Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson
Using Credit Card Debt to Invest in a Business

Using Credit Card Debt to Invest in a Business

I’m usually debt resistant for all the obvious reasons: Too much ill-managed debt kills your credit score, which costs you in high interest rates and is a sign of poor money management and living beyond one&rsquo…

4 Steps to Making Hard Decisions Easier

4 Steps to Making Hard Decisions Easier

Unlike most of my mom peers, I resisted joining Costco. Too commercial, I said. Prevents me from supporting my local retailers. Forces me to hoard bulk quantities of planet-destroying consumer goods in my New York City apartment. But a…

Why women don’t ask for help

Why women don’t ask for help

For most of my adult life I have not asked for help. If I didn’t know how to do something, I simply pretended I did. If I didn’t know how to do something, I simply pretended…

Why Women Are Still Doing More Housework Than Men

Why Women Are Still Doing More Housework Than Men

Much has been made about the fact that married women do more housework and childcare than their husbands, even when they work outside the home. The most recent stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that on an average…

Why Women Need to Stop Over-explaining

Why Women Need to Stop Over-explaining

Plenty has been written about how horrid women are when it comes negotiating and why. But there is one part of the explanation that is often missing: women over-explain. 

You want a raise? Good for you for asking…

Why You Should Ignore Big-Picture Statistics

Why You Should Ignore Big-Picture Statistics

We’re a number-hungry society. We obsess over studies and surveys. How many pennies women are making on the dollar compared to men. The chances of finding a marriage-ready man in New York City. The correlation between…

Who to ask for help

Who to ask for help

When I was in my early twenties, I had a vague notion I could be a comedy writer. At the time I worked as a newspaper reporter in suburban Phoenix covering health care — things like hospital expansions and flu…

Save time and money by shopping smarter

Save time and money by shopping smarter

A recent shopping spree at Victoria’s Secret not only revived my lingerie drawer, but also turned around my shopping habits. See, shopping is one of my least favorite activities: I can’t stand to maneuver through crowds…

Why This Single Mom Chose NYC

Why This Single Mom Chose NYC

I just passed my 10-year mark living in New York City. Throughout an entire decade in this city, one thing was constant: Whenever I caught a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline — while jogging along the East River near…

How I Overcame My Working Mom Guilt

How I Overcame My Working Mom Guilt

Freud did a nice job of spelling out our hangups about sex. According to his Madonna-whore complex theory, men enjoy sleeping with beautiful, lascivious women, but will only marry a “good girl.” (Cue Robin Thicke’s…

Budget Friendly Family Activities

Budget Friendly Family Activities

Studies about women and money often find that we prioritize spending on our kids. That is certainly true for me. Although I loathe acquiring stuff for my children (I stop at H&M or Old Navy two or three…

Is complimenting on appearance wrong?

Is complimenting on appearance wrong?

A few months ago I attended a weeklong seminar for female media professionals. On the first day, each of these dozen women — who I would come to learn were each remarkable in their ambition, smarts and professional success &mdash…

How I Got My Groove Back After My Divorce

How I Got My Groove Back After My Divorce

I believe that things have energy, and that we give objects energy through the memories and feelings we associate with them. I recently admired the Rolex of a man I’ve been dating. He said he’s been…

How Much Should I Spend on Bras?

How Much Should I Spend on Bras?

My bra collection was in sorry, sorry shape. Unmentionable unmentionables. Underwires poking out, grubby lace abounded. The left shoulder strap of my favorite smoke-colored satin demi was stitched on by hand. All these shoddy underthings created stress each time…

Why I Love My Cupboards (Almost) Bare

Why I Love My Cupboards (Almost) Bare

I get a big kick out of opening the refrigerator door and seeing not much more than a half-stick of butter, an apple and an almost-gone gallon of milk.
Yes, it can be comforting to have a refrigerator…