Just in case you’re reading my blog for the first time, my name is Pragya, I’m 32, a freelance health and wellness writer based in Noida, India. And for some weird reason my interest in knowing more about my reproductive health is increasing by the day🙈 For that reason I started to track my periods for the first time in my life! (yeah now at 32, better late than never)🤷♀️
So the first month went great and was happy to know that I complete my cycle in 25 days (the first month since my tracking). Marked my calendar for the next expected date that could be anywhere around 27-28th of April.
However, to my surprise this time let alone 25 days, my periods even missed the most commonly expected 28th-day mark. Was a bit worried to say the least since I haven’t been sexually active in the last month, am not on any medications or undergoing any treatments or don’t have any health condition as such that I could root it back to.
Anyhow, I didn’t give it much thought at that time since already a lot was going on that I was dealing with (pandemic being one of them, still dealing with it to be honest). A week went by but nothing. It was when I hit the 10-days-late mark that I started to panic a bit. As in, so many thoughts were popping in my head, such as what if:
😢 It’s early menopause 😰 (not even married yet, and I wish to one day to be honest and make some babies)
😢 I’ve contracted some disease (in my breasts? as I felt a slight pain in my bosom for about a week)
😢 I’m developing some health condition related to hormonal imbalance?
Phew! Basically every negative reason/scenario I could think of. But then shortly after all of these scenarios I also reversed them with something like:
❤ It’s Ok, even if it’s early menopause, I can still have babies, I can adopt them 🙂
❤ I can’t jump to any conclusions like contraction of any disease just because I missed my dates once. Will visit a gynecologist for a checkup after the pandemic situation relieves a bit.
❤ God has blessed me with good health and a healthy body, nothing is going to happen to me, I’m going to live a healthy life.
And just as I was getting at peace in knowing that it’s fine and no need to worry if I miss my periods once in a while or they get extremely delayed, this morning, I got my perrriioooodddss!💃 (+ the pain in my breasts also gone:))
If you’re too experiencing a similar situation as I did, please don’t panic. I get it, it can easily send anyone to think of the worst-case scenarios but trust me it’s not as important that it costs your mental peace.
So stay positive and if the situation persists, visit your gyno for a checkup. In fact, I’m coming to believe now that after the age of 30, every woman should start visiting their gyno quarterly (or at least bi-annually) for a checkup. Ok Stay well, stay safe/ see you!🙋🏻♀️
As an introvert who was deeply passionate about doing something that helps improve people’s lives, I knew I’d found my calling when I chose health and nutrition writing to be my vocation.
But, who knew that the struggle isn’t over yet? yet another challenge, a new one after figuring out my niche😛
Because as you’ll agree, though not sure why it took so much time for ME to realize it🙈, that merely having talent isn’t enough, you got to market yourself too! Big time.
What was I even thinking? like the day Pragya figures out her passion, like clients will start raining from the heavens or what 😂🤦🏻♀️💭
Eventually, I realized that ain’t working for me, I mean I was barely surviving trying to keep my head above the surface just so I can breathe but for how long I could’ve carried on like that anyway🤷♀️
Most of my clients up until now had been either via inbound leads OR via referrals(yes, I’ve a great set of friends & fellow content writers :)) but that just didn’t cut in terms of my financial goals.
Tbh, I was just struggling. I mean how far can you expect you to go if you just rely on just choosing from what comes your way?
I knew that if I wanted more, I’d to go out there, market myself, promote my services and get the high-quality clients that I knew I deserved.
But the biggest mental blocks that I faced was that:
🧡 If I reached out to my potential prospects and told them what I’ve to offer them even though I’m not sure whether they need my services or not will be like pushing someone & trying to sell someone something they don’t need
🧡 I didn’t want to bother anyone with my cold-pitches recalling how the feels I get when someone sends me a LinkedIn connection request & slaps their service promotions right as I accept it (I still don’t like it)
🧡 The age-old adage that we’ve grown-up feeding on i.e if you’re really good at something, the world will take a note. Took me quite some time to realize that that ain’t totally true. I mean it doesn’t work that way or at least it didn’t for me cause I knew I was good at it but still, clients were always MIA lol. God! how did that happen, so unfair :p
And if you’re an introverted, female business owner, I’m sure you relate to this.
But then while surfing on the net one day I came across Marie Forleo’s YouTube channel & liked her content so much that I binged over her videos! Amongst so many gold nuggets, this one stood out for me & that’s when I started to look at sales in a completely different light💡