Woman in red tank top in pine forest, peaking out from behind a tree

if I was a word, i’d be…


It’s a classic, old word which embodies my inner spirit: resourceful, spunky, bold, courageous, witty, savvy, having good sense and taking initiative.

The word especially stuck with me after it was used in The Holiday movie. In that flick, an elderly screenwriter character named Arthur uses it to describe old Hollywood-era leading ladies.

He encourages Kate Winslet’s character Iris to watch a bunch of old movies to find her own gumption, which she does as the audience cheers her on.

For me, present-day actresses like Winslet, Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman have gumption — a trait I wish there was more of in society today.

I’ve always had gumption and make no apologies for it.

– Janis, mother, wife, cheerful, frugal, crafty, crocheter, loyal, Christian, stubborn, country girl, Dutch, Neil Diamond and Coldplay fan