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Meet Sarah Andersen of GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Andersen.

Sarah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2008, I began working with teen girls and young women as a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach. I ran my own private coaching practice, “The Real Girl Lifestyle,” working with girls one-on-one, facilitating workshops, and speaking nationally about girl empowerment.

After moving from New Jersey to San Diego in 2015, I was hired by GRACEDBYGRIT for a position in business development and sales. I traveled the country spreading the company’s message and setting up fit shops with women who believed in our brand.

The community of women that purchased and supported GRACEDBYGRIT instantly connected with my passion for inspiring young girls. I continued to share my personal and professional journey and found that the women who attended the events asked over and over how they could provide tools for their daughters to become gritty, resilient women.

We launched the GRITTYGIRLS program in January 2016. The program thrived because of the incredible community of customers and influencers who also saw the need to empower girls and young women to develop their grit, particularly in our ever-changing world of technology and to find their voices and support one another.

Inspired by the desire to reach more girls, the Gritty Girls program officially became the GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation in 2018. As the Executive Director of the foundation, it is my mission to empower and educate all girls to develop their grit.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
First of all, starting my own business back in 2008 was not only scary, but it also came with no guarantee that I would have clients or be able to make a living. I realized that my biggest hurdle was getting over my own fear of failure. Even though I knew I was qualified and passionate about my mission, I was afraid of rejection. This led me to procrastinate and downplay my abilities and successes.

Another struggle I experienced was figuring out the best way to market myself to both parents and teenagers. It was a lot of trial and error, but the mistakes I made ultimately taught me how to be a more resilient entrepreneur, giving me the courage to pursue starting the GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation – what should we know?
The GRACEDBYGRIT foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates and empowers girls and young women to discover and develop their GRIT. As the Executive Director, my goal is to provide girls with the opportunity to reflect on past challenges and to teach them the necessary tools to process their “gritty moments” in an empowering way. Through workshops and live events, I want girls to know that life’s ups and downs are necessary to foster growth, develop inner grit and deepen self-awareness.

One of the things I am most proud of is that I provide a space for girls to explore their struggles and to be supported in a safe environment. I love that I open up the conversation and talk about important topics that many women struggle with that are sadly often overlooked.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe that most of my success has come from my commitment to be my authentic self, hence the name for my coaching business “The REAL Girl Lifestyle.” I take pride in my vulnerability to show my true, imperfect self.

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