How to Be a Friend and Encourage

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Lonely? Confused? Needs a friend face look?

How Can You Be a Friend and Encourage?

By Carol Giambri

Did you ever feel like you are alone? Have you wondered where are my friend — I need them right now?  And, suddenly you realize you don't have any?  Do you sometimes feel like this guy above looks?

Does he look lonely? Confused? Needs a friend?

Guess what?

You are not alone and neither does he have to be or feel!

From time to time we are all in that situation.  However, we get through it.  I remember the time my husband had his one time seizure. I was scared.  Help someone?  And, no one was there.  He got healed however but still during those times I never thought I would get through it.  As I matured I realized I lacked or didn't know how to have hope and faith to make it happen with God.   

With strong faith and persistence I believe we can all "press" through the storms of life as they come. Like Hurricane Irene, we may think we are prepared but sometimes not always as much as we hoped we were.  For some it may be a job loss, the kids are acting up, a bill collector calling, your husband just drafted, the house is going into foreclosure or you just got a bad health report. 

"If I am breathing, I am alive and my attitude will carry me through the storms of life." Carol Giambri 

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Colorful flowers brighten up with " I care" about you

Did you know…

Faith is powerful.  I "choose" to live in faith rather than gripped by fear

What is F.E.A.R….





Can you include faith as part of "living" to remove your fears?

What is a friend?  

A friend is one you can call on and will be there for you not always with money but with hope and encouragement.  They may be the hug through the phone lines or in person.  They care.  They show it. They may show up with a yummy dish.  How's this look?

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My Mango Salsa

Click above on word "salsa" for recipe.  I have two their. Healthy eating is yummy. 

We assume friends know and understand how to be a friend.  Are you a friend people can run to in time of trouble or need?  What do you look for in a friend?  Can you give to others what you wish others to give to you?  Are you are a good listener?  Can you keep your mouth "shut" when people share their heart in private?

I'm your friend through good and bad times….I believe in you…

Here's what I am to others:

  • Good listener
  • Caring
  • Kind
  • Words to uplift you
  • Keeping our conversations private
  • Real and authentic

Thank you Sandi Krakowski

a great friend and coach who inspires and encourages me with joy that speaks to my heart the way most never knew how too. I love you!

Are you getting these type of notes?

Online friends recently shared this with me…

  • Roz wrote: "Thanks for thinking of me."
  • Bob wrote: "I fully intend to remain friends with you forever Carol"
  • Michele wrote: "Carol…I know for sure that you know how to be a friend!"

I am honored to call you friends! 

Your challenge…

Today, what are you doing to inspire, encourage and show someone you care lighting up their face with joy? 

-How about a drink?

Are they bringing one over or taking others out for a "cold one?"  How's this one look below?  

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Lemon Twist and Shout Smoothie

Want the recipe?  Share my site ( with others and bring them here. Maybe it will encourage them to be a better friend and how. Click word smoothie here.  My gift to you. 

I'm looking for more friends to encourage, inspire and add joy to their life.  Can you please bring them to me?  Please share me with others. I want to be their friend too. My Twitter and Facebook details are below.   Let's enlarge our "territory" encouraging friendships and spreading joy to others all the time.  Oh, eat healthy and share "simple healthy living" together forever.

Now it's "your" turn

…to be a friend bringing joy and inspire someone today.   

Share with me, in my comment box below, what you will do to inspire or encourage others today. Make it a habit.


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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert. She is obsessed with the garden and eating healthy as a frugal shopper.  At a 12 step program she would probably stand up admitting: "I am addicted and obsessed with the garden and its foods."  She even shops for unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, and enjoys encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living as well as a pet book where her heart still remains having seen so many go to heaven.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

denny hagel September 1, 2011 at 4:00 am

What a wonderful article Carol…if anyone knows about being a good friend, it is YOU! Thanks for being mine! :) )

Solvita September 1, 2011 at 4:16 am

Hi Carol – my friend :) …thanks for posting such a nice article! Have an amazing time!!

Karen Brooks September 1, 2011 at 4:43 am

Lovely article about friendship!! Thanks for reminding us to encourage someone. You may never know what that one kind word will do.

janis meredith/jbmthinks September 1, 2011 at 5:24 am

The problem is, I just moved from CA to FL and left all my true friends behind! :( Gotta start all over again! But I'm sure it will happen in time.

Claudia Looi September 1, 2011 at 5:49 am

Carol, you are such an encouraging person. Love this encouraging article. Thanks

Marie September 1, 2011 at 6:39 am

Carol, you are always so thoughtful and so thinking about others.  Thank you for a lovely reminder of the importance of not only having friends but of being friends.

michele September 1, 2011 at 6:57 am

WOW Carol…What a terrific post! So honored to have you as my friend! You lead by example with your kindness and generosity!

Elise Adams September 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

I loved this article–thanks for sharing from your heart!  Your light shines through your writing.  I too am honored to call you friend!  Sending hugs your way!

Norma Doiron@Health, Wellness & Weight Loss September 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm

"I'm looking for more friends to encourage, inspire and add joy to their life."  Carol, I'm so glad I met you… xoxox
Sincerely, Norma Doiron

Carol Giambri September 1, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Thanks Norma. I am very grateful you helped me see the colors and vision of my header and I love, love, love the finalization that my friend Rose helped complete. You gave me a fabulous headstart I couldn’t see. I’m here if I can help you. Just give a shout. Thanks for coming by.

Carol Giambri September 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Elise, Thanks so much. I’m am honored that we have connected and seeing how beautifully you are blooming to help set this world on fire for those who need to hear your message. You rock. Thanks for being my friend.

Carol Giambri September 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Michele, Thanks so much for your kind words. I loved, loved writing this post. Maybe one of my all time favorites. I’m excited to see we were brought together and now to remain there. You are a living light to me and all–you are my back to basics “flower expert” and more.

Carol Giambri September 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Thanks Marie for your comment. I love your sharing spirit always coming to the rescue for questions. Excited to call you my home girl online friend. I’m here if I can help you and excited we have been hooked up.

Carol Giambri September 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Claudia, thanks for your sweet words. I loved writing this article. I was given a challenge and went for it. I too loved how it came out. You have encouraged me along my path and I am grateful to call you friend.

Carol Giambri September 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Janis, I’m sure you being a great friend will attract the right friends. You know what you are looking for. You can only be you and I’m sure that is great for the right ones waiting on your “presence.” Thanks for sharing here.

Wil September 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

A true friend is always available for you. The value of such a friendship is immeasurable.
Thanks for the thoughtful article!

Rose Kirkland September 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Great article.  Yes, I know how we all feel alone sometimes.  I really feel that way living here in the metroplex without one single family member around and the closest one is 350 miles away.  But, I admire your strength when your husband had his challenge.  I, too, came 7 minutes from losing my husband (now my ex. when we had just been married 2 weeks.  We were getting ready to go to the lake and he was out getting the boat ready and was stung by a wasp.  He'd been stung by them his whole life, but this time he had reaction to them.  By the time they got him to the hospital his heart had already quit beating and they had to give him an adrenaline shot… 7 more minutes and he would have been gone… Then, it happened again a few years later, and again, God brought him through… Thanks for the great article… great post.

Carol Giambri September 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Rose, even being with a partner can also sometimes feel like you are alone. My world is “internet” even though involved in a church, it is not the same friendships I have found online like ours. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri September 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Wil, finding that true friend is the key. Their for sure is precious and valuable. I appreciate your kind comments.

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