He Beckons


When I started the year, I decided to take more risks. 2011 was all about getting crazy. For some people, crazy late nights, rock and roll, and dancing on tables, but my sort of crazy is adding a banana to my protein shake. Oh! The! Risk! I’m such a ledge-walker sometimes I scare myself.

One of my goals for this year was to write more. To go out of my way, sit down, and write. I made the commitment (along with my friend Gail) to write everyday for the entire month of January and the process has been much harder than I anticipated. There were nights when I pounded my head on the keyboard because I couldn’t find the words, but I’m incredibly proud to say I didn’t miss a day. The end of the month is on Sunday and when I complete my writing assignment, I plan to get crazy. Not bananas, but dance on a table. Preferably a low one because I have a tendency to fall.

JD has been extraordinarily supportive through this process and even though there were some late nights involved, he was the force that pushed me through. In addition to offering valuable insight, he snapped photos of the work progression. Most were on a polaroid camera, but he captured this a few nights ago…

It was late and I just got home from a meeting, but I needed to finish my writing assignment. I laid on the floor and wrote until Polo lost his patience and brought me his ball to play. In that moment, we–all three of us–were happy.

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  1. Rich Park

    January 28th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    thank you for writing everyday! you are a blessing to all us readers out here

  2. Life with Kaishon

    January 28th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  3. Alex

    January 28th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    You and Polo are so cute 🙂 Would love to read anything you write – you’re such a great writer!

  4. Natasha Hurley

    January 28th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Awwrr – I love this shot of you and the pooch. And so refreshing to hear you talk about pushing yourself. I sat on the stairs last night and listed everything I had buzzing in my head that I wanted to achieve this year. I got stressed. The list was long and I wanted to do everything yesterday. Half way though my boyfriend stopped stiring the fetuccine and told me to BREATHE. Take it in small bites he said. I am going to try.

    Thank you Jasmine as ever for your honesty, and wit. Love it.

  5. Catie Ronquillo

    January 28th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Congrats! Did you have any prompts for your writing, or was it just free writing? And I’d LOVE if someday, if you’re taking risks 😉 to share the piece on Confidence that you read in College Station. It was moving. That may have been a challenge 😉

  6. Candace Prokopets

    January 28th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    What are you writing about? Are you following some kind of book of assignments? I love writing and have been wanting to find something to challenge me more. Great idea! And I love the picture!

  7. Kare

    January 28th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I’m thankful that you share your words with us. You are inspiring in so many ways.

  8. Gail

    January 28th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Doesn’t it feel SO good to be close to the end of the month? So proud of you. (So proud of myself, too, if I’m being honest). Let’s plan to keep this up because this writing business? I’m ALL about it. Kind of like I’m all about squelching that inner voice that told me I couldn’t do this!

  9. Diana Lupu

    January 28th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    So cute!!! He loves soccer! =) I love that you push yourself, and even if it doesn’t always work hard, you share your heart, hard work, successes, and failures. THAT’S why God has brought you to where you are… banana, dancing on tables, and all. =)

  10. mom

    January 28th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Go for it Jasmine! The end result, no doubt, will be great. Can’t wait to read what you’ve penned. You and your sister are great writers. Thank God and thank dad for these late night "story time" hours. Mom

  11. Alicia Candelora

    January 28th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Love this post! Now I am curious to see what all this writing was about….

  12. CA

    January 28th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Don’t forget Monday! The end of the month is on Monday. 🙂

  13. Amanda Hagood

    January 28th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Way to go! If I had a digital gold star, I’d leave it in this comment box 🙂

  14. sharon Snow

    January 28th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I too have been trying this, and it is so hard some days. At these moments of ‘what can I write’? I usually think of the high point of my day, even if it was just something as simple as folding ten tons of laundry, and how it made me feel.
    Love this picture! Do you mind sharing what type/model of polaroid camera you use? I have been thinking of buying one for my kids for valentines day 🙂

  15. Dawn

    January 28th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Polo is so adorable. This is a beautiful shot!

  16. C.I.

    January 28th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I hope, I too, can achieve my dreams as you have.

  17. Stephanie

    January 28th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Precious!!! mine does that too, sometimes I look down after being on the computer and after ignoring him for so long….there is about 6 toys…….but I do make it up to him….adorable;)

  18. Marel

    January 28th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Fabulous, J*! Is that a book in the works?

  19. Eve

    January 28th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I am going to replace Polo with my 18 mth old son… he does that too!! Grows impatient and slowly walks towards me with the remote or ball or box of cookies so we can just sit together and chill! Oh I love Polo!… and my son!

  20. Tarji

    January 28th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    As I look at your picture I see the glaring similarities. The floor looks the same, my house has the same 6 panel doors, we even use the same computer. The difference is– o e is living her dreams, the other is just thinking about it.

  21. Jennifer Jar

    January 28th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Jasmine, this is just WAY TOO CUTE! I love you and Polo and JD! <3

  22. S Abreu

    January 28th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Is all about encouragement dear… beautiful picture and beautiful moment.

  23. Kay

    January 28th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    When are you guys having babies!!! 🙂

  24. Kate Douthwright

    January 28th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    My dog Kali does the same thing but she will sit on you, putting all of her 90 pounds directly in your lap. I wouldn’t have it any other way! Polo is too cute.

  25. Emma Godfrey

    January 28th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Can’t wait to read it! I’ve had an nightmare week and have been filling the short pockets of me time with reading your old blog. I finished it minutes ago and wanted to say thank you for inspiring me and for keeping me going.

  26. Anahy

    January 28th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Polo, you four-legged bundle of joy, you are the bomb!

  27. whitney elizabeth

    January 28th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    hey jasmine! 🙂 love the post and your goal to write more. that, too, is one of my goals for this year. i was inspired by a creative memoir that i just read by julia cameron (martin scorcese’s first wife) and she’s a writer. it’s a very interesting and quick read about not only her life, but creative writing process. just thought i’d share! write on! 🙂

  28. amanda thiessen

    January 28th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    look how tiny that soccer ball is!!!! too cute! 🙂

  29. Carrie K

    January 28th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Our dog, Ella, does that too! She loathes our laptops or cell phones and licks both if we try to type while she’s trying to play. She’ll load up a pile of toys at our feet until we finally give in. And in that moment, all three of us are happy. 🙂

  30. Joseph Chan

    January 28th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Great motivation speech. Take a risk on what you love. Started late in life, and pursing my dreams, and hopefully added extra skill I can use.

  31. Lydia

    January 28th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Adorable! One of my goals for this year is to become a better writer. I guess that comes with writing more?

  32. rachel d

    January 28th, 2011 at 8:14 pm


    you are an inspiration. not only are you talented but you are gorgeous – and from your writing i know you are gorgeous inside and out. you make me want to strive for the stars. thanks for that.

  33. stephanie

    January 28th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    so does this mean we’ll be seeing you at our local bookstores sometime in the future? ;D

  34. AnneMarie

    January 28th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Your clever use of words makes you a great writer! And Tweeter! aMw

  35. Jennifer Folz

    January 28th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Jasmine, thank you for sharing the beautiful talents God has given you. You are inspiring in many ways.

  36. Tira J

    January 28th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Jas, I am so proud of you and Gail for making a commitment to writing for a month. I committed to blogging the entire month of December and ended up missing a few days. It is so hard!!! I love writing, but just wish there was more time in my day. Yes, 2011 is ALL ABOUT RISK. I am right there behind you. Just love the picture of you and Mr. Polo. Have a beautiful weekend. xoxo

  37. damara

    January 28th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    keep writing! i love your perspective and faith and hope in all. it is sweet and simple and true. Mmmm…are you writing a book?! A pioneer womanish heels to trackor wheels…or heels to heels story?

  38. Mikaela

    January 28th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    My goal too! But I’d say you’re much further along (and much more motivated!) than I 🙂 I’m going to take this as encouragement though!

  39. Kristen | K Leigh Ford

    January 28th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you for such a sweet comment Jasmine. I really do appreciate it. 🙂
    I’m actually learning to write. What a wonderful challenge that I’m sure has helped your ability really excel. I just might have to try it myself.
    This photo is by far one of my favorites. It embodies so many end-to-end emotions. Way to go JD. 🙂

  40. Sadie

    January 29th, 2011 at 1:28 am

    That is a good goal. I started the 365 project late last year…and it has been quite difficult to take 1 picture every day…even though i love pictures! It takes extra effort!
    PS. The end of the month is on Monday, 31 days this month. 🙂

  41. Christa

    January 29th, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Love 🙂

  42. katie

    January 29th, 2011 at 6:51 am

    i’ve tried so many times to write even once a week and i’ve failed… i think i have at least 6 journals that are half full… good luck!

    p.s. don’t forget about the 31st this month, that’s monday and my birthday! 🙂

  43. Rebecca H

    January 29th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Congratulations Ms. Star!! I am very proud of you. Holla!

  44. Rachel Peters Photography

    January 30th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    This is such a sweet pic!

  45. Kelsey

    January 30th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Congrats on accomplishing your goal!! Your doggie is too cute!

  46. Daniel Gorman

    January 30th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    thank you for posting all the post you did this month sad that we arnt gonna hear from you everyday.

  47. Stephen Luigi DEI TOS

    January 31st, 2011 at 12:06 am

    knowing that there is another person that think writing is a hard way, comfort me!
    i must to write my first post in my new blog…i want to listen to my heart, but i don’t know if that be enough.What do you think about it? Yeah is a hard night also for me!

  48. Katelyn Alsop

    January 31st, 2011 at 1:54 am

    only rule we have about getting a puppy one day : He/she must be as photogenic as polo.

  49. Jenna Danelle

    January 31st, 2011 at 7:15 am

    My project this year is a 52 Project… I hope it helps me become a better blogger… Here’s to hoping.

  50. Carrie

    January 31st, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I LOOOVE that you share that it’s not always easy to write. You’re basically a superstar, Jasmine. And hearing that you too have difficulty with things like writing gives me such motivation. Your vulnerability inspires all of us!

  51. Whitney

    January 31st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    your happy shows here…so great! And I’m proud of you for writing everyday because my three times a week is tough, can’t even imagine every day…xoxo

  52. Stephanie Hickerty

    February 4th, 2011 at 5:35 am

    I love this photo. My dogs always keep me company when I’m working away late at night. It stirs me how you are so supported by someone you love…I’ve been lucky in this way too, and it’s such a wonderful feeling. I’m so happy for you. 🙂

  53. Brian Davis

    February 8th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Super cute photo

  54. Mirage Noel

    February 8th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I live in the midwest, and we have been snowed in the last couple of days.
    In all of the extra time that I suddenly found on my hands I came across your blog.
    And I don’t mean to come across as creepy, or stalkerish, but I sat down and read all of your post in 1.5 days. Yes, I was bored, but you also have an amazing gift.
    Your words and pictures draw me in, and make me feel different emotions.
    Also, I now want a super elaborate wedding now, thanks for that 🙂
    be free.