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 […]

Twin Desires: Motherhood AND Career

by Melissa Goates Jones I grew up as the daughter and grand-daughter of aspiring Mormon women. My mother graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications and took a job as a professor at a community college. She planned on working just long enough to afford to buy a washing machine. But much to her surprise, she […]

Interview with Olympian Kate Hansen

Kate Hansen is an American luger who has competed since 2003. In 2008 she became the youngest Junior World Champion at age fifteen. In 2013 Kate won the USA Luge National Championship with a broken foot. She finished 10th place in the Sochi 2014 Olympics. She recently retired from luge and currently attends Brigham Young University.  Kate, your aspirations […]

An Interview with Cathy Stokes

by Annie Snow Risenmay Meet Cathy Stokes–nurse AND mother AND healthcare facility inspector. “Humble beginnings” only scratches the surface of Cathy’s childhood. She left her native Mississippi at a young age after being adopted by a family in Chicago during the 1940s. As she grew up, it was clear to her that there were only […]

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, […]

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 […]

Podcast #8: In the Company of Women: Sharlene Wells Hawkes

Sharlene Wells Hawkes (second from left) with the Honorary Miss Americas. Allison talks with Sharlene Hawkes, Chief Marketing Officer with StoryRock Electronic Publishing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sharlene–a former Miss America, sportscasting pioneer, entrepreneur, and altruist–talks about seasons in life and choices women face as situations change, families grow, and challenges loom. Ultimately, her […]

The Other Side of Charity: An interview with Lorianne Updike Toler

by Dianne Orcutt As Latter-day Saint women, most of us are intimately and profoundly familiar with selfless love and service. We may not be perfect in our efforts, but as a general rule our lives are filled with a measure of charity to those around us, day in and day out. In her new book, […]

Planning to Succeed

by Dianne Orcutt I’m a bit of an obsessive list maker. I’m not particularly obsessive about actually using lists, but I love making them. I have running lists of places I want to visit, movies I want to see, books to read, restaurants to try, home improvement projects to tackle, topics I would like to […]

Finding Perspective on My Own

Image credit: Kai Schaper by Jennifer Gonzalez I remember writing my college admissions essay for BYU when I was all of 17. I’m pretty sure I crafted a thought-provoking, 300-word missive on navigating the tension between what divinely-given academic and intellectual gifts and a genuine desire to be a stay-at-home mom while my children were […]

Career Day: Librarian

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Amy Sorensen. I’m a Utah County native—I grew up in Springville, Utah, and now I live ten miles north (in Orem). I have four kids: my daughter Haley is at her first year of college, and I’ve got my three boys, Jake, […]

Personal Revelation and General Conference

by Dianne Orcutt I always look forward to General Conference. I love the opportunity to drink deeply of spiritual waters and to refocus my efforts and recommit myself to becoming a better disciple of Christ. And, as Elder Hales said in his October 2013 conference address, “The greatest blessings of general conference come to us […]

Career Day: International Development

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? I’m Jana Prins Kala, originally from Southern California. I now live in the distant suburbs of Washington, DC. I met my husband about a year after moving to DC. He’s from Virginia, and at the time we met, he worked with his father as a […]

Choosing to be Brave

Packard family photos by http://brookeschultzphotography.com/ by Anna Packard No one told me how much bravery would be required to become a parent. I also never realized the bravery required to navigate the messy world of being a working mom until it became my life. I feel like I am currently in the working mom’s trenches. I […]

How Eating Disorders Got in the Way of My Aspirations

Image credit: Gareth Holmes by Kris Tina Carlston I have always had a complicated relationship with food–times when it has been my friend and times when I have seen it as my enemy.  It’s been this way for so long that at this point in my life I don’t know what my relationship is. I’ve […]

Never Blown Off Course

by Bryn Watkins Let me start by saying that there is very little in the world that I truly hate. The list consists of only two items: 1) The word “scallop.” (I promise there’s no story behind that one even if you ask. Just hearing that word is like nails on a chalkboard.) 2) Wind. […]

Peace, I Give Unto You

Image credit: William Bryce Ward by Jessica Weiss A few years ago, I was looking for a new job. I had a perfectly good job in my chosen field, but I truly felt like it was time for me to move on and gain experience elsewhere. Over the course of six months, I applied for […]

Fighting Resistance: The Great Battle of 2014

Image credit: Jakob Van Santen by Tiffany Gee Lewis Over Christmas I read a book my little sister had been pushing on me for ages. It’s called The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by novelist Steven Pressfield. The book was somewhat of a revelation. Pressfield confronts what […]

Career Day: Economist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Martha Stinson and I live in Alexandria, Virginia, right outside Washington, D.C.   I have a Ph.D. in economics and work for the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to collect, analyze, and distribute data about households in the United States. What does your job […]

More Tips on Working (outside the home) While Having a Young Family

Image credit: Doug Shall by Kris Tina Carlston Following up on last month’s post regarding working outside the home, I was thrilled with some of the comments and suggestions presented by several readers. Because I enjoyed the discussion so much, this month I wanted to provide a part II and discuss some of the ideas […]

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