For the month of December, I’ll be shining light each day on some extraordinary women I know. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. These are bold, beautiful, brave women — artists, businesswomen, union organizers, nurses, writers, teachers, movie makers, designers, reporters, and all-around badasses.
Lisa Bonos is a writer in Washington, D.C.
1. What did you want to be “when you grew up?” I always wanted to be a writer “when I grew up.” It all started with writing a story in 2nd grade — my own personal version of “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.” Quickly I realized that the kind of writer I wanted to be was a journalist: Because it seemed like there would be lots of variety (a new story every day), that I would get to meet lots of interesting people and that it would be steady work. Thankfully, for me, it has been all of those things, but I’ve seen enough change and tumultuous times in journalism to feel lucky that I have always had steady work. That’s certainly not the case for everyone in this industry!
2. What makes you the most proud of yourself? I’m proud of the full, fun and interesting life I’ve built for myself in Washington, D.C., far from where I grew up in Santa Rosa, Calif. I moved here for an internship at The Washington Post at age 22, and in many ways I felt out of my depth: I’d never had a newspaper internship before and all of a sudden I was at one of the best news organizations in the country. I had a handful of friends, but I essentially had to create a new life from scratch. And very slowly I have done just that. I have a rich life full of friends I’ve known for decades; a job I love; and an apartment and neighborhood that feels like home.
3. What darkness have you overcome? How did you find strength? It’s been a long and difficult road looking for a life partner in the 21st century. I’ve found strength through the support of close friends and family; through therapy and exercise; through my connection to my local Jewish community; and through creating a space in The Washington Post where I’ve written and edited stories about the joys and frustrations of dating, relationships, and single life.
4. Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? Hopefully sleeping in! Or on my way to a workout class (there’s a trampoline class that I love) or grabbing coffee and catching some Pokemon in my neighborhood.
5. What makes you smile the most? A clever joke or pun — especially when a friend sees one and shares it with me.
Bonus: What advice would you give your younger self? You will get over (or learn to cope with!) your homesickness. Along the way, you’ll find other versions of home, around the world, will make you stronger than you ever thought possible.
Today’s #OneGoodThing is sharing this extraordinary woman and my friend, Lisa Bonos, with all of you! We are stronger together, so let’s shine a light on our extraordinary sisters! If you’d like to participate or nominate a woman to participate, please send me a note or leave a comment! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything.
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