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To love and lead well, we must first begin with ourselves.

Today, I am making a day of nothing and no one.

Between many events, lots of peopling, an exciting product launch, and higher levels of pain than usual, I need to rest, refill, and restore myself before facilitating another full training next week.

Inbox is to a place that enough is done.

House, too, once I get those toilets cleaned.

So unless you eat plant leaves, have fur and a wagging tail, or grow in the sunshine and bloom bright colors, today I am not for your consumption.

We can’t give what we don’t have.

And the more we try to, the faster we are drowning and dying.

Caring for ourselves isn’t selfish or self-indulgent or frivolous or for only those people.

Is it our birthright.

One we must reclaim.

To love and lead well, we must first begin with ourselves.


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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