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You don’t know…

Because you don’t know what it takes for someone to show up in the world.

Be kind.

Some of us, actually probably many of us right now, are in massive, dark battles. Your generosity, kindness, and care can often be the light that helps us keep going.

Don’t put people on pedestals.

We will always fall, don’t want to be there, and it’s difficult to make true connection when the ground isn’t level with trust, empathy, and common humanity.

Extend grace.

Sometimes what it takes for us to show up in the world means we mess up, miss the mark, and disappoint people. Holding us accountable from a foundation of true grace and empathy frees you from being resentful, helps us feel loved enough to change, and together we can move forward and heal.

This week I spoke to over 700 people about courage through my story. I also had one of those weird things in my healing and recovery journey, my hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy.

Because showing up in the world in this season of my life takes a lot of time, pain, discipline, and work.

It’s hard and worth it.

Be kind. You don’t know what it takes for every person you come into contact with today to show up in the world.


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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