12.31.08 Personal

Bring It On

T
he New Year always brings about this crazy sense of hope for me. This wild and brazen feeling down in my gut (ahem...my rather big, holiday gut!) that makes me believe I can do just about anything I set my mind to. New beginnings mark an opportunity to leave my fears and doubts from yesteryear behind and dream for impossibilities.

I, however, know that impossibilities are, well, impossible without the help of my amazing family, friends, and clients. The people I am surrounded with next year makes me so darn hopeful for the things to come. God has been undoubtedly good to me and though I'm completely undeserving of such blessings, I humbly accept such goodness. Okay, okay. So I don't really humbly accept...it's more like Bring it on, God, BRING IT ON!!! But you get my point.

I just wanted to take the time to thank you, my fabulous and ever-so-fierce blog readers, for making me feel like the luckiest girl to be alive. Though we are connected via an illuminated screen, I feel the love and encouragement. I appreciate your time more than I can adequately express. Thank you. I hope you spend this New Year's Eve surrounded by your most favorite people and 2009 yields life's sweetest fruit!

And because posts are always better with pictures, here's a [terrible] snapshot of Bianca, me, and JD at dinner last night. We ate at a delicious restaurant owned by an Israeli chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu called Seasons. It was a splendid evening and a night I wish I could recreate it for eternity...

Happy New Year!


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Jessica - Cute! Cute! Cute! You should do a contest with pictures of you and your sister on your blog, and see who can guess right. It would be so difficult! Actually, disregard because I would FAIL!!! : ) I hope 2009 brings you even more success!  01.27.09 - 4:16pm
Leather photograph album - Wow loving the photos :)  01.06.09 - 6:50am
Lisa - Thanks for having such a great blog that I can check out and learn more about photography! I love looking at your photos. :)   01.05.09 - 2:37am
ohana photographers - david & kimi - hope you had a blessed new year jas!  01.04.09 - 11:26am
Vivian Tran - You all your just so CUTE...I love it!  01.03.09 - 1:00am
Jacqueline Tse - I really enjoy reading your blog. Rock on in Costa Rica!  01.02.09 - 1:04pm
mella - my love, i miss you. all. hurry home. i feel like i haven't seen you in forever (and YES, i know it's been a week). don't forget my present, though! :o) i'm off to ralph's to find more things to blend in my new blender. best christmas gift EVER! lol. xo!  01.02.09 - 12:21pm
Onsite Minnesota, Minneapolis - Happy New Year!  01.02.09 - 10:17am
Candace Prokopets - Happy New Year!!!  01.02.09 - 6:35am
Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs - Thanks to you J* for inspiring me beyond belief with your beautiful pictures...Happy New Year!  01.02.09 - 5:31am
michelle cunningham - that's not fair. i can't tell which is you and which is jd. lol. jk!!!! happy new year!   01.02.09 - 1:01am
test - test  01.02.09 - 12:00am
Adrienne - Wow, you two beautiful girls look alike! Do you share a dentist? She/he does great work! Happy new year!  01.01.09 - 6:46pm
R - Happy New Year J*!  01.01.09 - 2:15pm
Natarsha N. Wright - HAPPY NEW YEAR!  01.01.09 - 1:51pm
Pascal - Happy New Year I hope that 2009 brings you everything you wish for.  01.01.09 - 11:53am
Kate Noelle - Thanks for being a blessing in my life in 2008...I'm looking forward to more this year! :)  01.01.09 - 11:13am
jen from windy ridge - Happy New Year. The snapshot is beautiful, I love it!  01.01.09 - 10:22am
G.E. Masana - Man! I want your dentist's number. And Bianca's.  01.01.09 - 8:34am
Val McCormick - Feliz Año Neuvo, Jasmine! Thanks so much for the awesome pointer, tips, inspiration and stories. I absolutely LOVE reading your blog. Que dios te bendiga! ~Hugs~ Val  01.01.09 - 5:50am
cassandra m - HAPPY NEW YEAR Jaz, Bianca & JD! Hope you guys are having a blast. Fun idea...take a photo of JD between the two of you and see if people can tell who is who...ha.ha. Prayers for a safe trip home...GOD bless !  01.01.09 - 5:27am
terri Z - happy new year to all 3 of you !! i am sure you are having a blast !!   01.01.09 - 3:56am
Apple - aww. thanks too Jasmine for giving as fabulous tips, reminders, wishes and inspiration when we go to your blog! happy new year to you and your family Jasmine Star!:)  01.01.09 - 1:11am
Annie - New Years came for me with 15,000 young people at a conference praising that very God who has been good to me too...It was awesome. :)  01.01.09 - 12:06am
Papi - It's 2318 Hours, here in LA CALIFUSA...thinking of all three of you. We love you. Mami e Papi....Oh, Polo is alive and well!!! 143. Dada  12.31.08 - 10:22pm
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) - Happy New Years J!   12.31.08 - 9:51pm
Mands - Have a fantastic 2009!   12.31.08 - 9:35pm
joshua k - Have a blessed year Jasmine :)  12.31.08 - 9:17pm
Jeff and Lisa Llarena - Here's to an amazing year ahead!  12.31.08 - 8:01pm
Dawn B - Just a quick note to say I am soooo glad I found your blog last year! What an encouragement you have been. I look forward to more awesome photos, your life stories, and pictures of that studly Polo! (OK, JD can be studly too!)   12.31.08 - 7:37pm
brooke bowland - wishing you all the best that 09' has to offer! looking forward to continuing to admire your adventures...  12.31.08 - 7:19pm
Brianna Phelan - Happy New Year and all the best in 2009!!  12.31.08 - 6:18pm
Linda - Yes, Happy New Year, with anticipation of all that the Lord has in store for 2009.  12.31.08 - 4:20pm
Alice - WOW, you and your sister look exactly alike! Twins? I thought you cut and pasted another picture of yours on the side!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!  12.31.08 - 3:41pm
jeramy - happy new year to you!  12.31.08 - 2:57pm
Liza - Happy New Year! I can't wait to see what is in store for you in the upcoming year!  12.31.08 - 2:44pm
Araxi - Happy New Year!! May you and your family have a blessed year :)  12.31.08 - 2:25pm
Feuza - Good thing you are at a sunny place, just snowed today in the east coast and it is freezing, I am home with such a cold, but a toast to all of you who inspire me such.  12.31.08 - 1:58pm
Katherine Bowman - Happy New Year Jasmine Star! Can't wait to see what God has in store for you next year! And for me! :)  12.31.08 - 1:44pm
PREMA BUCK - Happy New Year Jasmine!  12.31.08 - 1:39pm
brianna - Happy New Year to three of my favorite people! Love you guys...sip some champagne for me!!!  12.31.08 - 1:34pm
Tanya Perez - Happy New Years Jas!  12.31.08 - 1:07pm
Nelly Chung - Happy New Year!  12.31.08 - 12:28pm
Tina - Happy New Year! You guys are adorable. I'm going to Central America in April 2009 to the Mayan pyramid site of Chichen Itza. Can't wait!  12.31.08 - 11:36am
Julie Cruz - Happy New Year to one of the cutest couples I know (errrr blog stalk)!!   12.31.08 - 10:40am
Bobbie Brown - I would just like to say that even though I have never met you I read your blog most every day and feel as if you are a close friend! I always look forward to your posts, thank you for always being entertaining, honest and for sharing so much with all of us (life, photography, tips and tricks, advice, etc.) Happy New Year! XoXo  12.31.08 - 10:30am
rizza san agustin - Jasmine - what an inspiring post! Looking forward to 2009, what's in store, your blog and anything else! I think many of us can agree that you inspire so many of us! Cheers to a new year!   12.31.08 - 10:05am
Lydia - Hey, you've got catch lights in that picture, so it can't be all that bad! Happy New Years!  12.31.08 - 9:39am
brittany moncrief - I second Colin in asking if you and your sister are identical twins.  12.31.08 - 9:30am
Kayleen T. - Happy New Years!  12.31.08 - 9:27am
angel swanson - happy new year, jasmine! double-date in the new year... stat! xoxo  12.31.08 - 9:16am
Joan Solitario - HAPPY NEW YEAR JASMINE!!! ;)  12.31.08 - 9:01am
Deyla Huss Photog - I have to ask girl! are you and your sister Identical twins???  12.31.08 - 8:58am
Tira J - Happy New Year Jasmine, JD and Bianca! May you continue to be blessed into 2009! It is going to be a great year!   12.31.08 - 8:48am
Melissa - Happy New Year!  12.31.08 - 8:47am
Yuka photo art - Happy happy happy New Year to you and to your family!   12.31.08 - 8:47am
Cherie-Lynn Buchanan - My you tw