I am honored to Welcome Wendy Collett from Dry Babe as an Olga’s Secret Guest Blogger, take it away Wendy:
We women can be so many contradictory and wonderful things. We can be buttoned up
and professional as well as highly irreverent and silly; we can be a tireless support and an active helper to friends and family while also requiring quite a bit of alone time; we may also be the kind of person who can break out into dance in the middle of NYC while also inwardly cringing at the idea of doing so.
While the first two things are normal everyday things, I recently got the opportunity to break out into dance in the middle of New York City and girl was it a hoot. This is how it came about:
I met Dr. Eve Agee, an accomplished medical anthropologist, best-selling author, political activist, life coach and totally amazing nice woman through mutual acquaintance Kelley Connors of Real Women on Health. Kelley had written about Dr. Agee and her Hot Flash Mob movement and kindly put me in touch with Dr. Agee.
Hot Flash Mob – what the heck is a Hot Flash Mob?!? – I was intrigued.
Taken from the website of Jeanette De Patie, AKA The Fat Chick ,a certified fitness professional who along with Dr. Agee is the brains of this operation: The Hot Flash Mob Movement, is a worldwide, synchronized dance flash mob movement held to honor perimenopausal and menopausal women everywhere. These two wonderful women kicked off the movement on September 7 in New York City and San Francisco in honor of Menopause Awareness Month.
Frustrated by the negative and fear-mongering approach to menopause in our society Jeanette asked this question: “What if instead of fearing menopause, we threw a great big party to celebrate it? This important question led to the development of The Hot Flash Mob Movement, a series of spontaneous, hot, group dance experiences allowing women from around the world to get together, have a big laugh and shake their collective groove things.”
Well, I just had to be a part of it. I had seen various flash mob videos where people just seem to spontaneously break out into song and dance in the middle of malls, train stations, weddings, etc. The joy is always so infectious that people in the crowd often join in and become an important part of it. Who could resist such a phenomenon?
I called my dear friend Olga Cohen of Olga’s Secret/Inner Intimates, creator of the best vaginal renewal solution of all time and asked her to do it with me. Olga is one of those friends you can always rely on to join you on crazy adventures and make it even better than it was before.
On September 7, we joined a group of 35 amazing women in Greeley Square and danced our hearts out to the Hot Flash Mambo while hundreds of people looked on in wonder. Out of my comfort zone, there I was shaking my groove thing along with my fellow Hot Flashers and it was great.
While there can be so much pre-dread when doing so, I am always deeply rewarded by the emotional high, bonding experience and great memories that come whenever I force myself to step outside of my comfort zone.
This is a lesson I learned when I stepped way out of my comfort zone two years ago when I put every plan in my life on hold to start Dry Babe, Absorbent Sleepwear for “Hot” Mamas. I was just finishing a Master’s Degree in Counseling and was looking forward to working with children. What is that saying about life is what happens when you are busy making other plans?
I am a night sweat sufferer and have been for 5 years now. For years I suffered in silence. I would wake up at least once during the night soaking wet. I had to get out of bed, towel off, change clothes and then try to get back to sleep. Does this sound familiar? Sometimes, hours later, there would be a repeat performance. Often, I would attempt to prod my husband to move over a bit to avoid sleeping in the “wet spot.” And the nights of interrupted sleep wore on and on.
Three years ago, I had the ingenious idea to sleep with a hand towel across my chest, between my skin and PJ’s. This worked wonders and I was now getting uninterrupted sleep. However, one July morning, I woke up before my husband. He looked so peaceful and handsome. I then looked down and noticed the hand towel bursting out from the top of my night gown. This look was anything but cute. I became incensed that there was no better solution – either sleep with a towel or wake up during the night wet? What kind of choice is that?
I got out of bed with a gleam if determination in my eye, fired up my lap top and got to work researching fabrics. I had already spent the last three years trying every lotion, potion and garment for night sweats. Since the best solution so far had been the towel, I decided that I needed to start with fabrics that absorb.
This was a good plan because absorbent fabrics tend to be made from cotton and other natural materials. I find polyester scratchy and uncomfortable and besides, it traps heat. I bought small quantities of all the different types of cotton and high cotton content blends and tested them one per night for absorbency, comfort and softness. After a while, I found the ultimate fabric that kept me dry and comfortable and tested it further by having a night gown made up in the fabric. It was important to me that the gown not only do its job (absorb moisture) but had to also be something that looked good on the body and felt good to the touch. No great granny looking night gowns need apply.
Not wanting to keep this sleep solution to myself, and willing to take a GIANT STEP outside of my comfort zone, I went on to create Dry Babe www.drybabe.com so that other women can find comfort and a peaceful night’s sleep.
I hope you will join me in experiencing the many joys and rewarding experiences that often happen when we step outside of our comfort zones.
Author: Wendy Collett
Wendy Collett is the founder and CEO of Dry Babe Absorbent Sleepwear for “Hot” Mamas. Dry Babe makes fun, flirty, & functional womens sleepwear for women with night sweats due to menopause, perimenopause and other hormonal changes, serious illness such as thyroid, cancer and diabetes, & medications such as anti-depressants and sleep aids. It is the first ABSORBENT sleepwear on the market.