A Hike. Period.

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A hike in Palos Verdes was on my calendar for this morning. It’s the first time I’ve hiked in a really long time as today, I felt I was ready to ascend and descend hills without any strain since my accident. 

I started composting a few months ago and we are always short on woodsy material. Since the plants on the sides of the paths get pretty dry, I thought it would be a good idea to collect some browns to add to my composter.

Fa la la la la! Off I went into the “woods” like Little Red Riding Hood. Three notable things happened on this hike today.

  1. I slipped and fell. I’m ok but it was a bummer since my back had been feeling so much better. Luckily, I was seeing my chiropractor after my hike. The ground is very silty here and as I descend I can sometimes walk on my tippy toes. Note to self: Practice walking (flatfooted)

  2. As I was collecting my woodsy, I heard a sound. Something I have started doing on hikes in the wilderness is to NOT wear my Bose noise cancelling headphones. Instead, I plug in my iPhone headset, turn the volume down and only put one ear piece in so that I can hear and monitor what is around me auditorily. Good thing I did because I heard some movement and saw a snake slithering on the ground.

    I don’t know what kind of snake it was. I wanted to take a picture but my common sense told me I should probably keep going since I had startled him with my woodsy collecting.

    Snake symbolism is about shedding old skin. That seemed a good fit as I was listening to Joe Dispenza’s You are the Placebo.

  3. And lastly, on my way back on the trail, I suddenly felt… uncomfortable. Was I really really hot and sweaty or did I just start my period?

    Enter the personal information section

    This may not be what you want to read and if it grosses you out and you exit now, no problem however, I did not have a simple exit on my path this morning.

    My cycle been super irregular lately and I was 14 days over my expected “arrival date.” I didn’t have my purse with me and also I was in the middle of the “woods” (trail. same thing).

    I proceeded to hustle back all the while telling myself it was probably a false alarm and nothing to worry about.

    Alas, I got back to my car and made arrangements for a temporary fix in case it was as I thought on the trail.

    I proceeded to go to the store and purchase some feminine products. Long story short, after I purchased the feminine products, I also deemed it necessary to have a wardrobe change. Thankfully, TJ Maxx was next door.

I have to admit, this is not the only time I’ve had technical difficulties with my cycle as an adult. Over the past few years, I’ve been thinking, “Man, if this is a pain for me living in my seemingly ideal life, what about women that are homeless?”

Did you know that many school aged girls actually stay home from school in low income areas because they cannot afford the luxury of having feminine products.

A few years ago in Los Angeles, the government mandated that all Title I schools were required to have feminine products available in the girls bathroom in schools grade 6-12 free of charge.

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One of my favorite places to visit is San Francisco and I always notice the large number of homeless people in the city. On one visit, I noticed a homeless woman hurrying into a Starbucks to use the bathroom. Her pants were not clean. This was the first time I ever thought about this issue.

I’ve often thought about how I can help with this issue. I’ve googled homeless women, los angeles, feminine products, volunteer. Many of the organizations do not seem active and some are out of state.

Today I found an organization called #happyperiod that helps to raise awareness to this very issue. This is straight from their site:

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I kind of want to go to Costco and buy feminine products in bulk and take them in myself downtown to a shelter. I just may do that.

However, in the meantime, I’m thinking of donating to #happyperiod who will do just that. If you’d like to join me, please click the link below: