Writer and anti-gym goer meets grit.

The first time I heard the word “grit,” I was a freshman in high school.

I remember showing up for cheer practice and getting my butt kicked. My backhand springs were awful. How on earth was I supposed to lift my entire body off the ground and land on two feet? I didn’t have the answer, but I refused to give up. 

Then one day, after weeks of practice, it happened. That’s when I heard my coach mumble, “She’s got grit.”

[grit] noun

  1. indomitable courage, toughness, or resolution
  2. firmness of character, indomitable spirit
  3. unyielding courage in the face of hardship

As soon as practice finished, I ran home and looked up the definition of grit. I decided I liked what it meant. And that’s how TheGrittyGirl moniker was formed.

I didn’t stay on the cheer team long. The introvert in me couldn’t kick the idea of being on display. I felt more comfortable hiding in the bleachers than performing in front of crowds. Fortunately, the name has stuck with me through the years.

The same fire burns inside of me today. Whether it’s training my son to love bone broth, or trying to curb my ketchup addiction, quitting is not an option.

That’s grit.

Fear shuts you down. Grit keeps you going.


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