We all experience and relate to things differently, and menopause is no exception. In this book, MENO-Vations, we share real thoughts on menopause, offer suggested actions to cope, and provide vibrant art and blank space to encourage personal reflection. We call these thoughts MENO-Vations—a.k.a. menopause motivations.
MENO-Vations is designed to help us connect and look at ourselves and the menopause journey with humor and positivity. It allows us to incorporate the reality of womanly changes and the beauty and subjectivity of art into daily motivation.
Artist Angela Walker and author Cynthia King are family and had talked about partnering on a creative project for quite some time. As they began to encounter some of the joys and challenges that come along with maturing, they would share experiences and laughter between themselves. This sharing expanded to a close circle of friends and often included reflecting on artwork to encourage further introspection.
Once upon a time, a baby girl was born. This child was loved by her family but drove them crazy. She was precious and oh so sweet, yet yelled and cried a lot. The baby girl was extremely irritable when tired or sleepy, and she had to have undergarments changed often due to wetness. She didn’t have a long attention span and was easily distracted. Fast-forward to now, and find that this baby girl has grown through adulthood. She is now sitting at her desk or running errands and realizing that she is premenopausal and experiencing many of those same symptoms that she had as a baby, plus lots more! Does this sound vaguely familiar?
In today’s society, we share almost everything we feel and think. Women are a lot more open currently versus back in the day, when they tended to be more private and secretive. There are pros and cons to sharing, but one good thing is that by doing so, you can reveal and learn helpful thoughts and tips. You realize that nothing is new, and if you are having an issue, someone else is probably having it as well.