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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.

A Little More About Me

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

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”

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


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

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

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

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

My husband, Pete, once asked if I’d be content if I died today. “In other words,” he continued, “do you feel like you’ve accomplished

Why Putting Others First Will Make You More Successful

The best boss I ever had was a woman who had a great knack for empowering people to discover and cultivate their unique gifts

Can You See Past Your Brokenness?

Instead of lounging poolside or sharing a plate of barbeque with friends, I kicked-off this past summer by spending Memorial Day weekend in the

To the SAHM Who Struggles Because Her Man Works a Lot

For the SAHM whose man travels frequently or has long hours at the office, the days can feel monotonous or lonely and isolating. She

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

All the Ways Gratitude Is the Game Changer You Need

Potentially, summer can be a time to recalibrate after a full school year or seize opportunities for a mid-year inventory on the goals set

This Is Why Women Are Great Defenders of the Helpless

I grew up around resilient women who modeled for me the small ways that one could stand against the face of oppression and seek


Dear Mama, There’s no doubt about it: motherhood isn’t for sissies. As a mom, you are a leader. An advocate. A nurse. A teacher. A mediator.

Feeling Stressed Out 5 Tips to Breathe Easy

With its budding flowers, crowded farmer’s markets, tasty seasonal produce, and summer looming around the corner, there’s no doubt that springtime is a vibrant

This Is What I Do When My Child Has “Big Emotions”

I lay down in bed with my daughter, snuggle close, and whisper, “Guess what? You have a superhero power.” The last 45 minutes have driven