17 June, 2009

what i like about you (and me), the BIRTHDAY edition


today i am doing a special birthday edition of the what i like about you (and me) series because, not only is it my birthday today, it's naomi's too! so this is my little blog birthday present to you, naomi, my birthday buddy.

if you are new to the series, please read this for the ispiration.

there are about a trillion things that i like about naomi, so it's a little bit difficult to narrow it down. the name naomi means pleasant, delightful, honest, and beautiful. i think she definitely embodies all these characteristics and more. i like naomi's zest for life, her devotion to and adoration for her husband and her marriage, her humble attitude, her faith, and her killer wardrobe. but, i think, maybe what i like best about naomi is her joy and her sensitive spirit. you can't help but smile when you read naomi's blog. she takes such pleasure from the little things in life. she makes an effort to be truly happy every single day. she inspires me to choose happiness every single day. i swear that i have been a happier person since i started reading her blog. and i love naomi's sensitivity too. i love that she really feels things. i understand the benefits and drawbacks of a sensitive spirit because i possess one too. sometimes it's really difficult to feel things so fully. sometimes you have to feel a lot of pain and hurt, but the capacity for joy is so great, so whole, that it's all worth it.


now for me: i like my willingness to keep trying. sometimes things get really hard. sometimes i get really down on myself. sometimes my mind and my thoughts get stuck in really dark, dreary, sad places. but i always keep trying and fighting against those things. i am always thinking of ways to improve. ways to improve my attitude, my relationship with levi, my relationship with jesus, my appearance, my humanity, my communication, my blog, my friendships, everything. it can get exhausting, and i really do need to learn to be more forgiving and patient with myself, but i love my efforts. i love how much i care about so many things and people. i love how God is changing me and filling me up with so much love that i have extra. i love thinking of ways to spread the extra around. today i turn 27. and today, i can finally say that i love myself. i accept myself. i am excited to see what i do with this new year of life. i have every bit of confidence in myself that i'm going to make it a great year, an extraordinary year, unlike any other. i can't wait!

happy birthday to me, and happy birthday to my beautiful, new friend, naomi. we are both going to have amazing days and years. i just know it.

71 comments:

  1. This is one beautiful post (: blessed birthday, friend! press on as you become more and more like Jesus everyday! (: xoxo

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  2. this was beautiful! how fitting that you two amazing girls would have the same birthdays!

    i hope your day is wonderful and you're settling into your gorgeous new place okay!

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  3. Happy Birthday! I just love your posts. Hope you enjoy your day!

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  4. Happy Birthday beautiful lady! :)
    I think 27 is going to be a wonderful year!
    I hope you have the most fabulous day filled with joy and so much love.

    I also have to second your sentiments on Naomi's blog.
    I've also been a happier person since reading her blog as well as yours, which I learned about through the Rockstar Diaries.

    Happy day to you both.

    Emie

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  5. You are both such beautiful and wonderful ladies... it's only appropriate that you share this day!

    (And my birthday is next week! I cannot wait...)

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  6. Yes, happy birthday to you, you sweet thing! I hope Levi makes you feel extra special today and that when you turn 28 you are more of all the wonderful things you are today.

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  7. Lovely post! Both your and Naomi's blogs are bright spots in my day so please keep it up! xo

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  8. Aw,yay! Happy birthday to you both! :)

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  9. Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a fabulous day :) xx

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  10. wow what a great coincidence that you and naomi, two of my favourite bloggers, have the same birthday! you are both a source of inspiration and happiness, and i seriously have become more in tune with enjoying life and basking in the small joys day-to-day stuff because of you guys!

    happy birthday!

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  11. Happy Birthday! Gorgeous post! Hoping your day is perfect and that our present isn't too belated! xo

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  12. such a sweet post about lovely ladies. happiest birthday to you both!

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  13. I hope you have a truly wonderful birthday! I actually found your blog through Naomi's and you two are both such beautiful women that make the simple things in life seem so fun and wonderful!
    Thank you.

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  14. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!! To the both of you! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  15. Happy Birthday!! What a lovely post :)

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  16. happy happy birthday!!!

    i love love love your what i like about you {and me} posts - and i especially love this one. i found your blog via naomi's, and i have been a happier person getting these little glimpses into both of your lives. makes me want to make my blog more personal with pictures, versus what it is now. you are inspiring, and i hope this next year of your life is an incredible one that brings many many amazing memories that you will always remember.

    xoxo, rachel

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  17. you are a wonderful person :) i hope your birthday is awesome and magical! you truly deserve it! you are such a true, beautiful, honest spririt. happy birthday!!!

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  18. Happy Birthday! Your blog is so lovely and fun...I always love reading your posts :)

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  19. Happy Birthday Jasmine! I hope this year brings you many good surprises and new challenges!

    Cheers

    Raechel

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  20. every true thing you described about Naomi, were descriptions for you!

    happy happy birthday Jasmine!!! i hope you feel celebrated and i have a feeling levi will make that happen ;) xo

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  21. My eyes just filled up with tears reading what you wrote about yourself. The honesty of it all.

    "i love how God is changing me and filling me up with so much love that i have extra"

    what a way to think about love- love for yourself and love for others. So beautiful.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! :)

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  22. when your birthday starts like this- it's gotta be a great year. it also doesn't hurt that everything seems to be turning around for you in the past couple of weeks.

    happy birthday, jasmine. have a beauutiful day.

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  23. happy birthday! The post was wonderful! I as well love Naomi's blog ever since i found it a few months ago!
    :)

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  24. Happy Birthday Jasmine..hope you have a wonderful day.

    i think your blog is as inspiring as naomi's blog. You both are amazing ladies.

    ^__^

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  25. Happy Birthday! I know you will make the most of your day! ENJOY it fully! Great post!

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  26. Happy birthday to you both!!!!

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  27. this was beautiful! happy birthday to you and i hope 27 is the best year yet.

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  28. happy birthday and i love the description of her from you. it is really sweet and heart-melty :)

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  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! AHHHH! Email me your new address so I can send you something!!! Brookebtty@gmail.com.

    I love you and I think your are the most awesomess person ever. Really. Your too cool. :) So I am planning my trip down to Newport... yay!

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  30. Jasmine, you and Naomi are my two favorite bloggers...so the fact that you also share a birthday is a little bizzare, but totally awesome! Happy birthday to both of you! You both inspire me so much every day!

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  31. Happy Birthday, Jasmine!!!! I hope you have the most wonderful day! Yay for birthdays!

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  32. Happy Birthday ! Here's to a wonderful year for you ! :)

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  33. happy birthday~
    looks like a pretty, delicious cake you got there

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  34. That was such a good post! Happy birthday Jasmine!! I hope your day is as beautiful as you are :)

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  35. aw this is too sweet. happy birthday to you both.

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  36. happy birthday to you and naomi! you both deserve wonderful days this year!

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  37. Happy Birthday! and Happy Birthday to Naomi, I love her blog.

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  38. Oh happy birthday!!! My birthday was just last week...aren't June birthdays the best!?!

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  39. what a lovely, lovely post! You two are both such beautiful people!

    HAPPPPPPPY BIRTDAY! ;)

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  40. happy birthday! i heart june babies.

    p.s. i discovered you via rockstar diaries! good vibes :)

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  41. Happy Birthday :) Have a great day :) x

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  42. Happy Birthday beautiful! Hope your day is magical, much like you. :)

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  43. How wonderful that two of my favorite bloggers have the same birthday. You guys are soul mates! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GORGEOUS!!

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  44. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a great day!!

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  45. Joyeux Anniversaire, ma belle amie! May you have the most marvelous day and may all your fabulous dreams come true! XOXO...

    indie <3

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  46. happiest of birthdays to YOU! you are an amazing writer, did you know that? and i look forward to your posts :) this one even made me tear up a little. God sure does shine through you!

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  47. Happy Birthday Jasmine! Can't wait to read all about the next awesome year of your life! Cheers!

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  48. happy birthday beautiful girl! enjoy it :) eat lots of cupcakes and get lots of kisses!

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  49. Happy Birthday, Jasmine! :]

    <3 Grace.

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  50. Happy Birthday to both of you.

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  51. ah!!!! happy birthday to you! gosh, this made me tear up. you are sooo sweet and inspiring! thank you thank you for this, and i hope you are having a magical day with your levi (i am sure you are!). you are such a delight and i am so glad we share this awesome day!

    i will email you more when i get home.... ahh! but thank you thank you!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY beautiful!

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  52. Happy birthday to you and Naomi (and me!). I hope it was a great day and I'm glad things are going so well for you guys!

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  53. And that is a perfect example of why I follow your blog! Your beauty shines through from the inside. Happiest of Birthdays!

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  54. i love this post!
    happy 27th birthday to you!!

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  55. Happy belated birthday! :D Hope you had a great one.

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  56. H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! Beautiful Post x0

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  57. I absolutely adore the both of your blogs. I love your comments and completely agree, that since I stumbled upon some of these recent blogs (like yours and naomi's) I have been inspired to finally display my own artwork.
    I had taken a break from expressing the creative side, after some difficult times stomped in my artsy side...
    But I must say that I am alive again seeing the beauty displayed here.
    Thank you for sharing yourself and inspiring me to do the same! I am ever-so-hoping to begin posting as soon as all of me pics are re-sized!

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  58. Happy Birthday! I love the sincerity that comes through in your blog, you seem like such a kind person. I hope your day was wonderful!

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  59. Sorry I'm late but happy belated birthday! I hope all your birthday wishes come true:)

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  60. i hope you had the BEST b-day eva!

    you are a doll. you should love yourself.
    i'm glad you decided to. and i'm glad i read this because it reminded me to feel that way too.

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  61. hello there! i've been reading your blog for a while now and i can't explain how much i enjoy it :) your post on your birthday was a wonderful, wonderful read and really struck a chord. i think digging deep and carrying on are sometimes the only things you can really do... so thank you again for sharing and i hope you have a great year :)

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  62. thanks for this lovely post. happy happy [late] birthday. i hope it was lovely (it looks like it was)!! i am really happy for you that you love and accept yourself. that is something really difficult to do at times. i applaud you for always trying to improve too. personal progression is a wonderful thing!!!

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  63. This is really sweet! Happy birthday. You both have the same birthday as my Dad, and mine was on the 18th :)

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