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. Since then, my daughter Emelina and I have been hosting self-love writing prompts here every month, and each January, for the past six years, we have been hosting the annual 31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge.
Last year, we had over 400 people participate from Australia, the U.K., El Salvador, Canada, Serbia, Romania, Thailand, Germany, and the U.S. We’re excited to spread self-love even further this year! People shared their writing on the Love Warrior Community, as well as on our Facebook group.
Three years ago was the first time we hosted the event on Facebook, 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.
We’ve expanding this challenge year-round. If it’s January 15, February, or August, the timing doesn’t matter. You can start this challenge right now.
What You’ll Get
- The 31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge, a daily email for 31 days, introducing you to a Self-Love Diet writing prompt and tool to increase your self-awareness, emotional awareness, and self-love.
- Daily Self-Love Diet writing prompts posted directly to the Facebook group. When you finish the 31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge, you’ll have continued focus, support, and accountability in continuing your Self-Love Diet practice. Each day of the week will focus on a specific path of the Self-Love Diet: spiritual, body, mind, emotions, relationships, culture, and world.
- The replay to our webinar, Embodying Gratitude, where you’ll learn how to use the Instant Replay tool to recall and embody gratitude, or any emotion you want to feel.
- The e-book, “A Self-Love Journey,” chronicling one participant’s self-love posts from our 2015 31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge, from the beginning through the end.
- A safe space and a supportive community in our private Love Warrior Community Facebook group.
- Positive writings, videos, artwork, and more!
Receive the Self-Love Diet Prompts & Join the Community
To receive each prompt via email, and to gain access to the free, private Love Warrior Community Facebook group, sign up below.
If you don’t write daily, be kind to yourself. If you write one self-love post during this month, that is one more than you usually write, and that is cause for celebration.
I’m thrilled to see how your Self-Love Diet practice unfolds this year! Share this event with your loved ones by sharing this post or inviting them to the Facebook event page.
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet journey,
Michelle E. Minero, MFT and Emelina Minero, Love Warrior Community Co-Founders
“The 31-Day SLD Writing Challenge was my first writing challenge. I had never considered myself to be a writer and was unsure that I even had anything worthwhile to say. I decided to do it because it was framed as writing for myself and for what I needed. Somehow that framework seemed a bit less intimidating than trying to figure out what everyone else wanted to read. I submitted some pieces and kept others for myself, but really enjoyed the reflection that ensued upon receiving each daily prompt. I learned a lot of things about myself that month, one of which being that I am, in fact, a writer and that I have many important things to say. One of the best things I got out of the 31-Day SLD Writing Challenge was the desire to keep writing and finding who I am.” – Stacey Lantz
There is a strong community aspect to this event, and that is special. To have an alliance to work with to better love yourself is unique. It is both inspiring and validating. – Veronika Noble, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist)
Following the prompts and committing to writing every day keeps me focused on what’s important. Sending my writing in to be posted on the Love Warrior Community online means I am not alone in this challenge. Other people see what I’m doing, thinking, experiencing, and I get to see other people’s journeys as well. – Donna Ahlstrand, Regional Coordinator of Gather the Women North Bay
I enjoy that I can offer it [my self-love writing] to be seen by those in my life who might need some guidance or who I want to know me better. I love reading other people’s posts and seeing friends and colleagues’ journeys. Some of the people I have come in contact with over the years I am still in contact with. I have continued to participate each year because it expands my self-awareness, growth, focus on love for myself, and is a great way to start off the New Year. Michelle Minero is a supportive and lovely human being that invites everyone to expand self-love. Her open heart invites me to stay and continue and participate. – Lindsey Wert, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist)