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Small wins

What are you proud of yourself for today?

When is the last time you felt and expressed how proud of yourself you are?

To celebrate how far you’ve come, no matter how small and maybe even silly.

I’ll go first…

First, yesterday I navigated my way through a downtown area I don’t know to my event space, then found my way back to my car in a high rise building’s parking garage, and got out of that garage and back to my hotel with no curse words. And for this no stoplight small town Iowa girl that always feels like a job well done.

Second, I have stuck with my new physical therapy routine (in addition to every thing else I have to do to show up every day, which is a lot) even when traveling for work. Which also means for the first time since November and my emergency dental surgery I haven’t had nonstop searing shoulder pain and for the first time in many years I’m lifting weight above my head.

Perhaps if we celebrated more of our small wins along the way it wouldn’t feel so dang painful.

What are you proud of yourself for today?


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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