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It’s been a wild ride and it’s only just beginning.

Seventeen years ago, we had no idea what lay ahead of us.

We’ve turned toward one another through the darkest valleys of loss and pain. We’ve walked alongside one another up the peaks of rebuilding, building, and dream-making.

We are such different people today than we were when we chose one another 17 years ago today. We’re better. Together and separately. Better because of and in spite of those dark valleys. Better because we choose each other, choose to do the work, and grow together.

It’s been a wild ride and it’s only just beginning as we embark on the biggest dream we’ve ever had together (more on that very soon).

Happy anniversary, Chad Froelker. Thank you for witnessing me, challenging me, loving me, steadying me, dreaming with me, building with me, and believing in me.

Here’s to many more years of your dream crushing and my dammit Chads and dinners at 5 pm.?

I love you.


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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