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Quote from Justine Froelker - Keynote Mental Health Speaker

This is the courageous life

I don’t want us to be fearless or shameless.
Nor do I even think that is possible.

I want us to feel our feelings.
To welcome them in as the temporary visitors they are meant to be.
To name them correctly.
To speak them out loud to someone who loves us well.
To befriend them.
To sit at the table with them and commune.
To remind our feelings that, yes, they are valid, and sometimes they also lie to us, most especially when they are coming from past harm, hurt, and trauma.
To meet them with love and grace and truth.
To move our bodies so they can move through us.

To deny them is to be owned by them.
To judge them is to abandon ourselves.
To be overwhelmed by them is to allow them to write our whole story.

Giving ourselves permission to walk with fear and let the shame fall to the ground allows us to walk into, stand in, and live from our brave and our worth.

This is the courageous life.


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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