Leolin Bowen

Leolin Bowen

Bio

LeoLin is a writer, public speaker and a mother of an 8-year-old son and a 3-year-old "bonus daughter". She currently resides in Austin, TX by way of Chicago and you can usually find her with her face in a book or on the sidelines of her son’s soccer game. She likes to write about personal finance, family, and relationships and you can see all of her work at www.leolinbowen.com

Leolin Bowen Articles

I knew there was still a culture of fear surrounding black people, but this was the first time I had experienced a person scared of black people.

My Best Friend Is Scared Of Black People 

I knew there was still a culture of fear surrounding black people, but this was the first time I had experienced a person scared of black people.

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Dear Debt, It's Over!

Dear Debt, It's Over 

I am not the only one who is running on this hamster wheel of debt. In 2017 Americans had a revolving debt of $1,022 billion. So, dear debt, it's over!

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Be careful what you wish for! I'm raising an outgoing kid and I'm reserved.

Raising An Outgoing Kid When You're Reserved

Be careful what you wish for because at eight years old my son is exactly like his father in this aspect. I'm now raising an outgoing kid and I'm reserved.

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“This is what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.” My home is a cooperative house on the South Side of Chicago.

What Living In An MTV's Real World-Style Cooperative House Is Actually Like

“This is what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.” My home is a cooperative house on the South Side of Chicago.

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As a vegan, I do my best to live my life so that I cause the least amount of harm to animals.

10 Questions You've Always Wanted To Ask A Vegan

I am usually introduced to people as “the vegan.” I get it. Vegan is the new “it” word and now you are actually meeting one.

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“I just love your squishy belly!” Then, as only children can do, he gave it a nickname: belly jelly.

Learning To Love My Belly Jelly​

“I just love your squishy belly!” Then, as only children can do, he gave it a nickname: belly jelly. So I'm learning to love my belly jelly.

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Dear 17-year-old self...

Letter To My Younger Self 

You are about to embark on a journey that you will be talking about and remembering for the rest of your life, so spend these next year’s enjoying it.

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What is different now is that I know who I am and what I want. I’m not afraid to be alone and living single.

Living Single: I'm Not Looking For "The One" ​

What is different now is that I know who I am and what I want. I’m not afraid to be alone and living single. I value my time and my health.

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I call it the look. The slight tilt of the head confused look that people give me when they find out that I am the “weekend” parent. (Photos: courtesy of the author)

I Am A Mother, And I Am The Weekend Parent

I call it the look. The slight tilt of the head confused look that people give me when they find out that I am the “weekend” parent.

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Photo by Prince Akachi on Unsplash

Stop Telling Me That You Don't See Color ​

Inevitably, it happens. A well-meaning (or maybe not so well-meaning) white person will utter the phrase, “Well, I just don’t see color.”

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