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

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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 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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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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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 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 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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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.

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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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“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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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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