Managing menopause


I was 40 years old when I experienced the first effects of menopause. It wasn’t awful – no night sweats, mood swings or brain fog. I simply missed my period during the month of August. I had never missed one before. The following August, I didn’t get it again. And the year after that. It was a gradual change. One month, then two, then slowly over time it stopped.

Although this part of my cycle was slowly changing, there were other changes that were far from slow, far from graceful, and far from pleasant.  

 

Territories.


We all have them to some degree – that defined space within well laid out boundaries, even if those boundaries exist only in our minds to define a sense of belonging. In work, it’s our responsibilities, industry knowledge and even the physical space including office resources, supplies and people. In our social lives it could be a friend or group of friends, personality traits (you know, ‘the funny one’ or ‘the smart one’) or a favorite pub or club.

I’m sure you can relate. When that new person starts to feel a little too comfortable in the office and begins to step on toes. (He should stick to what he knows!). Or, when someone new moves to town and catches the attention of your friends (‘She’s really outdoorsy.’, ‘He’s a lot of fun to be around!). Don’t they know that’s your role?

Goldcrest

Encounters with Nature


My encounters with nature influence my behavior each day. The joy of spotting a hare sunning at the edge of a field inspires me to slow down and appreciate the moment. When there are kites soaring overhead, I instinctively desire creative activity. And the rare moment when a goldcrest appears before me, I turn nostalgic with the understanding of how fleeting special moments can be and promise myself I will connect with my loved ones soon.

This relationship with nature supports my personal growth, how I adapt to change and teaches me how to expand my knowledge by examining my own behavior and how to alter it to support a resilient, harmonious and purposeful life.

Each post connects my observations of nature to those of human behavior, compares the similarities and considers the lessons.

I hope you enjoy reading about these encounters, observations and musings. I’m counting on you to share your own with me!