06.25.12 Personal

Reveling. In the Moment.

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he sat across the table from me--two empty bowls of oatmeal between us--and adjusted her ponytail. She glanced at her suitcases by the door and said she was going to visit her sports psychologist before training at the Olympic Training Center later that day. Brianna spent the night at my house after flying from her coach's track in Florida, but I wouldn't let her leave without oatmeal...maybe it was years of my mother's Puerto Rican guilt and insistence that it's the best breakfast a person could eat. And if someone is headed to the Olympic Center, then by all things holy I WILL STUFF OATMEAL DOWN HER THROAT.

We chatted after her appointment and Brianna sounded like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders. Ten years, she said, ten years I've been training for this moment and though every step has been a battle, I'm simply going to celebrate I made it this far. At the risk of sounding cliche, Bri is going to the Olympic Trials knowing it's about the journey, not the destination...each battle, not the war.


I couldn't help but apply the same principle to my life. How many times have I waited for a big moment to happen--to actually be in it--only to let the memories slip through my hand like sand because I was too worried about the outcome/performance/story/image. Far too many times I've looked back at my life and wished I allowed myself the permission to simply revel. Revel in the impossibilities, in the hard work, in the accomplishment simply for what it is.


Brianna has a long road ahead of her as she competes at the Olympic Trials this weekend in Eugene, Oregon. A small group of friends will be by her side cheering her on...but, most of all, insisting she revel in being the moment for which she worked so hard. Of course, we hope she earns a spot on the Olympic team headed to London, but for now, we'll simply cheer from the sidelines...and hope she revels. In the moment.


Before we left, I tried explaining to Brianna that if gold medals were given for dancing, I'd be the Michael Phelps of The Robot..so glad JD was on hand to capture me schooling her.


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cassandra-m - GOOD LUCK Today Brianna. Many prayers coming from Savannah, GA. :)))))))  07.01.12 - 11:18am
Tammy - Looks like Brianna made it to the finals! I hope she jumps well today! I'll be rooting for her to place in the top three!   07.01.12 - 6:59am
Regan - Jasmine you are hilarious! My boyfriend would love your thoughts on oatmeal... he tries to shove baked oatmeal down my throat any chance he can get haha. Coincidentally, he's at the OTC in lake placid right now! Though he won't be paddling in London. I love your blog and your photography :)  06.28.12 - 12:42pm
rachael - love her necklace, great blog post!  06.28.12 - 1:58am
Trude - So awesome. You can really see her focus + peace in that first portrait. And of course you'd win at the Robot! :)  06.27.12 - 4:04pm
Ashley Christine - Breath taking post! I'm inspired.  06.26.12 - 3:26pm
Amanda Skiba - What awesome advice J! Revel in the moments...I keep telling myself the same things...stop worrying and ENJOY every morsel of the moment!  06.26.12 - 10:54am
Kimberly - Good luck to Brianna! Her face is precious in the last pic and your moves....well...most righteous!  06.26.12 - 6:45am
Elizabeth - How exciting for Brianna...just let her know she has tons of fans rooting for her. GOOD LUCK !!  06.26.12 - 3:06am
Lisamarie - My thoughts and prayers are with your friend as she goes through the trials. Its such a stressful thing. My good friend is on the Olympic Water Polo team! I always hope the best for our US teams, but secretly hope even more for those people that we know and love!   06.25.12 - 9:39pm
LEOLAK - Brianna is truly breath-takingly GORGEOUS!! Such a great post in honor of your friend. Good luck Brianna! Cheering you on from the Chi!!  06.25.12 - 8:27pm
Michelle - "Revel in the impossibilities, in the hard work, in the accomplishment simply for what it is." You just hit a home run, no, a GRAND SLAM with this. Reading this post and seeing Brianna's wishbone necklace simply made my day a whole lot better. Good luck Brianna!   06.25.12 - 8:05pm
Lisa P. - Very touching post. Here's to true friendship and wise words! Good look Brianna.  06.25.12 - 5:19pm
Mom - Brianna keeps getting more beautiful as the years go by! Awesome pictures Jasmine. Go Bri!!  06.25.12 - 5:11pm
Millie - Bri, already praying for this weekend!!!! May a gust of wind come along at the perfect time and carry you even further in your jump!! Love, Millie  06.25.12 - 5:05pm
Ashley Goodwin - I had a dream the other night that she was on every magazine cover. So, it's destiny. Just what I needed to hear this morning. After thinking thinking and overthinking my business, what's going right, what's wrong, and what my purpose is in general, I needed the reminder to enjoy my time hear and revel in it. To not waste a single moment. Thanks boo. and GO BRIANNA GO!!!!!! I'll be watching and cheering that's fo sho.  06.25.12 - 2:21pm
Tasha Prescott-Wilson - Hey Bri! It's yours for the taken lady! God has not brought you this far without reason. J*, oatmeal is my favorite! We are "honeymooning, whoohooo" and yet I checked both your and brianna's blogs to see what was up! Addicted! Cheer loud and do the robot just so we know it's you Jasmine!   06.25.12 - 1:48pm
Jasmine - For those who asked, Brianna will be competing in the Long Jump on Friday and, hopefully, make it to the Finals on Sunday... :)  06.25.12 - 1:40pm
Matt - Yer funny! :) What events is Brianna competing in? So we know when/who to watch and cheer for.  06.25.12 - 12:35pm
Kandise - Good luck, Brianna!  06.25.12 - 12:19pm
Isabelle - Love this post. Thanks for sharing this inspiration!  06.25.12 - 11:59am
Diane - she's in the long jump, on friday  06.25.12 - 11:56am
kayla :) - LOVE this post, Jasmine. Thanks for sharing.   06.25.12 - 10:56am
Katy Starr - You make me laugh. You make me cry. You make me think I can be a fabulous photographer. Thank you for all of it.  06.25.12 - 10:45am
Christy Tyler - I love this. My husband believes this to be so true he even has a tattoo on his calf that says, "REVELRY" to remind him to enjoy the life in front of him. Every minute of it.  06.25.12 - 10:37am
Bobbie Brown - Ohhh! Congrats to her for making it this far and I hope she makes it all the way! But, to make it even this far is a huge victory!   06.25.12 - 10:33am
Marie Brie - Have you guys ever arm wrestled? I'm not sure who's biceps are bigger. Good luck in Oregon!!!!   06.25.12 - 10:27am
Anna - OMG I SO LOVE THIS!  06.25.12 - 10:26am
Marissa - What a great friendship the too of you have!! Go Brianna!! Wishing you the best of luck!!  06.25.12 - 10:19am
MiaS - Good Luck Brianna ! Everyone in Tucson is rooting for you! Bear Down!!!  06.25.12 - 10:09am
Kim Renee - That's around the same message my Pastor preached this weekend...to live in the "now". Thanks for your post! It reaffirmed that message for me :)  06.25.12 - 10:01am
Maria Healey - I don't always stand back and take in the moment for what it is either. Almost a year ago I did though and it almost brought me to tears as I was driving down the highway. I realized I had totally just finished up a game-changing wedding. I was so proud of the images I had captured and the confidence I felt the entire day. I can remember everything about that moment and I'm so happy I took the time to embrace it. Thanks for the reminder ;)  06.25.12 - 9:55am
Brianna - Hey man, remember what we said about keeping my emotions in check this week?! Blogs like this make me EMOTIONAL!!! I love you. I love you for the oatmeal, for the warm bed, for my new dye job, for the yummy food, for the ability to open my heart, for understanding me, for the support, and for the times when I don't need words-or just refuse to give them. You see my dream, you believe in my dream, and you stand by my side as I chase it (and hopefully snap a few cool pictures). I spent the last couple days with you guys so that I could come here grounded (and well fed), and you did that. Now all that's left is to enjoy the moment. I will. See you this weekend... Love you to the moon.   06.25.12 - 9:51am
Jessica Vidmar Photography - love this : )  06.25.12 - 9:51am
Gail - We saw some of the trials yesterday (I had no idea they go on as long as they do -- here I was thinking you two were there cheering her on already!) Good luck Brianna!   06.25.12 - 9:40am
Brittany G. - Love this!! Love you both <3 Bri, your perserverance and dedication deserves a gold medal all on it's own. You're amazing, not because of where you might go, but because of how you chose to try and get there. Proud of you, no matter what the outcome!  06.25.12 - 9:21am
ashley barnett - Gosh she is stunning- love her necklace! :) Good luck Brianna!   06.25.12 - 9:21am
Tara - very insightful. I need to make sure I do this as well. you two are beautiful!   06.25.12 - 9:21am
Giovanna - Awesome post Jasmine! i enjoy random inspiring stories like this one soooo much! let us know the outcome so we can cheer with her.. keep them coming :)  06.25.12 - 9:20am
Amanda - This post realllly made me want oatmeal... and to enjoy the accomplishments along the way. But really, I'm going to make some oatmeal now!   06.25.12 - 9:20am
Nathalie Boucry - My entire last week was about "Waiting" and contemplating about the "why" and the "how"... and then, ever so accidentally, a friend handed me a dvd titled "I'm in a hurry and God's not" I had to laugh at the "coincidence" and started watching it straight away... the message in a nutshell "We need to get better at waiting, with an expecting heart and a good attitude". And now I am reading your post... God is all around us, looks after us, and makes happen what needs to happen and when it needs to happen in our lives. This is all we need to concern ourselves with. God knows better than us. We must stop trying to figure so many things out and just be happy and grateful! Thank you, Jasmine for being an inspiration, again and again!  06.25.12 - 9:19am
Candace S. - Reading this brings tears to my eyes, what a beautiful friend you are and how great it is to be reminded of the journey vs the destination. Gonna try to live in the moment today :) Great post.  06.25.12 - 9:14am
Alex Sablan - This is exactly why I love photography, its the passing moments we, as photographers, have to capture and preserve for later. Being a grandson of an Alzheimer affected grandmother, I am thankful for every moment I can capture.   06.25.12 - 9:08am
Life with Kaishon - She is awesome! She is going to rock it out!  06.25.12 - 9:07am
Marissa Nicole - As odd as it sounds, you make me want to be your friend. Hehe!   06.25.12 - 8:46am
Heather - LOVE the details that you captured here about her... and that last picture, awesome!  06.25.12 - 8:45am
Tammy - Can you say what trial event she'll be in? I'm guessing... track and field.  06.25.12 - 7:22am
Paige Overturf - Awesome and inspiring!  06.25.12 - 7:15am
Nadja - Love the last picture! Good luck to your friend!  06.25.12 - 6:08am
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