The Sister Project

THE SISTER PROJECT: Leah and Rachel Brooks

IMG_9998Leah (New Zealand) to Rachel (Australia)

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What is your earliest memory of being together?

The day Rachel was born and being taken by my Dad to the hospital to meet her for the first time. I remember getting there and being told to hold still whilst I got to hold her for the first time and I knew I would always want to look after her and be her best friend, even at 3 years old.

What do you love and admire the most about her?

Her loyalty and her persistence to retain her friendships once she loves you she loves you hard. She is my best friend, always has been and always will be.

What was the last thing that you hysterically laughed about together?

I can’t remember the exact time but generally when we are laughing hysterically together it’s about something that makes absolutely no sense to anyone besides us and we are in fits and this can last for a very long time.

Rachel to Leah 

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What is your earliest memory of being together?

For as long as I can remember, my sister has been my other half. Although she is three years my senior, from day one I have felt as though we have been two peas in a pod and I have millions of memories of us growing up together, but remembering the earliest memory is a tricky one.

The one that comes to mind, however, was the precious time we spent in Edinburgh before moving to New Zealand. It was February 1998, I was three and Leah six (picture attached). We spent the day down at South Queensferry in the freezing cold with my Grandparents, Mum, Dad and me and Leah going for a wintery walk along the foreshore street and I do recall there being ice cream involved. It is the first memory that comes to mind of being with my sister and an extremely happy one at that. Moving countries at a young age and being from a small family meant Leah and I were each others best friends from the get go, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

What do you love and admire the most about her? 

It’s hard to put into words explicitly what I admire most about my big sister, as every day she inspires me beyond belief and I love her unconditionally and am so proud of all that she has done and is doing in her life. If I had to pick however, I think I would admire most how courageous and headstrong my sister is.

In July 2014, my sister much to the surprise of my family and myself, announced she was moving to New Zealand for a fresh start. We all thought it was a rather strange move, however for reasons now very clear to us, she committed to it and made the move and it has paid off in dividends.

She is now a successful property manager at Colliers International, getting bonuses and promotions thrown at her left, right and centre. She is engaged and is soon to be married and together, both Leah and Jamie, truly are making a wonderful and happy life for themselves. I guess the reason I admire how headstrong she is, is due to the fact that she isn’t just willing to do what other people want of her, she knows what she wants and always manages to figure out a way to succeed at such things, much to my parents dismay! She moved to New Zealand on a whim, something I could never do, and I am in awe and inspired by that every single day.

Secondly and similarly, my sister is the most courageous person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She adapts and succeeds in everything life throws at her and never doubts the love she gives and gets in return. No matter what struggles I have in life, my sister always reassures me that life is going to be okay and not to fear the unknown, but instead grab it with both hands and it make it my own.

What was the last thing that you hysterically laughed about together?

As my sister and I are currently living in a long distance relationship, hysterical laughs together are few and far between. The last time I can remember laughing with Leah was over Skype whilst trying to help my parents pack up their house and all our childhood belongings before they head off on their next adventure. We were deciding which Barbie dolls our parents needed to keep and although I can’t remember the exact joke, something about her Fiancée, Jamie looking like one of our Ken dolls from memory, being able to use Skype to laugh hysterically together was priceless. Although it is something I wish I could do every day with my sister in the same place, let alone the same country; I know we are where we are meant to be for now and hard as it might try, life can’t keep us apart much longer, we wont let it!

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