Forth Approved: 12.18.17 / by Julie Schumacher


As we look to the end of 2017, here are some of our favorite things along with a few upcoming events. We're taking next week off from Forth Approved, but we'll be back in the New Year to share exciting events and features from our fantastic community. Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. Thank you for a wonderful, women-filled year!

YEar in review / Year ahead

Want some serious inspiration? Revisit seasons 1 & 2 of Go Forth, our awesome podcast.

Want to set an intention for 2018? See the ones our members set in 2017.

Want to boost your career next year? Try our career cootie catcher for some fun accountability.

Want to take a working sabbatical? Check out part 1 and part 2 from Julie on making it work.

Want to be more transparent in your entrepreneurial work? Elise has some tips.

Want to plan an event? Here are 6 tips.

Want more feminist media in your life? Here you go!

Want to love yourself more? Ask Amelia how she does it.


This Week & Upcoming
Dec 19: Coworking Meetup Day with Deskpass

Dec 20: Gift wrapping workshop with Argaman & Defiance

Dec 31: Party Noire NYE

Jan 7: Fifty Feminist Mantras book launch party for an intentional 2018

Jan 10: Free open house at Chopping Block with chef Alia Dalal

Jan 14: Black Girl in Om Self-Care Sunday

Jan 17: Plant-powered protein cooking class with Alia Dala


Amelia put together her year end gisticle of 17 good things in 2017.

Taylor has 3 truths to grow your community.

We LOVE venues #9 and #11 mentioned in this Venue Report on dreamy spots in Illinois.

Chicago Magazine talks a year of angry stitching with craftivist Shannon Downey.

Erin at 312 Food has been crushing it with blog content lately. Check out her gourmet food gift guide and Chicago restaurant wait list hacks (yes!).

Black women who redefined wellness in 2017, including Lauren Ash.

The Frost House got some serious love in Curbed and in Dwell.

Shop local for lovely handmade gems and scents at Mojo Owl, added shop hours on Tuesday from 11 on. 

New site for Tiny Bold Creative. Congrats Alison & friends!