Living 2,720 miles away from my parents and 2,037 miles away from my brother makes me want to cry like a 6 month old from time to time so whenever they fly across the country to bunk up with me for a few days, my heart truly smiles. This past weekend the Briche family was reunited in LA and true to form – we had the best time. One afternoon we packed a bag and hoped in the car with no agenda in hand. We cruised up the PCH with the windows down and Sublime coming through the speakers until we pulled over to explore a beach that was post card come to life. The lunch we ate was so delicious I don’t think anyone spoke for a solid 5 minutes. Our late afternoon hike graced us with beautiful views and the pre-sunset stroll down Malibu Pier officially qualified the day as “perfect.” Even though we now have more memories to add to our collection the coolest part, for me, were the fresh reminders that my family brought to my life this weekend. Kindness: My brother, Cameron, is the kindest soul you will ever meet. The way he nurtures those he loves made me realize how no one of us should ever underestimate the power that acts of kindness hold. Whether lending a smile to a stranger or holding your mothers hand, those are the little moments that have the impact to make someone’s day that much brighter.
Strength: My mother, Brooke, is the strongest woman I have ever met. Even though she is a powerhouse in the gym, I am referring to mental strength. She holds this family together tighter than glue. Seriously, none of us would know which way is up let alone down without her. Brooke is our champion and we all look at her as if she hung the moon and the stars. The reason I bring this up because even though I consider her my best friend and look at her as if she hung the moon and the stars – I feel as if I could vocally appreciate her more. I bring this up because, especially in our culture, the simple phrase of “thank you” seems to be a dying breed. If you have someone in your life who is there standing by your side no matter the circumstance make sure they know every single day how much you appreciate them.
Adventure: My dad, Mike, was bit by the adventure bug before he even came out of the womb. He lives by the motto “If there is a ‘No Trespassing’ sign, that means go.” The stories he has will leave you in tears of laughter or with your jaw on the floor. He is the king of ‘just get up and go’ and that is something I admire most about him. All of us are guilty, at one point or another, of letting our career swallow us up whole and I hate to break it to you but no one likes those people. Do yourself a favor and throw your planner out the window for a day and see where those 24 hours takes you. I promise you at some point during that adventure you will inhale some of the freshest air that has ever hit your lungs.
There are so many lessons that are hiding in our everyday lives; we are just so caught up in trying to get from point A to Z to take a step back and notice them. Thank you mom, dad and Cam for not only the love and the laughs but for all of your fresh reminders that you brought to me.