Self care is a political action. I often feel tired and frazzled after another crazy news day. The relentless attacks on women, minorities, immigrants and Mother Nature is exhausting. One positive action is how folks are fighting back. Honestly before the 2016 presidential elections I rarely called an elected official or attended a protest event. Those days are over.
Supporting wellness is healthy not just for ourselves but for the kind of world we want to live in. Eating healthy, enjoying nature, getting enough sleep and connecting with others helps us be resilient and strong. Audre Lorde who described herself as "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" said this about self care- “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
My research into "wellness" has been quite illuminating. The wellness industry is predominately female. This isn't a surprise. Women see a need in their lives and go for it. Of course there is wellness bashing- mostly by big pharma and big corporations run by men. They hate to see their bonus and perks disappear as folks vote with their money for the future they want.
Wellness also means having access to affordable care. That's why we're donating $1 from the sale of our Wellness With Attitude Kit or tin of #resist creme to Maine Family Planning. It was an article a friend sent me that got me started on my wellness + feminism research. The article; This state could become a "contraceptive desert": Trump's new "gag rule" goes far beyond Planned Parenthood, written by Caroline Kitchener and published back in August in The Lily. Maine Family Planning is similar to Planned Parenthood but without the name recognition or access to big donor money. Planned Parenthood locations tend to be in southern or mid-coast Maine. If you live in Maine's District 2, which is geographically large but far less inhabited it's difficult to access affordable wellness care. MFP offers annual wellness visits, reproductive health care, contraception, counseling- services we need to keep us healthy both physically and mentally.
We're super excited to announce our revamped "Wellness With Attitude" Kit. We've tweaked it just a tiny bit to make it more eco friendly especially with packaging and postage.
It's my favorite product to sell at markets. Its women supporting women on so many levels. When you purchase our Wellness Kit you're supporting a women owned business. When you give a friend, family member or fellow resister our kit you're spreading love to another.
Here's all the goodies in our Wellness With Attitude Kit.
Fight Like a Girl Bag This pouch is the perfect backpack, handbag or travel "junk drawer". Made from 95% recycled plastic, it's sturdy and hardworking.
#resist creme Resist racism, resist sexism, resist wrinkles. Our creme can be used anywhere including face and hands. It's unscented and contains no water so a little goes a very long way. It will be your favorite creme for any season.
Be Kind Lip Treatment because our words matter. Unscented and unflavored our lip treatment is perfect for not just lips but cuticles or any place that needs a bit of extra love.
#RBG Shower Shots for Power in the Shower. Each shower shot is made in a jello shot glass mold, filled with essential oils and topped with island grown flowers. Simply place on the floor of the shower and when the water hits it, it dissolves into a burst of aromatherapy. The essential oil blend for #RBG is designed for balance and clarity.
Peace Balm will help you sleep in troubled times. This is our best selling Bring on the Z balm. Use at bedtime and start by rubbing under your nose and on your temples. Breathe. Once in bed for good rub into your feet. Our poor, neglected feet don't get enough love plus it's a signal to the brain- I'm rubbing my feet it's time to go to sleep.
Girl Hold My Earring pin. Fun, funky and feisty. Wear with pride on your hat, coat or sweater. Wear especially when watching the news or protesting on the streets.
Finally a packet of Hey Girl Hey you're rocking it gum. Sure to bring a smile to a fellow resister/persister.
Our Wellness With Attitude Kit is priced at $40. Each item purchased separately would cost over $40 and many of the items aren't available for individual purchase Look good, feel good, do good and save some money. But don't delay- this is one of our most popular items and sells out quickly.