Hi there! I’m Grace. I love HIGH fitness, fancy chocolate, caffeine, and country music (even the twangy stuff!). I grew up in San Diego as the middle of 5 kids, three sisters and one brother. I went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for my undergraduate in Family Studies and took an eighteen month break to go on a mission in Illinois. My husband Zach and I had mutual friends through high school but began dating shortly before I left for Illinois and kept in touch as he was in college and dating other girls. But lo and behold, he was still available when I got home in April 2016! He proposed the end of October of that same year and we got married in December. Zach graduated the next May and then we moved to Logan, UT for him to complete his Masters in Aerospace Engineering. We had our daughter Jackie in May of 2018 and can’t wait for Zach to graduate at the end of 2019!
THANK YOU for your interest in my podcast! While I am not a couples therapist, I feel like my whole life has led me to being passionate and curious about family and marriage relationships. My dad is a couples therapist, and growing up telling him about me and my friends’ boy problems he taught me a lot! There are also a lot of different personalities in my family so learning to get along in a family atmosphere did NOT happen by accident. When I went away to college and began dating I was able to get to know a lot of different types of guys and imagine my future with them. Then on my church mission in Illinois, many families were gracious enough to bring me into their homes and I was fascinated by watching and learning from various family dynamics.
My family is a huge part of why I am the way that I am, and as Zach and I have gone through good and hard times it has heavily influenced my day to day life. For a long time I had a quote by Emily Blunt hanging in our kitchen that said, “When I feel the support that I have from him, I feel invincible. There’s someone behind you on your good days, and someone in front of you on your bad days.” Having a strong marriage makes a HUGE difference in how we’re able to both enjoy life and weather its storms, so its worth doing the work early to build a solid foundation!