|  Blog Post   |  We can feel two things at the same time.

We can feel two things at the same time.

Some things can be going really well.
Some things can also suck.

We can also feel two things at the same time.

Two things can happen at the exact same time,
even though our brain doesn’t like.
One does not necessarily diminish the other.

The stuff going really well
doesn’t necessarily make the suck suck less.
The suck doesn’t necessarily
make the less sucky suck less.
(You’re welcome).

Give yourself permission to live with both truths,
the more fun ones and the not so fun ones,
all at the same time.

It’s uncomfortable and it’s messy.

And the permission to feel it all
is how the uncomfortable mess
not only feels survivable,
it’s actually where our magic and healing lie.


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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