The Journey of Grit & Virtue

 

Dear Lord, I thank you for life, for today and for loving me. Thank you for your grace and your mercy towards me. Thank you that you’ve chosen me. My life is not my own, it belongs to you. Oh, Lord I ask that your will be done with my life, show me, lead me and guide me toward the paths that are ahead. I want to be used by you, my heart’s desire is to put a smile on your face every day I am alive.

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his has been the theme of my prayers for over ten years. During college, I struggled with trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. My purpose. When I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey as a business and life coach I knew I was on to something. As a coach, I positioned myself to help other people reach their dreams, overcome fears, and dig into their strengths. It was and still is a very rewarding role to play. Even though I was enjoying that season, the struggle was real. I worked alone. I had to figure everything out from marketing to legal. It was overwhelming. Going into business for yourself is going to test every ounce of what you’re made of.

It wasn’t until a few years into my business that I realized that I needed certain things to keep me moving forward. I needed help. I needed peers, like minded people that I could relate to. People that understood the struggle. I needed community. I needed encouragement. I needed a safe place to be open about my faith and my journey. A place that spoke my same language. I needed honest feedback, delivered with a dose of grace. I needed quality of information, people and resources. This realization is what led me to the crazy idea of building something to fill this gap. It was the beginning of Grit & Virtue.

So, what happens after you say yes to the mission, to the idea or vision that has been placed on your heart?

Usually, what happens is that you experience an overdose of excitement, happy dances, and confetti, quickly followed by a gray cloud of doubt. You begin to question if it’s actually possible. If there’s really a need or if it’s just a small idea that has no potential. However, to move forward you have to start before you’re ready, and that’s what I did. I began to pray for clarity and discernment. I didn’t want to move forward with anything unless I received confirmation that this was all in God’s will. So last year, I booked a retreat to the Santa Cruz mountains for some quiet time and reflection.The goal was to quiet my mind and hear from God. It was an amazing time, but I only received a glimpse of clarity. It took the next few months to ideate and pray, and then the pieces began to fall into place.

Soon thereafter, I got my husband involved. For anyone that knows my husband, they know that he has a contagious drive to get things done. He immediately caught the vision, and hasn’t stopped working with me to make it happen. I remember one Saturday we carved out time for a strategy session that turned into a branding, marketing, and dreaming session. That weekend things became tangible, and when you begin to actually see what was a concept in your heart come together in real life it gives you unstoppable momentum. After that session we knew that we weren’t going to stop until we launched something we were proud of and something that addressed the frustrations, needs and desires of our community.
Being in business as a solopreneur for years, I knew that going into this venture I didn’t want to do it alone. I didn’t want it to be built around me. I wanted to build something bigger than myself. And to do that I needed a team. I needed wise counsel from people that have been there and done that. I needed people that believed in the vision. So I began to pray for a team. It took months before I mustered up the courage to reach out and share my vision. Once I took that step of faith, everything fell into place. In a matter of no time my team caught that vision and began to embark on our journey with us.

What I’ve learned from building a team is that to attract A players, mentors, and partners, you have to have a vision worth pursuing. Something that will outweigh the long nights ahead. The fear of the unknown. Your vision has to be real. It has to come from a place of humility and it has to solve a real problem. Once we had everyone in place, we began to take off.

So, what does it take when you’ve said yes to the mission? I’ve learned that it takes vision, because the road is long. You have to look ahead of the now and plan for what’s to come. It takes confidence, because you have to believe in yourself in order to get up every morning and tackle what’s ahead. It takes sacrifice, because there will be long nights ahead of you and weekends that you’ll have to give up to work on your mission. It takes courage, because you’ll have to make tough decisions daily. It takes humility, because you’re going to get things wrong and you have to ask for forgiveness. It takes prayer, because life happens and we need God to meet us in it. In our journey so far we’ve experienced many battles. We’ve lost loved ones. We’ve been faced with the grieving process of a miscarriage. And through it all, we’ve leaned on Jesus. It takes Grit, because the journey isn’t easy. There will be times that your flesh tells you to give up, but you have to persevere. We’ve been faced with business decisions that may seem like the end before even getting to the beginning. It takes Virtue, because building something with purpose means ensuring that it’s honorable, based on integrity, and that it’s coming from a place of authenticity.

So there you have it. We are ordinary people aiming to do something extraordinary for women on a mission. We are just getting started, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Grit & Virtue. Thank you for being a part of our journey!

On our hustle,
Charlena

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  • So proud of you Charlena and you drive and perseverance. Can’t wait to see all that God has is store for you! Big Hug

  • Dr. Estrelita Bruce

    Thank you for sharing your story and your vision! This is encouraging and I can relate to every ounce of it! God bless all that you do and will continue to do! I will continue to support you! Many blessings and love. Dr. Estrelita Bruce (Zoea Life, Inc.)

    • Thank You Dr. Estrelita! We all experience many of the same struggles and it helps to know that we are not alone. Thank you for your support. Community is so important. xo

  • Laura

    I love this post! I’m excited to see all that this community becomes. Thanks for sharing Charlena!

    • Thank You Laura! Together let’s make this one of the best communities out there!

  • Kim

    So excited to see what God is going do with you & this new venture! I’ve been waiting for this day!! 🙂

    • I’m so happy Kim! I’m just elated with all the support from our community. Can’t wait to learn more about you and all the ladies in our community. xo

  • Ciara

    Yay! I’m so excited for this launch and to learn. I am so happy that your vision is launched and I pray that it will continue to bless many! ^_^

    • Thank You Ciara for your kind words! Make sure you dive into all the content and participate in all the discussions! 🙂

  • This was a wonderful post Charlena! Thanks for being so transparent with your journey! I’m in the place of knowing that I need a team to work with. I needed that reminder to pray first and ask God to handpick the members of the team. I don’t have to worry just trust.

    • Hi Dija,
      Yes, I believe we all will get to the point where we need hands on help with our mission yet bringing someone to help can feel daunting. Prayer is vital. Also as you pray—understand those key ares you need to delegate in-order for you to be the most productive, observe your circles of connections both online and in-person. Lastly, I would say have a clear yet passionate vision of where you are going and begin sharing it with everyone you meet.

  • This was a wonderful post Charlena! Thanks for being so transparent with your journey! I’m in the place of knowing that I need a team to work with. I needed that reminder to pray first and ask God to handpick the members of the team. I don’t have to worry just trust.

    • Hi Dija,
      Yes, I believe we all will get to the point where we need hands on help with our mission yet bringing someone to help can feel daunting. Prayer is vital. Also as you pray—understand those key ares you need to delegate in-order for you to be the most productive, observe your circles of connections both online and in-person. Lastly, I would say have a clear yet passionate vision of where you are going and begin sharing it with everyone you meet.

  • Thank you for saying yes to the vision that God gave you. Being in business for yourself can give so many days full of questions and longings to share with others. And more importantly other women who are in the same Christian walk as you. In life in general it is so easy to be swayed one way or another so to have a community of fellow women with the same heart as you is a dream come true. And I know it is the same for so so many. Right now I feel like Dija in the waiting game and to have women to juggle my insecurities and long term goals with is something that I am so thankful for. Thank you for joining women from so many walks of life together and allowing us all to be on the same mission!

    • Thank You Leona for your encouraging words. It’s so important for us to connect on a real level because we all have similar struggles and the more open we are about what they are the more we will feel connected to one another. Back in 2009, Anne Beiler founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzel spoke at a women’s conference in PA, and she share her testimony, one of struggle and triumphs. However it was through her struggle that the audience connected with her the most. One thing that she mentioned has always stood with me,”we connect with each other through our struggles”. I believe it’s so true. It’s awesome to see and hear about each others success however without understanding what folks had to go through to get there can be a roadblock for connection.

      I’m excited to see our community come together, one where we can all feel connected, and not judged for our struggles rather supported and not alone on the journey. Let’s Danced Together! 😉

  • Thank you for saying yes to the vision that God gave you. Being in business for yourself can give so many days full of questions and longings to share with others. And more importantly other women who are in the same Christian walk as you. In life in general it is so easy to be swayed one way or another so to have a community of fellow women with the same heart as you is a dream come true. And I know it is the same for so so many. Right now I feel like Dija in the waiting game and to have women to juggle my insecurities and long term goals with is something that I am so thankful for. Thank you for joining women from so many walks of life together and allowing us all to be on the same mission!

    • Thank You Leona for your encouraging words. It’s so important for us to connect on a real level because we all have similar struggles and the more open we are about what they are the more we will feel connected to one another. Back in 2009, Anne Beiler founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzel spoke at a women’s conference in PA, and she share her testimony, one of struggle and triumphs. However it was through her struggle that the audience connected with her the most. One thing that she mentioned has always stood with me,”we connect with each other through our struggles”. I believe it’s so true. It’s awesome to see and hear about each others success however without understanding what folks had to go through to get there can be a roadblock for connection.

      I’m excited to see our community come together, one where we can all feel connected, and not judged for our struggles rather supported and not alone on the journey. Let’s Danced Together! 😉

  • Charlena, thank you for moving when God said move! Your obedience and passion for women is truly encouraging. I was featured on your Instagram a few months back and it was so wonderful to connect with other women. As ministry leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, etc we give of ourselves daily. It is refreshing to have a place that pours back into us!

    Whole Magazine loves, supports and prays for you & your Grit & Virtue Family!
    -Carmen Miller, Founder

    • Thank you Carmen! It’s so encouraging to feel your support and we appreciate all your prayers. I’m glad that we can be supporters, encouragers, prayer warriors and cheerleaders for one another. Keep doing what you are doing and keep pressing forward!
      xo

  • Charlena, thank you for moving when God said move! Your obedience and passion for women is truly encouraging. I was featured on your Instagram a few months back and it was so wonderful to connect with other women. As ministry leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, etc we give of ourselves daily. It is refreshing to have a place that pours back into us!

    Whole Magazine loves, supports and prays for you & your Grit & Virtue Family!
    -Carmen Miller, Founder

    • Thank you Carmen! It’s so encouraging to feel your support and we appreciate all your prayers. I’m glad that we can be supporters, encouragers, prayer warriors and cheerleaders for one another. Keep doing what you are doing and keep pressing forward!
      xo

  • Charlena, thank you for moving when God said move! Your obedience and passion for women is truly encouraging. I was featured on your Instagram a few months back and it was so wonderful to connect with other women. As ministry leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, etc we give of ourselves daily. It is refreshing to have a place that pours back into us!

    Whole Magazine loves, supports and prays for you & your Grit & Virtue Family!
    -Carmen Miller, Founder

    • Thank you Carmen! It’s so encouraging to feel your support and we appreciate all your prayers. I’m glad that we can be supporters, encouragers, prayer warriors and cheerleaders for one another. Keep doing what you are doing and keep pressing forward!
      xo

  • TheBalancedLife

    Wow, I love what you are doing! Can’t wait to read through the whole site! I’d love to collaborate sometime. 🙂 Robin (http://www.thebalancedlifeonline.com)

    • Hi Robin,
      Thank you. And I also love your mission. Will be in touch. 🙂

  • TheBalancedLife

    Wow, I love what you are doing! Can’t wait to read through the whole site! I’d love to collaborate sometime. 🙂 Robin (http://www.thebalancedlifeonline.com)

    • Hi Robin,
      Thank you. And I also love your mission. Will be in touch. 🙂

  • TheBalancedLife

    Wow, I love what you are doing! Can’t wait to read through the whole site! I’d love to collaborate sometime. 🙂 Robin (http://www.thebalancedlifeonline.com)

    • Hi Robin,
      Thank you. And I also love your mission. Will be in touch. 🙂

  • I am incredibly grateful that you decided to go for it. I finally made time to sit down this morning with my cup of coffee…the kids aren’t up yet…and I’m soaking in every word of these blog posts. They are such an encouragement, Charlena! I’m so excited to get to know this community better!

    • Hi Jenn, Thank you for reading and I hope it continues to encourage you to press forward in what God is calling you to do. xo

  • I am incredibly grateful that you decided to go for it. I finally made time to sit down this morning with my cup of coffee…the kids aren’t up yet…and I’m soaking in every word of these blog posts. They are such an encouragement, Charlena! I’m so excited to get to know this community better!

    • Hi Jenn, Thank you for reading and I hope it continues to encourage you to press forward in what God is calling you to do. xo

  • I am incredibly grateful that you decided to go for it. I finally made time to sit down this morning with my cup of coffee…the kids aren’t up yet…and I’m soaking in every word of these blog posts. They are such an encouragement, Charlena! I’m so excited to get to know this community better!

    • Hi Jenn, Thank you for reading and I hope it continues to encourage you to press forward in what God is calling you to do. xo

  • Kaitlyn Stephens

    I know now why I’ve always loved everything you lay your hands on. We’re practically the same people! As an Empowerment Coach for Women, I strive to point them to Jesus in all aspects. Sometimes, working alone really gets to me – as you touched on in this post. Knowing that this was created for those of us who desire that community I want you to know that I am encouraged, inspired and motivated by your words,and mission, today, Charlena! http://www.kaitlynstephens.com if you are ever seeking partnerships or collaborations. It would be one of the highest of honors.

  • gritandvirtue

    Hi Kaitlyn,
    Thank you so much for sharing. Know that we’re working diligently on creating a space for transformational growth through community. The best is yet to come! Also, keep pressing forward in your giftedness and passion the world need what you have. 😉

  • gritandvirtue

    Hi Kaitlyn,
    Thank you so much for sharing. Know that we’re working diligently on creating a space for transformational growth through community. The best is yet to come! Also, keep pressing forward in your giftedness and passion the world need what you have. 😉

  • gritandvirtue

    Hi Kaitlyn,
    Thank you so much for sharing. Know that we’re working diligently on creating a space for transformational growth through community. The best is yet to come! Also, keep pressing forward in your giftedness and passion the world need what you have. 😉