The world is full of people searching for identity and a path to achieve their goals. It takes serious grit to refuse to settle, to dream bigger than reality, and take the first step.

Through hundreds of conversations and even more chats going on in my head, I began to see opportunities to encourage others to first look within, then challenge them to get out of their comfort zone and do something.  

Every woman has experienced some form of a glass ceiling, run into opposition in pursuing her goals, struggled to define her own identity, and mostly likely hesitated to dream big and run after those ideas. Discovering your identity and pursuing what is in your heart will lead down the path toward fulfillment.  You were created for a purpose and with a specific design that only you complete.  

Grit is made of passion and perseverance.

Every bit of podcast content is designed to share pieces of grit displayed by women from an array of backgrounds, professions, and with varying goals.  

The blog posts have elements of what happens along this journey called life, anecdotes from my own experiences, and universal life lessons and stories from guest writers.

My heart's wish is that you would perhaps see bits of yourself in these stories, but more importantly be challenged to step up your grit game.  Think bigger, dream bigger, and do what you love no matter what.

Dig deep, aim high.



Pieces of Grit Full Library

Passion and perseverance are the things that determine our success. Here you'll find stories of women digging in, getting to the root of who they are and making big things happen in their lives.

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The Grit List

Short episodes to give you the tips, tricks, and tools to develop grit in your own life. We cover everything from personal relationships to confrontation skills to why you should organize your kitchen. It's quick, it's fun, and it will amp up your life!

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Episode 80: Why We Need More Women in Construction

I love finding women who are changing stereotypes and working to bring balance to male-dominated industries. Stephanie is an architect, real estate agent and General Contractor doing just that.

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Episode 78: Q&A with Oneya Okuwobi on How to Fight Racism

Oneya Okuwobi, author, doctoral candidate, wife, pastor, and mother, joined a Zoom call with some of the show's listeners who requested time with her to open up about some of the questions they have regarding race.

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Episode 75: Freemason to Mansion

A vacant freemason temple with renovations for decades and a hint of the paranormal. Just want everyone dreams of as their next home, right? Theresa and her family knew they had found home sweet home and the biggest adventure of all.

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Episode 69: WOC Spotlight: Love MUST Contain Justice with Courtney Wright

This black female pastor has been through decades of racism and promises and attempts at reform. She is sharing her heart and her wisdom on how we move forward from here.

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Episode 66: Don't Be Afraid to NOT Go Back to Normal with Oneya Okuwobi

You're a racist. I'm a racist. Let's admit that and get it out of the way. Let's aim for justice and an understanding of systemic issues that prevent us from creating equity - a chance for people to seize opportunity and make a better life.

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Episode 38: Striving for Racial Healing

You know we need to be further along as a society. You want to play your part. Where in the world do you start? Right here with Oneya and this conversation.

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Episode 62: Conscious Leadership: Work Happy, Live Happy, Be Happy

We all want to live more consciously, especially in crazy times like these. increasing awareness begins with our self awareness. Meredith illuminates all the ways to better lead yourself.

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Episode 60: Beauty from Ashes: Uganda

Adventurous women inspire me greatly. Hannah is no exception. She moved to Africa in her early 20s and was captured by the need for better healthcare and training for teen moms. Listen to this glimpse into her life.

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Episode 58: Freedom Sisters: Uniting Female Veterans

Kerri Jeter had an incredible career both in the military and out. She is using her passion and zeal to create community for a fast growing populations of U.S. Veterans.

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Episode 57: Use It or Lose It and Things You Probably Never Needed Anyway

In a very different style than normal, Mikala and I banter through embarrassing stories of ourselves and others, plus all the skills that leave as you get older (or that you really never had).

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Episode 56: Thriving Through Crisis & Disruption with Jenni Catron

Disruption doesn't have to be negative. Jenni and I explore ways you can use these seasons to come out stronger on the other side.

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Episode 55: How to Be An Influencer at Any Age

Ambition Evolve was born as a dream to help women everywhere pivot in life and move on to bigger and better opportunities. Kenyetta combines her corporate and leadership experience with her background in psychology to help people overcome mental barriers and other internal aspects holding them back from unleashing who they are.

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Episode 54: Accessing & Managing Your Emotions During Coronavirus 2020

Tons of emotions are flowing through us as we adjust to this new normal and try to anticipate what is coming. Mikala and I talk about the differences in how we process and what we are doing to be sure we stay in touch with ourselves.

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Episode 53: How a Period Coach Helps You Find Your Best Rhythm

Courtney Titus is the coach you want in your life right now. She will help you understand how each week of your cycle impacts what you do (and shouldn't do). She also explains the extent your nutrition affects your hormonal health.

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Episode 52: The Key to Bouncing Back from Anything

Think of a rubber band. You need to be a rubber band in life. Be strong, be flexible. This episode goes into all the things you need to build resilience.

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Episode 51: Women Do Power Different with Maria Connolly & Louise Santiago

Women lead differently than men. It doesn’t mean it’s better - it’s just different. Maria & Louise explain why this happens and how women can embrace and appreciate their differences.

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Episode 50: Success Starts with Brutal Honesty with Brooke Lee

Brooke Lee speaks to women all over the country encouraging them to get in touch with who they were created to be, get honest with themselves and be obedient to what they know is the right path for them.

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Episode 49: The Girls Known By a Number with Noel Yeatts

There is so much happening in the world outside of our daily lives. We can get caught up in our own challenges and life situation. What would happen if we all shifted even a portion of our focus to the women around the world who face more adversity than most of us will ever know?

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Episode 48: Kicking Perfection to the Curb

It is completely possible to be driven and focused and still live in a state of zen. We are conditioned to pursue perfection, but here's a little twist that can make a big difference.

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Episode 47: Reframing Goals on the Go

You have all the best intentions, but sometimes it's good to shift on the fly. Never be afraid to adjust your expectations and your life.

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Episode 46 Healthier Communication at Work: When to Shut Up

Sometimes you need to say less, interrupt less, and sometimes you need to speak up. How do you know when to do what? We need to not just allow people to speak into our lives, we need to encourage them to do it.

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Episode 45: Translating Personal Expression into Fashion

Elysia connects fashion and identity, giving you a few tips on how to bridge these two areas.

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Episode 44: How to Keep Yourself in the Moment

A mini-sode challenging you to get out of the past, stay away from the future and be here; now.

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Episode 43: The Way Your Brain Has Fun with Melisa Celikel

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." Albert Einstein reminds us that everyone has the ability to be creative. It's up to you to unleash that in your own unique way. Melisa opens up about the unexpected ways her creativity appears in life and how she's using that connect hundreds of people.

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Episode 42: Staying Healthy in a Fast-Paced Life, Part 2

Brianna Wikerson gets into the nitty gritty of what might be triggering health challenges in your life and home and how to substitute natural options. She loves helping career-minded create strategies to align their health goals with the demands they face everyday.

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Episode 40: Defining & Communicating Your Value

You bring value to the table. Refuse to let anyone talk you into less than you are worth. Correy is giving all the wisdom on admitting your worth to yourself and how to let the people around you know you mean business.

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Episode 37: How to Use the Enneagram in ALL the Wrong Ways

My guest, Mikala JVR, and I are taking you into the recesses of our minds when it comes to the enneagram, the ways we misuse it and the numbers that most annoy us. Marriage, work, all the relationships put us to the test when personalities are involved.

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Episode 36: Beating Burnout For Good

You don't have to stay in a state of stress and fatigue. Recognize the signs early and get out of the rut that leads to burnout.

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Episode 34: How to Be a Modern Day Nomad with Courtney Cox

From girly-girl to living out of a backpack for over a year in Europe, then traveling the US living in a van, this girl has enough wanderlust for us all. Author, illustrator, and artist Courtney Cox shares her best tips to travel cheap and go minimalist.

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Episode 33: From Dreamer to CEO: Focusing on Your Financial Goals with Brandy Avery

Inspired by her own childhood and early career experience helping women navigate medical financial challenges, Brandy discovered her passion and turned it into her mission.

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Episode 32: How to Make All the Right Decisions

The earlier you know your core values, the earlier you can start making decisions that lead to greater fulfillment in every area of your life.

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Episode 29: Cannabis 101: An Intro to THC & CBD

It's still controversial in some places, but we are tiptoeing into the world of hemp and cannabis. We're talking to the owner of an educational website that teaches people how to use CBD for a variety of uses.

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Episode 27: Creating a Connection with Food & Online Health Contradiction with Tara Coleman

We take our bodies for granted and assume they will work for us without giving them the care and attention they need. There's a better way to figure out nutrition and learn to love food.

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Episode 25: Period Cramps are NOT Normal!

Kirsten is busting myths that women have to suffer at any point during their cycle. After a lifetime of living with common misconceptions, Kirsten has helped move into a place of better health and I'm on a mission to share this with as many women as I can.

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Episode 24: Say Yes to the Hard Things with Laura Hairston

Sometimes taking on the tough decisions leads us to the breakthroughs we need most. Don't stay on the path of least resistance.

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Episode 23: Blazing the Ice Age Trail with Annie Weiss

Twelve hundred miles, 31 counties, countless energy gels. Annie Weiss ran for days following a prehistoric glacier path to set the record for running the Ice Age Trail, beating every other woman AND man who had attempted this feat.

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Episode 18: Healing Trauma Through the Body with Lauren Going

As a Baltimore yogi and therapist, Lauren helps others heal holistically from the inside out and is sharing her best tips. There's never been a better time to get healthy and become the best version of you.

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Episode 15: Secrets to Unlocking Your Creativity & Authenticity

Ever wonder how to go deeper in your understanding of yourself? Lana has all the best advice for you.

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Episode 14: Feeding Models Confidence and Health

Brittney is walking out her childhood dream as she elevates the fashion and modeling scene in Pittsburg. She has studied and trained in some of the top fashion cities of the world, yet felt called back to her childhood stomping grounds with a vision to provide a holistic style of care and coaching for teens and young women entering the world of modeling.

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Episode 12: How to Create a Life Purpose Statement, Part 1

This is an opportunity for you to begin with a clean slate, a fresh perspective. Creating a Life Purpose Statement will challenge you to look at the deep and dark parts of you to see your true reflection, then strengthen and highlight the awesome parts of you that people around you most likely see already. 

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Episode 11: Make Excellence a Habit with Sabrina Little

She can run 100 miles. She can quote Aristotle. Catch the realness and the work behind the magic in this convo with the sweetest philosopher you've ever met.

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My Brand of Crazy

It's like a flavor of the week. Life has so many experiences and I apparently want to try them all. Realizing I have a new obsession every week is hilarious and self-revealing.

Which Came First: The Motivation or the Goal?

Maybe it's different for everyone. This is a topic I haven't explored much in my own life or with other women. The combination of these are a recipe for grit, regardless of success.

Enneagram Discovery: Stress & Health Integration

Trying to figure out your enneagram Type? Use the direction of integration to help solidify your core motivations.

7 Surprising Discoveries of a New Gig Economist

Twelve months I would have laughed in your face if you had told me I would walk away from my job and be living the life of a freelancer and contractor. It's like floating around in space hoping you're still tethered to something stable.

Get Out of Your Rut

Habits and routines can morph into ruts all too quickly and easily. Here are ways to prevent good habits from turning into something you dread.

What Can You Actually Control?

Figuring out what is within your power to control will change your perspective on just about everything..

Resilience Equals Strength + Flexibility

Developing strength in every area of your life is great, but there's more. Adding flexibility creates a balance that will see you through every season.

Kicking Perfection to the Curb

With so many ideals in life, pursuing the important things can still be achieved in a state of zen.

The Inevitable Fork in the Road

Life is a series of choices. Many harder than we thought. How do you know if you're making the right choice?

Changing a Habit is Easier Than You Think

You CAN change your habits. There's no magic pill, but the answer is free and while it might seem simple, it's the mighty link you've been missing.

The Power of Retreat

Two steps forward and one step back isn't the worst thing that can happen. Occasionally you benefit from stepping back and doing nothing.

Sleeping to Improve Your Life

Sleep fuels everything. Without it, you're useless. There's only so much espresso can do for you. Here are my tips to fall asleep faster and set yourself up for quality rest.

3 Lessons I Learned in Communications Class

I am an interrupter, I can barely finish a thought, and I have the emotional capacity of a brick. How in the heck can I communicate anything?

Train for Performance

All the things you're doing right now are preparing you for something greater down the road. Worry less about how you appear and focus on sustainable leadership, character, and growth.

Memory Hacks You Won't Forget

You juggle so many balls every day. Keep them all in the air with these tips to keep your brain extra sharp.

Does Your Facial Expression Match What You Are Saying?

Trained to show nothing on my face, I've spent my adult life learning the balance of showing others how I feel through body language.

Diary of an Introvert

I'm not shy. I want people to understand that about introverts. I love large gatherings, high energy environments, and networking opportunities. I just don't do it the same way you do.

Can You Not? And Other Questions You Should Never Ask

Cringing just writing that title... It might be the worst question ever. And I'm guilty of overusing it.

A Multi-Hyphenated Life

Life is full of opportunity and you are full of possibilities. Run after all your passions and interests; you'll never know which one is the best fit until you try them all on. It's okay to try a bunch of good things in search of a great thing.

Relationship Success Comes from Loving Yourself

Learning to love yourself gives you the edge for success. You can only give away what you have. When you genuinely value and appreciate yourself, you'll create the same effect on others.

Hey, Your Crazy is Showing

We all have our idiosyncrasies. The decision is whether they control you or you control them.

Cambodia or Bust!

This is the year my family moved farther apart than ever before. It's sad. And weird. But our paths take different turns, encouraging us to strengthen our relationships over the miles.

When Your Life Plan Takes a Left Turn

A failed adoption of siblings turned Mikala's heart toward another group who needed rescuing. See how her urban menagerie is constantly growing.

Entrepreneur by Marriage

Boy meets girl. Entrepreneur meets life-long planner. Someone has to change sides, so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Kaizen: Good Change for Your Life

The Japanese word for good change. Could you use a little good change in your life? Follow this method and make Kaizen your mantra.


Book List for Social Distancing 2020

Some are fun, most are challenging, but they are all near to my heart.

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All Things Coffee

Everyone needs some kind of vice in their life. Welcome to mine!

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Agape International Missions

Too many girls never have the chance to dream about a future unless we get involved.

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CBD Product Review

A chat with Hempsley owner Kristen Williams

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San Diego Spots

I'm a simple person and prefer hanging out near the beach, in the most low-key spots I can find. Occasionally I feel outdoorsy and go for a little hike or something adventurous. I love the urban perimeter and all things coffee and running.

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Women's Health Tips & Resources

Grit requires health. Learning to love and care for yourself is the first step to living a successful life. Here are links to many of my favorite products and resources for women.

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Summer Book Reads

Summer is here and it's time to hang by the pool, travel to the beach, or curl up on your patio with a cup of coffee. Try adding some of these to your book list.

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Understanding motivation is important. Use the right tools for yourself and your team.

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New Book! Chaos Clarified: Making a Path Through the Tangle of Life

Get ready to make sense of who you are, where you've been and where you're heading in life.

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What should you focus on today? This week? This month? It can be overwhelming, so this worksheet will help break down a few simple thoughts and steps to move you forward.

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A free download to develop a collaborative culture with other women focused on growth and development.

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My favorite personality test that will open your self awareness and lead you to your best self.

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A review of CBD products and growth practices with the owner of Hempsley Health

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Considering hosting a podcast? Here are my best tips to start off on the right foot.

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Go deeper in your identity. Discover what's waiting beneath the surface and all the potential you hold inside.

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Speaking Highlights

Different seasons of life require different expectations. Give yourself the grace to move fluidly through each one."

Madewell345 Podcast with Brianna WilkersonWellness CoachListen to the Podcast

Mara invited me to join her for a conversation recently about my own journey and why it's so important for women to get unstuck and move forward."

Intuition Queens with Mara MarchesiPodcasterListen to the Episode

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