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When you do the work to write your own story from wholehearted healing

Grief used to make holiday weekends hard for me. Everyone usually has plans with their families, while it was just Chad and me.

Grief would write the story that I wasn’t enough.

Then comparisons made holiday weekends hard. It felt like everyone was so busy and having so much fun.

So comparison would write the story that we were boring and should be doing more.

It took a hard and dark health crisis for me to write my own story. Of course, it will always include some grief because grief lasts a lifetime.

And yet the story I now write isn’t from grief. Rather, it’s from love, no longer from comparisons, and rather from my wholeness and healing.

It was a simple holiday weekend filled with my favorite beings and my favorite things.

When you do the work to write your own story from wholehearted healing, I think you’ll find you create the life you’ve always wanted and yet maybe never even dared to dream it could be.


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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