My Book, Podcast, Writing

Podcast #40- Chapter One- Not My Mother’s Menopause

80's Names| My Name is on the List| Grieving A Grace Full Life

Talking about:  -names that were popular in the 1970s and 1980s -going over a list of names that are becoming less popular (hint-mine is one of them) -sharing how I've been feeling lately — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
  1. 80's Names| My Name is on the List| Grieving
  2. Navigating
  3. Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Eight
  4. Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Seven
  5. Not My Mother's Menopause- Chapter Six

The following is a quote from a magazine article that I found recently thanks to a blog I love.

Despite this menopausal transformation in myself (the one I’m passionately describing), I also feel that my culture and society have failed me so badly. I need elders to show me how to do this, but they are not built into my life. I need rituals to honor the endless bleeding from my body that came year after year, but I do not know any. -Rythea Lee

Yes. Yes…

I’ve created a number of different concepts for book covers. Each week, I’ll feature a different one.

Starting today and continuing through my birthday week, I’ll be reading my book on my podcast. I’m not including the text on the blog since it would take up too much room. Plus, there’s also a lot more personality in my reading of the book. Think of it as an audiobook version.

Here is the article I mentioned at the beginning of the post:

The Shape-Shifting Power of Menopause

Since I’m sharing articles, here’s the one that prompted me to write the book:

Pause | Mary Ruefle

I hope you find the first chapter to be enjoyable! Any and all input is appreciated!

16 thoughts on “Podcast #40- Chapter One- Not My Mother’s Menopause”

  1. I am not yet in menopause but I am looking forward to reading this so I can relate better to my mom and hopefully gain some insight into how it might affect me in the future. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Your desire to read it in order to gain a better understanding of your mother’s experience and how it may affect you in the future is admirable. This also helps me to improve as a writer in the future. I’ve been rewriting this book on and off for the past two years, and I feel that by putting it online, I may have gained a lot of insight. Thank you for listening! 🙂

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  2. I love that you are sharing this with us; I feel so special!
    Your book is great…I’m really enjoying it so far!
    Oh, and you know I’m a big fan of the cover artwork.

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  3. Your cover artwork is beautiful. I like the butterfly idea in conjunction with menopause. There’s a truth to that, if you’re willing to accept that you’ve changed for the more beautiful. Which of course I have.

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    1. I created it with Canva! It was a template!

      And yes to seeing the change for the beautiful. I wish women could see the view from where I’m sitting while they go through menopause. Maybe they’ll change their minds after reading my book?

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  4. “I just lost my period and cried sometimes” – that sounds like something my own mom would say. Do you think our moms were just that out of touch with their bodies/ ashamed of The Change and didn’t want to talk about it? Like, the less said about it, the better? I am so glad you are talking/ writing about it (CONGRATS ON THE BOOK!!!). As we spoke about before, it’s our generation that is changing the stigma around menopause.

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    1. I believe our mothers were trained not to talk about it by their mothers, which makes me sad for all of the females who came before us.

      It’s not yet a “book,” but sharing it with all of you here brings it much closer. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen! It means a lot to me.

      And YES to removing the stigma associated with menopause. I hope our generation can accomplish this for for future generations as well as those who came before us.


  5. Wow Kari. Hearing you read your book is so powerful. What you’ve written is so personal & then hearing you tell it, narrate it…. I feel so honored that you’re sharing this bit of your journey. (And also? Never mind that reviewer, I think your questions *work* danggit! At least in the audiobook version. It flows!)

    P.S. The frustration over the lack of societal interest, support, communication. That quote. Omg. Yes. I feel like your book is your gift to all the women – from your daughters to strangers on the street. What a wonderful thing you are doing.

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    1. Maddie, thank you so much! You have no clue how much I value your input. I was so hesitant to record this, and I’ve been feeling self-conscious about it all this week. But you’ve helped me stay focused on why I shared it in the first place. I’m sending you a big hug. 🙂


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