BIO

LeoLin is a writer, public speaker and a mother of an 8-year-old son. She currently resides in Chicago and loves to visit her local museums, spend as much time as she can at the lake, and ensure that her library card gets good use. She writes about family, finances, and relationships and you can see all of her work at her website: www.leolinbowen.com.

Leolin Bowen's Articles

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.
Leolin Bowen    |   07.3.18 12am   |   SHARE
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.
Leolin Bowen    |   06.25.18 12am   |   SHARE
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.
Leolin Bowen    |   05.24.18 12am   |   SHARE
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.
Leolin Bowen    |   05.10.18 12am   |   SHARE
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.
Leolin Bowen    |   04.13.18 12am   |   SHARE
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.
Leolin Bowen    |   04.2.18 12am   |   SHARE
Photo by Autumn Goodman on Unsplash

Getting Over My Good Girl Syndrome

I was a good girl from the start. Now I am speaking up, setting boundaries, saying no to the things I don’t want and yes to the things that I do.
Leolin Bowen    |   02.16.18 12am   |   SHARE
“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.
Leolin Bowen    |   02.9.18 12am   |   SHARE
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!
Leolin Bowen    |   01.12.18 12am   |   SHARE
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.
Leolin Bowen    |   11.14.17 12am   |   SHARE