Menopause

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.

Your Own Little Masterpiece

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…

Headaches, Heartaches, and Fear

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…

Podcast #7- Invisibility and Rarely Discussed Menopause Symptoms

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…

Podcast Episode #6- Menopause Practitioners, Hot Flashes, and Exciting News

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…

What Is This Soul Homework You Speak Of?

My oldest daughter suggested to me during the summer that she would like to learn about manifesting one day. It was nothing deeper than that, lest you think this soul homework began when I traveled to the desert and meditated on it in a yurt for 48 hours. I called for a transformation, and the…

September 23rd

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…

Understood

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 2015…

What No One Tells You About Getting Older

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…

I’m In Therapy

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.…

Did You Know There Are 34 Menopause Symptoms?

First published November 20th, 2017 For the past ten years I’ve been going through perimenopause. Just kidding, it’s only been two years. It just feels like ten years. Because the symptoms of perimenopause are SUCKING MY SOUL RIGHT OUT OF MY BODY. There are 34 symptoms of menopause, according to the website 34 Menopause Symptoms…

Titles Don’t Come Easy, You Know

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…

The Day I Found Out I Was in Menopause

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…

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