Perimenopause and Menopause are two different phases of life.
I was in perimenopause for five years, from 2015 to 2020, which I documented on this blog. I began writing a book about my experience in order to heal myself of everything I went through once I was on the other side of it: menopause.
My menopause doesn’t suck, but my journey to get here did. Every female is unique, as are her perimenopause and menopause experiences. I felt like that narrative wasn’t being told, so I wrote a book.
Here are some of my posts to read until my book is published.
Next month marks the one-year anniversary of when I entered menopause, which means I haven’t had a menstrual period in two years. You may read about my entrance into menopause here. My book is about my five-year experience with perimenopause and how I felt entirely unprepared starting it. But it’s also my way of beginning… Continue reading Your Own Little Masterpiece
During my perimenopause, I became a pretty negative person. As a result of my near constant pain, I grew resentful. I became numb to emotions like happiness and optimistic outlooks like hope. I’d wake up every day afraid to be optimistic for fear of being rewarded with a headache later. As if the Universe was… Continue reading Headaches, Heartaches, and Fear
I’m reading Mark Nepo’s “The Book of Awakening” right now, and these were his words to me this morning (I like to think the author is speaking directly to me): From the agonies of kindergarten, when we first were teased or made fun of in the midst of all our innocence, we all have struggled… Continue reading Podcast #7- Invisibility and Rarely Discussed Menopause Symptoms
In this week’s podcast, I’ll explain what a “menopause practitioner” is (I can’t believe it took me five years to find one), what NAMS is, and why women in menopause should be aware of it, and I’ll give you a few non-hormone choices for lowering hot flashes. Thank you as always for listening. I appreciate… Continue reading Podcast Episode #6- Menopause Practitioners, Hot Flashes, and Exciting News
Over summer, my oldest daughter mentioned wanting to learn about manifesting one day. Perhaps she heard about it as a TikTok trend during the pandemic? Or maybe she talked about it with a college friend at a bar before this pandemic even began? It was nothing deeper than that, lest you were under the impression… Continue reading What Is This Soul Homework You Speak Of?
I told a friend last week that I will enter menopause on September 23rd, and she was astonished because she thought I was already there, and I was like, oh no, no, no, that’s all the bullshit building up to it. The appetizers served before the meal. The preview watched before the movie. The calm… Continue reading September 23rd
This life thing, it’s a head-scratcher. We are all just trying to figure things out, aren’t we? But at the the end of the day, all we want is to be understood. Two weeks ago, a friend texted me a link to an article written by Mary Ruefle titled Pause. Mary wrote it in… Continue reading Understood
I was using the public restroom at my local Target a few years ago and was hovering, while holding my winter coat up so it didn’t get wet in the toilet water, all while trying to keep my purse from touching the floor when I felt a fart coming on. But I was in public… Continue reading What No One Tells You About Getting Older
I feel so Seinfeld, so Mad About You, so oh I don’t know, Diane Keaton movie about living in New York City and having a mysterious and very interesting life, right now. Remember when going to therapy meant you were rich? Or lived in the big city? Or were a nut job? It doesn’t anymore.… Continue reading I’m In Therapy
First published November 20th, 2017 I’ve been going through perimenopause for the past ten years. Just kidding, it’s only been two years. It only feels like ten. Because the symptoms of perimenopause are SUCKING MY SOUL RIGHT OUT OF MY BODY. According to the website 34 Menopause Symptoms Dot Com (yes, it’s a real website), there… Continue reading Did You Know There Are 34 Menopause Symptoms?
This is the post that introduced the Tater Tot series and also cemented my random at best style of writing. First published May 2, 2016 I fear I am at the end of writing this blog. Maybe it is God gently telling me, it is time, Kari. Not that time! Time to quit blogging! I… Continue reading Titles Don’t Come Easy You Know
First published May 11, 2015 I’ve always been loud, even obnoxious at times; it’s just how I was created. I move with purpose, I laugh boisterously, and a snort occasionally sneaks out. That is why I am perfectly suited to writing a blog because I can edit and edit and edit numerous times before releasing… Continue reading The Day I Found Out I Was in Menopause
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