Maya and Me: A Love Letter

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~ Maya Angelou When I was in 3rd grade, in a small rural elementary school in North Carolina, our teacher, Mrs. Thomas, read to us each day after gym. We would come into the room, our […]

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Finding Your Oxygen Mask

Perhaps, we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us, they know exactly how it should be done. ~ Rudy Francisco Humans are busy and exhausted creatures. In fact, being busy and exhausted has become so ingrained in us that we have started bragging about it. This is what Oliver Burkeman has entitled […]

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Beauty in Chaos

The unsung beauty hid life’s common things below. ~Whittier There are days when I hate my alarm clock; days when all I want to do is march across the room and, like a cartoon character, smash it with a hammer, which is conveniently located under my pillow. It’s a ridiculous fantasy. For starters, my hammers […]

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Introduction: A Day in the Life of American Women

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. ~ Earl Nightingale Women […]

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Just Like Becca

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela “Should we jump off it?” I looked at my sister, Becca. I was astonished she had even asked. There could […]

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The Notorious RBG

“I ask no favors for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is they take their feet from off our necks.” ~ Sarah Grimke It seems like a great many people have jumped on the Ruth Bader Ginsburg bandwagon recently. In 2018, two movies have been made about her. One RBG, a documentary, was released in […]

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Week Two: American Women We Admire, Part One

“On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.” ~ Oprah Winfrey Welcome to another week at Graceful Grit! Today, there are greater opportunities for women than ever before. […]

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