Career Day: Script Supervisor

Tell us a little about yourself. My name’s Emma Anne Black. I grew up on a small farm in Helper, Utah, and then moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah as a teenager. I’m the youngest of 3 kids: one brother, one sister. I love travel, adventure, cookie dough, and good puns. I’ve been married almost one […]

The Beauty of the Pursuit

by Anna Packard “The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all that you are traveling for.” Louis L’Amour I had this Louis L’Amour quote in my email signature for years because it epitomizes an important lesson I needed to reiterate to myself, over and over. […]

To Think or Not to Think (for Myself)

by Anna Packard Like most young women my age, I started my freshman year of college full of ideas about selecting the perfect major and perfect life plan that I thought would fit with my personality and life goals. Of course I also wanted to ingratiate myself to my then-boyfriend and appear marriageable. Our relationship […]

Men who nurture, women who provide: The New Era and How To #EmbraceYourAND

by Dianne Orcutt This month’s New Era magazine features a great article entitled Your Future: Awesome by Design, with the tag “Want a great career, family, and testimony? You can choose the path to success today!” Like the recent Friend article “Savannah the Engineer,” discussed at By Common Consent, this article cuts against traditional gender […]

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 […]

Celebrate Two Years With Us!

It’s difficult for us to believe that it’s been two years since we launched Aspiring Mormon Women, but it’s true — and it’s been quite a ride with so much more greatness to come! We’re celebrating this month with various events. We recently had our 2nd event in the Salt Lake City area with Ruth […]

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 […]

Ambition, That “Dirty” Word

by Naomi Watkins In the months leading up to the launch of Aspiring Mormon Women, we agonized over the name of this organization. We brainstormed lists of possibilities—most of them not-so-great. We had conversations with people about our mission and our plans, asking for opinions about a name. And as we articulated our vision and […]

‘Girls Who Choose God’: A Reflection & Author Interview

by Naomi Watkins “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just […]

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 […]

The Friend Magazine’s ‘When I Grow Up’ Feature

In January of this year, The Friend magazine launched a feature entitled “When I Grow Up” that appears every other month in the Church’s publication targeted to primary-age children. This short feature asks questions of people about their jobs in a similar manner to our “Career Day” interviews. January’s issue featured Sheryl Garner, a teacher. March’s […]

A Conversation with My Daughter about a Girl and Her Golden Eagle

by Ryan Hammond You may have seen this story and its accompanying pictures about the 13-year-old girl who hunts with a golden eagle, an activity traditionally done by men in Mongolia.  I showed the pictures to my 9-year-old daughter and had the following conversation: Me: Esme, what do you think of the pictures of the […]

Clearing the Path

Image credit: Avery Studio by Tiffany Gee Lewis I had an epiphany last week. Our family was in South Florida for spring break, enjoying the beach and visiting old friends. One of my good friends, Sharon, is expecting her fifth child and runs a successful modeling management company, a job she is able to do […]

Career Day: Food Scientist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. Hi! I’m Kiery. I’m a Mormon and a food scientist. I love food and by love, I mean LOOVE food! I have always been obsessed with it. I have worked in the food industry from my first job on—with the exception of a stint at […]

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 […]

Encouraging a Questing Spirit

by Heidi Doxey When I was in 4th or 5th grade I remember having heated arguments with my cousin, just a year older, about which one of us would be the first female President of the United States. We got in actual fights about who would be elected first which were only settled by deciding […]

Didn’t See It Coming

Image credit: Theophilos by Hadley Duncan Howard Many years ago, armed with a degree in family studies and an intellectual desire to become a marriage and family therapist, I embarked on what has become a long and successful career in… public relations. It seems like a departure from the linear but, as with everything the […]

Who Inspires You?: Hopes for 2014

Image credit: Justin Kern by Nan Recently at church, a sister learned forward from her pew to mine and whispered about her exhaustion because she was approaching finals the next day. I commiserated for a moment and then she said something that totally surprised me. She mentioned being inspired by me for having finished my […]

Showing Up to Your Dreams

by Dianne Orcutt I’ve written about how the women in my life gave me the confidence to dream. They believed in me, they supported me, and they showed me that confidence by the examples of their own lives.   I also wrote about how finding pursuits that we are passionate about, professional or otherwise, can be […]

In The Service of Your Fellow Beings: Letting the Guilt Go

Image credit: Wonderlane by Tiffany Gee Lewis Each year, about this time, I find myself in a dilemma, which is this: I’m completely overbooked. As much as I’ve tried to lay low, I find myself writing a ward Christmas program, helping with a major Relief Society holiday dinner, assisting the Cub Scouts, assisting with PTA […]

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