Reveling. In the Moment.


She sat across the table from me–two empty bowls of oatmeal between us–and adjusted her ponytail. She glanced at her suitcases by the door and said she was going to visit her sports psychologist before training at the Olympic Training Center later that day. Brianna spent the night at my house after flying from her coach’s track in Florida, but I wouldn’t let her leave without oatmeal…maybe it was years of my mother’s Puerto Rican guilt and insistence that it’s the best breakfast a person could eat. And if someone is headed to the Olympic Center, then by all things holy I WILL STUFF OATMEAL DOWN HER THROAT.

We chatted after her appointment and Brianna sounded like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders. Ten years, she said, ten years I’ve been training for this moment and though every step has been a battle, I’m simply going to celebrate I made it this far. At the risk of sounding cliche, Bri is going to the Olympic Trials knowing it’s about the journey, not the destination…each battle, not the war.

I couldn’t help but apply the same principle to my life. How many times have I waited for a big moment to happen–to actually be in it–only to let the memories slip through my hand like sand because I was too worried about the outcome/performance/story/image. Far too many times I’ve looked back at my life and wished I allowed myself the permission to simply revel. Revel in the impossibilities, in the hard work, in the accomplishment simply for what it is.

Brianna has a long road ahead of her as she competes at the Olympic Trials this weekend in Eugene, Oregon. A small group of friends will be by her side cheering her on…but, most of all, insisting she revel in being the moment for which she worked so hard. Of course, we hope she earns a spot on the Olympic team headed to London, but for now, we’ll simply cheer from the sidelines…and hope she revels. In the moment.

Before we left, I tried explaining to Brianna that if gold medals were given for dancing, I’d be the Michael Phelps of The glad JD was on hand to capture me schooling her.

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  1. Nadja

    June 25th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Love the last picture! Good luck to your friend!

  2. Paige Overturf

    June 25th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Awesome and inspiring!

  3. Tammy

    June 25th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Can you say what trial event she’ll be in? I’m guessing… track and field.

  4. Heather

    June 25th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    LOVE the details that you captured here about her… and that last picture, awesome!

  5. Marissa Nicole

    June 25th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    As odd as it sounds, you make me want to be your friend. Hehe!

  6. Life with Kaishon

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    She is awesome! She is going to rock it out!

  7. Alex Sablan

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    This is exactly why I love photography, its the passing moments we, as photographers, have to capture and preserve for later. Being a grandson of an Alzheimer affected grandmother, I am thankful for every moment I can capture.

  8. Candace S.

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Reading this brings tears to my eyes, what a beautiful friend you are and how great it is to be reminded of the journey vs the destination. Gonna try to live in the moment today 🙂 Great post.

  9. Nathalie Boucry

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    My entire last week was about "Waiting" and contemplating about the "why" and the "how"… and then, ever so accidentally, a friend handed me a dvd titled "I’m in a hurry and God’s not" I had to laugh at the "coincidence" and started watching it straight away… the message in a nutshell "We need to get better at waiting, with an expecting heart and a good attitude". And now I am reading your post… God is all around us, looks after us, and makes happen what needs to happen and when it needs to happen in our lives. This is all we need to concern ourselves with. God knows better than us. We must stop trying to figure so many things out and just be happy and grateful! Thank you, Jasmine for being an inspiration, again and again!

  10. Amanda

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    This post realllly made me want oatmeal… and to enjoy the accomplishments along the way. But really, I’m going to make some oatmeal now!

  11. Giovanna

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Awesome post Jasmine! i enjoy random inspiring stories like this one soooo much! let us know the outcome so we can cheer with her.. keep them coming 🙂

  12. Tara

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    very insightful. I need to make sure I do this as well.

    you two are beautiful!

  13. ashley barnett

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Gosh she is stunning- love her necklace! 🙂 Good luck Brianna!

  14. Brittany G.

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Love this!! Love you both <3
    Bri, your perserverance and dedication deserves a gold medal all on it’s own. You’re amazing, not because of where you might go, but because of how you chose to try and get there. Proud of you, no matter what the outcome!

  15. Gail

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    We saw some of the trials yesterday (I had no idea they go on as long as they do — here I was thinking you two were there cheering her on already!)

    Good luck Brianna!

  16. Jessica Vidmar Photography

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    love this : )

  17. Brianna

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hey man, remember what we said about keeping my emotions in check this week?! Blogs like this make me EMOTIONAL!!! I love you. I love you for the oatmeal, for the warm bed, for my new dye job, for the yummy food, for the ability to open my heart, for understanding me, for the support, and for the times when I don’t need words-or just refuse to give them. You see my dream, you believe in my dream, and you stand by my side as I chase it (and hopefully snap a few cool pictures). I spent the last couple days with you guys so that I could come here grounded (and well fed), and you did that. Now all that’s left is to enjoy the moment. I will. See you this weekend… Love you to the moon.

  18. Maria Healey

    June 25th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I don’t always stand back and take in the moment for what it is either. Almost a year ago I did though and it almost brought me to tears as I was driving down the highway. I realized I had totally just finished up a game-changing wedding. I was so proud of the images I had captured and the confidence I felt the entire day. I can remember everything about that moment and I’m so happy I took the time to embrace it. Thanks for the reminder 😉

  19. Kim Renee

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    That’s around the same message my Pastor preached this weekend…to live in the "now". Thanks for your post! It reaffirmed that message for me 🙂

  20. MiaS

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Good Luck Brianna !
    Everyone in Tucson is rooting for you!
    Bear Down!!!

  21. Marissa

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    What a great friendship the too of you have!! Go Brianna!! Wishing you the best of luck!!

  22. Anna

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:26 pm


  23. Marie Brie

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Have you guys ever arm wrestled? I’m not sure who’s biceps are bigger. Good luck in Oregon!!!!

  24. Bobbie Brown

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Ohhh! Congrats to her for making it this far and I hope she makes it all the way! But, to make it even this far is a huge victory!

  25. Christy Tyler

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I love this. My husband believes this to be so true he even has a tattoo on his calf that says, "REVELRY" to remind him to enjoy the life in front of him. Every minute of it.

  26. Katy Starr

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    You make me laugh. You make me cry. You make me think I can be a fabulous photographer. Thank you for all of it.

  27. kayla :)

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    LOVE this post, Jasmine. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Diane

    June 25th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    she’s in the long jump, on friday

  29. Isabelle

    June 25th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Love this post. Thanks for sharing this inspiration!

  30. Kandise

    June 25th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Good luck, Brianna!

  31. Matt

    June 25th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Yer funny! 🙂

    What events is Brianna competing in? So we know when/who to watch and cheer for.

  32. Jasmine

    June 25th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    For those who asked, Brianna will be competing in the Long Jump on Friday and, hopefully, make it to the Finals on Sunday… 🙂

  33. Tasha Prescott-Wilson

    June 25th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Hey Bri! It’s yours for the taken lady! God has not brought you this far without reason. J*, oatmeal is my favorite! We are "honeymooning, whoohooo" and yet I checked both your and brianna’s blogs to see what was up! Addicted! Cheer loud and do the robot just so we know it’s you Jasmine!

  34. Ashley Goodwin

    June 25th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I had a dream the other night that she was on every magazine cover. So, it’s destiny.

    Just what I needed to hear this morning. After thinking thinking and overthinking my business, what’s going right, what’s wrong, and what my purpose is in general, I needed the reminder to enjoy my time hear and revel in it. To not waste a single moment.
    Thanks boo.

    and GO BRIANNA GO!!!!!! I’ll be watching and cheering that’s fo sho.

  35. Millie

    June 26th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Bri, already praying for this weekend!!!! May a gust of wind come along at the perfect time and carry you even further in your jump!! Love, Millie

  36. Mom

    June 26th, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Brianna keeps getting more beautiful as the years go by! Awesome pictures Jasmine. Go Bri!!

  37. Lisa P.

    June 26th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Very touching post. Here’s to true friendship and wise words! Good look Brianna.

  38. Michelle

    June 26th, 2012 at 3:05 am

    "Revel in the impossibilities, in the hard work, in the accomplishment simply for what it is." You just hit a home run, no, a GRAND SLAM with this. Reading this post and seeing Brianna’s wishbone necklace simply made my day a whole lot better. Good luck Brianna!

  39. LEOLAK

    June 26th, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Brianna is truly breath-takingly GORGEOUS!! Such a great post in honor of your friend. Good luck Brianna! Cheering you on from the Chi!!

  40. Lisamarie

    June 26th, 2012 at 4:39 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your friend as she goes through the trials. Its such a stressful thing. My good friend is on the Olympic Water Polo team! I always hope the best for our US teams, but secretly hope even more for those people that we know and love!

  41. Elizabeth

    June 26th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    How exciting for Brianna…just let her know she has tons of fans rooting for her. GOOD LUCK !!

  42. Kimberly

    June 26th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Good luck to Brianna! Her face is precious in the last pic and your moves….well…most righteous!

  43. Amanda Skiba

    June 26th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    What awesome advice J! Revel in the moments…I keep telling myself the same things…stop worrying and ENJOY every morsel of the moment!

  44. Ashley Christine

    June 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Breath taking post! I’m inspired.

  45. Trude

    June 27th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    So awesome. You can really see her focus + peace in that first portrait. And of course you’d win at the Robot! 🙂

  46. rachael

    June 28th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    love her necklace, great blog post!

  47. Regan

    June 28th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Jasmine you are hilarious! My boyfriend would love your thoughts on oatmeal… he tries to shove baked oatmeal down my throat any chance he can get haha. Coincidentally, he’s at the OTC in lake placid right now! Though he won’t be paddling in London.

    I love your blog and your photography 🙂

  48. Tammy

    July 1st, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Looks like Brianna made it to the finals! I hope she jumps well today! I’ll be rooting for her to place in the top three!

  49. cassandra-m

    July 1st, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    GOOD LUCK Today Brianna. Many prayers coming from Savannah, GA. :)))))))