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Stand in my call, walk out the work, and be me

For me, the heels would be armor.
An armor to impress you and try to minimize shame, judgment, and criticism.

Except it isn’t actually my job to impress you, it’s my job to teach you.

And there isn’t anything in my power, most especially my footwear, to prevent anyone from shaming, judging, or criticizing me, simply not in my scope of influence.

Most of all, it wouldn’t be me, and when I’m not all of who I am, I lose my ability to show up fully and abandon myself, which means I can’t serve well.

So to stand in my call, walk out the work, and be me, I wear my fun flats. Plus, my healing body thanks me for it too.

I am headed to New Jersey for another event after my 2nd NYC event this morning with a fantastic group of CEOs. Grateful, thankful, and walking out courage in my comfortable Rothys.?


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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