Free to Succeed Tour : San Francisco

t’s one of my favorite cities in the world. San Francisco. Just those two words alone can make me happy, excited, and ready eat! The city is beautiful and strong and artsy and amazingness just oozes from the cracks. When I woke yesterday morning, I was charged to get busy and make my rounds around the hilly streets that feel like home.

Shortly after waking, I grabbed my bag and made my way to 24 Hour Fitness for a morning workout…afterall, I wanted to pre-burn some calories before I devoured the city and licked the bones Golden Gate Bridge dry. As I was on the treadmill, I saw a gentleman in a wheelchair pass a stationary bicycle located just under the television broadcasting the Olympics. He looked up at the TV, at the bike, at the TV again and decided, yes, that’ll be his bike of choice. He placed his wheelchair adjacent to bike and pulled himself on the seat, lifting his left leg over the bike to ensure his balance on the saddle. The entire process took about seven minutes. I tried not to look. I really did. But my eyes darted from the Women’s 200 Freestyle to his determined eyes and strong arms. Once on the bike, the man slowly and mercilessly pushed on the pedals, his thin legs shaking from the pressure. When the wheels began to slowly turn, a brief smile came across his face and he lifted his chin for a moment.

I wanted to stop running because of the lump in my throat. I wanted to cheer him on. I wanted to rip a gold medal from the TV screen and place it around his neck. I wanted to let him know that in this huge city brimming with hopes and dreams, I got a sneak peek to his. For the first time in a long time, I saw determination in human form. I saw determination in his strong arms and shaky legs. And it was beautiful.

The rest of the day was spent in Union Square eating and enjoying the stunning day. Later that evening, the Free To Succeed Tour seminar took place by Fisherman’s Wharf and the turnout was amazing! I was so blessed to meet so many new photographers and speaking to a group of 140+ people was amazing. I thank you all you fabulous people who drove from near and far (there was even a photographer from Australia representing!) to learn how to push your art and business in the right direction. Thank you.

I’ll be blogging last weekend’s wedding tomorrow, but here’s a shot JD caught of me and Janey…and I just love it. While it may not be the most complimentary image, it shows how much fun we had together. I love my brides…and I’m so blessed to do what I love…

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Busby SEO Challenge - good work.. nice info... keep it up Busby SEO Challenge  08.20.08 - 1:44am
jeramy - thanks jasmine for your insight on monday. i'm not a photographer, but my wife is, and i got to tag along and see the spectacle that is david jay. however, i was challenged most by your words....finding out who i am. i was dreading you pointing to me and calling me out....cause i had nothing. that's my goal....figure me out....thanks for your encouragement. safe travels to you all. god bless.  08.14.08 - 11:24am
MATT REOCH - Jasmine, thank you for being so open and vulnerable at the seminar. You have inspired so many people to think about themselves, their work and their lives. Thank you for sharing your story and contributing your ideas to the San Francisco event!  08.14.08 - 10:02am
Tiffany F - Not only are you an amazing photographer who inspires me everyday, but you are also an amazing writer. Thanks for coming to SF with DJ. I was staring at the attached photo trying to figure out what that girl looked so darn familiar... Janey! Miss Mary Jane! I went to college with her! I cant wait to see the rest of her wedding!  08.14.08 - 12:59am
KT - I was glad I could make it to the seminar in San Francisco. It was very inspiring and I've walked away with so much information and ideas. Well worth a total of 3+ hours of driving !!! Thank you Jasmine and DJ, for the awesome seminar, and a fun night (I wish I could hang around and "tail gait" :-( )   08.13.08 - 10:18pm
jenniferL - great story. it was cool to hear you both talk on the tour, very inspiring! thanks.  08.13.08 - 5:34pm
Betsy, La Vida Creations - Just when I think you can't inspire me any more, you knock my socks off! Thanks for the real life story... it's exactly what I needed to find some inspiration today. Thank you, lady!   08.13.08 - 1:34pm
Carrie McCluskey - Such a great story! Looks like a fun time at the wedding.  08.13.08 - 10:52am
ohana photography - i really don't think you can take a bad pic of you!  08.13.08 - 10:23am
B - Oh my! I had to stop and pray right now for this guy and ask that God totally bless him. I'm so touched...  08.13.08 - 9:09am
Bobbie - That story brought tears to my eyes! Wow. Okay, reading all these comments from everyone saying how awesome you are to see on the tour is really making me feel I am missing out since you are not coming to NC! Are you guys doing video's or anything that maybe you could share with us??!! Love the picture by the way, can't wait to see the rest of them!  08.13.08 - 8:00am
Melissa Koehler - Thank you for sharing that. So glad to hear that the tour is going so great. Wish I could have made San Diego, bummer :( Love this shot of you and your bride. So real and fun! xoxo  08.13.08 - 7:48am
Dave Shilling - Thanks for coming out to SF!!! Its kinda weird to meet people you feel like you know already... I sooo felt like a stalker! You're super awesome and your enthusiasm is infectious! On my green circle post-it ( for "go") I wrote "Post your first J star comment today"  08.12.08 - 11:36pm
Nena - Is it just me or are all your brides totally hawwwwt?! =-)  08.12.08 - 10:51pm
vanessa H - Love love love love that picture!!!  08.12.08 - 10:42pm
kymberli q. - That story was beautiful, Jasmine! We must count all of our blessings EVERYday. I'm a firm believer in that! Can't wait to see the wedding images! :)  08.12.08 - 9:41pm
Stacy Cross - You girls are so beautiful!!  08.12.08 - 8:08pm
Linda Truong - Yes!! Yess!! Yess!! As I was reading your entry, I really wanted to just reach out through the screen and place the gold medal around the man's neck! Good on him! Go Australia ;)  08.12.08 - 8:02pm
Cathy Crawley - What a beautiful story! Awww ;) And, it looks like us Aussies are everywhere at the moment! What is up with that?  08.12.08 - 6:51pm
Jackie L. - what a cute moment!  08.12.08 - 5:40pm
kimberlee - Awesome story, J* - and that photo is perfect! So fun. :)  08.12.08 - 4:15pm
Natarsha N. Wright - Such an inspiring story!   08.12.08 - 4:14pm
Robin Dini - great story of courage and inspiration Jasmine! Thanks for sharing. can't wait to meet you in NYC!  08.12.08 - 3:52pm
katycoffey - I'm a long time reader - first time poster....I shouldn't have read this at work. It brought tears to my eyes. You are such a beautiful storyteller - both through your pictures and your words. Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment.   08.12.08 - 3:47pm
Rizza San Agustin - Hi Jasmine, I'm so glad I was able to attend the Freedom Tour here in Sf. You have given me the best advice about crawling out of my familiar element and getting UNCOMFORTABLE! You are a gem. It was truly an honor! R.  08.12.08 - 3:37pm
James Day - Go Ms Samm Blake.. Ms Australia representative... I am glad you made it to see J*! JD  08.12.08 - 3:36pm
Amber Paterson - That picture is adorable! I can't wait to see the rest of them!  08.12.08 - 3:17pm
DrewB - That story brought me to tears, Jas. Miss you! Hope you are having fun!  08.12.08 - 3:01pm
Jane Chung - Great story - thanks for sharing! You're a comedian in my book. =)  08.12.08 - 3:00pm
yvonne l - It is a fun picture but seriously, what are you doing to her? Are you helping or hindering? I don't know about you!!  08.12.08 - 2:41pm
Paper Monkey - What a fun picture! Too funny! San Francisco is so much fun. I desperately want to go back. I think me and my pg belly would definitely devour the city and all of its goodness!  08.12.08 - 2:21pm
Katherine Bowman - Such a good story Jasmine! Thanks for sharing it with us!  08.12.08 - 2:10pm
Catie Ronquillo - You rock with such ghetto-fabulous awesomeness! You seriously keep it real, girl! And I identify with that so deeply! I'm so glad that I decided to attend, I was able to hear your words and experience, and that I got to meet you! I'm so starstruck! (Pun intended!) I don't think I've ever left a seminar so pumped, literally my heart pulsated with positive energy all night, it was hard to sleep! And it's a crazy feeling because I don't think I've ever felt this way (except for my amazing fiance ;-) of course), and thank you thank you for your message and genuine kindness. I'm ecstatic I met you, the real you, the same you from your website and blog, it really is SO YOU! :)   08.12.08 - 1:59pm
Janey - I can't believe JD got this one. I don't remember any laughing going on!??!?! HA - yeah, right!!!! SO much fun!!!!!   08.12.08 - 1:24pm
Tunji Sarumi - Good writer. I was stuck to my chair as I read Jasmine's remarkable blogging skills. I exclaimed to myself in a wishful and timely manner how important it is to blog. :D  08.12.08 - 12:55pm
Ashley - That story was beautiful! It really helps to remind me how important it is to really pay attention as we go about our days. There are so many miracles all around us and all we have to do is really look. Thank you so much for sharing. Your take on the world and the types of relationships you build with your clients is an inspiration to me.   08.12.08 - 12:54pm
josh mccullock - dude, you're such a good writer! makin me tear up over here : ) thanks for sharing your story, it was awesome meeting you in Dallas. things have been awesome since that boost of inspiration! keep it up!  08.12.08 - 12:50pm
Chung Nguyen - It was great hearing you speak yesterday. You and DJ are amazing and I learned so much. (: Really looking forward to seeing MJ's wedding pictures!!!  08.12.08 - 12:47pm
Alicia - I teared up with this story. It's so awesome to witness small little victories every day. Makes me fall in love with the human spirit. Can't wait to see Janey's wedding pics! ;)  08.12.08 - 12:38pm
Lydia - Thank you again for coming to San Francisco! You're just like I imagined from reading your blog. My mind is still racing from all the information, and I'm sitting here making tons of lists on post it notes. If anyone is still trying to make up their mind whether or not to attend the Free to Succeed Tour, do it!! Jasmine and DJ are the best! Jasmine's story alone makes it worth it!!  08.12.08 - 12:30pm
Allison - You made it home! I bet Polo is elated! Thank you for the most awesome slumber party and having breakfast in bed with me, and the memories I'll forever cherish of a half-ambiened Jasmine shushing party-goers on the street!! I'll miss you! xo  08.12.08 - 12:22pm