LoveLetters - Issue 13
Welcome to LoveLetters, a monthly roundup of upcoming events, inspiring ideas and products we love. Our goal is to produce an issue of our newsletter towards the end of each month that will provide an overview of what we've been up to at LovEd and what we're loving lately. To get a copy sent straight to your inbox each month, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter!
With the advent of everyone sharing their #10YearChallenge on Facebook (comparing themselves today to how they looked 10 years ago), we decided to do our own version, but we switched things up a little.
This is our updated version of the challenge, but with a focus on personal growth rather than aging. Please feel free to share this image on your socials and/or leave us a comment below!
We’ve been working on curating some fresh content for you, but if there’s anything in particular you’re interested in learning about, let us know by leaving a comment below, or by sending us an email through our contact page.
Wishing you all a wonderful month of February, and a fantastic 2019!
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BE THE 5 Segment:
LovEd's Clarity Program teaches us how to be a level 5 on the Emotional Maturity (EM) Scale. Each month, we feature someone who has inspired us with their high level of EM, meaning they've chosen not to take things personally, respond reactively or approach the situation in a way that contributes to the problem.
This month, we're featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the twenty-nine-year-old American politician, educator, democratic party member, and the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district (since January 3rd, 2019). Ocasio-Cortez is also the youngest woman to serve in Congress in the history of the United States. We’re featuring Ocasio-Cortez this month because she faces adversity head-on with grace and humility, and she makes sure to use her platform to speak up for the marginalized and underprivileged populations.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (also known as AOC), is a former waitress from the Bronx and a graduate of Boston University (with an International Relations and Economics degree). Though she was just sworn in this past month, she's already been making waves. AOC beat out Joseph Crowley, “the most powerful politician in Queens County and the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives” according to The New Yorker. She was very vocal on Twitter advocating for a better healthcare system. And yet she’s humble, too.
“Where did I get off?” she told Isra Allison (and others from B.N.C.), “I mean, I’m going to tell people that I, as a waitress, should be their next congresswoman?” When people criticized an old video of her dancing for a University project, AOC responded by laughing it off and saying that if the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous, just wait until they realize congresswomen can dance, too.
We can’t wait to see what else AOC will come up with, and we love seeing a woman being so vocal and fearless in today’s political climate. For now, make sure to check out her campaign video below to discover a bit more about her and what she stands for. Thanks for the inspiration and for being the 5, Alexandria!
LovEd Loves: WHAT WE’RE READING LATELY
Here at LovEd, we’re all avid fans of reading. And so we decided to share some of the best books that our team has been reading recently.
Some of these books are related to personal growth, others are in the realm of self-help, and some another genre altogether.
We hope you enjoy these recommendations as much as we did - you can click on the image of the book and find to find out more. Please let us know what books you’ve been loving lately in the comment section below!
Visit LovEd Loves for more recommendations.
A Pack of Two | Caroline Knapp
“This book is that it explores the deeply loving relationship between a single, successful woman and her dog. Knapp often asks herself whether her relationship with her dog is a substitute for a husband and children. She also teases out how much of her own interpretations she unconsciously projects onto her canine companion. Knapp is beautifully self-aware and analytical in this memoir. It’s a must-read for any dog-lover!”
—Shannon, Creative Director
A WALK TO REMEMBER | NICHOLAS SPARKS
“I found myself building an emotional connection with the two main protagonists in this book who start out as strangers and then find themselves unexpectedly in love. Despite the obstacles they face, they prove through their remarkable journey that love can conquer all and miracles can happen... I would recommend to anyone looking for a beautiful and moving love story that is easy to connect to.”
WHY WE THINK THE THINGS WE THINK | ALAIN STEPHEN
“This is a book about cognitive process of our brain and how we ingest news and knowledge. My thoughts about this book is that it's really helpful to provide another way of thinking about ourselves and the knowledge around us. We have a reason to believe whether an advertisement is trustworthy or not based on our own personality, race, culture, emotion, etc. I think this book is quite classic.”
SHOE DOG | PHIL KNIGHT
“Over winter break, my professor required our class to read this book and it instantly became one of my favorites. It explained the journey through the creation of Nike and discussed the challenges and successes that Phil Knight encountered along the way. As a business major, this book was an inspiration and a reminder that there is no dream that is too crazy and success does not come overnight!”
UNFU*CK YOURSELF | GARY JOHN BISHOP
“I am currently reading "Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and in Your Life" by Gary John Bishop. Unfu*k Yourself is a good read when you are feeling doubtful about yourself because it is packed with valuable lessons. It helps you navigate through hardships so you can be your best authentic self.”
The Most Dangerous Game | Richard Connell
“Not only is this book interesting to read, but it also displays an underlying theme of bloodlust. This book warns of man’s psychological depravity when he loses his humanity and slips into barbarism. It reminds us of the dark psyche that threatens to destroy the respect we have for one another when we do not value the preciousness of life.”
THINGS WE're LOVING LATELY
This music video by Mike Posner about how to move on after pain and loss.
This article that discusses important distinctions to make about love.
How to set boundaries in new relationships.
If you struggle with enabling or want to learn more about it, you should read this.
These five rules for self-care in politically charged times.
How to lose a relationship without losing yourself.
How to identify the symptoms of burnout and navigate your way through it.
This article that discusses how to use common relationship conflicts to strengthen your bond.
THE LOVED TEAM
Here at LovEd, we wouldn't be able to do half of what we do if it weren't for our team of engaging, enthusiastic and creative team members. Each month, we'll introduce you to a new member of the LovEd Team and share a short description so you get a better insight into who we are and what we're made of. You can find out more about our team here and our Fearless Leader, right here.
It’s important to remember that celebrities are people too and that we shouldn’t place them on a pedestal because they’re famous. The truth is, they’re just as likely as anyone else to make mistakes in love. A DUI occurs when we make a life-changing commitment to our partner while still in the stage of Infatuation. Infatuation can last up to a year, and sometimes even longer.
Our brand new segment takes a look at celebrities committing DUIs and starts a much-needed conversation in hopes of helping everyone do love differently. To discover what our DUI segment is about, click here.
Wishing you all a wonderful month (and new year) ahead! Feel free to show us some love by liking and sharing our blog post, or leave us a love note at the bottom on the page.