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.
Our Ambassador Program is in full swing. The mission of the Program is to create a community of like-minded individuals who are invested in personal growth, passionate about doing love differently, and committed to being the best version of themselves. If you're interested in applying for next year's journey, you can follow this link to find out more.
In other news, our fearless leader Isabell has just returned from a trip across the globe, so we're excited to get back into the swing of things after a much-needed vacation.
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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, our segment is focusing on novelist Cheryl Strayed. Author of many bestselling books, such as Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Brave Enough, Cheryl also co-hosts the "Dear Sugars" podcast with Steve Almond and contributes to the "Sweet Spot" column for the New York Times.
If that's not enough, the topics Cheryl touches on in her books and podcast episodes focus on answering life's difficult questions. In one particular podcast episode called "Trust Your Body" that focuses on dieting and body image, Cheryl answers a listener's question by sharing her own experience with weight and body issues. She recalls a story where she was being featured in Vogue magazine for her book Wild, who sought to feature her as being an embodiment of "powerful women".
Learning she had to do a photoshoot made her nervous as she wanted to delay the meeting in order to have time to lose weight, yet when she saw the photos that were chosen in the issue she realized that the magazine had completely altered how she looked. In fact, the image was barely recognizable to her and her husband; she felt that they had "corrected her" image in order to appear good enough for the magazine.
To the woman who wrote in, Cheryl says in the episode: "You are a slave to a system that's lied to you, that's said you should be ashamed of your body and you're not okay as you are." What a revolutionary approach to body image issues in a society that overtly objectifies women (and men), telling us how we should look, then blaming us when we don't "fit" into that box.
Have a listen to the podcast episode for more insight and Cheryl, thanks for being the 5!
LovEd Loves: Our Favorite BOOKS on ADDICTION
Here are some of our favorite books in the realm of self-help and personal-growth with the overarching theme of addiction.
- Blackout: Shining a light into her blackouts, Sarah Hepola discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It's about giving up the thing you cherish most--but getting yourself back in return.
- Drinking - A Love Story: Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor," a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.
- Codependent No More: This modern classic holds the key to understanding codependency and to unlocking its stultifying hold on your life.With instructive life stories, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests, Codependent No More is a simple, straightforward, readable map of the perplexing world of codependency--charting the path to freedom and a lifetime of healing, hope, and happiness.
- The Language of Letting Go: Problems are made to be solved, and the best thing we can do is take responsibility for our own pain and self-care. In this book of daily meditations, Melody Beattie provides us with a thought to guide us through the day and she encourages us to remember that each day is an opportunity for growth and renewal.
- Drink: Award-winning journalist Anne Dowsett Johnston combines in-depth research with her own personal story of recovery, and delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today: the precipitous rise in risky drinking among women and girls.
Visit LovEd Loves for more recommendations.
THINGS WE're LOVING LATELY
- Seven important personal growth lessons to learn in a year.
- The Dear Sugars Podcast discusses the #metoo movement in a three-part series.
- Why we need to talk about infidelity and how it's not a straight-forward issue.
- This article speaking up on bisexuality and upsetting the status quo.
- This beautiful acoustic rendition by Sam Smith.
- Why two best friends decided to move in together and co-mother their children.
- This Dear Therapist letter about helping an angry, unmotivated adult son.
- Read our latest article, "A Community That Communicates".
MEET OUR 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.
Wishing you all a wonderful month 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.
You are LovEd ,
Dr. Isabell Springer
& The LovEd Team