Free To Succeed Tour : Chicago

n eleven-year-old boy who wanted to teach me all things Gameboy. A Cookie Lee saleswoman. A beautiful financial planner from Newport Coast. A stay-at-home father. A college student. A retired teacher. These are the people I sat next to on flights to new cities in the past week. When JD picked me up from the airport, I kinda felt like I’ve been living on the inside silver cocktail shaker—stirred, on the rocks, and dirty.

After JD prepared an amazing dinner, I sat on the couch and stared blankly as the Women’s Beach Volleyball won the gold medal. It was late, and I was tired. Oh.So.Very.Tired. It was then when JD said what had been on both our minds all day…

Hey, Jaz, you look beat.

And I looked at him with eyes that were all, YOU THINK?!

The good news is that I slept well and now life is back on track for me here in Orange County. I’ll be catching up with editing and emails today, so I hope to be so productive my fingers start smoking from all the work I’m doing. Well, because, I’m hoping today I’ll be THAT fast.

The Free to Succeed seminar in Chicago was absolutely amazing and I have to thank the 160+ photographers who attended! Chicago sure knows how to make a girl feel welcomed, so thanks for proving that the Windy City knows how to represent! One of the cool things about the seminar was that it was filmed in its entirety, so if you haven’t been able to make the tour, you’ll be able to purchase it soon! I don’t have details, but as soon as it’s ready, I’ll blog about it.

A special thanks to Kenny Kim for taking pictures of the seminar…definitely check out his blog for more!

I’m home to shoot a fabulous wedding this weekend in Los Angeles, then JD and I are rejoining the tour in New York City! Holllllllllla! And here’s a TOUR UPDATE: I’ll be staying on the tour through Boston, so if you’re in the New England area, I’d love to meet you!

Happy Thursday!
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Vanessa - Hey J*! It was great to meet you in Chicago!! yeah....I was the girl who actually cut in line to get a picture with ya. Seriously, I'm not normally so RUDE, but my friends and I had a 5 hour drive home that night... It was SO worth it to come to chi-town! Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us. Oh- fellow PK checkin' IN!! ;)   08.28.08 - 5:31pm
Amy - This seminar was so great! I'm excited to know that it will be available to purchase as a video... I will buy it! You and DJ really inspired me in Chicago. I cannot wait to take a retreat and put what I learned to good use!!! And I'm not just talkin' bout it!!! Myself and a few other photographers are planning on a retreat in Hawaii to recharge ourselves and our businesses. Thanks so much for keeping it REAL and inspirational! Amy  08.27.08 - 7:28am
Stephenie Dame - I soooo wish I could have been there =(  08.26.08 - 1:12pm
Paper Monkey - I love Chicago. It's such a fun city. I hope you got a chance to see some sites while you were there, and maybe head over to have a cheezbuger cheezbuger cheezbuger.  08.25.08 - 3:50pm
Jackie Blair - It was so great to finally meet you fellow pk! Gotta say though, my dads presbyterian and he doesn't exactly get the amens & mmhmms outloud!  08.24.08 - 9:00am
Leah - J- Hearing you speak was everything I thought it would be. Even though I don't know you, I felt like I did! You definitely KIR, girl! It was so great to hear your story. Thanks for the great motivation and useful info. I want to be you when I grow up!! God bless.  08.23.08 - 6:12pm
joyful weddings and events - Enjoy your time at home girl!  08.22.08 - 9:43pm
Kelly - Thanks for coming to Chicago...I am so inspired and feel like I am ready to take on the world! P.S. That's me in the turquoise shirt above ;)  08.22.08 - 3:05pm
Kristen Carlson - Jasmine! It was SO amazing to see you and DJ in Chicago. You're even more adorable and fun in person, if that's even possible! Thanks again for the words of wisdom and inspiration. We left the seminar all jazzed up and full of ideas - we talked about it the whole way home... a 3+ hour drive! :)   08.22.08 - 1:29pm
JulieG - Im glad you got to rest, i guess honestly because im selfish and I've been worried since the tour began that by the time you reached us new yorkers you'd be burnt out! I hope you're weekend rocks! and Ill see you monday! yayaay!!!!!!!!  08.22.08 - 10:16am
Sarah W - Nashville.......It would be sooooo great if you made it Nashville!!  08.22.08 - 7:30am
kristi klemens - Well, believe it or not, i was one of those people sitting next to you on the flight home to OC from Chicago :) I knew you must've been SO exhausted and I had to just shut up, put my selfish ideas away, and put myself in your shoes - I know how sucky it can be traveling and how you just want to be left alone. I just wanted to turn around, stand up and shout, "hey everyone, do you know who this incredible lil lady is!?" haha - but i held back. Anyways, i thought i'd say hi now and am just happy to say i sat by ya, ha! KEEP ROCKIN! ps) LOVE the new site!  08.22.08 - 12:18am
Erin - I wish you could have been in Indy tonight! DJ was great none the less though. I'll have to catch you sometime down the road I guess!  08.21.08 - 10:22pm
Steve Chellappa - OHH... you love our city... and you know what CHI-TOWN LOVES YOU TOO... thanks again for your words, it was great to finally meet you and I'm so thankful that God gave me the opportunity to hear you speak. PS: Your blog is so SICK, just... WOO WOO NASTY!!! (a good thing, not insulting) Be BLESSED! :)  08.21.08 - 8:48pm
You make me LOVE to be ME. - Jasmine, you kicked it hard in Chicago! Thanks a million for all the effort you put out, for coming so far to give the rest of the country some love (I had been HOPING you would!). My wheels are spinning with all the information you gave...inspired is such a bland word for what I felt when I left! I'm DETERMINED...  08.21.08 - 6:03pm
Annie P. - Chicago is my hometown! I hope you had a blast's an awesome place!   08.21.08 - 5:34pm
terri z - lucky boston !!!!!! any chance of florida being added to your trip ? please oh please :) definitely keep us updated on the video of chicago - if you can't make it to florida , i will definitely be purchasing it !!  08.21.08 - 1:34pm
nena - I'm so glad to see you're having such a nice time and making such a difference in people's lives. I want to be like you when I grow up! =-)  08.21.08 - 12:09pm
andrew hsu - man it looks like you guys are having a blast. i wish i was there!  08.21.08 - 10:58am
Megan Beth - oh my goodness....Pppppaaaaaalllllleeeeeeeeease stay till DC :)  08.21.08 - 10:45am
Keri Schimpf - So excited you'll be in Boston too!! I'll definitely be sure to say hello :) Yay for staying on the tour!!!!!! xoxo  08.21.08 - 10:24am
Erica Ferrone - I can't BELIEVE you are coming to Boston!!!!! I am so so so excited :)  08.21.08 - 10:00am
Lydia - I'm so glad Paul filmed the whole thing! I've been trying to put things into practice, but I feel like there are a lot of gaps that need to be filled. I took 13 pages of notes, but that still didn't cover everything!  08.21.08 - 9:58am
Jane Chung - I love NYC!! Have a blast!   08.21.08 - 9:23am
Natalie Barlow - I miss you already!!! :)  08.21.08 - 9:17am
Matt Hall - Jasmine It was great to hear your "story" in Chicago. I am totally inspired by you and even DJ. I could have gone to the Indy because it is closer but Indy doesn't have a J Star! Thanks so much!  08.21.08 - 9:09am
Erin Harvey - At least beach volleyball wasn't on as late as on the east coast. I couldn't even stay awake for the end = ( Hope to meet you in NYC. =)  08.21.08 - 9:09am
Yazy - The seminar was AWESOME!! Jasmine you Rock!!!! I am so happy you came to Chicago. :)  08.21.08 - 9:05am
marlene - annnnd... you could head to Charlotte after you visit Alexandria :-D only a 5.5. hour drive, 4.5 if your driver puts the pedal to the metal :)   08.21.08 - 8:55am
Cheyenne Schultz - How about you just swing on over to Charlotte, NC on 9/2 as well? :)  08.21.08 - 8:17am