Post 2 of 10. “July ’21” series.

Todays art is about observing beautiful biology and percussion safety.

I’m going to start including some other fun tidbits that might make a few of you run away.

Here’s the deal, though. After fighting depression head on for over 10 years, and feeling the fallout of not managing well, I sort of have a thing for spreading the word when I learn about completely life changing tools and paradigms.

Even Jesus would want me to share this with any who care to listen.

Cycles. You know, woman stuff. They can be an arrow of sanity. Not just the obvious times and the PMS coverall-for-emotional-craziness that leads up, but even the in between, and the in between that.

For months now (even loosely for a couple years) I’ve been paying attention to what Kate Northrup introduces around the four distinct phases of a woman’s monthly cycle in her book Do Less.

Without diving into it all at once, I’m just going to tease it out along the way as I share my own observations. And with each post I’ll include a note about the day and phase of my cycle I’m in. Totally uncharacteristically open book of me, I know. But if it can help anyone else find stability, it’s worth it to risk a little embarrassment.

Today: day 22 | Luteal phase | finally feeling the energetic motivation to wrap up projects and get stuff done. I’ve been so tired this past week, probably fighting off something, but now I’m feeling more set to lean in to the shifting of energy toward finishing things, tying up loose ends, and trying to prepare for having some margin to do lots of resting when my body needs that from me in the next week or so.

Mondays do have a habit of kicking my butt, so we’ll see if this cheeriness carries on through tomorrow.

I do feel that one other thing that may briefly improve your life is to giggle along as my son tries desperately to get his rocks back out of his water bottle.

See, you’re a little happier now, right?

By Naomi Bird

Wife of tenor Nathan Bird, pianist, organist, former music therapist, writer, tea-drinker, mom of two mini-sopranos and two mini-tenors, and learner of loving the arts.


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