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”

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.”

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”

I Was Your Girl.

By Emily Mills, Founder + Chief Ideation Officer of Jesus Said Love I was your girl. I wonder how long my body will be caught in the crossfires of media ads, locker room talk, legislation and sermons? Here I am, 45 years old in 2023, Waco, Texas and I still know the war against her,Continue reading “I Was Your Girl.”

Free to Be

By Wendy J Olson, Founder + Executive Director of Grit Plus Gumption During the month of March, Grit Plus Gumption is hosting an awareness and fundraising campaign called Free To Be. We’re asking people who your healing would allow you to be free to be. And it’s got me thinking…who I am now that I’mContinue reading “Free to Be”

Leaning into the Uncomfortable

By: Kim van Essen Whether you are talking about business or philanthropy, there is usually a lot of discussions internally about ‘optics’. For better or worse, to successfully achieve your mission, you need to fund your operations successfully. So often, there will be many meetings and emails about how you present yourselves to the outsideContinue reading “Leaning into the Uncomfortable”

Grit + Gumption & World Day of Social Justice

Once largely pertaining to economic impact, social justice has expanded to cover concerns over race, sexuality, gender, and more. At Grit+Gumption, our Founder looks at it simply as: 

Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly.