LeoLin Bowen

LeoLin Bowen

LeoLin Bowen

Bio

LeoLin is a writer, public speaker and a mother, 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

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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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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“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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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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When he looked up at me with his big, brown eyes and asked, “Mommy is the tooth fairy real?”

Why I Let My Son Believe In The Tooth Fairy

My son had just lost another tooth. When he looked up at me with his big, brown eyes and asked, “Mommy is the tooth fairy real?”

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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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Wonderful son of mine, I am going to let you in on a little secret. Your mother is a liar.

Lies I've Told My Son 

Wonderful son of mine, I am going to let you in on a little secret. Your mother is a liar. In fact, people lie all of the time.

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Because like my mother, I’m not perfect. I’m just not that type of mom.

Becoming A Mother Helped Me To Forgive My Own

I didn’t see similarities between my mother and I until years later, after I became a mother. The constant conflict hid how my mother and I are alike.

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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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“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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