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I am reminded how worthwhile and holy this work is.

In every room I have the honor of walking into to teach the Dare to Lead™ work, I am very aware of all that is present in the room.

I see it in their bodies and eyes, I hear it in the remarks, and I feel it through them and in my body and heart.

The doubts and frustrations of this work, of current difficulties in our work cultures and this world, and even of me.

Every single emotion possible – all the fear, apathy, anger, resentment, hope, sometimes the hope against all hope, excitement, and anxiety.

Everyone’s very messy, complicated stories full of big T Traumas and little t traumas and all the things they have going on in their daily lives.

All this on top of managing time, content, engagement, everything else that comes up in the room, and my own emotions, especially my own body and pain.

It is extremely difficult work.

And every time, most especially after a full training, I am reminded how worthwhile and holy this work is.

To see someone finally give themselves permission to heal.
To watch as someone’s body relaxes into self-compassion and love.
To hear how they speak about themselves with more love.
To witness a team cheering one another, even in the most difficult of conversations.
To, most of all, feel and see the power of people who have chosen to lean in and do this work with me to come back to themselves and one another…to finally live as loved as they are.


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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