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.
We've launched our brand new Salon for Singles promo video! Head on over to the Salon for Singles page and take a peek and what we've been brewing up these past few months.
Further, Dr. Isabell Springer was recently interviewed by Nikki Leigh for her podcast "Ready for Love." The show airs this Thursday, August 2nd at 9pm EST. You also have a chance to win LovEd's Clarity Program when you tune in and engage on the live chat! To find out more, you can visit Clarity and Loving Yourself Facebook Event Page (with all event details) or the Ready for Love Radio Facebook Page.
Wishing you all a wonderful month of August!
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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.
What if everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie?
This is the exact dilemma that our feature for this month, Steve Lickteig, faced when he discovered the secret his family was keeping. His courageous response to the whole ordeal is the reason we've chosen him as our "Be The 5" feature this month.
Steve discovered that the "adoptive parents" who raised him were actually his biological grandparents, and that his eldest "adoptive sister" was in fact his biological mother. And to top it off, not only did Steve's whole family know the secret, but so did his whole hometown. Everyone kept it from him until one day, when Steve was 18 years old, two of his friends decided he should know the truth. When the foundation of your identity reveals itself as a lie, it's easy to lose sight of who you are in the process.
Despite the inevitable identity crisis and after a period of estrangement, Steve has reconciled with his family and has gone on to produce the documentary "Open Secret" in order to explore the experience of suppressing a family truth for so many years. The film interviews his family members and looks at the arduous process he went through, trying to piece things back together.
If you want to hear Steve talk about his story, you can listen to the Dear Sugars Podcast episode "Who's Your Daddy?" where he's interviewed as a guest on the show. Thanks for being the 5 Steve, and for demonstrating incredible emotional maturity given the exceptionally difficult circumstances you were faced with.
LovEd Loves: Our Favorite BOOKS on RELATIONSHIPS
Here are some of our favorite books in the realm of self-help and personal-growth with the overarching theme of interpersonal relationships.
"Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend wrote the New York Times bestselling book on Boundaries – the personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not, and influence all areas of your life – physically, emotionally, spiritually."
“For the past ten years, Esther Perel has traveled the globe and worked with hundreds of couples who have grappled with infidelity. Betrayal hurts, she writes, but it can be healed. An affair can even be the doorway to a new marriage—with the same person. With the right approach, couples can grow and learn from these tumultuous experiences, together or apart.”
"Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice."
“We enter our romantic relationships with great love, hope, and excitement--we've found the 'one', so we plan and forge our futures together. But sometimes, for many different reasons, relationships come undone; they don't work out. Commonly, we view this as a personal failure, rather than an opportunity. And instead of honoring what we once meant to each other, we hoard bitterness and anger, stewing in shame and resentment. Sometimes even lashing out in destructive and hurtful ways, despite the fact that we’re good people at heart. Katherine Woodward Thomas's groundbreaking method, Conscious Uncoupling, provides the valuable skills and tools for you to travel this challenging terrain.”
"In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today."
Visit LovEd Loves for more recommendations.
THINGS WE're LOVING LATELY
- An author steers boys from toxic masculinity by introducing gentler heroes in his books.
- Eleven mental health podcasts you'll want to subscribe to this year.
- Why emotionally intelligent husbands are key to a lasting marriage.
- This song that perfectly describes the nuances of an unhealthy relationship.
- Dear Sugars' latest podcast episode that focuses on being young and feeling isolated.
- Maria Shriver on how to heal from a betrayal and how she learned to let go.
- 50 ways to take a break - a great reminder to print out and hang on the fridge.
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 who our first DUI segment is about, click here.
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