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Note from the Editor: Kickstarting the Holidays by Giving Back

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I’m sitting in Starbucks (what’s new?) and the Christmas cups are out, red and silver mugs are for sale, and Cranberry Bliss Bars are smiling out from the pastry display case – Yes, the holiday season has begun!

In a lot of ways the holidays can seem as though they are all about getting – but as with anything, whenever there is receiving on one end, there has to be giving one another. Many will say the way to get the most of the holidays and to experience all the warm fuzzies and goodness that they bring is by focusing more on the giving than the getting. And I agree.

Much like Christmas, recovery can also become very self-focused. And at times, this is even necessary; it is important to think of yourself and put your interests, your health, and your needs first at certain times.

But even though thinking of yourself and doing for yourself is important in recovery, it is also important to not forget about others, and to not stop doing for others.

That is why this month our theme is “Giving Back” – because we here at Libero know how important caring for ourselves is to our recovery, but we also know how important doing things for others has been, and how that has impacted our recovery – and our lives in general – in a positive way.

For the month of November, you will get a chance to see another side of each of us. You will be able to get to know us better as we share the things we do that are outside of our recovery and yet are still for our recovery. To some of us, this involves volunteering for organizations we are passionate about, for others, it is about being an activist in the recovery community, and, yes, even being a part of Libero is a way we all give back.

As you read through this month’s articles, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about ways that you give back. And if you haven’t had the chance to start, I encourage you to spend this season – a season that should be focused on giving – thinking of things that line up with your passions and interests and that will allow you the opportunity to add some “giving back” to your life. Not only will you be impacting others in a positive way, but you will also find you will also benefit from it – it’s all about building a life for yourself outside of yourself and your recovery, because there really is so much more out there and you don’t have to wait to start being a part of it!

I hope your month is already off to a great start, and I hope you are already getting into the holiday spirit! As usual, November will be the last month of new posts for the year and we will not be publishing anything new in December. This allows our writers to take a break for the holidays and also allows you a chance to catch up on any missed reading. We encourage you to check out our archives and browse through posts you may have missed while we’re away and then we will be back in January with another year of great themes you won’t want to miss!

So from all of us here at Libero we hope you enjoy the holidays, take a break, and have a very Merry Christmas! Much Love!

Lauren is the Founder and Editor of Libero. She started Libero in April 2010, when she shared her story about her struggles with an eating disorder and depression. Now Lauren uses her writing and videos to advocate mental health and body positivity. In her spare time, she enjoys makeup artistry, playing Nintendo, and taking selfies with her furbaby, Zoey.

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