Saturday, June 13, 2009


I believe it was some time in middle school when I began adding letters. B.F.F. didn’t really do it justice and it didn’t look so extravagant on the yearbook page. Besides, we knew we would be friends for life and so this was decidedly more appropriate.

Best Friends Forever and Ever Til Death Do Us Part.

Silly kid games, right? Well I no longer sign the notes I pass in class like this, but it most certainly would still be appropriate. If you’ve read my blog long enough, you’d know that I love my friends. I brag about them, I go on and on about how AMAZING they are, I claim to be the luckiest gal in the world for being blessed with such a wonderful group of girls I know I can count on for anything…it’s all been said and done before. But it never stops me from wanting to revisit this topic and share with you again how important my friendships are to me.

The other day my friends came down to San Diego to spend the day eating and laughing, the two things we are known masters of. After our first meal of the day, we sat by the beach and looked out at the crystal blue ocean and marveled at the good fortune we had. A group of friends who have the ability to get together on a weekday and stare at the ocean on a glorious afternoon…just because! It’s so simple yet so remarkable at the same time. They are some of the most accomplished and successful people I know, and all of us lead such crazy, hectic lives that more often than not see us scattered around the globe, but on this day we were together and celebrating the fact that not one of us had a time clock to push and the only thing on the calendar was quality time with friends.

I know I touched on this in a post last week about making sure you spend time with the ones you love now, but I am going to reiterate it again. The moments in life that you will remember and that will touch your life in the most profound ways, are the simple ones that we often take for granted. Make the time to just sit back and laugh. The ocean view helps, but it’s the company you’re with that makes it truly special.


Just in case you are thinking to yourself what makes my friends so fabulous, take a second to check them out. I suggest you look at their website, read their blogs, and follow their twitters! ☺

Jasmine: (The BEST photographer this side of the Mississippi)

Bianca: (God's little angel. No seriously)

Jennie: (The fiercest female athlete on the planet)

Melanie: (oh wait…Mel doesn’t HAVE a website. Despite being one of the most talented individuals I know and one of the most gifted writers on earth, she doesn’t see the point. Get with the program Mel!!! She does have a twitter now though, thanks to me.)

P.S. Jen would like me to point out that she is not wearing her sunday best like some people because she came straight from training. :)


Anonymous said...

Sooo jealous...Bri. No love like that in LA!

Anonymous said...

Any of these beautiful ladies single?

Jon Lustig said...

I'm smiling now because living in Canada, at the time I only knew Jennie as that girl who did pitch hit and run on This Week in Baseball. Later, when I looked up her bio on the net I had my slap myself in the head 'I can't believe I didn't know that!' moment. The fact that I used to pitch, knowing that both of you went to the same high school and then UA together, and then finding out later that you are best friends, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I still do. When you say your other friends are as talented as the two of you are in their own way, I don't doubt it for a second.

Bianca said...

1. I'm NOT God's little angel... but I'll revel in the praise.
2. BFFAETDDUP is lame!

xoxo, BFF!

brit brat said...

yall could have atleast invited me to take the pictures!!!

Jasmine said...

Ummm, just this side of the Mississippi?
We need to talk. ;)

Brianna said...

@ anonymous...yes there is, you just have to look a litter harder!


@jon...jennie is worldwide! It's great because we are all successful in different areas. Well, except for me...I guess I am in Jen's shadow on the athlete front.'s only lame because you didn't think of it!'re a camera hog!

@jasmine...true, true. I just don't pay attention to the east coast.

Joice said...

Wow B
I just watched the link of Bianca at APU Chapel.

That really is what I needed today.


Justine said...


I love what you wrote about your best friends. That's one aspect of my life that's I consider a void. I thank God everyday for my wonderful husband, mom and sister, but I do wish I had great girlfriends---

homegirl said...

I think you all are so blessed to have the friendships that you all have with each other.
I don't have any friends, a few associates here and there but no friends. Continue to cherish what you have!

I have family though and for the first time in 10 years... all of my family (my parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister, 3 sis-in-laws, 3 nephews, 1 neice & myself) got together this past weekend to celebrate my neice's 1st birthday.
It was the best time I've had in years. I can't remember being any happier. That's why it's so important to MAKE time for people and it warms my heart to see you and your girls do just that for one another.

And Brianna, between your blog and Bianca's, I have been so inspired and encouraged in so many ways... I can't even begin to explain but I thank the both of you so very much :)

Brianna said...

@joice...I'm so glad! she's amazing. Truly amazing.

@justine...thank you.

@homegirl...that's so sweet of you, thanks. but please don't feel the need to compare my blog and Bianca's in terms of inspiration and encouragement because I know she has me beat by a long shot! :)

#2 Fan said...

I like that you have a diverse group of friends.

Jennie Finch said...

Awe, I love you! And I love BFFAETDDUP! Don't listen to Bi!

I am so blessed by all of you! You have helped mold me into the person I am today! Yes, even helped me with my make up! My true sisters!

Wish the night never ended and we did it way more often! I love you! I'm still smiling, so much fun!

Oh and don't get me started bragging on you Miss Bri!!! Amazing! Hello 6 pack, 8 pack, 10 pack... yea! Physically you are so blessed and intellectually! All around off the charts, you my Bri! My partner in crime since middle school. Oh the good ole days. So fun! I love you! Cruising to TLC!
Love my bomb squad, woot woot! Yep, I said woot! I'm the lone white girl with the least rhythm in the squad, do I have a lil bit girls? Just a lil'? Well maybe none, but do my girls above ever do! Woot to that! :) And Jaz my cat claws are waving in the air! Oh, you love me! Its way too late to be commenting! Nite!

Brianna said...

Jen you're making me laugh so hard over here picturing your cat claw dance. hahahaha. I love you.

melanie said...

ditto on the hysterics picturing jennie dance! it seems like only yesterday we were rollin in the 62 bumpin mokinstef! hahaha! that was jennie's JAM! he's mine, ya may o' had him once but i got him all the time!

i love you!

and btw, if you tweet one more tweet to hundreds of strangers you don't know before responding to my directed and crucial bbms, we will no longer be bffaetddup! ha!

no...we still will. but we'll be in a fight. i put to daggone much time into loving you ;o)

get well!