New Beginnings

New Beginnings

My therapist can attest to how much I like to focus on goals. We’ve discussed goals for my anxiety, exercise, and more. But she noticed something I needed to work on “drastically” in 2022 — something that was brand new to me, just in time for the new year. After getting everything off my chest in our last session, she asked one question that left my mind blank: “Makaela, when was the last time you put your happiness before others’?” 

Unlock Your Superpower: 5 Ways to Adopt a Growth Mindset

Unlocking a growth mindset is a lot like unlocking a superpower you never knew you had. Suddenly, your weakness becomes your strength, a problem which could have stumped you before just makes you smarter, & your potential expands like the horizon. Here’s what Jacqueline learned.


Learn how to develop a growth mindset here.

When it Comes to New Years Resolutions, Grounded > Perfection

“As this new year begins, I’m tired of trying to grow as a person. Instead, I just want to be myself and feel some peace,” writes Marye Colleen Larme.


Take this different approach for setting goals for the new year.
Listen to this Spotify playlist featuring songs about new beginnings, and it will hopefully inspire you.

#GrottoMusic | A Playlist to Inspire Your New Beginning

Setting out in a new direction takes boldness, commitment, and courage. Old patterns and habits die hard — it’s not easy to break out of those ruts. Here’s a playlist to help you as you make a new beginning in 2022.



“Just. // What a horrible, candle-snuffing word. // That’s like saying, He can’t climb that mountain // He’s just a man…”


Read "Just.", a poem about living boldly.

Keeping Dreamers Dreaming

Juan Constantino was born in Mexico — his family came to America when he was 5 years old. As a DACA Dreamer, he wanted to serve the immigrant community and took a job at La Casa de Amistad in Indiana. “Even when there’s a fix, will be other folks who don’t have the opportunities that I had,” he shares. “I’ll make sure to advocate and fight for them to also have equal access, to just be able to live in this country.”


Is Your Friend in Recovery? Here’s What They Need From You

Battling an addiction of any kind takes dedication, hard work, and acts of heroism on a daily basis. If you have a friend or family member who is in recovery, licensed therapist Julia Hogan shares 5 important strategies as you walk with someone toward freedom.


Know how to support someone in recovery by following these ways from a certified therapist.
Find out what habits you can have as a newlywed for a successful marriage.

5 Habits for Newlyweds to Build a Strong Marriage

The first year of marriage is heaven — but it’s also really stressful! Today on Grotto, Dan and Bethany Meola share the wisdom they’ve gained in 10 years of marriage that they wish they’d known as newlyweds. Here are 5 habits they found essential to a strong marriage.


Gym Anxiety is Real — Don’t Let it Interrupt Your Fitness Goals

Have you ever felt like you don’t know what you’re doing at a gym? If you are feeling uncertain about how to use equipment or are afraid you are being judged by regulars, it can be really tempting to just give up and go home. Don’t let gym anxiety interrupt your fitness journey.


Learn about how to prevent gym anxiety from standing in the way of your fitness goals.

Helping His Hometown Get Healthy And Swole

Shawntes Gary is a personal trainer and gym owner who is making his community healthy and strong — just watch the joy he gets from that mission.


3 Keys to Keep Running in Winter

Winter running isn’t for everyone. But the solitude and quiet as you hear the crisp crunch of each footfall is part of the magic. Here’s a guide to get you out and running no matter the weather this winter.


Despise running in cold weather? These three key components can help bear the shivers.
Intrigued to try cross country skiing? Here's a beginner's guide for you.

Get Started Cross-Country Skiing with these Pro-Tips

The pandemic forced us all to embrace winter, so there’s a resurging interest in Nordic skiing. And with due cause — the sport has something for everyone.


3 Lessons from the Healthiest and Happiest People on the Planet

What do wine-drinking shepherds from Sardinia have in common with close-knit groups of friends in Okinawa? They are both from areas of the world that have some of the oldest, healthiest people on the planet.


Read about people in the "Blue Zones" and how they have found the key to happiness.
Read how this author transformed her health based on the book How Not to Die.

Interested in Not Dying? Here’s a Guidebook

Hanna explains why How Not to Die is essential reading for anyone wanting to live a long and healthy life. Read her whole review in the link in our bio.


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