What Is A Love Warrior?
A Warrior's life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior's sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death.
– Dan Millman
What does a Love Warrior look like?
It is difficult to pick a Love Warrior out in a crowd. A Love Warrior can be a man or a woman, an adult, adolescent, or child. Appearance will not help you single out who is a Love Warrior and who is not, but you'll know when you are with one.
What does a Love Warrior feel like?
When a Love Warrior looks into your eyes, you feel accepted and loved. When a Love Warrior listens to you, you feel heard. You'll feel a Love Warrior's self-confidence and passion. You will feel inspired, motivated and experience a desire to join in and make a contribution. When you are with a Love Warrior, you will feel connected.
You will realize that a Love Warrior is not some magical, bigger than life hero. A Love Warrior inspires you to come into contact with the Love Warrior that resides in you. Love Warriors can teach you to love yourself just by watching how they treat themselves.
Meet Our Past Love Warriors
Meet the 2014 Love Warrior Nominees
A co-founder of New Moon Girls magazine and the national nonprofit Dads & Daughters, Joe is the author of 9 books, including Dads & Daughters(R) and The Body Myth: Adult Women & the Pressure to Be Perfect with Dr. Margo Maine. His awards include the Eating Disorders Coalition's Activist of the Year and Women's Sports Foundation Title IX Father of the Year.
In 2011, in order to raise awareness about personal issues similar to her own, Lovato became a Contributing Editor to Seventeen magazine. She used Seventeen as a platform to discuss her personal issues as a part of a larger campaign called “Love is Louder than the Pressure to Be Perfect,” directed towards teen girls. After sharing that she had been bullied at the age of 12, Lovato has also supported numerous anti-bullying organizations. In 2012, she was named the ambassador for Secret’s “Mean Stinks,” an anti-bullying campaign to inspire students to “gang up for good” against girl-to-girl bullying. She also serves as an official Ambassador for the youth empowerment event We Day and the organization Free the Children, which works domestically and internationally to empower young people to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens.
In November, 2013, Demi published her book, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, mirroring her affirmation to commit to her happiness and well-being each morning. Those commitments are the bedrock of her recovery and her work helping other young people dealing with the issues she lives with every day.
In July, 2013, Demi launched the Lovato Treatment Scholarship. She partnered with CAST Recovery to create The Lovato Treatment Scholarship in honor of her dad, Patrick Lovato, who passed away in part due to untreated mental health and addiction issues.
The Lovato Treatment Scholarship covers expenses for someone struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues, including the costs for one of CAST’s transitional living homes as well as clinical services provided at CAST’s outpatient program.
Impower You is an online community that empowers individuals with real life tools to develop critical thinking skills and foster personal awareness. Impower You also teaches people how to access information and overcome emotional, physical and sexual abuse, as well as informs people about activism, environmental and health issues and emotional and physical self-defense.
The Up To You Project encourages people to solve problems and create sustainable solutions in their communities.
Rae battled a 10-year eating disorder, which began in her late teenage years. In 2013, after being in recovery for one year, she created a fundraiser for EDRS in order to raise money and awareness for eating disorders treatment. Rae reached her goal of raising money and awareness for her cause. She had the opportunity to share her story and talk to many others who had suffered with an eating disorder or who had watched a loved one battle this storm.
Rae’s love of helping people keeps her recovery going strong. Having endured this side of Hell, she wants to be able to help others in their journey for peace. She actively works towards reducing and removing the negative stigma surrounding mental disorders. Her motto is, “If we can share our story and help someone, why not do it?”
He started his blog, ...Until Eating Disorders Are No More, in early 2011. The name was inspired by the legislative efforts of the Eating Disorder Coalition to help end eating disorders through effective policy reform, public education, and properly funded research. More recently, his attention has shifted to examining gender constructs and how they negatively impact mental health and eating disorders in particular.
When not working on eating disorder advocacy, Matt has a background in research, having worked as the primary data collector for a large, federally funded research grant, the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) Project since 2008.
Matt has degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies, and holds a Graduate Studies Certificate in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Evening Celebration with Community Heros, Local Experts and the 2014 Love Warrior Awardee
This Year's theme is Diversity: The Many Faces of Eating Disorders, Treatment and Prevention.
On Friday, February 6th from 5:15pm to 7:00pm we will be hosting the Wine and Cheese Celebration: Evening Celebration with Community Heros, Local Experts, and the 2014 Love Warrior Awardee!
During this event, we will honor the contributions of each of the Love Warrior nominees and will present the 2014 Love Warrior Award.
The EDRS Conference is open to both community members and mental health professionals. You can register for one, two or all three conference days, or if you just want to attend this evening event, you can make an optional $20 donation to our scholarship treatment fund benefiting California residents who seek treatment for eating disorder recovery.