07.21.10 Personal

Reveling in Morning Light

his morning I made a conscious effort to stay away. For a bit. Yesterday I realized I made a mistake and it impacted the rest of my day. I woke up--as usual singing a random song that popped into my head, It Wasn't Me by Shaggy--kissed my boys, completed my morning routine, and cuddled with my laptop by 6:15am. And that's when my day fell into a funk.

Or, rather, I fell into a funk.

I let a few emails derail my morning. And it lingered for the rest of the day.

This morning I made a conscious effort to stay away. I woke up and stayed in bed for a bit longer. Reached over the side of my bed and rubbed Polo's belly for a few more minutes. Listened to the morning chirps more acutely. I realized that the minute my day officially started, I was letting go of the perfection a new day brings. Today I reveled in the pre-morning light. And I'm thankful.

And, really, how bad can a day really be when your dog thinks you're funny?!
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Truc - Too cute for words!  08.03.10 - 8:14am
Apple - aww. hugs jasmine! don't let derailing e-mails get you down!:) you should read our comments instead! it's... .more "reveling in morning light-ish" ;P love polo! and love you!;D  08.01.10 - 10:53am
Chloe - I just read an article about you on the Professional Photographers magazine! you're awesomeee! btw, your dog is so adorable!   07.31.10 - 10:59pm
juls - seriously adorable!!!!!  07.29.10 - 11:04pm
cassandra-m - Luv Polo posts. He looks like he is laughing....Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh.  07.26.10 - 4:28pm
Heather LaBone - I LOVE this! He is the best, and so are you! I am curled up with my laptop about the same time too! Need to stop and take a minute.   07.25.10 - 8:47am
feuza - I just want to bring him home, so true  07.24.10 - 6:31pm
Natalie - I truly understand those's nice to here someone else admit to them:) Thanks Jasmine for all of your honesty & K.I.R:) Polo looks so happy!  07.23.10 - 10:58pm
julia williams - Umm, that song randomly pops into my head *all the time*! The worst part is i'll laugh to myself, tell Brandon what is stuck in my head... and he's like 'what song is that?' I'm so glad i'm not alone now!!!  07.22.10 - 8:28pm
angel - My 3 year old, Lenzi, just walked by the computer at the right time and let out a long "awwwwwww" for Polo. I agree! Luvs!  07.22.10 - 1:05pm
carina - hhahaha this is just too adorable...just look at that just can't have a bad day with a face like that...=)  07.22.10 - 12:51pm
Joe + Kathrina - So true, sometimes it's that extra push to get up and get going, that extra second to pause and realize that each day really is special and we're blessed to have each day that we are given. p.s. Polo totally looks like he's smiling - gotta love a happy pup.  07.22.10 - 11:27am
jakki - I SO believe my dog is smiling and laughing at me, LOL  07.22.10 - 10:29am
Mark Martinez Photography - Beautifully said...each day is truly a gift.  07.22.10 - 7:48am
tiffany - Sooo cute!   07.22.10 - 6:44am
Emily - Reading this has just made my day :) Emails and stress shouldn't rule our lives like they so often do.   07.22.10 - 6:37am
Ana - Polo Fan Club sends much love for this adorable laughing doggy pic! :D  07.22.10 - 12:01am
Denise Saucedo - Guuurrrrrllll tell me someone wasn't being mean to you on email. I will get all ghetto on them if you let me!! :) Hold me back, hold me back!!!! Seriously sometimes we let the negative get the better of us. Like they say it takes one negative person to bring an entire room of positive people down. (or something like that) and its true. But focus on the good and everything seems to always work out. You are wonderful in every possible way. Keep your head up girl. Much love being sent your way. MUAH!!!!  07.21.10 - 11:05pm
Lydia - This is one of those pictures you need to put on your desk to look at when you're feeling down!  07.21.10 - 10:34pm
Linda Sherrill - Your Polo photos are the best! Glad you're having a better day!  07.21.10 - 9:22pm
Cat Watson - Wow, I am impressed that you are not only up, but done your morning routine by 6:15! I gotta whip myself into shape!  07.21.10 - 6:42pm
Haley McClellan - Thank you Jasmine and Polo. I now have a big smile on my face and ready to start the day.  07.21.10 - 5:39pm
caitlin at Focus Photography Inc. - he is so freakin' cute!! haha  07.21.10 - 5:29pm
anne - completely agree. :) I know we have to all learn to not let "the day" overcome us, but other days it's nice just to avoid the "have to learn" part. :)  07.21.10 - 4:13pm
Rita - You inspire me everyday. I'm not a wedding photographer *yet*, but when I grow up, I'll be one. I dream of being as good as you. A girl can dream, right? Don't give anybody the satisfaction of throwing you into a funk. You are fabulous, trully fabulous.  07.21.10 - 2:26pm
Megan (Best of Fates) - Everybody should have a dog - if only to share in the laughter.  07.21.10 - 2:24pm
GrantDeb Wedding Photographers - That's no dog - it's a people! Tooooooo cute!  07.21.10 - 1:34pm
Deborah - I totally understand and get what you are saying. I'm learning what throws me in a funk and tackle it only when I'm perfectly mentally capable. Love the shot!  07.21.10 - 1:21pm
Erika - Great post J*! I felt the same way this week and I loved that you shared this.   07.21.10 - 1:18pm
Julia - Your dog has one of the greatest smiles I've seen all day! He obviously knows how adored he is.  07.21.10 - 12:52pm
Pamela Topping - I love your posts about Polo - he looks like a super cuddly teddy bear, cuteness!  07.21.10 - 12:51pm
drea - even on those bad days youre still an inspiration. your dog is so cute!! im not a dog person (im very allergic) but hes just precious! makes me want one.  07.21.10 - 12:46pm
Felicia Gwen - Ok...hands down, Polo is adorable, and yes, you should not let a few emails derail your day...but what stands out to me in this post is that you were done with your morning routine by 6:15a??? I really have step up my game! :)  07.21.10 - 12:29pm
The Memory Journalists - Starting the day with the dog is always a good way to go. I start everyday with a morning dog walk and it's the most perfect time of the day. He never complains and has such a sweet spirit. Whatever else happens, something good happened first. P.S. Your dog is too cute!  07.21.10 - 12:25pm
Paulette - How very true.. my most memorable days are those that got off to a great start - coffee, sun, and morning critter sounds. No computer in that equation.  07.21.10 - 12:02pm
Victoria de Martigny - Polo is so adorable! I am sending belly scratches his way from a fellow animal lover :-)  07.21.10 - 12:01pm
amanda thiessen - hahah best picture ever!  07.21.10 - 11:58am
Eva - Polo is so cute! Glad to hear that I'm not the only one that gets into Funks... hope to see u guys soon! xoxo  07.21.10 - 11:51am
Kelly Green - Thats photo of Polo is so funny! It really does look like he's laughing : )  07.21.10 - 11:45am
Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs - Love this pic! Polo is so photogenic :)  07.21.10 - 11:44am
Evie Perez - Ha!!! He is such a little ham. I love this picture :) You have the best dog ever, a dog that laughs at you. Now, that is what I call puppy love.  07.21.10 - 11:41am
Barbara Yasuhara - WOOF WOOF, if we could only be like pups, always happy to wake up, and cheerful at the sight of their owners, and unconditional AMOR...siempre! Love Polo!  07.21.10 - 11:38am
Evelyn - Polo is just the most ADORABLE puppy Ive ever seen. My sister will kill me if she heard me say that, lol.. She has a 17lb white cockapoo named Gizmo. What is Polo? I want one =)  07.21.10 - 11:35am
Vania - SimplyBloom Photography, INC - POLO GETS ME EVERY.TIME! He's a celebrity!   07.21.10 - 11:34am
Michael Ririe - Fantastic! You'd think this dog ruled the world!  07.21.10 - 11:29am
Katie - Jasmine you just made my day! I look forward to every new blog, especially when they feature Polo. OMG!  07.21.10 - 11:28am
diana lupu - seriously, Polo looks like the happiest dog on earth! he's always laughing. =) Don't let a few emails ruin your day...they're just jealous of your fabulosity. "If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." -Vincent Van Gogh  07.21.10 - 11:27am
Eileen - It doesn't matter how bad I feel. Laying on the floor with my dog and rubbing her belly reminds to be like a dog and stay in the moment. My troubles are always gone after snuggling with her.   07.21.10 - 11:13am
Rosaura - LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. Just what I needed. And that photo of Polo is one of the cutest you've taken - it makes me happy!  07.21.10 - 11:08am
Christina - This picture of Polo makes me giggle. Super cute :)  07.21.10 - 11:02am
MelissaFoscardo - Love this picture of Polo. Definitely looks like he's "cheesing" for the camera!! Hope you have a great day today!!  07.21.10 - 10:59am
Koko Quiz - Sounds like my mornings. = 0 I love Polo! My 2 girls {pups} request the same morning tummy rubs. But Danggg I can't do it all day.   07.21.10 - 10:57am
Dustin Meyer - Your dog actually looks like he's laughing XD  07.21.10 - 10:57am
AndreaK - Totally adorable!!  07.21.10 - 10:56am
Carlos Bruno - Oh Jaz ... you have ALL rights to have at least one "morning-belly-rubbed" ... NOW SOLDIER ... STAND UP! YOU HAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY TO SAVE! (hehehehehe ... to allow we get 'tacky' J*!)   07.21.10 - 10:55am
B - Whew! Good thing I prayed for you :) THAT'S when everything got so much better ;)  07.21.10 - 10:50am
Julie - Your day cannot be bad when you have a friend like this to bring you joy!   07.21.10 - 10:50am
Natalie Tuggle - Thank you for this wonderful reminder!  07.21.10 - 10:47am
Marissa - Too cute!!  07.21.10 - 10:45am
Diane - - He just makes me smile! Thanks for sharing.  07.21.10 - 10:43am
Kristina - hehe...Polo is THE CUTEST! I have a cold and can't breathe through my nose...stupid cold...  07.21.10 - 10:43am
Lola - Haha, he is so cute! My younger son loves dogs. Older loves cats. Looking at my boys getting along from very early in the morning makes me think that dogs and cats can get along, too :) Anyways, regarding mornings. I pulled off an all nighter today till 7 in the morning. Went to sleep. My 3 year old took care of his little brother as much as he could. I couldn't sleep and woke up in an hour. Found the living room all messed up with cookies and water, lol. My older son says he tried to give his brother breakfast. I love this morning so much!  07.21.10 - 10:41am
corey - Hopefully it will get better, being in California would always make me smile except for the traffic jams!  07.21.10 - 10:41am
Tira J - Polo always brightens my day! Hope you have a great one Jas!  07.21.10 - 10:40am
Jenna Davis - I love it that you always post pictures of your dog! I love taking pictures of my cats but I try not to put too many on my blog because my husband says that people will think I'm weird. Oh well. Let them think it. ;-)  07.21.10 - 10:40am
Vickey Weiss - love it!  07.21.10 - 10:39am
Lisa S - I agree... Cuddling with a dog is the BEST way to start the day! Well, that and a cup (or three!) of caffeine... ;)  07.21.10 - 10:39am
Connie Sithi - I do this, too! Some days you just need that, and on rough days it's nice to have a stinking cute dog like Polo to cheer you up. Great pic!  07.21.10 - 10:38am
Paige Elizabeth - Haha! This is adorable!!  07.21.10 - 10:38am
alicia fierro - he's always smiling so big! & as a friend reminded me this morning, you're too blessed to be stressed... or derailed or in a funk. believe it :)  07.21.10 - 10:36am
LEOLAK - adorable! He looks like he's laughing too! I hope you have a better day today!   07.21.10 - 10:33am
ShannonPD - Polo makes everything better!!! I love how dogs always look like they're laughing. Why can't people be more like that?? That's Personal Project- People with DOG FACES!!! But...that phrase is used here as a compliment! :)   07.21.10 - 10:32am
Steff - oh we've all been there. it happens way more often than i would like. it is why i am just waking up at noon today. *that never, ever, ever happens*  07.21.10 - 10:32am