Article about the creation of the Jump for Joy Photo Project by Eyoalha Baker in Where Women Create

Published!

I’m feeling pretty excited to have an article published in the Spring 2017 Issue of Where Women Create Business. I write about the ups and downs (pun intended) of creating a project from nothing, with noting but passion and determination to share joy around the world. You can order a copy here.

Much love – Eyoalha

Eyoalha Baker writes in the Spring 2017 Issue of Where Women Create Business.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Win, win 🙂

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

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.

Jumping For Joy is an invitation to play – Wendy Williams Watt @bigloveball @wenwillwatt #jumpforjoy

Photo of Wendy Williams Watt jumping for joy by Eyoalha Baker

Photo of Wendy Williams Watt jumping for joy by Eyoalha Baker

Sharing the Jump for Joy experience with WENDY WILLIAMS WATT founder and creative force behind the Big Love Ball …

Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A:
A creative ah ha moment.. and the moment following when it is received by another.. It is otherwise known as a creative sugar buzz. Children have happy spasms all the time. As adults we tend to restrain ourselves.

Q. Your experience doing jumping photos?
A:
For me, Jumping For Joy is an invitation to play. Play is where creativity acquires its rosy cheeks. Rosy cheeks indicate that we are alive…I love jumping for joy. It was a honour to be asked.

Q: What inspires you in life?
A:
I am inspired by making friends, meeting another’s soul through eye contact, activating self love in another when they have become spiritually downtrodden. I am greatly inspired in the presence of grace.

Q: Your greatest passion?
A:
My greatest passion in life is communicating with others in a meaningful way.. Meaningful does not mean lofty or serious in tone. Meaningful stays with you. A young boy in Mexico ran into a restaurant where I was sitting with my newly engaged fiancé. I had seen him earlier on the street and we exchanged a heartfelt smile and silly face exchange… He ran in with a bouquet of flowers that I had not purchased from him earlier. He handed it to me without words and ran off before I could thank him. I still see his smile.

Q: Your driving force?
A:
My driving force is to change the world with a word, to play with those who have forgotten how and to include as many people as possible.

Q: Philosophy?
A:
Inclusion is our birthright.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
If I could do anything in this world, it would to influence people in a positive way. A way that would be helpful long after I am gone.

Q. Working on?
A:
I am currently attempting to inspire people to connect with each other, in real time, in a way that is heart opening and meaningful for them. I have created something called BIGLOVEBALL, a huge white ball with the simple word LOVE spread across its breadth. It is a visual metaphor for what I feel in my heart. BIGLOVEBALL is now traveling around the world, and winding up in the centre of people who wish to celebrate LOVE. It has become symbol, gesture, or flag for those who wish to say, I am, I’m in, I do.

GET CONNECTED WITH BIG LOVE BALL:

Twitter: @bigloveball
Instagram: @bigloveball
Facebook: facebook.com/bigloveball
Web: bigloveball.com

Photos of Wendy and Big Love Ball were taken by Eyoalha Baker in Yaletown, Vancouver, BC Canada 2014.

Photo of Wendy William Watt by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Wendy William Watt by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

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

Be openminded and kind, and listen with your heart. – Ashley Wiles @sole_girls @evaruns #jumpforjoy

Photo of Ashleigh Wiles jumping for joy by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Ashleigh Wiles jumping for joy by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Introducing the fabulously joyful – ASHLEY WILES …

Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A:
I am surrounded by so much awesomeness in my life, and all the stuff that isn’t so awesome – well even more reason to jump. My learning curve has seemed steep the last couple of years in business, leadership and dealing with things I never thought I’d ever do. It is absolutely freeing to take a morning and reflect on all the lessons learned and jump for joy!

Q. Your experience doing jumping photos?
A:
This was the most fun thing I’ve done all week. Eyoalha and I laughed so hard I thought it might actually be an abs workout instead of a photo shoot. Eyoalha is super fun and made this shoot so easy to be playful.

Q: What inspires you in life?
A:
I’m inspired by people’s ability to make change happen – when we get into a tough situation choosing to learn and grow and push through the dark. I’m inspired by the ocean, that keeps on coming in, the mountains that always stand strong, I’m inspired by my friends and family and I’m especially inspired by the sole girls.

Q: Your greatest passion?
A:
I’m passionate about being active and spreading the message of positive mental health. I have gained so much from my personal experiences in both – and I’ve also seen the flip side, when we aren’t active and the depreciation of mental health.

Q: Your driving force?
A:
Possibility. So many possibilities… it allows me to get out of my head and dream bigger than I previously imagined. In my business, I was driven by a video of a girl named Amanda Todd – I think it is truly unfair and cruel that anyone should be treated like this, and it drives me to listen more actively, strive for my goals, support the people around me and create a community, a movement of people who want to see change happen.

Q: Philosophy?
A:
Be openminded and kind, and listen with your heart. Everyone is going through something.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
I think I have always done exactly what I wanted, I’ve had my dream job a few times 🙂 Currently I’m working on making the teachings of Sole Girls, a movement and physical activity fun and inclusive for everyone! I love connecting people especially young girls with older girls and seeing the beauty of mentorship and connection shine.

Q: Working on?
A:
www.Solegirls.org is my baby. We are taking Sole Girls on the road this summer to Kamloops, Kelowna, Williams Lake and Calgary! I’m also working on Speaking more about mental health, physical activity, and community building in business.

Mini Bio:

Founder and Head Coach of Sole Girls, Life Coach, Iron(wo)man, and Mental Health Advocate! Growing up with a family of runners, Ashley started running at 5 years old, and now runs and competes in marathons and triathlons around the world, recently she completed the high altitude road marathon in La Paz, Bolivia.

After seeing Amanda Todd’s video in 2012, she created Sole Girls, a program and community for girls to build their confidence, connect with mentors and combine that with a love for physical activity. Sole Girls has expanded to 6 locations and encompasses leadership summits for young women and events for moms to connect more with their tweens.

CONNECT WITH ASHLEY:
Twitter: @sole_girls
Instagram: @sole_girls
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SoleGirls
Web: www.solegirls.org

Photos of Ashley were taken in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Photo of Ashleigh Wiles by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Ashleigh Wiles by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Chris Denson @Densonology on Joy: “the intersection of a giant smile and the verge of happy tears”

Photo of Chris Denson Jumping for Joy by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Photo of Chris Denson Jumping for Joy by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

This past weekend I had the deep honour and pleasure of taking part in a magical experience called HATCH. I met a vast cross section of 150 incredible, creative and kind hearted people making the world a better place in their own unique ways.

On one of our morning walks, with a small group of these amazing souls, I spontaneously pulled out my camera to capture some joy filled jumping pics. #BecauseofHATCH

Chris Denson sharing the joy:

Q: What inspired you to want to jump for joy?
A:
Being out in nature, elevated in the mountains, after a nice moment of silence during a hike in Montana; I really felt peaceful and happy.

Q. How did jumping photos make you feel?
A:
It’s this great burst of energy that you get to make your all your own. It’s a weird and awkward request at first, but suddenly you’re in the middle of the air. And although only a split second, it makes you feel powerful, fun, and creative all at once.

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:
Joy is one of those emotions that makes you feel extremely calm and grateful and puts you somewhere at the intersection of a giant smile and the verge of happy tears.

Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
A:
I recently had to write this down on a piece of paper during a very cool creative retreat called Hatch. Here is where I landed: “To help people realize and increase the potential of their goals; through conversation, ideation, and creation.”

Q: Your driving force?
A:
Competition. I love looking at situation or project and thinking, “what the f**k has no one else even THOUGHT to do in this space.” Which a.) forces me to ask questions and research what’s been done, and b.) pushes me to my highest creative self.

Q: Your life philosophy?
A:
“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will begin to change.” it’s a quote I choose to live everything by. Whether personal, professional, or somewhere in the middle, there’s always a path to higher version of the path you’re currently on. It’s our job to challenge ourselves to think and do differently in order to get there.

Q: What are you working on?
A:
Too much, probably! Right now, I’m working on saying no, more often. I say yes to a lot, and actually love everything I say yes to. But learning when and how to say “no” is a skill in and of itself that can free you up to be excellent in the things you need to focus on.

Q: Something unique about you?
A:
I’m just weird. I don’t know if that counts. But I have a strange sense of humor, and even did stand up comedy for a number of years. I kind of let things fly out of my mouth at awkward moments… well maybe more awkward to those on the receiving end.

“Chris Denson is an award winning innovator, marketer, and adviser. As an industry tastemaker, he helps brands, startups, and executives develop creative solutions at the intersection of technology, content, product innovation, and culture. In addition to leadership roles at organizations like OMD, Machinima, and the American Film Institute, Chris is a member of the White House’s Council of Excellence, the SXSW Accelerator, and the host of the Innovation Crush podcast.”

Connect with Chris:

Linked: www.linkedin.com/in/chrisdenson
Twitter: @densonology
Instagram: @densonology
FB page: www.facebook.com/InnovationCrush/
Web: www.thecrush.co

HATCH hiking group in joyfull jumping action:

HATCH Group Jump! Photo by Eyoalha for the Jump for Joy Photo Project.

HATCH Group Jump! Photo by Eyoalha for the Jump for Joy Photo Project.


Josie Caton, George Brandt, Matthew Kaplan and Chris Denson – sharing some big sky Hatch jumping joy!

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