Stuck on the Landing: A Dream

by Beth Hedengren In around 1990, I had a dream, not the kind that Martin Luther King, Jr. had, but the kind you have when you are sound asleep. In the dream, I was at work, at Brigham Young University where I taught writing as part-time faculty. I was climbing the stairs in the old […]

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. […]

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 […]

Career Day: Marketing Director

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? My name is Katie Clifford and I’m the Marketing Director for a sports design consultancy in Salt Lake City. Our studio was started by a couple of designers who worked for the Olympics in 2002, which happens to have been the first place I worked […]

“Financial hacks” that can really make a difference

by Jonyce Bullock, CPA As I was recently wrapping up our AMW series on financial budgeting, I was reflecting on ways to make a difference in our budget.  There are always the big ones that seem far away and hard to reach, like gaining a new job skill or changing your employment, but what I […]

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 […]

Personal Finance: Budgeting – Part 3

A LITTLE PAIN NOW, OR A LOT LATER? by Nicolette Alger Now that you have taken the time to find your ‘why’, track your spending, and have listed your financial goals, you are ready to understand a bit more about why budgeting is so important.  Why is having a budget going to help you achieve […]

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 […]

Moving from a Job to a Career

by Jennifer Dill Long I graduated from Brigham Young University (Provo) with a degree in family science and a very respectable GPA. I had a job, friends and a place to live in Utah. Then my life was disrupted when my place to live fell through. My tiny income meant I needed to live with […]

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 […]

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 […]

YW Activity Plan: Preparing for a Successful Job Interview

Prepared by Laura Durham PURPOSE: Convincing someone that you’re the right person for a job is essential to success. Interview skills are important not just for job applications, but for any situation where young women need to effectively represent themselves. OBJECTIVES: To prepare young women for real life interviews by practicing needed skills. To inform […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Things I Wish I Could Say to Every Young LDS Woman

by Melanie Steimle I recently moved into a ward that is quite diverse in the range of ages represented. There are a good number of young married women in the ward, and occasionally I’ll hear one of them make a comment about school or work that makes me want to jump in with a piece […]

By Way of Introduction

Image credit: János Csongor Kerekes by Allison G. Belnap Aspire– direct one’s hopes or ambitions toward achieving something; desire, hope for, dream of, long for, yearn for, set one’s heart on, wish for, want, be desirous of As a young girl I had one aspiration. Acting. I loved everything about it. The pretend, the dress […]

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 […]

Meaning in the Making

by Nan The thing I have noticed about my career-minded friends is that they tend to be very goal-oriented. Whether it was my doctor-to-be-roommate who vowed to finish her BS in three years (she did), or my sister who finished a full-time, 12-week training to upgrade her nursing skills while mothering three busy boys, or […]

Choosing to Love Myself

Photo by JASaliday by Anna Packard I pull my laces secure, pop in my earphones, look up, and start pounding the pavement. I can hear my breath in my ears as I start to sweat and push myself up a huge hill. Earlier this year I decided I wanted to train for some races. This […]

Social Media Strategist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Alison J. Herzog and I live in Salt Lake City.  I grew up outside of San Francisco and in Southern Oregon.  My father was based in San Francisco as an international airline pilot which contributed to my love for travel and global […]

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