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You can’t give what you don’t have

My email vacation setting was on for a whole week.

I spent quality time with family, chosen and not, and only have one picture to prove it because instead of documenting, I chose presence.

I read two novels.

I watched a movie.

I played in my wildflowers.

I implemented new disconnection practices around less phone time, especially in the morning and at night.

I took long walks every day without music or a podcast playing, just me, my thoughts, and of course, three little dogs and a stroller (a dog one).

I rested.

I was present.

I refilled.

The work waited for me.

And the work will be better served because I took a break.

Because you can’t give what you don’t have.


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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