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in the space of love

We aren’t made to escape.

We can’t run.

I promise, there is no amount of pushing down, plowing through, numbing out, or denying life, our emotions, our past hurts, and traumas. that will make them go away.

The greatest gift we can give ourselves, and therefore the people we lead and the people we love (and are raising), is to learn to sit with ourselves, to be, to rest, and refill.

To meet life, the emotions, hurts, trauma, and ourselves with love.

To befriend it all.

It is there, in the space of love, that we can receive the full human experience of the dark and the light…the truth of who we are – our utter, total, and complete enoughness.


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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