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Avoidance or Progress?

I’ve been told to start a blog but have always found myself completely intimidated by it.  But what’s the worst that could happen?  No one ever reads it?  Or worse yet they read it and hate it?  I think I’ll make the jump, because it’s been advised and because this is how I’m choosing to live my life, being brave enough to show up. However, I must be honest….  Am I starting the blog because I’m feeling stuck in the book writing process and overwhelmed or am I starting the blog because I know it’s one of the ways to get my story out there and make it more credible?  Not sure the intention behind starting it tonight matters much.

I am working on my first book, but historically I wouldn’t call myself a writer…

I have one hell of a story to tell and I’m a great storyteller but, admittedly, I’m still figuring out how to channel that into writing.  So I’m going to start here, not from the beginning but from now.  I will write about the themes I am seeing in my private practice each week, because they also inevitably influence my own personal life and recovery.  I will write about what I’m experiencing in the book writing process.  I will write about my journey of figuring out how to be okay, despite my past heartaches and losses and the continued reminder that no I’m not a mother (at least to human children) but I do still matter.  I will write about the shame and secrecy IVF  strangles people with.

Ultimately, I will write about my triumph over just proving that I’m okay into the full embrace of owning it.


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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