10.11.08 Personal

Look! At! This!

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here were a couple days this week when I felt like I was running so fast I left a portion of my body elsewhere. Moments when overdrive seemed like a welcomed break from lightspeed. Yesterday, after spending most of the afternoon in a meeting, I returned to my computer to finish my To-Do List. If it were up to JD, he’d set my List to a stake and dance around the firepit while it burned to ashes. He hates my List and, well, I love it. Perhaps a little too much.

As I was working, JD came up beside me and said I needed to take a break. To get away from my mouse and instead use my finger to point at things—like the sun! the sky! the clouds!—as opposed to navigating a cursor on a large, glowing screen. Nah, I said. Couldn’t he see my List? And all the things on it that were SUPPOSED TO BE COMPLETED TODAY?

Then he said something that made me laugh so hard. You need to celebrate life. Just like that. His tone was like some Vote Or Die campaign, complete with a somber face and squinted eyes. And when asked just how, exactly, we’d celebrate life, he responded, With Thai food and the last bit of the Dodgers game, of course!

It was over yellow curry and pad thai when I realized JD might have been right. Okay, okay, he was right. Life is about walking away from what I think should be done, and doing what could be done. At lunch, we toasted with our glasses of water and I used my finger to point at things that mattered—like the curry! the tom yum kah! the Joe Torre!—instead of navigating a computer screen.

I’m off to shoot a fun wedding, but here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store next week…


Happy Saturday!
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vanessa H - wow love the alley shoots!! great job girl  10.17.08 - 10:51pm
sheila lory - Hi j*, love you blog, I always read it. I was hoping you could tell us what camera bag you use to hold ALL your gear and what bag you use to shoot with? This would help me out a lot. Thanks girl!  10.13.08 - 8:25am
jeramy - if you're back in the bay area...'bangkok kitchen' in concord is THE BEST thai place....EVER!  10.13.08 - 8:23am
Megan Beth - I need to get myself a 'JD' to pull me away from my mouse  10.12.08 - 10:26am
Anne Nunn Photography - I totally understand! It is SO DIFFICULT to not do what we think "should" be done. I am always thinking "I just need to get this done..." I will try to relax a bit today. :)  10.12.08 - 8:47am
Shyla Dalirifar - JD would like the song by Brett Dennen called Blessed. Tell him to go listen ;) xoxo  10.12.08 - 6:23am
deB perry - JD is so right...and I'm so glad you took him up on his suggestions. I did the same thing this weekend with my sister and mom...we went for a long 4.1/2 drive to pick (and point) at apples ;-)  10.12.08 - 6:20am
kymberli q. - AWESOME sneak peek!!  10.11.08 - 11:26pm
Brian Khang - I agree! We all need to take a break from time to time. It's so hard to walk away when you want to get everything done! Now I want some Thai food!  10.11.08 - 11:22pm
Candice Brooke - I love this! I can not wait to see it all! Candice  10.11.08 - 8:37pm
Laura - FMN Design - And I find getting lost in my list and checking things off IS celebrating life. But, thank goodness there are wonderful partners to remind us that there is a beautiful world around and to enjoy that too.  10.11.08 - 7:23pm
Joan Solitario - Thank you first of all for replying to my questions Jasmine! I know you're SO busy, but you always make time to reply and I'm really thankful you do although your to do list is always full. I can't wait to see your upcoming photos, but yes, enjoy the simple joys in life :-D  10.11.08 - 6:53pm
makeupbynora - Yea!!!!! Thank you for the sneak peek, can't wait to see the rest. Nora  10.11.08 - 4:16pm
nic - JD sounds like sanity personified...dead useful sometimes, ain't he? my hubby's the same way for me. i hate him while he's forcing me to deviate from THE LIST, but love him once i'm inhaling that decadent curry steam.  10.11.08 - 2:22pm
Bobbie Brown - Ohhhh! I love this picture! And way to go JD for making you take a break!  10.11.08 - 2:09pm
Karen - I was wondering what do you use to keep your dog fur under her eyes from getting brown?   10.11.08 - 2:05pm
stephen - you have a wonderful partner in crime =) cheers to a beautiful saturday  10.11.08 - 2:04pm
Ashley - Yellow Curry and Tom Yum Kai!! You can always take a break for Tom Yum Kai! Even better is the Thai Toast at Toi in LA. Mmmm. I'm hungry now!  10.11.08 - 1:33pm
Cathy Crawley - When JD said "you need to celebrate life" did he sound like James Earl Jones? That's the voice that popped into my head anyway! LOL  10.11.08 - 1:28pm
Amy in SC - The most ground-breaking thing that I took from the Free to Succeed Tour (boo, J* wasn't at my stop...) was DJ's statement that "The road to perfection only leads to procrastination." Glad you took a moment to enjoy the world and your hubby! I'm off to enjoy the fall weather and a street festival myself... :-)  10.11.08 - 12:36pm
Lissa - You have a good man there Jasmine! ;o)  10.11.08 - 12:06pm
Yuka photo art - This picture intrigues me!I love this little detail in her hair...  10.11.08 - 10:39am
Amy T Schubert - he's sweet. like my hubby. It's nice, huh? That they love you so much that they MAKE you do what is best for you ... xo -A  10.11.08 - 10:28am
jess@studio3z - what is it with people in our profession being "work-a-holics?" Perhaps it is that we have such a strong passion for what we do, and it is hard to keep us from it. :) I'm quite familiar with the feeling, and the ever present "to do" list. Good going JD!  10.11.08 - 9:58am
Wendy Mayo - Oh Jasmine! My husband does the same thing to (for) me. Isn't it nice we have someone who cares for us enough to pry our pointy finger away from the mouse?!  10.11.08 - 9:45am
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