LoveLetters - Issue 18
Recap of June 2019
Welcome to our 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!
MY (SECRET) DATING GAME
After the game, you can head across the street to order food at the Running Goose, a gastro pub that’s described as a “simple-yet-stylish spot for globally inspired fare served indoors or on the shaded patio.”
In other great news, Chloë Goldbach, our LGBTQ event leader, is the 2019 recipient of The Welcoming Project graduate student scholarship for LGBTQ activism! Congratulations Chloë, are we so proud of you!
As always, 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 July!
Enjoy + Share
WITH a friend!
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 author, speaker and research professor, Brené Brown. If you haven’t heard of Brené you’re probably living under a rock, because she’s been everywhere lately from having one of the most popular Ted Talks to being a regular on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. Plus, she’s written five #1 New York Times bestseller books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead.
Brené’s first Ted Talk, “The Power of Vulnerability” went viral. In it, she talks about how important it is to lean into vulnerability and avoid numbing our emotions. Numbing behavior can be filling a void with food or a substance, and it can also be by always needing to be certain about everything.
Because, as she says, you can’t selectively numb emotions; you can’t shut off the bad feelings and only let in the good ones - life doesn’t work that way. And she talks about blame, defining it as a way to discharge discomfort and fear.
Brené’s next Ted talk, “Listening to Shame,” she talks about two things she’s learned in the previous year: first, that vulnerability is not weakness. She defines vulnerability as taking a risk emotionally, and says it’s a “fuel for our daily lives” and “our most accurate measurement of courage.” The second thing she’d learned is the importance of talking about shame.
The first book written by Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection, explores the importance of giving up the idea of “perfect” and trading it for living authentically. Daring Greatly is about stepping into our vulnerability and finding our courage, putting ourselves out there, and letting ourselves be seen.
In Rising Strong, Brené talks about leaning into discomfort and regaining our footing despite our struggles. Braving the Wilderness focuses on finding our true belonging, which necessitates believe in and belong deeply to ourselves. And finally, Brené’s newest book Dare to Lead is about fostering humane leadership that begins with empathy, connection and courage.
Brené also has a brand new Netflix special called “Brené Brown: the Call to Courage” and you can preview it by watching the trailer above, or watch it on Netflix whenever you have the chance. You won’t want to miss it!
Thank you, BRENE BROWN, for being the 5 BY HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING VULNERABLE AND OF OWNING WHO WE ARE.
THINGS WE're LOVING LATELY
Why it’s so important to show up for what’s difficult in life.
This article about living a chronic life in a fix-it-now world.
The 8 worst pieces of relationship advice.
A therapist describes the leap between training and practice.
This podcast episode of Terrible, Thanks for Asking which features therapist Lori Gottlieb.
This Ted Talk by Kate Bowler called: “Everything happens for a reason - and other lies I’ve loved.”
How to help a grieving friend, a video by Megan Devine.
What it means when we only date someone’s potential.
The LOVED BOOK CLUB
Here are some of our newest book recommendations in the realm of grief, loss and PTSD. If you’d like more personal growth book recommendations, visit LovEd Loves.
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.
We’ve got an upcoming Kickoff Party for our unique Live Singles Event Series, My (Secret) Dating Game. You'll have the opportunity to tour the event site, participate in a Q&A regarding the event, and meet the LovEd team. We will then walk across the street for an exclusive opportunity to mix and mingle while enjoying a complimentary beverage and light bites. You won't want to miss this!
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.