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About Us

What is Grace & Grind?

Grace & Grind is a health and wellness brand in Kansas City, Missouri. We believe when you start thinking about self-care as part of who you are instead of as something that you do, that's when the glow-up happens. That's why we've curated a collection of luxury self-care experiences that cater to your overall sense of well-being. Read. Listen. Watch. Shop. Grace & Grind exists to keep your cup full.

Our Commitment to Black Wellness

As a Black-owned business that was birthed during the onset of the pandemic and a fight for social justice that reached an all-time high for our generation, we know firsthand how crucial it is for our content to speak directly to our community. We recognize that our inner well-being must be addressed in a deeper more comprehensive manner than what the mainstream typically offers.

A big part of our purpose is to hold space for Black self-care in a manner in which our culture, traditions, and spirituality are seen and celebrated while also providing content that challenges us to become
truly healthy and whole.

While people of any race, ethnic group, color, or creed can benefit from our articles, podcast, and videos, we make a point to speak to the Black wellness experience first.

Meet Our Team

Our writing team is comprised of some of the most talented minds in the literary world. Each writer brings fresh perspective that allows you to soak up the information offered and empowers you to implement what you've read into your daily life.

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Kharissa Parker-Forte

Co-founder and Chief Wellness Officer

Kansas City Area

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  • Kharissa Forte on Linkedin
  • Kharissa Forte on Twitter
  • Kharissa Forte on Instagram
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Wesley Forte

Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer

Kansas City Area

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  • Wesley Forte on LinkedIn
  • Wesley Forte on Instagram
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Sophia-Joelle Oswald

Editor

Kansas City Area

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  • Sophia-Joelle Oswald on Linkedin
  • Sophia-Joelle Oswald on Instagram
Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones

Editor

Kansas City Area

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  • Sydney Jones on Linkedin
  • Sydney Jones on Instagram
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Kara Johnson

Editor

Kansas City Area

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  • Kara Johnson on Linkedin
  • Kara Johnson on Instagram
 

Our Story

After seven years of marriage, Wesley and Kharissa Forte found themselves on the brink of divorce. Through a few rounds of counseling, they learned that neither one of them had a healthy relationship with self-care and were encouraged to put some practices into place both as individuals and as a couple. During that time, in addition to cultivating personal growth, Wesley lost 100 pounds and Kharissa became a certified health coach.

With a new understanding of the grace and grind it took to create a healthy and happy marriage, they decided to start a podcast to share what they learned and to help people flourish in their own lives and relationships. The first episode aired on January 24, 2020 and Grace & Grind became an official business just a few months later on April 22.

Wesley and Kharissa were married for 11 years.

As they embark on the next phase of their lives, they carry tenderness in their hearts for the lessons learned during their time as husband and wife. They move forward with love, peace, and gratitude for all those who rallied behind their union, uplifted them as individuals, and supported Grace & Grind.