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The connection required to heal.

The extremely brief passing of shock…whoa, she went there.

Followed by the deep breath of relief in feeling seen.

And then a palpable sense of connection.

The connection required to heal.

I no longer pretend.

I no longer play along.

I will not act like nothing is going on.

I speak the unspoken and name what needs to be named.

Because if we don’t, it owns us and eats us from the inside out, damaging our trust and destroying our relationships.

The unspoken is never benign.


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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