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Be your friend’s personal cheerleader

2012 May 1
by Emily Hill

Rah, rah, ree! Kick ‘em in the knee!
Rah, rah, rass! Kick ‘em in the other knee!
*

In a world where we’re often made to feel less than we are and terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days wear us down, it’s kind of nice to have someone who’s cheering for us, shouting “GO TEAM!” and “DEFENSE!” and shaking her pom poms.

Wait, that didn’t sound quite right…

Scratch the whole shaking of the pom poms thing; we don’t want any unnecessary injuries.


cheerleader pom pom

But seriously. I feel as women we need to be even better about building each other up, boosting self-esteem and being each other’s biggest fan. It’s not always easy. For some reason women seem to be wired with an inclination toward jealousy, a love of gossiping and an inability to quickly forgive.

Not every woman, mind you, but I’d say a good percentage of us. That’s why our world—both online and off—needs a much bigger cheering section with much louder cheerleaders.

I love nothing better than acting as a personal cheerleader for my friends. It’s actually quite easy. Plus, being someone’s biggest fan is really fun. I recommend doing it for the warm fuzzies. They’re awesome. And warm. And fuzzy.

Back to the cheerleading. Here are 10 ways you can be your friends’ personal cheerleader. This list is in no way complete, so feel free to add to it.

I’d love to hear how you’ve shown your friend your her biggest fan!

The louder and longer we cheer, the more amazing and wonderful things we will do.

GO TEAM!

10 Ways to Be Your Friend’s Personal Cheerleader**

In no particular order…

  1. Always wish her good luck before a big event (preferably via a phone call or text—something more personal than Facebook) and then physically cheer her on (pom poms optional) when she participates in said big event (e.g. race, theater performance, book club, bunco night).
  2. Shout it from the rooftops (figuratively, please) when she does something noteworthy (TV segment, magazine feature, new job, shower before noon).
  3. Take the time to surprise her with her favorite treat if she lives within driving distance.
  4. Have long Skype conversations in which you tell her just how awesome she is.
  5. Validate her feelings when she’s ovulating, PMSing, menopausing or any other hormone-ing.
  6. Comment regularly on her blog posts (assuming she blogs).
  7. Tweet about just how cool she is (assuming she’s on Twitter).
  8. Send her inappropriate Pinterest links or e-cards when she has one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.
  9. Send flowers. Some days will require them.
  10. Make sure she knows you always have her back. Always.

* That’s one of my dad’s favorite jokes, so I had to include it. My dad is pretty awesome at being my cheerleader.

** Not to be confused with a professional cheerleader. My lack of coordination (I constantly run into door frames), lack of flexibility (the only split I can do is related to ice cream) and lack of gorgeous, long hair makes me the opposite of an expert on this subject.

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  1. Jennifer permalink
    May 1, 2012

    You are a fantastic friend and the world’s best cheerleader! I have learned a lot from you and how you treat your friends. Love ya!

    And I totally think you could do the splits…

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    Emily Reply:

    You are so nice! I only wish I could be a better cheerleader for you. And I think you’re high if you think I can do the splits!
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  2. May 1, 2012

    You truly are the best cheerleader. I don’t think you have a competitive friend bone in your body!
    Kristina P.´s deep thought ~ Blog Eat BlogMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Well, you haven’t had a game night with me yet… ;)

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  3. ~j. permalink
    May 1, 2012

    You are an expert at this, always so thoughtful. I shall be referring to this post frequently. Well done!
    ~j.´s deep thought ~ SurgeryMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you, my friend. :)

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  4. May 1, 2012

    Oh I SO needed to read this today, thanks!!!
    I think watching friends’ kids so she can take a nap, or cleaning her house, or making a little extra dinner are also awesome ways to be a cheerleader for those FABULOUS friends in our lives……
    Tiffany´s deep thought ~ Yeah my friend, she’s awesomeMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    How did I forget those? Those are GREAT ways to show someone you’re her biggest fan!

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  5. May 1, 2012

    You are the PERFECT person to write this post because you practice what you preach! You always leave the BEST comments and are so supportive. I love this post. It is SO YOU :)
    Stacy´s deep thought ~ Show Me What Ya Got #72My Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    You have officially made my day. Actually, all of these comments have. Thank you!

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  6. May 1, 2012

    Emily, you are the best personal cheerleader. You always make everyone around you feel special. I love getting words of encouragement from you and it’s made me try harder to do the same. I’m always happy for my friends but I don’t always tell them because something will happen or I’ll just forget. I need to take those few seconds or minutes and be a better personal cheerleader to my friends and family. Great post!
    Leanne´s deep thought ~ Features from the Home Decor and Organizing Link PartyMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    You are so nice! And I think you are so right. We need to make sure we take those few seconds to let someone know how happy we are for them. It is so important and doesn’t take much time.

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  7. May 1, 2012

    I really love this post. As women we need to stick together, not put one another down. Thanks for sharing!
    XO
    Kristin
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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you! And yes, we really do need to stick together as much as possible!

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  8. mom permalink
    May 1, 2012

    Great post!!! Go Emily!

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you, my dearest and bestest cheerleader. :)

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  9. May 1, 2012

    I would like to see you run into a door frame. That means I am a TERRIBLE friend.
    vanessa´s deep thought ~ EPICMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Come over to my home and sit for a while. You’ll see it happen!

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  10. May 1, 2012

    I completely agree 110%! Knowing you are lifting the spirit of another is the best kind of reward. And I love warm fuzzies.
    Krista´s deep thought ~ Teriyaki Grilled Pork ChopsMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Warm fuzzies really are the best! :)

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  11. May 2, 2012

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. It seems there are so many more people waiting around to watch people fall than there are people waiting to uplift. You put such a positive spin on the whole subject. I really like this post!
    rebecca´s deep thought ~ Curtain CallMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Why is it that we do that? I still can’t figure it out. Hopefully we can start waiting around to watch people succeed…and cheer them on as they do!
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  12. May 2, 2012

    Yes!!! The world needs more cheerleaders. Gimme an “E…M…I…L…Y” Goooooooooooo Emily!!!

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    Emily Reply:

    I love you, Jeanette! :)
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  13. May 3, 2012

    I need to be a better friend, and needed this post. Thank you for being such a great friend.
    von´s deep thought ~ Kennecott Visitors CenterMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    I am just happy to be your friend and cheerleader. :)
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  14. May 3, 2012

    I couldn’t agree more. Women need to be generous with their praise and encouragement. The world is filled with harsh critics and downright rude people…more kindness is definitely in order.

    You’re a fantastic cheerleader for me. Thank you so much for your sweet, silly, and fun friendship.
    Pam´s deep thought ~ A Big Move Changes More Than Your AddressMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    I can do silly and fun, no problem! Glad we are friends. Truly I am.
    Emily´s deep thought ~ Typical Sunday Afternoon…or “Tin Foil Balls Are Awesome!”My Profile

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