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the ripple effect of grace-filled curiosity and courage

Three and a half years ago, I left my thriving therapy private practice to cut my income in half and pursue speaking and facilitating courage workshops. Two years ago, I brought on a small team that has helped me to stop doing the things I don’t like and am pretty bad at to live into my gifts because they live into theirs. These last two years have brought so much difficulty and darkness, both because of the obvious and because of my own health journey. These last two years have also brought amazing provision, reach beyond what I ever imagined, opportunities with companies I still can’t believe, and relationships turned friendships with incredible people that I am so honored to work with over and over.

It’s been years of great risk, tons of belief, lots of work, and much trust to be doing the work I love and that I only dreamed was possible.

This morning I had the honor of being the opening keynote for SHRM of Greater Kansas City. In August, I was the closing keynote for SHRM Nebraska. There once were days I never thought I’d get to open or close these kinds of events, let alone have the reach I’ve been able to.

And the thing, it isn’t about the numbers, any of them really, whether in dollars, followers, likes, or shares. It’s in the reach of impact, the ripple effect of grace-filled curiosity and courage. I learned a long time ago to come for the one. To show up, teach, and model the work and love well for the one person who will receive it. That one is enough because the reach and impact of that one are far beyond what the world will ever value, the numbers will reflect, or what I will ever get to see. That one who hopefully takes even the tiniest nugget of courage from me and lives it out for themselves and, therefore, the people they love and lead has the possibility of changing the world.

And that’s reach worth the risk.

Honored and thankful doesn’t even begin…


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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