Financial Fitness

by Sheila Sawka If you are like me, and the rest of the world, you have once again made a New Year’s resolution to become more physically fit in 2017. I’m hoping this year my goal will survive past January 14. We have constant reminders of the state of our bodies as we look in […]

Spending at Christmas

by Cindy Psuik According to the American Research Group, shoppers around the country say they are planning to spend an average of $929 for gifts this holiday season. Really, is that all? The one time of the year that I become most vulnerable to overspending is during the month of December in preparation for Christmas. […]

Easing the Transition from SAHM-Life to Working Mom Life

by Brooke Nelson Edwards So you’ve been a stay-at-home mom and now you’re headed back (or maybe going for the first time) to a full-time job outside the home? First off, congratulations on your new job! With the interview and hiring process now behind you, the battle to on-ramping after kids is half won. Maybe […]

Your Body is an Instrument, Not an Ornament

This post is part of our series on girls’ athletic participation. Did you know that seven out of 10 girls don’t feel that they belong in sports? A major reason for these feelings stems from girls’ poor body image. Drs. Lexie and Lindsay Kite of Beauty Redefined, a non-profit organization that helps girls and women recognize, reject and resist […]

Personal Finance: Budgeting – Part 4, The Debt Snowball

by Jonyce Bullock, CPA Hopefully by now you are starting to get in the groove of your budget.  You are getting accustomed to tracking your spending and then planning where to spend it, in advance.  Hopefully you’ve found a budget tool that works for you – whether it is a pen and paper, an Excel […]

Cash for College

by Heidi Doxey The number one reason a college student drops out prior to earning a degree is financial; tuition is expensive, books and fees are expensive, living expenses cost more money, and when a student is spending hours a week in class and doing homework instead of earning money all those expenses add up. […]

How To: Apply to College

by: Heidi Doxey Summer is over. “Back to School” season is over. The holidays are looming (there are already decorated Christmas trees in my grocery store, right next to the Halloween candy). High school seniors: it is time to start filling out college applications. What? But it’s only October!? Yep. The best time to submit […]

Disrupt Yourself: An Interview with Whitney Johnson

by Dianne Orcutt As busy Latter-day Saint women, most of us fall into ruts and routine as we try to juggle all the many responsibilities and ANDs in our lives.  I often find myself getting caught up in the inevitable current of my life that seems to propel me forward on some predetermined path.  Sometimes […]

Child Care: Finding What Works

by Dianne Orcutt Five months ago I became a mother for the first time. And although I had months to prepare for a childcare plan for my daughter before returning to work, I avoided thinking about it because it seemed so fraught with emotion and because I was sure I had plenty of time. Luckily, […]

Five Tips for Handling Rejection at School or Work

by Naomi Watkins It’s one of my most vivid memories from high school. I had recently transferred to a new English class and was immediately assigned an Upton Sinclair book to read with a written literary analysis to follow. I figured that I would do what I had always done–write the paper the night before […]

Five Things I Want LDS Men to Know

by Melanie Steimle At the end of last year I wrote a post entitled Three Things I Wish I Could Say to Every LDS Young Woman. The audience I had in mind when I wrote that post was young women who did not yet have children and/or were not married. I hoped to encourage them […]

Healing Aspirational Shame

 by Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW I grew up in contradictory worlds. I was born and raised in Studio City, California in the heart of the entertainment business. Our neighbor was a makeup artist for movies like “Top Gun.” My extended family had a TV show, and my father, a professional musician, was the musical […]

Career Coaching: A Piece of the Puzzle

by Naomi Watkins with Melanie Steimle I hired a career coach for the first time last fall as I was considering a major career change. And while I am still in the midst of figuring things out, I found my work with the coach to be incredibly valuable. Many have asked for information about career […]

Mothers to Daughters: Passing Down Financial Savvy to a New Generation

by Kelli Sauvé As a little girl, I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mom as she organized the monthly bills, wrote checks, and sealed the envelopes for our monthly trip around town to deliver payments directly to each company. She preferred this instead of mailing the payments, and it was something we […]

Advice for Starting My First Professional Job

by Bryn Watkins Dear Three Years Ago Me, So if I did the math right, you should be opening this letter on the day before you head into work for the first time ever. Did the USPS get it right? Tomorrow is your first day of professional life! Congratulations. I’m not sure this makes me […]

True Grit

by Nan Petersen I recently viewed a brief TED talk by Dr. Angela Duckworth, a former educator who turned to educational research after noting with wonderment that despite similar backgrounds, her students had widely different achievement rates. She wanted to know what made the difference. After years of study, she has determined that the fundamental difference […]

Communicating in the Workplace

by Melanie Steimle Did you read the recent New York Times article, “Speaking While Female,” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant? In the article the authors examine why women are more likely than men not to speak up at work. Sandberg and Grant share anecdotes and studies that confirm that women are less likely to […]

Carry out the Counsel: Eliminate Your Unnecessary Debt

by Kelli Sauvé Most of us will have to incur some debt in our lifetime. Some even find themselves in a continuous debt cycle. Though not all debt is bad debt, we have been counseled for years by our leaders to minimize our debts and strive to become debt free. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin counseled, […]

Mentoring Is about Relationships

by Nan Petersen In November I attended an event in a large city not far from home. After making plans with a friend and purchasing my ticket I found out that Whitney Johnson would be speaking. I nearly hyperventilated, and not just because Whitney is such a great speaker (which she is), or so inspiring […]

Seeking Out Creative Partnerships

by Patti Cook One of my first professional jobs was in Washington, D.C., under the tutelage of two very different women. Both were very good at what they did, and together they interweaved vastly different but mutually beneficial strengths into a profitable company. Linda, the CEO, had been given a single $500 loan early in […]

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