My mission is to help as many women as possible fall in love with their cycle and embrace the life-enhancing gifts it has to offer.
I support women through one on one coaching; circles and retreats; and my free online community, Feminine Rising.
The four seasons of the menstrual cycle are the Inner Winter (menstruation), Spring (from when your period finishes until just before ovulation), Summer (ovulation), and Autumn (the premenstrual phase).
Each season of the menstrual cycle allows us access to different gifts and superpowers. Because we live in a very linear, masculine society, women are celebrated for their output, productivity and efficiency.
We’re rarely taught to embrace the less tangible – but equally powerful – benefits of slowing down. Because of this conditioning, we often thrive during the more energetic phases of our cycle (the Inner Spring and Summer), only to resent and resist the slower energy of the Inner Autumn and Winter.
When you begin to learn about the four Inner Seasons and track your cycle, you’ll start to notice patterns that occur.
These could be anything from how your physical energy changes over the course of your cycle, so when you feel most confident and articulate, to which points in the cycle you’re more vulnerable to anxiety. When you get to know yourself and your cycle more intimately, you’re more empowered to make choices that will allow you to thrive in all areas of your life (as well as heal any challenges you experience during your cycle).
For example, you might schedule a big presentation during your Inner Summer, because that’s where you feel most confident and articulate. Or, you might swap high-intensity exercise for a gentle yoga practice in the few days before your period.
When you understand the cycle and how it can affect you physically, emotionally and mentally, you’re able to be much kinder toward yourself.
Start tracking your cycle!
The simple act of checking in with yourself daily is powerful, as it means you can make decisions that truly honour where you’re at in that moment – physically, mentally and emotionally. If you’re tracking consistently, you’ll cultivate a deeper intimacy with your cycle and really get to know your own rhythms.
My favourite app for cycle tracking is Clue. It only takes a few minutes each day and allows you to track a range of different symptoms. I also offer a free Cycle Map resource for those who prefer a simple journaling-style practice.
Once you start tracking your cycle you’ll begin to notice recurring strengths and vulnerabilities.
From there, you’re more empowered to make choices that will support a healthy cycle and a sustainable lifestyle.
For example, if you’re experiencing tender breasts and acne during your Inner Autumn, that could mean that you’re experiencing oestrogen dominance. When you’re aware of that pattern, you can take steps to remedy it. That could mean supporting healthy liver function through lifestyle changes such as reducing your caffeine intake. Or you can take that information to a holistic practitioner such as a naturopath so they can support you on your healing journey.
Cycle awareness also helps us become aware of our superpowers during each season, so we can take full advantage of them!
Knowing which times in your cycle you’re most creative, focused, logical, intuitive or articulate – just to name a few! – means you can align your schedule to take full advantage of those superpowers.
The realisation that our superpowers change with the inner seasons can be one of the most powerful gifts of cycle awareness. It helps women learn to embrace and love each of the seasons of the cycle, rather than expecting themselves to show up in exactly the same way on any given day.
As young girls, we’re taught that our menstrual cycle is something to be ashamed of.
Something that is an inevitable and inconvenient part of getting older. Something that should be dealt with behind closed doors so we can just ‘get on with it’. We’re rarely educated about our cycles beyond how to use tampons and not get pregnant.
Many women – myself included – grow up with no idea about ovulation or the different phases of the menstrual cycle. We deny our bodies with birth control and become numb to the technicolour of life. We ignore the messages our body is sending, in a futile attempt to keep up with the relentless pace of a society that values outcomes and productivity.
We see slowing down and investment in self-care as a sign of weakness.
We celebrate short cycles, light periods, and no cycles – because we’ve become convinced by the collective that bleeding is something to be discouraged, rather than celebrated and made sacred.
Thankfully, this collective story is changing as more women embrace their cycles!
Start tracking your cycle, in whatever way feels good to you. There are so many apps out there. As I mentioned earlier, the Clue app is a great one to start with. Other ways to track your cycle include my free Cycle Map (which shows each cycle at a glance and offers some powerful questions to get you started), or journaling each day of your cycle.
If you’re experiencing challenges with your cycle like awful PMS or painful periods, I recommend seeking the support of a TCM practitioner or naturopath. That support is so valuable! Alternatively, if you’re ready to live in flow with your own cycle and embrace the potential of your feminine power, I can support you through one on one Cycle Coaching.
That PMS and painful periods are inevitable. They’re really not! Our bodies hold so much wisdom, and they’re constantly sending us messages to indicate that something is out of balance.
If we can slow down enough to listen and take action, profound healing can occur.
One of the biggest misconceptions I come across is that PMS and painful periods are inevitable. They’re really not! Our bodies hold so much wisdom, and they’re constantly sending us messages to indicate that something is out of balance. We just have to slow down enough to listen.
I know this from my own experience. After years of being on the Pill as a cure-all solution for heavy, painful periods, I came off it at 21. I experienced almost every challenge you can think of: severe acne, painful periods, low mood, long cycles, and feeling like I had extreme PMS more often than not. But by embracing cycle awareness and enlisting the support of some holistic practitioners, my cycle has transformed. It’s now regular and largely pain-free. My skin is completely clear and my premenstrual symptoms are barely there.
Embracing cyclic living has transformed my health; the way I run my businesses; my relationships; my approach to exercise and nutrition; and so much more!
It has allowed me to come home to the truth of who I am, and I know the same is possible for all women.