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 Petite Post: More Than Choosing It

Looking at me with the spark in her eyes that I have missed so much, she leans forward and says,

I think I have finally realized that I have to surrender and obey.

She’s right.


Every day we choose our recovery. We make the choices that are aligned with who we want to be.

Or we don’t.

Some days I muster up everything I have and white knuckle my way through these choices because I have to, my happiness (aka sanity) depend on it.

Other days I truly enjoy making these choices and don’t have to put much thought into them.

Years into this journey, along with these words from my client, I have come to realize that the choice to practice recovery, to live a life that is happy, healthy and engaged, is more about surrender and obeying.

I must surrender to the fact that only so much is in my control. And, most of all, I must obey what is required to live the life I want.



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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