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What if we?

What if we dared to say how we really are?

What if we dared to refuse to take “fine” as an answer to how someone is?

What if we dared to create the space where we both could show up fully?

What if we challenged the systems, things, and stories that tell us we have to mask up, plow through, numb out, stuff down, hustle, earn, strive, and pretend?

What if we listened, sat beside, sought to understand, and walked together on level ground in our common humanity?

Maybe we would finally remember and believe that we are never, ever alone, that if we are loved and needed, and that together we can heal.


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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