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The women of Grit and Grace Life have created videos on many of the subjects important to our gender with helpful advice, encouragement, & some laughs, too. Watch now! #gritandgracelife

Do You Struggle with Comparison? (Video)

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.    

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Corona Diaries part 1

Darlene & Julie Uncut – Corona Diaries: Part 1

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?

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Giving Tuesday

Join Grit and Grace Life In Our Mission

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?

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Darlene & Julie: Uncut – Castle LadyHawke

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.

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This Grit & Grace Life Podcast Preview – Episode 150 Friendship

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

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Episode 151 Heather Brown

This Grit and Grace Life Podcast Preview – Episode 151 with Heather Brown

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

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Ask Dr. Zoe – Want Your Kids’ Dad to Be More Involved? Do This!

As a momma, maybe you haven’t been too pleased watching your husband’s relationship with your kids. He doesn’t strive to be as intentionally involved with them as you’d like him to be, and you don’t want your kids growing up without fond memories or respect for him. Although it may seem out of your hands, it’s not! Dr. Zoe Shaw, a licensed psychotherapist and relationship coach, shares five ways you can encourage him to partake in activities and meaningful conversations with your children—and be a great father.

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Ask Dr. Zoe – How Do I Deal with a Very Toxic Relationship with My Father?

Any toxic relationship will be emotionally and mentally trying, but the pressure is compounded when the person on the other end is a family member, or someone that you want to trust. A reader asked about finding clarity amid a toxic relationship with her father and the guilt she felt toward putting a distance between them. Dr. Zoe Shaw responds with a discussion on the boundary you must set for yourself and your relationship with those who hurt you, even when you want to keep them close.  

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Episode 50 blended families

This Grit & Grace Life Podcast Preview – Episode 50 A Therapist’s Practical Advice for Blended Families with Dr. Zoe Shaw

In an age where 50% of marriages end in divorce, it’s not uncommon to see new relationships and blended families develop. But anyone in a blended family will tell you: it’s not always easy! So how do household rules work when there are people from different homes under one roof? What should you expect from an ex (or your spouse’s ex)? When should you involve your kids when you’re pursuing a serious relationship that could lead to marriage? Psychotherapist and relationship coach Dr. Zoe Shaw joins This Grit and Grace Life podcast to answer these questions and more so your blended family can be a balanced one.

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Quotes to encourage mamas

Quotes to Encourage Mommas

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,

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Ask Dr. Zoe – Are You Stuck In a Relationship Phase? (video)

A relationship can get frustrating when you’re expecting a proposal or deciding on a wedding date, but your man doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to move to the next step. Although this often exposes the man’s fear of commitment, you may have also played a role by prematurely giving him the benefits of a fiance or wife. Dr. Zoe outlines each phase of a relationship so you can know what to expect—and how much you’re supposed to give—at every level.

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Episode 145 Julie married

This Grit and Grace Life Podcast Preview – Episode 145 Julie Is Getting Married!

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.

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Ask Dr. Zoe – 6 Steps to Transform Your Self-Talk (video)

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

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