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

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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“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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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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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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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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Please Stop Asking Me To Join Your Weight Loss Challenge

Every January and at the start of every summer, my social media timeline is flooded with weight loss challenges.  Read...
“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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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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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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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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