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Stop going to an empty well looking for water.

I believe we are creatures of habit and that routine when done from a place of care, love, and filling up (not punishment or fear), can help us be the happiest, healthiest, and most connected version of ourselves.

I have a significant morning routine (movement, therapies, breathwork, a quiet walk, reading, and writing).

I do rituals before I teach (worship music, prayer, setting up and speaking over the space).

I do spiritual hygiene after I teach (can’t have your stuff getting stuck to me).

I have a significant nighttime routine before sleep.

These constants are not have to dos, rather they are must dos, because I can’t give what I don’t have.

These constants also help me throughout the day when so much is not in my control, like losing power in a training or having to shelter for a tornado warning the morning of day two of a training or technology problems at an event space or my body struggling a lot that day with pain.

Most of all, these constants take care of me, so I can take care of you.

Stop going to an empty well looking for water.

Especially your own.

PS – no need to start huge with routine. Begin with a nighttime routine so you start sleeping better. Then, add the morning routine. And just start with one thing at a time. And when you miss a day, meet yourself with grace and accountability to begin again. ?


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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