So, recently my friend (and Pursuit co-founder) Sue and I went a bit rogue and decided to take a leadership leap and hustle ourselves up to New York City for a few days to attend the 2017 Inc. Women’s Summit. I didn’t know much about the Women’s Summit when I agreed to go, but Sue found it intriguing and suggested we attend together. If I’m being honest, I think we were initially more excited about the city experiences we had planned than the actual Summit content. Because, NEW YORK. And yes, we did it up prior to the event: shopping,…

– by Felicia Gibbons, contributor Social media giveth and taketh away in so many glorious ways. For every clever joke or genuinely interesting insight into someone’s life, there are many more posts that clutter, annoy and even infuriate our brains. So why can’t we make a better online community, free of manipulation, insecurity and passive-aggressive warfare, not to mention terrible grammar? Well, we can start by not being among the following 10 people: 1. The Vaguebooker You are an easy target, to be sure, but that’s only because you won’t go away. When you post “Today was the worst” or…

Meal Planning, Food Tracking, And Accountability: One day I woke up and made a decision to change everything.

  You ever look at yourself in a picture or in the mirror and think: Whoa? Is that really what I look like? Or found yourself sluggishly weaving your way through each day without energy? Yeah, me too. I’ve been struggling for some time now. When my husband had a health scare in 2015 it really rocked our world. So I decided to take a conscious step back on my personal priority list and instead focused all of my energy on him, relieving his stresses and rearranging our lives. I changed jobs and stopped most of the activities I previously enjoyed. And, quite frankly,…

5 Things You Need To Know About Lady Face Shaving

  Because I did it. I shaved my whole entire face. Well, most of it. And I know you have questions. Like, “Why would you shave your face, Amanda?” And, “How did you shave your face, Amanda?” AND, “JUST WHAT EXACTLY WERE YOU THINKING, AMANDA?!” But, hear me out… I have struggled recently with acne, particularly along my jaw line. And, if I’m honest, I have noted that my facial hair has gotten a little more, um, engaging with age. Not are-you-doing-Movember-this-year engaging, just slightly-thicker-and-more-resistant-to-going-unnoticed-in-places engaging. It’s not that I have what I would consider an actual mustache, per se,…

A slow cooker beef roast dinner that's ready to devour when you get home from work? Yes!

  A slow cooker beef roast dinner that’s ready to devour when you get home from work? Yes! I use my slow cooker and Instant Pot® throughout the year for a variety of things: chicken stock, tomato sauce, and other kitchen and cooking hacks. I’ll never buy chicken stock again — especially when I have a recipe that calls for cooking it overnight in a slow cooker, or in an hour with the Instant Pot. You can hardly get any easier than that. The overnight slow cooker chicken stock recipe ends up yielding 12 cups of stock, so I typically keep…