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We are made for connection.

There are so many gifts of a flexible work environment and the work from home option.

And not having to deal with people is not one of them.

We are made for connection.
Simply, we need other people.
We cannot escape this inherent need as humans, and good goodness, help us if we keep trying.

Remote working does not eradicate our need for connection.
It can absolutely feel less demanding, less too much, and more straightforward in some ways.
It may also give us the ultimate gift of time back at home and with our families.
It will not, though, mean we don’t have to deal with other people.

Learning to engage, hold accountable, inspire, work together, lead, love, and connect, whether virtually or in-person, requires the skills, tools, and language of humaning well…whether from afar across screens or sitting beside and across from another.

This is courage.

The question is, do we know, have, choose, and live these skills?


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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