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all for a good cause

Yesterday, we participated in our first Puzzle Palooza to support my favorite nonprofit, Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc.

I am not a puzzle person. Now, my three team members are very much puzzle people. I was even tempted to bring my book. That’s how much I am not a puzzle person.

Except, as it turns out, in-person teamwork plus healthy competition, all for a good cause because I love raising money for Share, made me a bit of a puzzling, competitive, and loud beast. I mean, I was sweating; I was so amped up.

And it reminded me how powerful our in-person time is. Simply virtual will never ever fully replace it.

It reminded me of how powerful healthy competition, not using shame or pitting people against each other, can be. Although, we were definitely the most targeted and sabotaged table (puzzling using tweezers or garden gloves is not easy).

Except it was all for a common mission: to raise as much money as possible for Share. Because when we remember that neither of us is the enemy and that we have our mission in common, we turn towards our teams and work together harder, smarter, and faster to be the best and win.

In our case, we came up short in fourth place, and in a not very courageous way, I am going to blame all the sabotages. ?

The real winner anyways is Share.



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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