We had the good fortune of connecting with Miyoshi Days and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miyoshi, what matters most to you?
Growing up, my dad always said to my sister and I “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” He’d say it was one of our family mottos that we could never forget (Our last name is Days, so this quote fit perfectly).
I’ve held this principle close to my heart for decades. I repeat it to myself when life seems especially hard or stagnant.
Back in 2019, I was gearing up to launch my business Hate the Dot. At the time, it was supposed to a line of 100% organic cotton pads, tampons, and other environmentally-friendly period care products. I originally started my business in 2015, and had been working and saving money to get it off the ground and launch. Throughout those 4 years (2015-2019), I learned so much about women, girls, and menstruators from all over the world. I was able to have dozens of conversations about health, periods, wellness and women’s issues.
I was set to launch in October of 2019. I had worked with a manufacturer overseas to develop and design my own period care products. I had spent thousands of dollars into research, design, and development. Everything was set to launch. But a few weeks before launch, I received a letter in the mail from the FDA stating that my manufacturer was in violation of certain codes of conduct; and they have seized my products and wouldn’t release them until the manufacturer rectified the violation by paying a fee. I immediately contacted my manufacturer for a refund, but they wouldn’t grant me one. I lost over $6,000 products and thousands of dollars.
I was devastated. I had worked four years to launch this business, and in the matter of a few days. everything I had worked for, now meant nothing.
I took a year off to regroup, rest, and recharge. Throughout the year, those words kept coming back to me. They reminded me that this was more than a business. It was my purpose.
Not counting the days, but making the days count has helped me realized that sometimes our dreams take time. It isn’t about how long it takes, its about the impact we make along the way.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m the founder of Hate the Dot; an online safe space that empowers women, girls, and menstruators to prioritize their health and self-care through education + community.
Our community gives you access to exclusive content and conversations from experts all over the world, curated with you in mind.
You can get the unfiltered health and wellness tips, insights, and advice that will level up your self-care game. It’s like the older sister you always wanted!
The Hate the Dot community gives members access to:
Monthly community conversations, plus unlimited access to our community through private chats.
Meet people who share your interests who live near you, who do the same things, or who care about the same topics.
Swap stories, experiences, and ideas around our shared mission.
Find inspiration, thought-provoking conversations, and expert perspective each and every day
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My recent favorites are:
Negril BK – my go-to Brooklyn restaurant for Caribbean Dining – https://negrilbk.com/
Omar’s Kitchen- another great option for Caribbean Cuisine – https://www.instagram.com/omars_kitchen/?hl=en
Hush Restaurant/Lounge for a cute date night vibe – https://hushlongisland.com/
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout to the amazing Hate the Dot Community, my family, friends, and all my accountability coaches.