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This year feels different.

This year feels different.

Yesterday I had the honor of spending all day working with the team at Affton School District for their Back to School PD day.

We practiced empathy and courageous conversations and I reminded them all of how much they must take care of themselves.

I think one of the best parts for me was having so many of them tell me something they were going to change and implement because of what they learned with me.

Good students themselves. <3

I have been around a lot of educators these last few weeks and what I know for sure, beyond how difficult the job is, is that they love and care about your kids soooooo much.

I am beyond grateful for the chance to pour into them for a whole day.


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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