This is the first blog post, and I don't have a lot of experience in writing blogs, so I hope you all enjoy this one! I think the blog will become more important as things start to heat up as the year progresses.
Establishing Sustainable Menstruation Australia has been a real whirlwind, involving a lot of learning and fun. I conceived the idea when I was travelling in Israel in July/August 2014. I had been using my cup for a while, and every cycle I fell in love with it more. I thought, why don't more women use these? And then I thought, more women should use these! And then... I'm going to make it happen.
when I got home, I conducted a survey getting women's ideas on menstruation, and received over 400 responses. It appeared the time was right to get the word out about menstrual cups in Australia.
I applied for the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme and ten weeks later I had completed my certificate IV in small business management. I decided to do everything myself, to just get it happening. So I make this website, I do all the orders, publicity, everything myself at the moment. I'm not sure where this journey is taking me, but I have some big plans for the future, including education programmes for women, getting menstrual cups to women in disadvantaged situations, and becoming a presence at markets, expos and festivals. It's going to be quite the adventure!
Speaking of adventure... I've also signed up to join the Sustainable Cycles event this year, riding my bike from Austin to Boston in the USA, talking about periods with a team of other women. We are all presenting at the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Conference in June. Wish us luck! You can donate to our campaign here.
I'm going to be doing a lot of training in the next few months!
Thanks to everyone who has supported me on this mission so far. Keep sharing, spreading the word, liking me on Facebook and most of all, using menstrual cups!
Together we can empower women, make our lives easier, reduce landfill and feel great while we do it!
Owner, Director, Cup User and Optimist!
Sustainable Menstruation Australia.