I am so excited to share this! August is my birthday month and we are making lots of changes here at the LoveMore Movement hub. For starters, we have some new swag: Limited Edition LoveMore Patches that will support the AMAZING organization The Pink Ink Fund founded by the inspiring Amy Black. These Limited Edition 3" iron-on LoveMore Patches made to fit on the things you wear the most. Patch it up! old school. I know I'm putting one on my meditation cushion. Where will you put yours? Here's a ...Read More »
We are making some changes at the LoveMore Movement hub, and we think you'll totally dig 'em! Instead of donating a percentage of each t-shirt sale, we will be donating a flat amount: Buy a t-shirt, and we will donate $5! That's a little more than 10% and we feel really freaking good about it. We are not a fashion line, but we love a good tee and we want you to be able to rock something you're proud of. It's more important for us to give back to others than anything else. That said we want to br...Read More »
The LoveMore Movement has always intended to be in partnership with organizations who doing the shadow work we often speak of and encourage. It takes great courage and a high level of self-care and self-regulation to choose to lean toward difficulty, but that is ultimately what we need to do in order to effect positive change in underserved communities and to anyone who suffers. Street Yoga is one of the organizations we love that does this type of work day in and day out, providing yoga to yout...Read More »
Some days, the process of loving more has zero to do with extending a hand outward: it has everything to do with placing a hand on your heart. The LoveMore Movement encourages you to take care of yourself before you take care of others. We encourage you to help build a community that will lead by example. Some days, we may fall apart. And that's ok. Some days, we may stand really tall. That's ok too. Tonight, I went to meditation feeling like my nervous system was completely askew.Tonight, when ...Read More »
I don’t know how not to be an activist. I don't know how not to be the truth in the shadow of a lie. I just don't know any other way. When I was a kid, I was considered an upstart. I always pointed out the truth when it was inconvenient to do so. For some reason, my brain was wired for reality, wired for truth, wired to seek knowledge and wired for compassion. When I was 5, and my uncle took me to Disneyland for the first time, I loudly exclaimed, "This is all a lie!" He was dumbfounded and emb...Read More »
Perhaps growing up needing has made me appreciate what I have in a way that I otherwise might not. Perhaps it is remembering the food stamp lines, eyes cast down in shame, embarrassment, and anger that make me view what I have with such gratitude. Perhaps it was being teased because I was different that makes me love the way I do. Perhaps it was surviving my own darkness, emerging into light that has made me desirous of holding a lantern for others. Each day, I wake hungry for light, for the air against my skin, the feel of my breath coaxing its way through my body. I wake grateful that I am alive and capable. I wonder whom I will meet, whom I will speak to, who will inspire me. I wonder.
This adventure of creating the LoveMore Movement has been a day-to-day meandering to my personal edge. My shyness (Yeah, I know. Me, shy? But it's true! I swear. Ask my bestie, she'll tell you stories.) is quickly being chucked to the side. I finally woke up, grabbed hold of a dream and started to make it a reality. But you know what? Grabbing hold of it is one thing, making it a reality is some scary shit. Really scary. Because even though I wake up curious and full of wonder, there is also some fear.
Old Navy is selling a shirt that says "Love More" across the chest; it costs 10 bucks. It's just a slogan, some spiritual commodification. And there's us: we are making shirts that say "LoveMore" on the sleeve in a beautiful heart that my friend Drew designed, and LoveMore Movement across the chest. They'll be a little more than Old Navy, at 35-40 bucks, but there is a difference: we are donating 10% to organizations that are urgently working toward things like: ending violence toward women (VDay); using the power of yoga to "inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grass roots social change" (Off the Mat, Into the World), and an organization committed to social justice, bringing meditation into prisons, feeding the homeless, and working to help those suffering from addiction (Against the Stream).
So why the fear? Perhaps because venturing into the world of "how much can we get for less" is daunting. But I have to remind myself of this: I started the LoveMore Movement because I am grateful. I started the LoveMore Movement because I need to give back. I remember what it was like in the dark. I remember what it was like to feel hopeless. So, I go back to the beginning and remember:
Each day, I wake hungry for light, for the air against my skin, the feel of my breath coaxing its way through my body. I wake grateful that I am alive and capable. I wonder whom I will meet, whom I will speak to, who will inspire me. I wonder.
Starting the LoveMore Movement was an idea that has been fed by overwhelming support and encouragement from our community. Clearly, we struck a nerve, one that need to be held in compassion and light. This week, we finally leapt so LoveMore could soar on its own, taking flight and spreading its wings. When I talk about raising kids, I always say that we as parents need to foster, in our children, the development of roots and wings. We approached LoveMore in the same way.
We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the inimitable net of love and support from all of you. Our Facebook page is growing in leaps and bounds and that wouldn't be happening without community. You can follow it here if you haven't done so already. We are also on Twitter and Instagram and I encourage you to follow us there, join the movement and spread the word!
Use the hashtags #LoveMore and #LoveMoreMovement; we will see it, we will tweet you and repost you, so don't be shy!!!
In the coming month, new stickers and our long-awaiting tee-shirts will drop! It's all coming together! We are even in contact with a self-publishing house trying to sort out the book details!!!
Lots of love,
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As we prepare to launch our Indiegogo campaign, and as we continue to photograph LoveMore folks for the book, I wanted to share one of our favorite organizations and one who will be a constant beneficiary of the LoveMore Movement: V-Day. Valentine's day means far more to us than boxes of chocolates, red roses, teddy bears and candy hearts. It is a day to stand up and refuse to be docile while more than 1 billion women experience violence. It is a day to share your compassion with those consumed by oppression. It is a day to LoveMore.
May today be one full of kindness, generosity, and love, and my you tread the activist road with an open heart, firm back, and soft belly. To quote my dear friend Jaxon, who is a LoveMore Ambassador, "Everyone comes with baggage. Let's love enough to help each other unpack."
Holidays can be so triggering for so many of us, and that alone provides inspiration to LoveMore. I came across this video today on Huffington Post and I can't help but share it with you: Teens practicing "random acts of kindness" dressed up as superheroes sharing this: "When you see an opportunity to 'do good,' take it." Yep, that's #LoveMore.
Kyle Nutt and Zade Abdullah, thank you for being a wonderful example of what the Love More Movement is about. You inspired us when you said, "We can all be superheroes; it's time to use your powers." We can't agree more.
We can all #LoveMore. It doesn't take a genius to be kind; it takes an open heart, a willingness to reach out, and a desire to help others.
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“There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than love.”
Father Gregory Boyle (Homeboy Industries)
So there was that day almost a year ago when I broadly proclaimed, "I'm starting a movement!" and then went on with my day. I was inspired. Suddenly and without pause. I felt like I could imbibe my photography with love and start noting my love in action in my social media accounts and in my day-to-day life. It was authentic for me. It wasn't an attempt to change anyone or bring them into the fold (if there even was a fold to come into!). I honestly didn't think people were going to actually help me start a movement. But you know what happened? People showed interest. Not just a little: A lot of interest. The support began to pour in. It wasn't a trickle or a mist, it was a flipping downpour. I'm shocked and honored.
In the process of doing this work, I have photographed some incredible people who are doing incredible things to help others. I have completed a couple of yoga teacher trainings, both of which have been geared toward teaching trauma-informed yoga to suffering teens and adults. Through the processes of these teacher trainings, I had an opportunity to break my heart open even more. I poked at my own shadows, held them in my hands, showed them kindness, fury, love, frustration, love, and acceptance. I poked at my heart, the parts that were still hard and callused, and I gave them the space to soften. They did; some still are.
Being able to LoveMore isn't just about AN act of kindness; it's about endless acts of kindness over time. It's not about having or not having tattoos on your hands, but about your actions you take to LoveMore (I won't lie, the tattoos on my hands can certainly act as a very real reminder on bad days!). It's not about doing things so you get something in return. It's about selflessness, generosity, kindness, and something else you may not realize: self-care. Remember to take the time to be indulgent with yourself. Take long baths, hikes, allow yourself to heal from the work you are doing. Because here's the deal, we can't LoveMore if we abandon ourselves in the process. We may not need anything in return, but we need to come from a place of wholeness. It's ok not to be ok. It's ok to step back for a minute or two. We are still human, after all.
Thank you from the deepest core of my being for being a part of this movement. The LoveMore Movement is nothing without community, so thank you. All of you.