Feeling Stuck?

By Brenda J. Williams Have you ever felt like you were simply put, “stuck in life?” You knew what you wanted but didn’t exactly know how to get there? Or have you felt like, I need to do more in my life because, “I feel like this is not my story’s end?” The need toContinue reading “Feeling Stuck?”


By Wendy J Olson, Healing Coach + Founder and Executive Director of Grit Plus Gumption 4 minute read Do we have too many distractions? May is Mental Health Awareness month. You probably already knew that, but if you didn’t, welcome to it.  I’ve been focused on my mental health a lot lately. Ya know, forContinue reading “Distractions”

The Kids Aren’t Alright

By: Jen Pool In my home state of Virginia, it’s “Resilience Week” which is the kick-off to May being Mental Health Awareness Month. Various organizations are highlighting “resilience”, encouraging rest, sending out freebie bingo cards of ideas to practice resilience, and of course, there are all the social media quotes and images. But it gotContinue reading “The Kids Aren’t Alright”

Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.

By: Jen Pool Each year, the United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), leads communities throughout the country in their observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This year, NCVRW has taken place this week and lasts through the weekend, and the theme is “Survivor Voices: Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.”Continue reading “Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.”

No One Else Has Your Gift

By Wendy J Olson, Healing Coach + Founder of Grit Plus Gumption, 3 min read It is National Volunteer Week! Ok, so what does that mean? National Volunteer week was established in 1974 as a way of highlighting ways to be active in our local communities and the inspiring figures who make our world aContinue reading “No One Else Has Your Gift”

Fight. Rest. Fight Again.

By Wendy J Olson, Healing Coach, Founder + Executive Director of Grit Plus Gumption As a parent to a child with autism, I know what the month of April represents: Autism Awareness Month. And as a survivor os sexual assault, I also know what April brings: Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Moreover, April is also ChildContinue reading “Fight. Rest. Fight Again.”

How & Why to Talk to Your Kids About Assault & Abuse

By: Jen Pool April is a significant, but heavy month because it is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. As a parent, you may be aware that you should talk to your children about these topics, but you also may feel unsure about how to start the conversation and hope theyContinue reading “How & Why to Talk to Your Kids About Assault & Abuse”

It’s Okay for Not Being Okay to Not Be Okay

By Miranda Browning Don’t you just hate a cliché piece of advice? ‘Everything happens for a reason’. ‘When life gives you lemons – make lemonade’. ‘It’s okay to not be okay’. I think it would be more accurate to say it’s a common thing to struggle, to search for purpose in those struggles, and toContinue reading “It’s Okay for Not Being Okay to Not Be Okay”

Transition Seasons

By Wendy J Olson, Founder + Executive Director of Grit Plus Gumption It happens every year: we spring forward, lose an hour, and everyone drags for a good solid week. We complain to one another on the sidelines of our kids’ soccer practice and in doctor’s office waiting rooms. For all that hopefulness we hadContinue reading “Transition Seasons”

St. Patrick the…Slave?

“In my human nature, I was born free.” -St. Patrick By: Jen Pool Today we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the holiday held on the day of his death, but did you know that Saint Patrick wasn’t even Irish?  Patrick was born in Britain near the end of the fourth century. Around the age of 16Continue reading “St. Patrick the…Slave?”