I've known we'd have to do this since Covid-19 shut down universities and scuttled our relaunch in April.
Known we'd close when we added our small voice to the growing roar over continued injustices toward black and brown people in America.
Known it while we kept up our research and blogs and interviews, in order to promote the organizations working so hard during a crippling economic shutdown to get hygiene products to women in need.
There are a million things I'd love to tell you about the incredible work we've done and the people we've helped, the interns who busted their asses while locked down in their apartments, and the Northern Illinois University students who put so much energy into rebranding and strategizing for our future.
I'd love to talk about how watching their mom and her business partner develop a patent from an idea and manufacture a product taught my sons not only perseverance, but also a shit-ton of empathy for women and their bodies.
I'd love to tell you about my husband, who championed every pivot we made and without whom, none of this would have happened. Starting a business takes hard work and endless effort, yes, but it also takes emotional support and knowing that you won't have to worry about paying the mortgage or health insurance bills while you work on your idea.
I'd love to talk about why investment groups like Four Points Funding and West Slope Angels are so important to a strong economy in Colorado. People who invest in dreams and jobs and small towns alter the landscape of our nation in the best ways possible.
I'd love to tell you about why a thriving manufacturing industry in the United States is crucial, and also so much more complicated than a political talking point.
Some day, when we have more time, I'll tell you about all of that.
But like every other woman on the planet right now, I'm just too tired.
I've watch sales stagnate while also juggling my children's quarantine emotions and online school, along with a full-time job that pays the bills for a manufacturing business that never got up to full steam.
There are so many things about this failed venture that make me sad.
But there are more that make me proud. Highest on that list is the fact that we never lost sight of the values most important to our business: jobs, ethical manufacturing in the United States, women's health, and the environment.
Those values are still important to us. So while we will not be continuing uterUS.life into the next year, we will be making sure to donate our unsold inventory to the people who need it most. We'll go to the women's organizations we promoted last summer, and to local nonprofits that can benefit from our loss.
Reusable period and incontinence products can save people thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime. And right now, every penny counts for so many who are struggling in our country.
Equally as important, the inventory won't go into a landfill.
If you know someone in your community who owns a small business, reach out to them. They're struggling right now, and could use a boost. If you can't buy something, let them know you are thinking about them.