“How To Self-Care Down There” Atlanta Episode Recap
This past June, I had the opportunity to join the Millennial Women team as their intern/event ambassador for the city of Atlanta. Ever since the very beginning, I was shocked by the quality of work and vision these ladies have for the future of our generation. It did not only inspire me to keep using my voice and talents for a greater good, but it has also challenged me to pursue the best version of me I can be. In addition, having a support system such as the MW team cheering each other up at any moment was one of the most valuable things I will take with me from this experience…not to mention the unforgettable talk from our Thought Leader, Beatrice Feliu Espada, Founder and CEO of the Honey Pot Co.
To get the second season of the Millennial Women Talk started, all of our team members had to join all of our forces together to make this a great start…and what a journey it was! From weekly calls with the team, to setting up the venue and making sure all of our guests could have a wonderful time, the process of setting up this event was a one-of-a-kind experience. There were some moments of struggle and challenges, but it was nothing we could not pull off with our will to make it happen.
The day of the event, I could feel in the air an amazing energy coming out from all of the MW who came to see our Founders Stephanie and Melissa Carcache interview Beatrice Feliu Espada talk about her feminine care product line and her life experiences as a successful business woman. And when I talk about business, I mean REAL BUSINESS. Beatrice was nothing more than raw and uncensored from the way she talked about herself to the way she sees life as a strong and confident woman. I left the talk feeling inspired and empowered from her words. I realized that I am not alone out there and that there are other women in this city (and other cities) who are going through the same dilemmas as I am and that the best way we can get it out of our chest and overcome them is through experiences like this one.
For a long time, I have been under the idea that talking about feminine care was something that we as women should not even think about doing. Call me old school, but I always thought that talking about vaginas and periods was something “unlady” like. But I have now understood that it is the other way around. Being able to express my womanhood (including the good and the ugly) is what makes me own myself better than ever as I can be able to listen to my own body, my own thoughts and my own needs. And when it comes to vaginas, there comes lots of needs.
When asked about her story behind The Honey Pot Co., Beatrice mentioned a moment in her life where she realized that she was using feminine care products without being fully educated on the chemicals these products contained. The result was realizing that most of the products she had been using her entire life where what was causing her problems with her body. Her personal story drove her to advocate for products that were non-toxic to the female body and empower women to speak up about their constant struggles with their periods, chronic pains, or potential bacteria growth in our vaginas. The entire crowd was full of stories on how The Honey Pot has helped these women to overcome some of their personal struggles with bacterial infections and how they overcame the fear of opening up about this.
I was mostly shocked to hear that UTI’s and Bacterial Vaginosis were not sexually transmitted and that most women think they are, which is why they are afraid to talk about it. A great takeaway from this part was that the more you are able to talk about your concerns with your body, the better you will be at helping it heal and be normal again. And more importantly, the better you can help get rid of the stigma to talk about our bodies without fear.
Beatrice also mentioned the importance of investing in yourself better, and that included the products we use, the way we spend our time, and the relationships we create. I was personally intrigued to hear about how she has dealt with toxic people that have been in her life. After all, if we were already talking about toxicity in our bodies, the same care should be external. She simply nodded and said, “I just don’t deal with them”. For Beatrice, there will always be people that will cherish and appreciate what you do, but it will not be the case every time. For the people and relationships that are not giving you what you are looking for in life, simply say thank you, but no. I could not relate more to this since I have struggled with finding balance between satisfying my own needs while taking care of others. The real lesson here was that self-care is a personal choice that you need to make for yourself and not others. And while it is okay to applaud others for their accomplishments, the first person you should be rooting for is YOU.
“The first person you should be rooting for is YOU.”
Self-care can come in many forms and shapes. At the MW Talk in Atlanta I learned that self-care should always start from the bottom-up (pun intended) and once you are able to connect mind, body and soul into that, you can be unstoppable.
Thank you J