|  Blog Post   |  It sucks and it’s okay.

It sucks and it’s okay.

Because sometimes, maybe nearly always, the best-laid plans still won’t be quite enough.

Whether it’s an incredible pitch that isn’t received well. Or an amazing post we’ve written only to be failed by the algorithm for whatever reason. Or a brand new website that was supposed to launch eight hours ago and still isn’t up (which means no website for the time being).

Sometimes we do everything we can, all that’s in our control, and it still doesn’t go our way.

And how we respond is how we can stay in our values, not live in stress, and walk in full surrendered trust to the timing and ways of something much bigger than us.

And so, my new website didn’t launch today.

It sucks and it’s okay.

I’m exhausted and stressed and so excited.

I’ve spoken my freakout stories to my people and I’ve reality checked them to write my truth.

Because courage is refusing to live from the stories we make up and reacting from our emotions, courage is choosing to respond to our lives and know it will be okay.

I can show you my new logo though!!?


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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