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A bit of a brain dump

I always pause for the attendees of my events to write down permission slips. What permission do they need to give themselves to receive what they need to receive from our time together?

I also encourage some of them to do a quick brain dump. Write out all the worries, to-dos, the emails that aren’t getting done while you are in training with me. Get it out and set it aside. It will be there when we are finished.

Every event some of the same things come up over and over and over. Here is a brain dump of them. What do you think? What questions do you have? I will flesh out these thoughts, questions, themes, and feelings in upcoming newsletters. So stick around… <3

What if I am trying to be vulnerable but they aren’t being vulnerable back?

What if my leader/my partner/my family member isn’t being kind, generous, or choosing courage, then what?

How do I know if I am being courageous?

How come we were never taught these skills growing up or in any other leadership/professional development?

What if trust has been so broken that trying again would just be stupid?

Do we start with some trust or do we have to earn one another’s trust?

What happens when our values rub up against one another?

Are people really capable of being empathic?

Will it ever get easier setting clear expectations or boundaries and asking for what we want and need?

And if you’ve ever been in an event with me, you know my next question…

What else?



Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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