Free to Succeed Tour : Santa Barbara


Like most elements in life, the closer you are to the nucleus, the hotter things get. The day after the San Diego tour stop, JD and I made our way to Orange County (the nucleus I call home) to spend a day with Polo and give me the chance to tie up a few things. What was supposed to be a day of yoga-style breathing—filled with doggy kisses and a homemade protein shake—turned into a mad dash to get my laundry done, go to bootcamp, talk with my accountant, and complete a To Do List that went on ad infinitum. As we made our way to Los Angeles for the tour stop the next day, I was applying makeup and taking curlers out of my hair on the Five Freeway. Yes, I was THAT girl.

In the early hours of the next morning, JD and I arrived in Santa Barbara and crawled into bed at 4 a.m.. The Santa Barbara tour stop was the following day and it was wonderful…especially the party David Jay hosted at his house later that evening!

The following day JD and I shot a fantabulous wedding at the Biltmore Four Seasons in Santa Barbara, but later found myself climbing into bed around 4 a.m.. When my alarm blared yesterday morning at 7 a.m., I debated submerging it in a nearby glass of water or flinging it across the room. I was exhausted. But here’s the funny thing: I actually wanted to get back on the tour bus.

Life on the tour bus is calm and refreshing. I feel positive energy from my friends sitting next to me and sleeping on the bunk next to mine. We spent most the day making our way to San Francisco for the next seminar, but we stopped in Monterey for day of relaxation. We went to Carmel By The Sea and sipped on chai lattes on the beach. With my toes submerged tightly in the white sand, I felt like myself again. Deep yoga-style breathing, and all.

The most favorite part of the day was getting this fortune after eating a delicious dinner at Jimmy’s Wok in Carmel…hollllla!

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  1. Tanya Perez

    August 10th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Just wanted to say hi. That’s all 🙂

  2. Kelly Trimble

    August 10th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Is that DJ’s girlfriend? Great picture!

    Glad you have your feet back in the sand 🙂

  3. charlotte leonard

    August 10th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Jasmine, you rock! You have such a fab writing style. The blog is so entertaining.

  4. Alicia

    August 10th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    I think it’s safe to say that your present plans are ALREADY succeeding. Have a blast in my favorite city San Francisco! Please drool over the homes on Marina St. for me!

  5. nena

    August 10th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I love hearing about your adventures and I wish you nothing but happiness and relaxation! =-)

  6. deB perry

    August 10th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Ok…so now I want MY toes in the sand…great photos! Glad you are still loving the tour. I’m trying to get to see you in Alexandria, VA later this month.


  7. tish

    August 10th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    RE: the photo with you and David Jay…looks like you are the "business" and he is the "casual" of "business casual"

    how can you be that pulled together riding around on a bus?

  8. Lyndee

    August 10th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I sure hope that you are coming to Salt Lake this wednesday with the tour! I am so excited it’s not even funny! 🙂

  9. Natarsha N. Wright

    August 11th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Wow! It looks so beautiful. You guys are amazing! Beautiful pictures.

  10. Kenny Kim

    August 11th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Jasmine, I wish I can write like you. 🙂

  11. Valerie A.

    August 11th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Holee Molee!! I love Monterey!! I spent a year there while I was at the Defense Language Institute for a language course. Walking down the hill to go to class in the morning with the loud seals barking in the distance made every single one of my mornings so… so… wonderful!!! My favorite place there was Lover’s Point. Ooohh it was awesome, and I didn’t even have a lover then. :o)

  12. Angela

    August 11th, 2008 at 2:32 am

    It looks like you had great weather in Monterey. I lived there for abour 4 years and loved every day that I was there. I’m so glad you were able to make a stop there. Good luck with the rest of the tour. I don’t get a chance to catch you all but hopefully, if ever done again, I will.

  13. Katherine Bowman

    August 11th, 2008 at 2:36 am

    You are succeeding!!! I’m excited for you that you get to experience this! See you in Kansas City!

  14. Amy V.

    August 11th, 2008 at 3:49 am

    So when are you going to be posting the photos from the "fantabulous" wedding (Janey’s)??? I cannot wait to see them.

  15. Fabuluxe Photos

    August 11th, 2008 at 4:29 am

    I wish I can finish my To Do List just like you. 🙂 The pictures are amazing as always, love the colors 🙂 and congratulations on the fortune cookie… I need one like that.

  16. Lydia

    August 11th, 2008 at 6:27 am

    See you tomorrow!!

  17. jacqueline fronters

    August 11th, 2008 at 7:33 am

    There is something just so amazing about your stories…and photos! Love them!

  18. Cathy and David

    August 11th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Can’t wait to see the tour bus show up in Indianapolis!!!

  19. claire

    August 11th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    *sigh* …. I miss the ocean. If I lived anywhere near one now, I would be there every single day!

  20. cassandra m

    August 11th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Sounds like you are still on a rollercoaster of fun…fun…fun! Even with no sleep, I can bet it is all worth every single minute. Just don’t forget to breathe….

  21. Shawn Kloster

    August 11th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I love SB! Wish I could have there for the fun. I am also glad to see that your "fortune" cookie actually had a "fortune" in it and not some stupid Confucius-esque piece of advice. LOL!

  22. Amber Paterson

    August 11th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    You were able to fit a wedding into the middle of all of this?! I’ve always been impressed with you, but now I’m wondering if have super powers. :o)

  23. Paper Monkey

    August 11th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    It’s about time you got a day to enjoy the scenery! Monterey is beautiful. I hope you enjoyed it.

  24. Jasmine Marie

    August 12th, 2008 at 5:29 am

    I love Carmel and Monterey. There’s something soothing about that area that just wraps you up and comforts you. I love how Allie is looking at DJ in that shot… it’s such a lovingly gaze. 🙂

  25. Christopher

    August 12th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    That part of the world never sucks. 🙂

  26. Val McCormick Photography

    August 12th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Did you really get that fortune! That’s AWESOME and so true!!!

  27. vanessa H

    August 13th, 2008 at 5:45 am

    the pictures look like so much fun!! I love fortune cookies, well except for the defective one I got one time that told me to stay far from airplanes!! I was flying out the next day!! AWWWW
    that was sooo Final destination!!!!

  28. kristi klemens

    August 22nd, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Fortune cookies always come true 🙂