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I could never have imagined what life had in store when I left home at the age of 18. From my early years as a receptionist at a prestigious law firm to living in a Christian commune then running a summer camp and conference center, my career has not been about coloring within the lines. I spent 20 years in the music business managing bands and producing award-winning music videos also serving as COO of ForeFront Records -- all while my husband and I raised our two amazing daughters. Looking back through the years, I realized that I survived through equal measures of grit and grace. I embraced these traits and was joined by my husband Dan to co-found The Grit and Grace Project, aimed at supporting strong women . . . and those who want to be. As an author and businesswoman, I've been featured on a variety of media outlets including FOX and CNN as well as ABC, CBS, NBC affiliates. I gain the most positive energy when I'm able to merge my personal and professional passions by helping women as they seek to find their inner strength. My formal education is limited to a high school degree, but I never let that hold me back from accomplishing my dreams while caring for my family. I have always been a firm believer that life challenges should neither defeat nor define you. It was in the busyness of producing award-winning music videos, managing music groups, promoting concerts and serving as COO of ForeFront Records that Darlene raised her two daughters. This unique blend of author, mother, businesswoman, wife, and creative producer has shown her that it is indeed true, “life challenges should neither defeat nor define you.” And just so you know, she wears the tool belt in her family.

A Little More About Me

Can You Have a Fairy Tale Love?

Life’s fairy tale—fact or fiction? I hear the clamor of female voices saying, “Disney lied! There are no princes! There is no happily ever after!”

Learning to Listen to Those You Love, When You Need it Most

I ran out my front door late for an appointment, having grabbed everything I thought I would need. Behind me, before the door slammed,

Is God Out to Get Me?

During my teen years my mother often delivered a final sentence as I gathered my keys and purse and ran out the door to

5-Tips-for-Teaching-Your-Kids-How-to-Pray

What does it take to make sure your children realize God cares about every little thing in their lives? Here are 5 suggestions: 1. Make

When Someone You Love is Contemplating Suicide

*The reality of suicide has touched the lives of several of the writers at The Grit & Grace Project so we are taking the opportunity to

5-Reasons-to-Love-Being-Single

So a large majority of your friends are married and you are not. Do you celebrate because you dodged the bullet or do you

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7 Dating Tips for Successful Relationships

Looking for a man worth your time? Here are a few tips that will help you avoid wasting time on Mr. What-Was-I-Thinking. 1. Make a man list. Every

  Women have changed the world, with their grit and their grace.

Let Them Teach

I have heard the cries of teachers I know, family and friends, the caretakers of our children. I have watched as their passion has

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Sending-Your-Kids-to-College—Separation-Anxiety-or-Blissful-Freedom-

So you’ve just spent hours in the Target dorm room aisles

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What My Faith Says About Race

I try extremely hard to take every one of my questions, doubts and confusion to the source of all my life answers, my faith.

The-Declaration-of-Independence

Today in America, we have the privilege to enjoy all that the 4th of July affords—the cookouts, fireworks and community gathered to celebrate. Here at The Grit

If Only Life Had Photoshop

Standing in the grocery aisle looking at the magazines covers, I find myself pondering. Not on who is divorcing, marrying, cheating, too fat, too

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Looking Stupid, A Noble Act

Because my husband and I worked in our own businesses, our vacations were some of the most precious times we had with our daughters.

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Work Overload Killing You?

Five things I learned to keep me from drowning at work: 1. Touch a paper or view an email once. Deal with it immediately, put

let us remember this memorial day

Today is Memorial Day, the day that we mindfully set aside in order to honor those who have paid the ultimate price. Today we lay wreaths

The Floods Are Gonna Come

Have you ever heard the parable from the Bible about a house built on sand and another house built on a rock? I’ve heard

Discovering Your Child's Talents

You want to sign your child up for activities that develop their talents. Where to start? Before you sign a single piece of paper

Is Battling Depression Disappointing God?

There is a genuine struggle being waged by many, one that can overtake the entirety of a person’s life. I’ve seen it in those

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I'm Offended that You're Offended

Social media is driving me crazy! I miss the days of funny cat pictures, babies, school days, work humor and yes you can do

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Does It Matter to You

A few months ago my husband was once again in the yard being bitten by Florida’s “no see ‘ums” our state’s vicious sand fleas.

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Surviving Sometimes Even Thriving

The women at The Grit and Grace Project have already lived through a bunch of this "getting through life" stuff. We've survived, thrived, then