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Believe the best

We tell ourselves that being upfront, having the tough conversation, being real, asking for what we want and need, giving the feedback, or holding them accountable is just too awkward, hard, and uncomfortable.

So we don’t.

And then we wonder how come our frustrations and resentments worsen and our relationship becomes even tougher.

The unspoken is never benign.

The unspoken will fester, eat us from the inside out, and will do more damage than just having the tough conversation.

Take a breath.

Getting your thinking brain online.

Own your part.

Use curious language.

Believe the best.

Be clear.


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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