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grace and trust

Tomorrow night my friend and I are hosting a Meet the Author and Book Signing.

I have low expectations for turnout.

And this isn’t because I am being negative.

This is because I’ve learned, mostly the hard way, that it is my too high expectations that too often leave me feeling disappointed and frustrated. Especially the expectations I have never admitted, spoken, set, or asked for out loud. 

It’s also because when you’ve battled for your health and done the hard ass work to reclaim healing for as long as I have, you learn what really matters, what deserves energy and attention, and you’ve allowed your heart, soul, and mind to be softened to be kinder and more gentle. Plus, rewiring your nervous system from trauma is worth the learning and something I will do everything to hold on to and protect.

And finally, it isn’t about me and, as always, grace and trust. I’ve got lots of grace…for myself and for others. I’d love to meet my community, sign a bunch of books, and offer any support I can. I also know people are suffering and overwhelmed, and stuff comes up. Or they just forget. A low turnout isn’t all about me.  Plus, I trust it will be exactly as it is supposed to be and be good, really good.

So grace.

Perhaps, you needed a courage teach on expectations too today.

To stop going to an empty well looking for water. 

It doesn’t mean we stop going to the well.

It means we go to the well for the sunshine and the flowers, without the expectations for water. 

Because then, one day, if there is water, we won’t be so dang resentful that we can’t receive it to our thirsty souls.

So, if you’re in the St. Louis area and want to stop by tomorrow night and support a couple of authors, we would love to see you. 

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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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