Menstrual Cycle Maverick. Period Magician. Cycle Savvy Globetrotter. A woman of many titles, Chloe Skerlak loves to talk about the menstrual cycle. She ditched the pill and reunited with her own cycle 5 years ago. Now a certified Fertility Awareness Educator, she travels the world teaching women how to reconnect with their menstrual cycle to manage their fertility without the use of synthetic hormones and gain insight into their reproductive and overall health.
What are you working on right now?
Currently I’m collecting stories about women’s experience with fertility awareness and I’m planning a hike in the mountains surrounding Oaxaca City.
What is your current desktop wallpaper? and why?
My current desktop wallpaper is a photo of me swimming nude in Geres, Portugal. My boyfriend and I were hiking and we stopped at a gorgeous, secluded oasis to have a picnic. It was like a scene from Adam and Eve. We were the only people there. Surrounded by beautiful nature. So naturally, we took off all our clothes and went swimming. I have this as my wallpaper because it helps me keep in touch with my Wild Woman. It reminds me to stay passionate, be creative, and follow my intuition.
What made you smile today?
Today’s Memory on my Facebook News Feed. It’s of a portrait of myself and an wonderful friend I met while in Colombia. We met at a Vipassana course and travelled to Fusagasugá together. While in Fusa, we participated in rituals, ventured through a cave, danced on top a mountain and met a talented artist who drew our portraits.
Which book has shaped your life or changed the way you think the most?
So many!! The most recent one is Women Who Run with the Wolves.
What is one thing you do to get motivated?
What is something you think everyone should try at least once in their life? Or Name one skill you think everyone should have or learn?
I think everyone should experience travelling by themselves in a new country. In my experience, it’s an incredibly fast way to get to know yourself, build up your confidence, and gain new perspectives.
What is one skill or hobby you’ve been meaning to learn but haven’t had time for?
I would really love to master the piano. It’s my favourite instrument. My aunt taught me how to play classical piano when I was young. One of these days, I would love to stay in one place long enough to own a piano and play every day.
List 3 simple things in life that make you really happy:
1) Meeting someone and connecting with them instantly
2) Dancing salsa and forgetting about everything else
3) Charting my cycle every night before I go to bed (the ultimate mindfulness tool for women)
What is the best thing that you have done, just because you were told you can’t?
Not that I was told I can’t, but a lot of people were not happy when I told them I had a one-way ticket to Colombia. They were worried about me and my safety. But living in Colombia for a year has been one of the best things I’ve done! Not only did I feel safe but the people, the music, and the dancing were amazing!
What is your favorite coworking space and why?
Hubud in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. It’s so much more than a coworking space. It’s a real community that loves to work together and play together. The monkeys were a nice distraction, the Bali coffee and nutritious food were great fuel, and the skill sharing workshops were awesome and inspiring.
What’s your favorite part about coworking?
The connections. I love connecting with like-minded people who are challenging social norms, following their passion, and working on incredible projects.
If you had the opportunity to spend a week or month in another country to be your office of the week/month, where would you go?
I asked myself this question just the other day and now I’m in Oaxaca City, Mexico! I’ll be here for a month (until I move on somewhere else in Mexico) and I chose this place because I wanted to escape the Canadian winter, practice my Spanish, and explore Mexico (my first time in this country).
Biggest item on your bucket list at the moment?
Giving birth to my first baby in my home without medical intervention.
As a Digital Nomad/Entrepreneur. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?
As a digital nomad/womanpreneur, I’d love to be deserted on an island without (I know, a little pivot there) my: 1) Laptop 2) Cellphone 3) Or any other wifi transmitting/electronic device Oh, what a lovely break from screens and electromagnetic radiation that would be! Just temporary though, then I could get back to working online educating the world about fertility awareness, hormone-free birth control, and how amazing the menstrual cycle is!
What was your first job? Has it shaped where you are today?
My first job was a barista for Second Cup. It may have been the inception for my caffeine addition.
Any advice for your previous boss?
The last boss I had was at a Segway Tour company in the Edmonton River Valley. He was actually a pretty cool boss. He gave me the flexibility to travel and complete my studies and the space to be creative and take my own initiatives. So my advice for him is to keep doing what he’s doing!