Period Wise by Mia Alyce Lockhart is a fun read to help women use the fluctuating strengths throughout the menstrual cycle. The premise is that the 28 day cycle is split up into 4 “seasons”, much like the seasons of the year or the so-called seasons of life. It’s said that in ancient cultures and even today in other parts of the world, the mysterious cycles of women were—and are—revered. According to Lockhart, women’s lifestyles today in mimicry of men’s are exhausting them and diminishing their natural powers of creativity. Trying to do everything, as many women do, obliterates quiet time, reflection, and creativity in the interest of getting it all done. But this is not the best use of our time and certainly short-changes the world by not allowing our best talents to shine forth.
This lofty philosophy is somewhat overshadowed by the light-hearted remainder of the book, but the concept is certainly valid. I do feel that reflection and quiet time are extremely important to produce our best creative efforts and that is the point of Mia Alyce Lockhart’s Period Wise. Women in business could adjust their days somewhat to allow breaks for reflection and creativity.
The four phases are called Wise Woman, Power Woman, Motherly Woman, and Creative Woman, and they correspond to the 4 weeks of the 28 day “normal” menstrual cycle. The phases are said to be better for reflection and listening to yourself; starting new projects and getting things done; caring for other people and connecting with them; and exploring your creativity, respectively. Women may find that by moving naturally through the cycles listed in Period Wise they can enjoy life more and be more effective in whatever roles they embrace in life.
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers Favorite.