Helena Dea Bala immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. To make ends meet during those difficult first years, she helped her mother, a former family medicine doctor, clean houses on the weekends. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The George Washington University and worked to become a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, DC. Unhappy with her day job, she deferred her student loans, applied for a credit card, and gave herself one year to just listen. Five years in, she now does Craigslist Confessional full time. Learn more at CraigslistConfessional.com or on her book page at Simon & Schuster.