Self-love is a trending topic and as people find creative ways to dive into intense topics like love, depression, trauma and healing, self-love always finds itself in the mix.
The #WriteYourselfALoveLetterChallenge started after blogger, Kia Smith got a class assignment to start a social media campaign. She got a huge response from her friends/followers and has since then continued this challenge and began hosting a variety of events.
“So from there I started facilitating small workshops around Self-Love, in Carbondale, in Chicago and then I was like, ‘you know what I want this to be an event’, so now, #writeyourselfaloveletterchallenge is a tri-monthly event series for people to come and have group discussion. We have some drinks, some food and we take a deep dive into the ins and outs of self-love,” said Smith.
Smith has been blogging a little over 4 years now and while she covers a lot of different topics she shared that writing a love letter to herself did not just start as a blog post for a class assignment. She often writes love letters to herself as a reminder of her value and affirmation.
“I write love letters to myself often so I’m not writing a love letter to myself one time because as we grow older we learn and we constantly redefine what self-love is and what it means so with balancing that I try to be as transparent as possible”, said Smith.
A beautiful brunch at the Lil Epic Design space filled with women from all walks of life sharing how some of their most trying times have influenced their methods of self-love. Smith engaged the group with a series of questions asking how they loved themselves, what they recognize about themselves when they aren’t loving themselves, and other open-ended questions about the topic.
The space was filled with a diverse crowd of women from age to ethnicity and how they expressed their perspectives on this topic. There were guests who came with friends or family members. The impact of the inter-generational connection in the room was resounding as Smith’s mother and grandmother were in attendance as well as friends of her mother. Seasoned women sharing words of wisdom with the next generation of women in the room satisfied Smith with how she chose to celebrate her 25th birthday.
“I thought about it and I’m just like you know I’m turning 25 and it is a blessing to be able to see this year. I want to spread love and I want to be surrounded by love. I don’t consider myself a self-love expert or this self-love coach but I kind of consider myself as a self-love gardener in a sense. Like I plant the seeds but it’s up to people to want to cultivate and water and take care of their own self-love gardens,” said Smith.
24 was a success and Smith seems to be looking forward to what year 25 has in store for her. As she continues to prepare for her next self-love event sometime in June, she said she is constantly adding new elements to it. She also wants everyone to be on the look out for her first book.
“I am writing a book. It’s going to be a workbook journal but also part manifesto and just discussing my own trials and tribulations. There will be a lot of love letters that I’ve written to myself over the years and I definitely want merchandise to accompany this as well, and to continue hosting events three times a year,” said Smith.
She has really been planning for the future and seems ready to take off. Be sure to follow and stay tuned for June.