Distractions

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”

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.”

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”

Shining a Light on Slavery

By Miranda Browning Since 2009, End Slavery Now has globally partnered with anti slavery organizations with the common goals of teaching the public about the issues at hand, connect with organizations, and taking actions to end slavery. While modern slavery is often linked to the anti-trafficking landscape by public perception, this movement focuses on multipleContinue reading “Shining a Light on Slavery”

Confident Kids

By Emily Mills, Founder + Chief Ideation Officer of Jesus Said Love Confident kids are a nightmare to traffickers. And while we can’t prevent every incident of trafficking, we do know that traffickers prey on vulnerabilities. Many of you are parents who have become invested in the fight against this heinous reality, the stories onContinue reading “Confident Kids”

Prevention and Power

By Emily Mills, Founder + Chief Ideation Officer of JSL, Waco, Texas My heart raced and my mind whirled the first time I walked into a strip club. It was 2004, Good Friday in Waco,Texas. Our car was loaded down with outreach gift bags for dancers, bouncers, managers and DJ’s. This would be the momentContinue reading “Prevention and Power”