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When people meet me in person for the first time, they say one of three things:

You are a lot smaller/shorter than I thought.
Is Chad with you? I want to meet him.
You are exactly like you write and appear on social and on stage.

It’s really important to me.
Really, really important to me.

So having headshots that didn’t match my natural color, texture, new bangs hair, and years of healing work has been bugging me.

My incredible photographer, whom I unusually work with, has been out for a bit, so I was so grateful when my fantastic realtor and friend Jen Bell offered pics in the park to her clients. It was so windy that day, so my expectations were low, considering these every day imperfect curls.

They turned out so good. I am so grateful.

Thank you, Gertrude, at Inspired Photography; you captured us amazingly!


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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