From the editor…
Putting together this issue has been empowering. We’ve looked at our menstrual cycles from many angles: self-care; supporting girls in understanding their developing bodies; financial and environmental issues and how we can make a difference.
Having a period is about so much more than just catching the blood. When we focus on this, we can turn periods into something positive, a time when we notice our bodies and our cycles, rather than thinking of our bleeding times as ‘a curse’. We can work with the ebb and flow of our bodies, allowing ourselves to rest when we need to, and loving the zest and energy when we have it. We can also gain positivity from reducing our impact on the earth while we bleed. There are so many plastic-free options, we can all do our bit to keep ‘period plastic’ from drifting into the oceans.
As part of our look at periods, we have reviewed a range of items that we hope will support your flow in the best way for your body. We are excited to introduce the JUNO Best Buy Awards. This is a celebration of products that the JUNO team have tried and tested and are keen to share with you. These are genuine recommendations, not bought places, so please take a look and do get in touch if you’d like to find out more.
Elsewhere in the magazine we continue to celebrate women’s bodies: meet a pregnant ballet dancer; see the wonder of labour; and listen to photographer Gemma Griffiths’ plea to love your body, not pull yourself apart with criticism. We also celebrate grandmothers with reflections from two of our columnists – Eleanor Copp and Lizzie Mae Smith.
We have the most wonderful inspiring story of life and death from Lauren Mishcon, One Day, starting on page 17. Please find a quiet moment to read it and feel blessed to share in Lauren’s reminder to engage fully in life, whatever it may throw at you.
I hope you will join us in being positive about our periods; in celebrating our cycles and reflecting on how we can reduce our environmental impact as we bleed. Let us know if this issue inspires you in any way – you can find us on social media, @junomagazine, or email me directly. I look forward to hearing from you.
Natasha Piette-Basheer has a love of campaigning for equality and justice issues close to her heart. She has written our Talking Point feature about ‘Environmenstrual’ action.
Gemma Griffiths has created our You Are Loved! feature. As an outdoor family photographer, her aim is to capture the love in each family she works with.
Abigail Fahey is our cover photographer. She specialises in maternity, newborn, family and wedding photography and is passionate about creating beautiful images of genuine connections.
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