Writing is a window into your soul. Writing has a magic that bypasses grammatical rules and punctuation. I distinctly remember the first time I wrote because I desperately wanted to eat, but knew I wasn’t physically hungry.
I was an intern counselor and was leading a support group for emotional eaters. I took my own advice that night and started writing. I didn’t know what would flow from my pen, but I started anyway.
My inner wisdom presented itself on the lined paper. It told me, “You’re not hungry, you’re tired. Those bowls of cereal are not satisfying because what you really want right now is to go to bed and be held in your husband’s arms. You are seeking love and comfort.”
Being a Love Warrior is not necessarily going to be easy. It may well be the most important thing you do. It takes the heart of a warrior to love yourself when you are feeling down. It takes the courage of a warrior to look into aspects of yourself that you may want to turn away from.
Writing is one way to discover the many aspects of you. Embrace all of yourself, those parts you love easily, and those parts you don’t.
I’ve continued to use writing as one aspect of my Self-Love Diet practice. In 2010, I started writing self-love posts on the Love Warrior Community. Every month, my daughter, Emelina, and I host self-love writing prompts, and each January, for the past five years, we have been hosting the annual 31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge.
Last year, 100 people participated, submitting over 500 self-love writing posts during the month of January, coming in from Australia, the UK, Costa Rica, Egypt and the US. People shared their writing on our blog, as well as on our Facebook event page.
Last year was the first time we created a Facebook event page, and it turned into a forum and a safe space. People created conversations, supported one another and shared their self-love journeys with each other. The emotional honesty, support, love and healing was not only tangible, but moving, as well as exciting. We saw firsthand how self-love can spread around the world.
This year, our New Year’s resolution and challenge is the same: Write a self-love post every day throughout January.
31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge Breakdown
Every day throughout January, we will have a Self-Love Diet writing prompt focused on a Self-Love Diet Tip you can take action on.
Daily Writing Prompts
To see the full list of Self-Love Diet writing prompts, (all prompts will be live by January 1) click here.
Daily Email Reminder
To have the daily prompts sent to your email, subscribe to our form below. Once the 31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge ends, you won’t receive anymore emails.
If you want to contribute regularly to the Love Warrior Community, email Emelina at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll create you login information so you can input your writing directly into the Love Warrior Community website.
Join the January 31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge Facebook event. It’s a great resource and a great way to connect with other people on their self-love journey.
We are offering the daily Self-Love Diet writing prompts as guidance and inspiration, but you don’t have to follow them. Whatever you are inspired to write to help you focus on your self-love journey, please do! If you want further guidance and prompt ideas, check out our Self-Love Writing Guidelines. If you don’t write daily, be kind to yourself. If you write one self-love post during January, that is one more than you usually write, and that is cause for celebration.
I’m thrilled to start the new year and see how your self-love practice unfolds this January!
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet journey,
Michelle E. Minero, MFT