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How do you give back?

Yesterday morning, I did my first shift volunteering during baby season at our local bird rehab.

For three hours straight, I fed baby birds by hand. The wrens, then the cowbird, then three groups of hatching and nestling robins, then the goldfinches. Then repeat. And repeat. And repeat, once finished with all of them it was time to start feeding again as the incubator babies need fed every 15 minutes.

I am exhausted, amazed, and so excited.

I don’t have time for this in my schedule.

Protecting this shift every Monday morning will not be easy.

And giving back is important.

I feel more connected to nature, myself, and to others (because my fellow volunteers were amazing) after my shift.

And I can’t wait to go back Monday morning.

Did I have baby bird poop smell stuck in my nose for most of the day? Sure did.

Was it worth it? Absolutely!!!

How do you give back?

I know where you are needed May to October in St. Louis if you are interested in joining me! ?


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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