serving shift on Saturday, December 5th from 4pm – please do stop in to say hello, get a bite to eat and pick up some food and clothing tokens for those in need while you’re there 🙂 It just feel good all around!

Hope to see you soon at Save on Meats!

Love this Jump for Joy Pic of Vinnie from last summer in the DTES

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I really like this pic of Vinnie jumping for joy in the Hastings Street Community Garden. When I met him initially, he seemed a bit shy and I actually didn’t think he would want to Jump for Joy when I first approached him. Not only did he agree, he very much wanted to make sure we got a great shot. Lesson learned: You never know until you ask 🙂 In the end, I just love this photo.

Have a wonderful day!

Joining an amazing team of people, saving for Wall of Joy Mural repairs and supporting the DTES Community :) Jump for Joy!

Serving up food at Save On Meats to raise funds for Wall of Joy Mural Repairs

Serving up food at Save On Meats to raise funds for Wall of Joy Mural Repairs

For the month of December I will be serving up yummy food, selling food / Clothing Tokens at Save On Meats to raise funds for repairs on the Wall of Joy Mural.

I’ve joined the amazing team at Save On Meats for the month of December 2015 to save up for unanticipated Wall of Joy mural repairs. ALL TIPS I make while serving will go directly towards mural repairs.

Why am I doing this?

The Wall of Joy mural has a very special place in my heart. This project means a lot to people in the community and I want to ensure it will be around for as long as possible. Unfortunately, the wether has drastically started to take its tole and the mural has started to deteriorate at a much faster pace than anticipated. I didn’t want to do another crowd sourcing campaign, I wanted to come up with a fun interactive way to serve the community while raising funds for the repairs. I am a huge fan of the Token program at Save On Meats and all their amazing contributions to the community through A Better Life Foundation.

Last month I volunteered as a server at Save On Meats for their monthly fundraising event that raises funds for A Better Life Foundation called – Greasy Spoon Diner – if you haven’t been to this yet – GO! Its so good!

I had so much fun that was inspired to ask Mark Brand if he would like to collaborate on a serving fundraiser for the Wall of Joy mural repairs over the holidays. He very generously agreed 🙂 So, I’m in training and will be serving for the entire month of December!

ALL MY TIPS will go towards the mural repairs!! Please come in for a meal, a coffee or even just to say hello and leave a little tip for the mural – I will be happy to serve you. AND it gets even better! While you’re enjoying some yummy food, you can also purchase TOKENS for food / clothing for those in need – BEST GIFTS EVER! Hope to see you soon!

If you can’t make it in to the diner when I’m working, you can drop of a donations envelope with Jump for Joy mural written on it and you can also send an email transfer to info@jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Please share this post around on social media and invite your friends for a meal at Save On Meats 🙂

Thanks for your help and have a great day! 🙂

The weather is already taking its tole, repairs are in the works for the Wall of Joy

Thanks to everyone who has let me know that there are some posters coming loose on the Wall of Joy. I appreciate you looking out for it 🙂

The weather is already starting to take its tole on the posters, much sooner than expected. I think the major storm we had that hit the wall, literally the day after I finished did more damage than I realized. Im guessing that the water sealant we had just finished applying had not cured yet when the storm hit.

I was able to do some of the most needed repairs in a couple of hours the morning of the mural opening but skipped a lot of the smaller ones due to time limits. What were small corners of posters lifting up are now starting to show and pieces are starting to peal.

I want this mural to last as long as possible so I am working on setting up a full day to do repairs in the next couple of weeks. It is a bit of a process and of course the costs (around $1200) to make it happen. One 24 hour day of repairs requires: insurance, a signed licence agreement between myself, Atira, BC Housing and Impark, rental of all the parking spots along the wall from Impark, 30 ft of fence rental (delivery and set up), lift rental (+delivery), repair materials (several gallons of contact cement), a volunteer to help me as time will be limited to get a lot done and of course, a beautiful sunny day so the wall is dry.

Hopefully this set of repairs will be the last ones that need to be done until next year.

Enjoy your day!

Much love,

Eyoalha

 

 

Share your jumping joy with us! Submit your best Jump for Joy Photo and you may be featured here :)

It’s a beautiful day and the Jump for Joy photo project team would like to invite YOU to submit your best jump for joy photo of yourself, friends or family jumping for joy! We will choose 5 of our most favourite, creative, fun, inspired photos and feature you on all our social media channels  ( Newsletter, blog, Facebook, and Twitter ) .  We encourage creativity and weirdness so go for it 🙂

We are looking forward to seeing your photos! Have fun!

SUBMISSIONS: Send photo via email: info@jumpforjoyphotoprojcet.com. Please include your name, photo credit, where you are from/where the photo is taken and a brief note about what inspires you to jump for joy with links to your social media/website. You can also post your photos directly to our FACEBOOK PAGE or TWITTER.

DEADLINE: Oct. 10, 2015

Selected photos will be shared on the Jump for Joy Photo Project website and our top 3 favourite jumping pics will be featured in our Newsletter between October 10-20th, 2015

Welcoming the Wall of Joy to the DTES

Wall of Joy - Community BBQ September 9th 4-6pm. The West wall of the Arco Hotel (facing Abbott St)

Wall of Joy – Community BBQ September 9th 4-6pm. The West wall of the Arco Hotel (facing Abbott St)

Come celebrate with us … Excited to bring all the people (well, most of the people, some will can’t make it and will be missed) together that helped create the Wall of Joy mural. This will be fun!

The mural, located on the West wall of Arco Hotel, an SRO (Single Room Occupancy) building located at 81 West Pender St. Vancouver, will set the scene for a community BBQ celebrating the completion of The Wall of Joy Mural.

http://gastowngazette.com/event/jump-for-joy-community-bbq/

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!

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

Jump for Joy mural brings colour to Downtown Eastside – Metro News Vancouver by Emily Jackson #news #art #mural #Vancouver

MetroNews Vancouver

MetroNews Vancouver

MetroNews Vancouver - detail photo of the mural by Emily Jackson for MetroNews Vancouver Aug. 25, 2015

MetroNews Vancouver – detail photo of the mural by Emily Jackson for MetroNews Vancouver Aug. 25, 2015

Exciting week – The Wall of Joy Mural is finished and all over the news… I am overwhelmed by how beautiful the response has been to the mural. Im touched and humbled. I will post the news articles over the course of the day, there are a few. Love that the celebration of joy has been embraced so full heartedly. Happy, thank you everyone who has participated and contributed to create this work.

Follow this link to read the write up in the MetroNews Vancouver by Emily Jackson from Aug. 25, 2015

www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2015/08/26/jump-for-joy-mural-brightens-downtown-eastside.html

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!

The #jumpforjoyphoto posters are up on the #wallofjoy a few last touch ups and it will be done! #Vancouver #art #mural

Getting the last posters up at the Wall of joy - jump for joy mural :)

Getting the last posters up at the Wall of joy – jump for joy mural 🙂

lastday

I will be chatting on CoOp radio on Redeye today just after 11am about my work on the Jump for joy Photo project and murals.. check it out!

Co-Op Radio interview on  Redeye Aug 22, 2015

Co-Op Radio interview on Redeye Aug 22, 2015

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

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!

Wall of Joy is nearly done! Come visit – corner of Abbott and W Pender St #mural #Vancouver #Gastown

Wall of Joy mural located at Abbott and West Pender St, Vancouver BC Canada. Photos and mural by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Wall of Joy mural located at Abbott and West Pender St, Vancouver BC Canada. Photos and mural by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

A few more days and I think I should be done the Wall of Joy mural 🙂 This has been fun. Today is going to be a big challenge as I need to get close to the wall to work, but there is a giant billboard sign in the way… this should be interesting. Wish me luck!

Have a fabulous 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

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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what you become by achieving your goals… #quote #goals

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

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!

Have a fun day!


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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