Grace for the Try-Hard Girl: An interview with Jill McCormick [EP:118]

 In today’s show I am interviewing my friend Jill McCormick as we talk about grace for the try-hard girl, especially when we sense we are in a season of change.


Anyone feel like a try-hard girl? You know, the one who loves Jesus and her people so she tries hard to get it all done, to not disappoint, to do everything well, to always be there, to help fix the problems and right the wrongs? That try-hard girl lives in me and I don’t know about you but the idea of living in the freedom of God’s grace is something I desperately need. And I believe you will find so many things you can personally relate to and take away from my conversation with Jill that will fill your soul with grace.


Some Things We Covered

  • Who is the try-hard girl?
  • Understanding how we can extend grace to ourselves.
  • Accepting we are human beings, not productivity machines.
  • Why it is so hard to admit that something needs to change?
  • Ideas about how to create space to be with Jesus in the midst of the chaos.
  • How false beliefs and a distortion of the truth of who God is and what He says has reinforced the "try-harder" within us.
  • The biggest shift to be aware of as we become a little less of the try-hard girl.



  • Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund
  • The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan

Steffany Gretzinger’s song, “Come out of Hiding” and Pete Scazzero's books, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality & Emotionally Healthy Leader.


About Jill McCormick

Jill McCormick is the host of the Grace In Real Life podcast and the writer behind, spaces where she shares common-sense grace with the try-hard girl who wants her faith to intersect with her real and full life. 

Jill lives in South Texas with her high-school-sweetheart-now-husband Ryan, their two daughters, and one Vizsla puppy. Most days you’ll find her with a book about the Enneagram in her hand or a podcast playing in her earbuds. 

She’s been featured in RELEVANT magazine, Joyful Life magazine,, and the Christian Woman Leadership Podcast. She’s also a co-author of the book, Sister, Walk in Truth. 

In her free time, she edits words for others through Emerald Editing + Copywriting, and is the Communications Director for her church.

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