Comparing ourselves to others is a dangerous game, even though we’re all susceptible to it. Scrolling through pretty social media feeds of perfect bodies and immaculate lives makes the struggle with comparison an all-time high. This Grit & Grace Life‘s managing editor, Ashley Johnson, wrote an article on the topic, titled “Just Because She’s Pretty Doesn’t Mean You’re Not.” In this video, Ashley joins Darlene and Julie to discuss the ways that we can take our focus off of others and recognize the beauty that already lies within each of us. To read more articles about the battle with comparison click here.
It’s been a few weeks after the onset of the pandemic, and Darlene and Julie want to know how you’re handling the corona chaos! In the first of this three-part Corona Diaries, the two discuss how their daily habits like showering and putting on makeup have changed, and how they pass the time while sheltering at home. How have you come to terms with this new normal?
Maybe you’ve been following along with Grit and Grace Life for a while now, but the thought crossed your mind a time or two: what exactly does this community stand for? At the very heart of our mission is a love for strong women and a desire to see them thrive. Though not every woman is at a place where she feels strong yet, we believe she has the courage, grit, and grace to find her way there. We’re here to allow women from all over the world share their stories—things they’ve learned, heartache they’ve struggled through, hope for the future, the simple joys of life—and encourage other women along the way. Won’t you join us?
Getting married in a castle seems like the stuff of fairytales, but it’s much closer to reality than you think—try North Carolina. The castle in question would be Castle LadyHawke, a 10,000-square-foot stone palace nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With terraces offering sweeping views of the mountain range and a three-floor spiraling staircase, this castle is a dream come true for hosting any big event in your life. Join Darlene and Julie as they explore this magical venue.
Friendships are one of our most treasured gifts, but the truth of the matter is that some are lifelong and others are not. So how are we prioritizing these important relationships? Are we building up the ones that matter, or are we investing time and energy into a friendship that’s reached the end of its season? In this podcast episode, Darlene and Julie share the signs of a friendship that’s ended and how to move on in a healthy way. Like romantic relationships, a broken friendship is painful at first. But over time you’ll discover that you’ve made room to invest in the ones that here to stay. And for those special friendships that are rooted for life, the ladies explain how
Father’s Day is a wonderful time to celebrate your dad, or any other father figures in your life. But we also recognize that you might have had a poor relationship with your dad, or he was never present while you were growing up. If you can relate, then we hope you’ll find encouragement in this article: “There Is Hope and Healing for the Fatherless.”
Your life, well loved. Isn’t that a comforting concept? To love your life, and love yourself in it? Maybe that sounds a little foreign to you, and if it does, you’re not the only one. There are so many parts of our life that are constantly tugging at our shirt sleeve (sometimes literally), begging for more of our attention, our time and our energy. Southern women usually have a trick (up that same sleeve) for each nagging task that needs to be taken care of, and Alabama momma Heather Brown, creator of My Life Well Loved blog, is no exception. In this podcast episode, Heather sits down with Darlene and Julie to chat about her tips for finding balance in a life
If you’ve ever criticized yourself about the things you’ve done, or the things that others have done to you, then you are rooting yourself in a destructive habit, my friend! Would you tell a dear friend that they are ugly or stupid? Of course not! Because you recognize their innate value. It’s time for you to recognize your own! We all make mistakes, and many times, people disappoint us. But directing the shame and hurt inward will curb our growth and misinform the way we see the world. In this video, psychotherapist Dr. Zoe Shaw review six steps for recognizing, monitoring and transforming the way we speak to ourselves. It’s a process that takes time and persistence, she says, but the results
If you’ve followed Grit and Grace Life for a while, then you probably are familiar with Julie’s story. After working through heartbreak and pain, Julie began dating again and soon met “D.” Now, the two are getting married! Listen as Julie talks about her how her relationship with Donny blossomed through dating and their engagement, and what she’s excited for in her new life as Mrs. Julie Bender.
Would you rather give up candy on Halloween or turkey on Thanksgiving? Tune in for some fun with the team at Grit and Grace Life, who share their holiday choices. Which would you choose?
This is a tough situation. You and the person you had once believed would be a part of your forever are no longer on good terms—they’re toxic, selfish and manipulative. And to make the situation more difficult, you share a child (or children) together. So how do you successfully co-parent with someone who you’re not sure you can trust? Dr. Zoe Shaw, a licensed psychotherapist and relationship coach, shares the truth behind your expectations and how you can still create a healthy, thriving environment to raise your children.
If you’re exploring the idea of building your faith or even just starting a relationship with God, you’re not alone. Many people have the same questions, but just don’t know what to do or what developing their faith looks like. Thankfully, there are no rules. In this episode, Darlene and Julie share the ways they build their faith, whether that’s by reading their Bible during their morning coffee or spending a few moments in prayer.
Mothering is one of life’s most fulfilling adventures, but also one of the most challenging. The natural inclination is to self-criticize when you missed an important first in your child’s life, or when another parent raises an eyebrow at a parenting choice you made. But parenting is an individual journey, and you know your child best. Grit and Grace Life‘s own Julie and Ashley know all about these conflicting moments, and that sometimes, moms just need a little boost to remind them that they’re doing the best they can in their greatest task: raising a child with wisdom and love. In this video, these two mommas share a few quotes that have brought them peace and inspiration in their own mothering duties,
Being a strong woman of grit and grace paves the way for a life of endurance and purpose! Maybe you knew someone who exemplified strength, and you longed to be like them. You won’t be exempt from heartache and pain, but as a strong woman, you’ll be better equipped to navigate those struggles while enjoying the things that really matter. No quite sure how to get there yet? Don’t sweat it (hint: that’s one way!) In this episode, Darlene and Julie share the seven things a strong woman does. Listen in and see what traits you already own or need to work on. The duo give you tips to put each one into practice so that you can get on your way
If you missed any of Darlene and Julie’s “Who Is More Likely?” video segments, don’t fret! You can watch the highlights here and test yourself on how well you know these two.
Dealing with a narcissist isn’t always as simple as being around someone who thinks highly of themself. True narcissism is a mental health disorder that makes any relationship difficult and often toxic. If a family member or coworker is a narcissistic person, then maintaining healthy boundaries is extremely important for you both. Psychotherapist Dr. Zoe Shaw breaks down why narcissists often react the way they do, and how you can navigate the relationship without compromising your values.
This Grit and Grace Life Podcast Preview – Episode 149 with Sarah Mae, author of The Complicated Heart
If you’ve ever been in an unhealthy relationship, or were left brokenhearted by someone who couldn’t love you the way you so badly craved from them, then you know how difficult it is to move forward with an open heart. Sarah Mae, author of The Complicated Heart, joins This Grit and Grace Life podcast to share the hurt and confusion she felt growing up with an alcoholic mother that showed no sign of love or compassion toward her. Despite years of pain, Sarah explains how she ultimately came to forgive the woman when overlooked her when she needed her most.