Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.

John Ortberg

Grit is defined by Angela Duckworth as the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals.  As such, I don’t have a lot of grit.

On a grit scale of 1 (no grit) to 10 (the grittiest), I operate most days between 1 and 5.

My daughter absolutely loves her Grit class at the gym.  The website description includes these phrases – “will push you to your max, and beyond… you won’t believe how hard you can work out… Bursts of 110% effort…Then it’s straight into high gear… “.

This sounds like a nightmare to me!

Another definition of grit is to show tenseness, anger or determination as in grit one’s teeth.

Now this I can relate to and in fact, do often.


But recently I publicly declared in our Crooked Line Studio newsletter a very big long-term-to-me goal for the month of May: I will post every day in May about one creative activity I found in a book I own (yes – I own that many art-related books).  I will reference the book and show photos of what I was inspired to create.  That’s 31 activities from 31 different books. 

That, my friends, is going to require me to find a lot of grit somewhere fast and use it every day!

Are you working on any long-term goals?

Thanks for stopping by,


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