The Real Grit, The Real Grace!

Hello! I am Jess, I run personal development programs with horses and I am a visionary at the Rural Women's Circle. Given my love for connecting with other women and your stories, I have decided it's time for me to do a blogging series for women. I love women's development and sitting in the space with other women so that we may share the journey's of our lives.

Our real life, our real shiz, our real personal growth, and the real challenges that we experience - but at the end of the day, it's how we support ourselves and each other in the learning of "how to" choose a conscious pathway toward emotional resilience so that we can keep moving our lives in the directions of our dreams, even when the chips are down.

It's real life. Real life is full of contrast... and I believe it's designed this way for a reason. How can we possibly find gratitude in the joyful times if we only ever experience the highs? We are meant to experience the down turns for a reason. We are here to experience feelings and emotions, and what makes life fun and fulfilling is learning how to discover our true and authentic selves as we grow and expand ourselves through the adversity and challenges.

I'm going to use this series to share more of my real journey with the intent of encouraging you as a woman to embrace the Grit and Grace attributes in your own life. I believe attributes from both aspects are needed to be the creator and pioneer of our own life - so that we may attain more meaningful experiences in this life.

In saying that, I understand that many women have a big block at the very first step of this journey - as you may not necessarily KNOW what you want more of in life, what is meaningful to you, or how to even find the time and space to dare to dream again.

My life's framework has been strengthened by the many aspects that I have uncovered on my own self-discovery journey. It includes how I came to uncover my own personal purposeful pursuits which I will share more of - "The pathway to purposeful pursuits".

By sharing more of who I am; what I am about; what I have learned through some of my biggest life lessons; and how I practice developing myself on a regular basis, I hope to inspire a little spark in yourself to find the courage to go deeper on your own path to self-discovery.

We live in such a fast-paced world where we want everything instantly. We live in a microwave society. We want instant beauty, connections with people, instant love, instant healing, instant money... all I know is that without the journey, how unsatisfying would our life in this physical realm be??!

I am ready to share more of my life "without filters". It takes courage to be vulnerable. I realise that by sharing more of my perceptions, I risk more people not finding alignment in my words, but I also know that if you are ready to stretch and grow and lead your life with Grit and Grace, that there are new and beautiful connections to be made amongst those of us as women that share that desire!

To kick off this Grit 'n' Grace blogging series, I wanted to quickly share what this whole term or hashtag means to me...

#GritnGrace really does resonate with all aspects of my life and my journey of growth.

The Grit piece... I do believe we need to dig deep and find that grit and that tenacity to pave our own pathway in this life - especially when it may not always align with societies or our family's expectations. We need certain attributes to stand in our own power - to create a life that we dare to dream about. Some of them include; courage, clarity, confidence, bravery, determination, focus and strength.. and then the resilience to overcome adversity. The "Grit" part of living covers so many aspects to us being more of who we are and getting more of what we want in life ..

And the Grace piece... by responding with kindness first and foremost, EVEN WHEN other people or situations in life make you feel like you want to respond with anger or any other "below the line" emotion... comes the Grace. Grace shows up with a new level of understanding and empathy. It also denotes choosing to see the hardships as valuable life lessons. It comes with a knowing that how other people treat us is an invitation for us to go deep within ourselves and heal and grow the same aspects to ourselves that we don't like in others. Grace becomes part of our character and the energy we hold within our body.

What also comes with Grace is integrity.

The Grace aspect of my life has developed over many years of investing in my personal growth; taking control of my ego; embracing life's undesirables and icky situations as important lessons; and learning to navigate through my emotions to the point where I am so solid in myself and who I am, that I can choose to get out of my head and instead, lead and respond to life from my heart space.

/Grit/ noun: courage and resolve, strength and character. Helps us be willing to leave our fears behind.


/Grace/ noun: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy or clemency. Helps us to look past what ever differences we have, and see their heart.

"Let's get this journey on it's way! I invite you to step forward with Grit, anchored in Grace"