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No Take Backs 

I cannot take back a year in a body cast at an age no teen should feel so trapped and alone.

I cannot take back time lost to the darkest of my depression.

I cannot take back sanity lost to hormones of a failed infertility journey.

I cannot take back three losses that stole a lifetime of dreams.

None of it punishment or what I deserved.

Hell, many days I do not believe it all happened for a reason.

Simply my life, my past, my story.

Fighting to take back from it pieces of myself.

Weaving those pieces into the fabric of what I must carry with me always.

Allowing the no take backs to no longer define all of who I am.

Choosing how I am changed.

Rising ever upward.

Shining bright the no take backs of who I have become.



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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