My friends are cooler than yours. 😎

My friends are cooler than yours. 😎

🏆Grace Grinnell, Volunteer of the Year for NAMI CT!🏆

I met my friend, Grace Grinnell, in a writing class about 3 or 4 years ago. Her life story is truly remarkable but I won’t give away any spoilers because I’m hoping she’ll publish her memoirs one day. Besides, this post isn’t about sensationalizing her pain or trauma, it’s about highlighting her conquering spirit.

When you meet her, the first thing you’ll notice about Grace is her kind and gentle nature. But don’t let it fool you because – trust me — she’s one of the bravest women I’ve ever known. Since she would never brag about herself, I’m going to do it for her because she’s a real role model and deserves to be celebrated.

While most of us are using our spare time brushing chip crumbs off our shirts as we yell at the screen over some headline, Grace is giving her screen-yelling-time as an advocate for mental health with NAMI CT. This lady had been doing this for the last 9 years for free on top of taking care of her husband, four kids (one with special needs), and two dogs. Grace literally has about 10 alarms set on her phone at any given time to remind her where to be and when. I don’t know how she does it.

So can we please just all take minute to recognize how incredible it is that she won the VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD for NAMI CT?! Grace has epitomized the phrase “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Did you know approximately 1 in 5 people are affected by a diagnosed mental illness?  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI CT) helps provide support and education to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness. If you haven’t heard of NAMI, check them out HERE. They are a non profit so all the programs they offer are FREE which means they can only survive on donations and grants. They are truly a valuable resource so donate if you can.

Congratulations to Grace Grinnell! She inspires me and makes me want to be a better person. I’m so proud of her.

I really do have the coolest friends. 😊

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