#Friends: For a reason, a season and a lifetime with Giovanna Lever.
a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations
add (someone) to a list of friends or contacts on a social networking website.
Episode 18 of The F Words: Difficult conversations with Dr Leandra Brady-Walker is #Friends: For a reason, a season and a lifetime with Giovanna Lever.
Giovanna and I connected in the strangest of ways.
It all really began when I bought a bottle of Vanessa Megan Natural perfume in Byron Bay. I snaped a shot, posted it on instagram and before I knew it, Vanessa contacted me herself saying how lovely it was to connect. From there, I sent her a copy of my first book and then on a whim, applied for their search for a new face campaign (my podcast photo is from the shoot and wrote an article on my experience). I gave them a bunch of my books to give away and Giovanna just happened to win one.
She loved my book so decided to email me. A quick (2 hour) skype conversation later and I was booked to speak at her event Wellness Woman 2016 and we were friends.
Giovanna is a natural connector, a warm bubbly and genuine human who has built a community Smart Sparrows out of a love of getting to know people. We talked about all things to do with friends in this episode.
What we talk about in this episode:
How Giovanna and I became friends
What wine has to do with friendship
The different types of friendships
"Chunking up" to find agreement
On growing up and making friends
On attracting the right friends
When your siblings become your friends
How Facebook has changed friendship
Giovanna's High school reunions
Reconnecting with old friends
When a friend breaks up with you
When friendship meets business
The advice Giovanna's Dad gave her on her wedding day
Friends show each other their boobs
Excuses to become friends - book clubs and podcast club
Why we love the "drop in"
Keeping friendship and business separate
About being brave and honest in friendships
Paying friendships forward
"You can always find common ground with anybody"
"Friendship takes a bit of courage"
"The energy you put out is the energy you are going to get back"
One Small Step:
If you want something, just go for it. Be brave and just connect with someone if you want to get to know them better.
And your super power would be....
Where to find Giovanna