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Overcome These 5 Struggles and Live a Grit + Grace Life – 088

A life of grit and grace sounds like a great plan, something every woman wants. Right? But certain roadblocks just keep rearing their ugly heads! These struggles keep us from feeling strong: we have poor self-esteem, we’re riddled with shame or guilt from our past, or we feel the need to be perfect at everything. These plus a few more are the barriers that keep us from the life we all want to lead. In their relatable banter, your co-hosts Darlene Brock and Julie Graham admit to facing these struggles too but also encourage each other and you that they are, in fact, “figureoutable.” You can grow in strength as you apply grit and/or grace to each one. Part of the solution is knowing which one to tap into! This episode will be one we come back to regularly, and we’re sure you will too. As a bonus, the show notes are full of multiple resources for difficulties like shame, regret, addiction, divorce, abortion, body image, and many more!

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Here are the struggles we discussed in this episode and some articles that speak to them:

Poor self-esteem (and body image):

3 Ways Positive Self-Talk Can Improve Your Life
2 Ways to Break Free From Self-Sabotage
5 Helpful Tips for Loving Your Body the Way It Is
What Every Woman Needs to Know About Body Image

We feel the need to be perfect:

4 Reasons Why Being Selfish Is Best for Everyone
5 Truths About the Best Kind of Beauty
Just Because She’s Pretty, Doesn’t Mean You’re Not
On Courage: Strong People Have Weak Moments

Shame/regret from our past:

Overcoming Shame in the Grit and Grace Life
The Amanda Bynes Story—Finding Grit and Grace in Recovery
5 Slogans From AA That Will Make Every Woman Wiser
Are You Suffering From PTSD? Here’s How to Know and Get Help

Not knowing our purpose:

How to Get Honest About Your Dreams and Thrive!
Unsure of Your Purpose? Discover It With These 5 Steps
How to Become the Woman You Want to Be

We don’t feel strong:

The 6 Qualities That Make a Female Leader Strong
A Strong Woman Has These 7 Things on Her Bucket List
How Do I Know What Defines Me?
When a Strong Woman Is Quitting, But Not Failing

We also wanted to mention these articles and other episodes that speak to specific difficulties:

Ask Dr. Zoe – Can You Get Past a Betrayal in Marriage?
This Is How to Overcome Toxic Emotions After Divorce
Unplanned Pregnancy—the Tale of Two Girls (abortion)
Ask Dr. Zoe – Coping with Anxiety Biblically

This Is What I Learned About Life After My Rape and Pregnancy
Infertility Is an Interruption, but Not the End

Related podcast episodes that you don’t want to miss:

How to Make Decisions (Even the Hard Ones) – 076 (we discussed leaving an unhealthy relationship and abortion)
Regret: All the Ways It Can Actually Serve You – 058
Can You Really Leave Your Past Behind You? – 028
Conquering Struggles Women Will Face in Every Stage of Life with Dr. Zoe Shaw – 009

Darlene mentioned an article from National Eating Disorder Association, you can read it here.
She also referenced an article from Psychology Today about emotionally strong people, find it here.

Articles We Mentioned or Know You’ll Love

Forget About the Scale and Be Happy!

How to Lose the Scale and Walk LighterHow to drop weight instantly! (Not the kind you think.)

Enter the scales. 

The first time I stepped on a scale was during the dark, life-sucking hole known as Read more

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Body Image

The Gospel of Body Image for Today's WomanWhile the beginning of the year is when body image is especially prevalent, every other advertisement or conversation is about what diet to go on to “tame those trouble spots” or how to find a “quick fix” to whatever Read more

What My Faith Says About My Purpose

What-My-Faith-Says-About-My-PurposeI know that a woman of faith probably shouldn’t admit she thinks any book of the Bible is depressing, but there is one that I truly believe is! I realize there are some pretty troubling stories and incredibly sad scenarios Read more

4 Reasons Why Being Selfish Is Best for Everyone

4 Reasons Why Being Selfish Is Best for Everyone ORIG Hernan SanchezI was silent as the impassioned tone on the other end of the phone grew in volume. She named everything that overwhelmed her: the mounting bills and unyielding budget; the long afternoons with the young, napless kids; the at-home Read more

To the Mom Who Feels Guilty for Loving Her Work

I have to start this off with a confession. I sat down to write this article four different times, but couldn’t put it all into words. None of it made sense. The words sounded so silly, confusing, insignificant. But, Read more

10 Funny Things All Women Do

10 Funny Things All Women DoI obviously have spent a whole bunch of years being a female, well actually my entire life (no surprise there). But something I have realized is that we are a funny bunch, aren’t we ladies? There are some things Read more

Quote of the episode:

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” Emma Stone

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This Grit and Grace Life hosts, Darlene Brock and Julie Graham cross generational lines and draw from life experience to discuss all things life—from the boardroom to the bedroom, car-lines to college, being single, married or single again. Combining the two traits found in all women, grit and grace, they laugh, share insights and explore the road taken to find strength every day.

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