Falan has a new 28-day e-course to help women everywhere have healthier, happy periods. We’ve tried it and think it’s an amazing source of wisdom and support. She’s generously offered access for one lucky GladRags fan — enter to win (an $84 value) at the bottom of the post!
1. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
Hi, I’m Falan. I’m mostly a Mama to my three kiddos and a wife to my love. Family comes first over here; however, in the quiet moments of the night and spare moments, you’ll find me caretaking my online world over at falanstorm.com. This is where I write for women, in hopes of inspiring more freedom in their bodies and lives, encouraging enoughness, giving up perfection, and helping women understand the wise part of themselves and menstruation.
2. How did you begin doing what you do?
I suppose it’s always been a part of me. A particular lineage story of my childhood was likely the spark, and then the pre-teen years found me quite fascinated with menarche. My husband and I met and married very quickly and within 6 months decided to start a family. Giving birth and becoming a Mom was absolutely a pivotal moment that would later inspire this work too. I suppose it’s a culmination of my life and my life’s experiences, as well as my admiration for being a woman, combined with the pain of seeing so many women not living their full potential.
3. What is your goal in your work / what do you hope to accomplish with the women you work with?
My greatest hope is that they will feel enough, and feel a bit more free, as they learn to embrace all the stages and stories of their lives, live fully without perfection, and use their cyclical nature to govern their lives.
4. If you could tell our readers just one thing that would improve their menstrual cycles, what would it be?
One thing when so many come to my mind… The number one thing would be rest. Make time to rest. Far too many women exhaust themselves giving, giving, giving to everyone else, and then wonder why they explode into resentful and teary breakdowns. It doesn’t take much beyond a little effort to give back to yourself and slow down every so often.
But I would love to suggest a second thing, and not just because I’m on the GladRags site, but because I sincerely believe it. Switch to reusable menstrual products! Disposables are the culprit of vaginal infections, yeast infections, and a whole host of other concerns. They inhibit proper vaginal circulation, take over our landfills, and are a tremendous impact on waste. They are also costly, increase menstrual cramps, and expose our vulvas, vaginas, cervixes, and other reproductive organs to bleach and chemicals.
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Falan Storm is a devoted Mama to three, a loving wife to one, and a writer for women who want to feel free in their bodies. She lives in the beautiful Appalachian mountains, homeschooling, living life simply, and sharing ways to live a meaningful, feminine life at falanstorm.com