Meet Ashley: Two Year Fitness Journey to Reshape Her Body

What kicks off a life change? Is it motivation? Is it being fed up? Is it a promise to yourself? Ashely Walsh figured just how powerful a combination of all three could be. Two years ago, right round New Years, she said to herself “I’m going to actually do this. This will be the last year that my resolution will be to lose weight”. And that's exactly what she's done. On her own terms and in her own way, Ashley moved #upwardalways.

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6 Reasons Your Appearance Matters in the Workplace and Why You Should Care

If you show up looking like you don't care about your personal appearance, how are your peers and team leaders supposed to know you care about your work, the project under deadline, your clients, or position? Here are 6 reasons why your appearance matters at work and why you should start to care. Because those around you already do.

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What Whole30 Taught Me About Food, Friendship, and Finance

I decided to kick off 2017 and the last month of my 28th year by doing the Whole30.  I had just spent a week in the mountains drinking beer, and I really felt like my diet had spiraled over the last few months. I didn’t feel great and I wanted to go into 29 feeling fabulous.

So, I bought the Whole30 cookbook, followed a bunch of people on Instagram, and looked up a ton of recipes that included potatoes, veggies, and meat. DELICIOUS. By the end of the month, I had learned so much more than how to make 3,546 recipes featuring coconut oil.

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Build Your Resume As A Stay At Home Parent

You're a stay-at-home parent and you're ready to enter the work force. Maybe it's the first time. Maybe it's the first time in a long time. No matter what phase of your career development you're in, coming out of a stint at home can be daunting. What have you contributed? What have you learned? What skills could possibly translate to the workforce? How do you even update your resume? Fortunately, the answer to all of those questions is "A lot, actually!"

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7 Ways to Be Grateful Today

Gratitude is one of those life practices that takes just that, practice. But it's not always easy or even top of mind. Life gets in the way, whether that is external or internal forces stopping you from seeing the bigger picture. How many times has something gone wrong and your gut reaction is to say "Well, shit. This sucks." or that voice inside your head speaks out with something like "This is literally never going to get better"? A little gratitude goes a long way to reframe the way you go through life, helping you live happier, more satisfied, and appreciative.

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Kroger vs Trader Joes: The Grocery Gauntlet

Any human that ever goes grocery shopping knows that grocery stores are cumbersome, expensive, and more than just a little bit unorganized. Why the precooked pizza dough is never near the sauce and pepperoni will forever plague me. But we've all been there: we've got the list but we overspend; we bring the kids but they lose their minds; we start with the best intentions but always end up going astray somewhere between the ice cream aisle and the beauty section. We're here to help you figure out which grocery store is best for you and your family.

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#upwardfamily: Meal Prep for Beginners

There are a few things I take seriously in my family: bed times, boxed wine, and meal prep. It used to consume a huge amount of my time, finding recipes and building grocery lists week after week. Because like most mothers, I force myself to parent on expert mode meaning no meal could be repeated within a 30 day time frame. Rational, I know. But times have changed, and meal prep has become automated. And it's time you automate too.

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Tuesday Podcast Roundup: Business Addition

When you are focusing on making it through each day, getting food on the table, meeting deadlines, and running after the train to catch the caboose, you get tunnel vision and begin to block out other stimuli. #survivalmode. This is why we love podcasts. Where ever we are, be it in the car, the shower, or on the treadmill,  we can be a part of a conversation about something bigger than ourselves.  

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Career, SelfMeredith Cook