Bring It On

Bring It On


The 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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  1. Colin -

    Are you two twins?? Holy moly!!!

    Beautiful Gals!

    Happy New Year!

      12.31.08 - 3:50 pm

  2. liam -

    enjoy costa rica. we’re in the midst of 30cm….(12 inches) of blowing snow. hapy new year!

      12.31.08 - 3:52 pm

  3. kelly -

    I love your energy!

      12.31.08 - 4:04 pm

  4. jackie wonders -

    pretty sure you and JD are gonna have the cutest little kids 🙂 just sayin’

      12.31.08 - 4:17 pm

  5. Michelle -

    Since you are in Costa Rica you have to go to el volcan arenal, you absolutly have to go, its a long drive but i guess the hotel have tours to take you there. its an active volcano and you see lava its totally awsome, also they have hot spring waters which are heated from the volcano. they have a waterfall also its soo cool you must go and in the town of arenal they have a butterfly farm a must see also, you have to go check it out since you are soooo close. If you do decide to go, go with the hotel tour, dont go seperate cause buses leave only twice a day. and its a long ride. you have to go along side this huge lake, which is sooo cool. hope you have a great time!

      12.31.08 - 4:25 pm

  6. Emily Mason -

    Happy New Year Jasmine! have fun in that beautiful weather! It’s cold here.

      12.31.08 - 4:36 pm

  7. Fishgirl -

    Like two drop of water!!! gorgeous girls!! God Bless!! Happy New Year.. Feliz Año Chicas!!

      12.31.08 - 4:39 pm

  8. Cherie-Lynn Buchanan -

    My you two look a like. You and your sister that is, not you and JD- cause that would just me creepy, he’s cue and all but- ya creepy, just say’n. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and Happy New Year, may it bring you closer to everything you hold dear. Cheers, CL

      12.31.08 - 4:44 pm

  9. Yuka photo art -

    Happy happy happy New Year to you and to your family!

      12.31.08 - 4:47 pm

  10. Melissa -

    Happy New Year!

      12.31.08 - 4:47 pm

  11. 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 - 4:48 pm

  12. Deyla Huss Photog -

    I have to ask girl! are you and your sister Identical twins???

      12.31.08 - 4:58 pm

  13. Joan Solitario -


      12.31.08 - 5:01 pm

  14. angel swanson -

    happy new year, jasmine! double-date in the new year… stat! xoxo

      12.31.08 - 5:16 pm

  15. Kayleen T. -

    Happy New Years!

      12.31.08 - 5:27 pm

  16. brittany moncrief -

    I second Colin in asking if you and your sister are identical twins.

      12.31.08 - 5:30 pm

  17. Lydia -

    Hey, you’ve got catch lights in that picture, so it can’t be all that bad! Happy New Years!

      12.31.08 - 5:39 pm

  18. 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 - 6:05 pm

  19. 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 - 6:30 pm

  20. Julie Cruz -

    Happy New Year to one of the cutest couples I know (errrr blog stalk)!!

      12.31.08 - 6:40 pm

  21. 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 - 7:36 pm

  22. Nelly Chung -

    Happy New Year!

      12.31.08 - 8:28 pm

  23. Tanya Perez -

    Happy New Years Jas!

      12.31.08 - 9:07 pm

  24. brianna -

    Happy New Year to three of my favorite people! Love you guys…sip some champagne for me!!!

      12.31.08 - 9:34 pm

  25. PREMA BUCK -

    Happy New Year Jasmine!

      12.31.08 - 9:39 pm

  26. 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 - 9:44 pm

  27. 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 - 9:58 pm

  28. Araxi -

    Happy New Year!! May you and your family have a blessed year 🙂

      12.31.08 - 10:25 pm

  29. Liza -

    Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see what is in store for you in the upcoming year!

      12.31.08 - 10:44 pm

  30. jeramy -

    happy new year to you!

      12.31.08 - 10:57 pm

  31. 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 - 11:41 pm

  32. Linda -

    Yes, Happy New Year, with anticipation of all that the Lord has in store for 2009.

      1.1.09 - 12:20 am

  33. Brianna Phelan -

    Happy New Year and all the best in 2009!!

      1.1.09 - 2:18 am

  34. brooke bowland -

    wishing you all the best that 09′ has to offer! looking forward to continuing to admire your adventures…

      1.1.09 - 3:19 am

  35. 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!)

      1.1.09 - 3:37 am

  36. Jeff and Lisa Llarena -

    Here’s to an amazing year ahead!

      1.1.09 - 4:01 am

  37. joshua k -

    Have a blessed year Jasmine 🙂

      1.1.09 - 5:17 am

  38. Mands -

    Have a fantastic 2009!

      1.1.09 - 5:35 am

  39. Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) -

    Happy New Years J!

      1.1.09 - 5:51 am

  40. 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

      1.1.09 - 6:22 am

  41. 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. 🙂

      1.1.09 - 8:06 am

  42. 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!:)

      1.1.09 - 9:11 am

  43. terri Z -

    happy new year to all 3 of you !!
    i am sure you are having a blast !!

      1.1.09 - 11:56 am

  44. 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 !

      1.1.09 - 1:27 pm

  45. 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!


      1.1.09 - 1:50 pm

  46. G.E. Masana -

    Man! I want your dentist’s number.

    And Bianca’s.

      1.1.09 - 4:34 pm

  47. jen from windy ridge -

    Happy New Year. The snapshot is beautiful, I love it!

      1.1.09 - 6:22 pm

  48. Kate Noelle -

    Thanks for being a blessing in my life in 2008…I’m looking forward to more this year! 🙂

      1.1.09 - 7:13 pm

  49. Pascal -

    Happy New Year I hope that 2009 brings you everything you wish for.

      1.1.09 - 7:53 pm

  50. Natarsha N. Wright -


      1.1.09 - 9:51 pm

  51. R -

    Happy New Year J*!

      1.1.09 - 10:15 pm

  52. Adrienne -

    Wow, you two beautiful girls look alike! Do you share a dentist? She/he does great work!

    Happy new year!

      1.2.09 - 2:46 am

  53. test -


      1.2.09 - 8:00 am

  54. michelle cunningham -

    that’s not fair. i can’t tell which is you and which is jd. lol. jk!!!! happy new year!

      1.2.09 - 9:01 am

  55. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs -

    Thanks to you J* for inspiring me beyond belief with your beautiful pictures…Happy New Year!

      1.2.09 - 1:31 pm

  56. Candace Prokopets -

    Happy New Year!!!

      1.2.09 - 2:35 pm

  57. Onsite Minnesota, Minneapolis -

    Happy New Year!

      1.2.09 - 6:17 pm

  58. 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!

      1.2.09 - 8:21 pm

  59. Jacqueline Tse -

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Rock on in Costa Rica!

      1.2.09 - 9:04 pm

  60. Vivian Tran -

    You all your just so CUTE…I love it!

      1.3.09 - 9:00 am

  61. ohana photographers - david & kimi -

    hope you had a blessed new year jas!

      1.4.09 - 7:26 pm

  62. Lisa -

    Thanks for having such a great blog that I can check out and learn more about photography! I love looking at your photos. 🙂

      1.5.09 - 10:37 am

  63. Leather photograph album -

    Wow loving the photos 🙂

      1.6.09 - 2:50 pm

  64. 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!

      1.28.09 - 12:16 am

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