By combining written words, art, and poetry we can convey a message that speaks to all people. Whether on the topic of menstruation, motherhood, sexuality or menopause, the purpose of the manuals is to be a companion to those who are going through something life changing. The First Moon Manual is the first in a series of manuals aimed at providing emotional support as well as an outlet for their thoughts to those who need them.
J.M. Medellin, MEd
J.M. Medellin is an author, speaker, and body positivity advocate. She is the creative author of the book "First Moon Manual: Letters to Our Daughters", a compilation of letters, art, and poetry about menstruation.
Medellin has a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction Design from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She also has a Bachelor's degree in Communication/Journalism with a minor in Technical Writing from Weber State University. She is a 2023 Utah Humanities Book Festival featured author.
Medellin is passionate about helping young women feel informed, empowered, and positive about their menstrual cycles. She believes that menstruation is a natural and beautiful part of being a woman, and she wants to help young women celebrate their bodies and their cycles.
Medellin is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and community events. She also offers workshops and online courses on body acceptance and period positivity.
First Moon Manual
First Moon Manual was born the day my daughter had her first period. I reached out to family, friends, and teachers asking them to write her a letter or advice for her first moon.
What we got in return was a stack of letters, the book The Red Tent, period support gifts, and so much more. As we sat down to read the letters together we were both in tears. The love and support our friends and family poured into her was overwhelming.
All I knew is I wanted every young girl to feel this same support. I began reaching out to instagram influencers, coaches, and entrepreneurs asking if they could tell their daughters anything, or what do they wish their own moms had told them about this time in their lives, what would it be.
What cumulated was a beautiful combination of letters, art, and poetry by 24 phenomenal woman across the United States and Spain. I have been blessed to bring this vision to life in the First Moon Manual; Letters to our Daughters. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with grown women buying copies for themselves to help heal their own period trauma.