Lioness Rampant, and How Tamora Pierce Became One of My Feminist Icons

“I believe in deeds, not words.” –Tamora Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure I was twelve when I first stumbled upon Tamora Pierce’s writing. I’d initially picked up the book because, at the time, I was big into horses, I saw one on the cover and thought it seemed right up my alley. What started out […]

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Self-Care Isn’t Just Bubble-Baths and Candles

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others”—Christopher Germer I’m pretty big on self-care. As I said in my last article, the older I get, the more I realize that my wants and needs are priorities, too. My version of self-care means that I generally wake up early, […]

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Being “Busy” is Not a Badge of Honor

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life”—Socrates A typical day for me starts at 6 am. It seems early, but I’ve gotten used to it at this point. At first, it was because I wanted some time to myself when I was living with seven other people, but when I went back to school, it […]

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The Art of Compassion

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”—Maya Angelou There are many things to admire about Alix Moore: she’s kind, brilliant, loving, driven…the list goes on. But I think that the most admirable thing about her is […]

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Speak: How an Author Used Her Voice

Photo Credit: Stephanie Wolf “For me, being a writer is like being a medium. I channel the stories as they come to me. A character forms for me when she or he begins to whisper in my ear. I write what these characters tell me to write. I write their stories.”—Sarah Elizabeth Schantz When I […]

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A Note from the Editors

Women haven’t always had the right to vote. In fact, it wasn’t until the early 1920s that women were granted the right to participate in the U.S. elections. Watch the video below to find out more about the origins of the Suffragist movement and hear some of their stories: We at Graceful Grit believe in […]

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Mindfulness and Meditation

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Baba Ram Dass There are so many things that can affect our mental health in the world we live in today: work, family, school, social media, the list goes on and on. There are many ways of coping with these factors, but one that I’ve […]

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