Wonderful Within is a blog designed to educate
and empower women from within.
We talk all things wonderful, including:
menstrual cycles, natural products, fertility awareness, charting, periods & women’s health and wellness choices ✨
My journey into fertility awareness started in 2016 when I desperately wanted to have my contraceptive implant removed whilst living abroad. I thought it was the perfect fit as I travel often and wasn’t planning on having children any time soon.
Until I fell into depression. The sad bit was that now looking back, was that the depression was a slow decline that I almost didn’t even realise it was happening.
I know this is not an isolated occurrence with hormonal birth control. In fact, it’s probably more likely the norm than the exception.
I soon discovered I literally had no way of removing the contraceptive implant in Bali. No doctors or hospitals would remove it, not even an Australian gynecologist could do it as the tools just weren’t available in a hindu country. I wasn’t going back to Australia for another 2 months – I just had to wait it out.
So began the journey of deciding which method of contraceptive to choose next.
My #1 priority was personal wellbeing.
I could no longer sacrifice wellbeing in favour of pregnancy prevention – that would be my deal breaker. With the luxury of time on my side, each morning I’d wake up and spend a few hours reading and on youtube learning as much as I could about my birth control options and women’s experiences with them.
That’s when I discovered fertility awareness and how our female reproductive system actually works. I felt a mix of wonder and anger — Why we’re we not taught this at school? Why was this left out in sex ed? Who was deciding that this information not be shared? What is actually going on here?
After I learned this information, every female friend and acquaintance I saw, I felt it was duty to introduce the fertility awareness method to them and what I had been learning incase they weren’t aware (not that I did, but the compulsion was there!) … Like it was this massive secret that I’d just uncovered and I felt compelled to empower other women should they choose to implement this knowledge.
I knew intuitively that I was meant to share this knowledge and that for some reason it was to do with my purpose. I believed wholeheartedly that if women were searching for natural birth control, they should be able to access the information easily, quickly and wherever they are in the world. But honestly I didn’t want too, and I didn’t believe I was the person for the assignment.
As soon as I thought it might be a great idea to share the information about Fertility Awareness via an ebook (as there was none available at the time) so it could be easily accessible to all women the doubt come shooting up; “Who am I to write about this? How am I qualified to write about this?”
Then my intuition led me to remember Marianne Williamson’s wonderful quote “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
The reason I’m wrote the book was simple, I felt called to share the information. And the calling became stronger and stronger that I had I couldn’t ignore it.
I gave in. I had to do away with any doubt and just trust it was my highest good.
In 2017 I self-published my first book ‘Natural Birth Control’ as the resource that I wish I had had and felt called to share with other women.
The writing process felt wonderful and effortless. I felt alive, purposeful and believe looking back now, it was inspired and channelled:
“It’s incredible to realise our divine reproductive system holds our ever present fertility compass. I believe we are more powerful as women than we could ever imagine and it is our birthright, should we choose to, to embrace our natural cycle. It’s been there all along waiting to be rediscovered.”
Once I published and disptributed it out all the major ebook retailers, I was relived. The information was out there for whoever needed to find it anywhere in the world and receive it instantly. I’d done my part and I was off the hook.
Many cycles later, I had a dream of website in which I could share all of the cool innovative products that women may not even knew existed. And so in 2019 started this website. Over a month or two I wrote an initial run of seven blog posts.
And then freaked out. I didn’t touch the website for 3 years.
During this time, I would always find myself being around women talking to me about their periods! “I’m pms-ing, my period is late, am I pregnant? I’m scared to use a menstrual cup.” I actually love talking about all these wonderful things and really enjoy supporting women. But the occurance that it was happening (and with women I’d just met) was alterting. I knew what was going on. It kept sparking me to reignite that passion and continue the conversation, just in a more public way.
I’m not a doctor (and I don’t pretend to be) but I am a Women. This information is in my DNA and it’s in yours. And I hope to help you uncover it, whether you use it or not, it is our birthright to know the workings of our intelligent reproductive system and to be informed of our health choices.
So I’m choosing to be a contributor to the conversation (and hopefully play a part in taking these conversations out of the closet into mainstream awareness!)
And I’m welcoming other contributors too! Each of us have our own unique experiences and stories to share to educate and uplift one another.
For whatever reason led you to reading this blog I hope you found the information and resources helpful on your journey.