Twenty Years to Find My Ever After

by Laura Lund Once upon a time twenty years ago, I was a seventeen-year-old high school senior with aspirations to become an engineer.  I grew up outside of the “Jell-O Belt,” and my ward had several examples of LDS women who balanced career, family, and church service.  Lessons in Young Women, however, tended to focus […]

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 […]

Unconventional, Yet Inspired

by Aimée Bouka Growing up as an LDS member in the beautiful city of Montreal, Quebec, I realized early on that I was an odd duck. My parents, who are originally from Togo in West Africa, joined the Church before I was born, but my father stopped attending when I was a child. Being fourth out a […]

Video Interview: Lisa Valentine Clark from ‘Once I Was a Beehive’

Photo cred: Justin Hackworth Naomi chats with Lisa Valentine Clark, actor, producer, writer, BYU English graduate, mother of five, and wife, about her various projects, including critically-acclaimed film Once I Was a Beehive and her book, Real Moms: Making it Up as We Go. Learn about how Lisa embraces her ANDs and her aspirations as a young woman and now. […]

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, […]

Understanding the Possible

by Dianne Orcutt (photo by Brittany Rose Bowen) A few months ago I became a mother. Motherhood has been an exhausting whirlwind, but it has also been a period of the purest and most profound happiness I have ever felt. When I was pregnant I felt a whole range of emotions as I contemplated the […]

Career Day: Career Counselor

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Summer and I live in London, Ontario, Canada. I currently work as an employment counselor at Nokee Kwe, a nonprofit agency. I have an Honours BA in social justice and peace studies and an MEd in educational studies, with a focus on […]

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 […]

Career Day: Singer

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Susan Brownfield, and I’m originally from Portland, Oregon. Right now I live in Switzerland with my husband and our two daughters. We ended up in Switzerland unexpectedly, but we’re very happy to be here. I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music and have been […]

Podcast #9: In the Company of Women: Table Talk

(L to R) Naté Dearden, Allison Belnap, Kirstin Hansen, Annette Thacker Bartlett, Wendy C. Archibald Join Allison as she talks (and laughs) with friends over dinner about their individual aspirations, life paths, disappointments, and accomplishments. Together, they discuss their journeys “prayerfully stumbling” through life and finding joy along the way.

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 […]

Career Day: Nonprofits

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Ann Korologos Bazzarone. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but have lived for most of my life in the Washington D.C. area. My education and career path has been somewhat of a nontraditional and winding road, but I am currently […]

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 […]

Career Day: Physician Assistant

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Megan and I grew up in rural eastern Oregon. I live in Nampa, a suburb of Boise, Idaho. My husband and I met at Utah State University and were married while still undergrads. Together we obtained our Master’s degrees in Physician Assistant […]

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, […]


(And, yes, that stairwell is real.) by Hadley Duncan Howard I stayed up nearly all night, glued to the television. It was Election Night 2000, the night that no news network could predict or call a clear victor in the presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. I stayed with my favorite newsman […]

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 […]

Returning to School with Young Children: You Can Do This (if you want to)

by Anna Bergevin I finished my undergraduate work before I was married and had children. It was a wonderful experience – hard work, but simpler than my graduate work in that I was not trying to balance the demands of school with the needs of a spouse and child. I thought, like many of my […]

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, […]

Carving Out a Place for Dreams

by Jessica Duckett Finnigan When I was engaged, I once joked that I wanted to have four daughters. As luck would have it, I beat the odds, and my husband and I do indeed have four daughters who are currently 11, 10, 8, and 6 years old. We’ve found that having four girls and no boys does have […]

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