by Nan Petersen I have always had a sense that the year starts in September and ends in June. Except for my mission years, most of my life has revolved around this school yearly model. From primary school to university to teaching to children of my own and now back to teaching, most of my […]

My Mother Made Me a Thinker

by Bryn Watkins Given the nature of my workplace (I’m a dancer), bloody toes come as often as the days go by. And the other day after rehearsal, looking down at my friend’s tragic collection of corns and blisters and cracked toenails, without thinking I blew the blisters a kiss and said, “Sana sana colita […]

During the Dark Times

by Naomi Watkins Since sharing that I resigned from my job and took a leap of faith into a still unknown future, I’ve had many people tell me that I am brave and strong. And ok, thank you. But if I am completely honest, looking back, taking that initial leap was the easy part in this […]

Three Ways Validation Can Change Your Life–And the Lives of Others

by Bryn Watkins “YOU. You are awesome. You have an amazing face. You’ve got powerful features, man. Anyone ever tell you that? Listen, you look a little down, and it may seem like sometimes people don’t understand you, but someday, man, someday, people are going to see you for what you really are. Absolutely. You […]

The Power of Play

by Nan Petersen The other night I was driving home early and alone from the Pinewood Derby—exhausted, headachy, and overwhelmed. A fun spring break trip for our family had culminated in a very nasty head cold for me. I had dragged myself to my classroom Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday and was decidedly at the end of my rope. […]

The Power of Credit

by Tracy Keck I have to be honest—the idea of “getting credit” immediately conjures in my mind the image of a somewhat whiny, self-important, perhaps not-quite-adult. Someone who doesn’t want to put effort into something if she’s not going to get recognized for it; doesn’t want to attend an enriching event if it’s not going […]

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 […]

Why LDS Women Need to Stop Saying Bad Words

by Candace Child On Sunday, I was at a mission homecoming for a friend and found myself talking to a Young Women’s leader from high school about what I was up to these days. I responded, “Oh, I’m just working.” And then I said to myself, Candace, stop saying that word. The word “just” is […]

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 […]

Taking a Leap of Faith

by Naomi Watkins Just before Christmas, I took action in a way that I would never recommend anyone else ever do: I resigned from my tenure-track academic job with no next plan or job in place. And I have until the end of June to figure out my next move. The short version of how […]

Yes, You Are Worthy of Options

by Bryn Watkins In my circle of friends–actually my whole generation for these next few years–the future casts a constant, brooding force over any conversation. I feel it breathing on me when I try to sleep at night, peeking through the window at me when I’m loafing with a box of cookies. What are you […]

Reclaiming My Divine Nature

by Jessica Weiss It was an unexpectedly quiet and solitary moment during which I encountered Hadley’s “Diaspora: A Prayer.” (If you have not yet read her achingly beautiful essay, do yourself a favor and hop on over and spend a few minutes there. I’ll wait.) Sandwiched between 14-hour workdays, planning a baby shower for a […]

Diaspora: A Prayer

by Hadley Duncan Howard I weep in the shower after our conversation. I weep and pray and do all I can to not lean into the helplessness that is, at times, motherhood. She says she’s tempted not to raise her hand in class. She says it’s because she feels small there. She says sometimes she’s […]

Choosing to Wait on College

by Bryn Watkins I realize the long slog through the school year is only half-way behind most of those reading this, and to you I say, you can do it! Rest up well during winter break–you’ve only got one semester to go. But here in New Zealand, summer is upon us. Graduation ceremonies and end-of-year […]

Catching the Vision of Our Potential

by Dianne Orcutt This year I have been blessed to have gained both a nephew and a niece. As I hold these sweet babies, it is hard to look at them and not wonder what their futures will look like, what experiences and interests they will have, what kind of people they will grow up […]

Putting Away My Planner

by Lina Buchanan Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not much of a risk taker. All of my life has consisted of calendars, timelines, and task lists. “Five-year-plan” might as well be my middle name. However, over the past few years it has become increasingly clear to me that the best things […]

A “Just in Case” Education is Not Enough

by Michelle Mooy When I was 30 the unthinkable happened. My husband died of heart failure. I was a mother of an infant and a 3 year old, and I was a widow. Luckily, I had my “just in case” education. I would be fine! My two bachelor’s degrees were all I needed to support […]

Different, Not Better

by Melanie Steimle Having a discussion about LDS women, work, and motherhood is a little bit like walking through a minefield. You must step carefully or someone is bound to be offended. Working women can feel that they are viewed as bad mothers. Stay at home moms can feel like the work of motherhood is […]

Giving Ourselves the Royal Treatment

by Bryn Watkins A few months ago I found myself in Tasmania, as you do occasionally. I wanted to go tramping around Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, because my friend’s osteopath had recommended it, as osteopaths do occasionally. That park where I’d set my sights is a beautiful swath of land located about an […]

Someone Like Me

by Nan Petersen My senior year in high school I took Advanced Placement English, a challenging literature class with the goal of preparing class members to take a test for which a passing grade earned college credit. I already loved the subject matter, but the class itself was delightful primarily because of our wonderful teacher, […]

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