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Rachel Hagstrom is a freelance writer who has been a regular contributor with The Grit and Grace Project for over two years. She aims to inspire readers to seek opportunities for inner growth and transformation by sharing aspects of her own journey. Professionally, Rachel has held a variety of client relations roles in the banking, hospitality, and education industries. Her jobs in the latter enabled her to work alongside marginalized populations in Haiti and India. These experiences have shaped her past and current community involvement, which includes working with NGOs focused on ending human trafficking, volunteering as a leader on her local Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS) team, and joining Moms Demand Action—a national grassroots movement devoted to legislating for gun safety. Rachel is currently a candidate with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. After earning her certification, she will be able to educate and empower clients to take proactive steps toward bettering their overall wellbeing by meeting their physical, emotional, and mental health goals.

Dear Daughter, We are together more than ever these days. I watch as you wake each morning, walk into your closet, and choose an outfit that

This Is How to Avoid Stagnation and Get More out of Life

Toward the end of one of our sessions together, my life coach tasked me with an unusual piece of homework: “I want you to

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For many of us, the new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. We’ll seize the newness of the season by taking intentional

There were two words on the back of a dust-encrusted dump truck that jolted me to the fact that God might actually know me

When a Strong Woman Is Quitting, But Not Failing

I’m a sucker for stories about the Overcomers. I am a woman who is attracted and allured by the tales of those who persevered in

10 Classic Beauties That Will Inspire Your Strength

As a devoted fan of black-and-white cinema and 1950s fashion, I relished the moments I spent watching classic films like Sabrina (check out the

Need to Stop Procrastinating How to Eat Your Frog

Chances are, you probably have a few frogs you need to eat today. No, I’m not referring to the actual amphibians (though I’m willing

5 Slogans from AA That Will Make Every Woman Wiser

My former chosen method of numbing pain included self-medicating with pills and toxic relationships. It’s taken years, open sharing and honest conversations, lots of

How a Simple Breath Prayer Can Calm Your Mind and Body

We do it around 23,040 times a day and even more if we’re in a state of exertion. Our life cycles start and end

Are You Fighting For Your Marriage These Resources Can Help

Many marriages around the world are groaning under quarantine stress. We are collectively spending more time with our spouses than many of us have in

What Is the Magic of the Snowball Effect

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. —Robert Brault Years ago, I was scheduled

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Here are 5 Ways to Ease Tension in the Midst of a Pandemic

“I have too many emotions to count,” I told my therapist a few days ago as we sat looking at each other’s faces on

8 Things Moms Should Say to Raise Strong Kids

In their most powerful form, words have the ability to shape and form one’s character, self-esteem, and relationships. They can impact us for better

Want to Change Your Life Start Building Something New

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”—Socrates (a character in Way

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How to Create More Balance in Your Life

“Finding more balance” didn’t make it on my list of goals last year, but it’s near the top of my list this year. “Balance”

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7 Easy and Natural Methods to Boost Your Immunity 2

Ah, winter. ‘Tis the season for crackling fires, family and friends gathered around the table, and sledding down the snow-covered hillsides. It’s undoubtedly a

Now Is the Time to Ignite Your Confidence

I can be real with you, right? I felt a little like an imposter when I first started writing this piece about self-confidence. Two seconds

My breathing is shallow before I step into the stale, dimly lit room. I take a seat, nodding a hello to the docile man

If You Want To Get Healthy Do These 5 Things

For a girl whose dietary and lifestyle choices once included generous amounts of Cheez-Its, menthol cigarettes, and energy drinks mixed with vodka, doing a

A Strong Woman Has These 7 Things on Her Bucket List

If you’re in search of more meaning in life, crossing off a few extra items on your bucket list can be the very thing

4 Reasons Why Being Selfish Is Best for Everyone ORIG Hernan Sanchez

I was silent as the impassioned tone on the other end of the phone grew in volume. She named everything that overwhelmed her: the

To the Mom Who's Lacking Self-Confidence: Do This

To the woman who lacks confidence, it can appear as though everyone around her is acing life with flying colors. She might tend to