Every day I have the privilege of witnessing my clients’ bravery in session. Every day when I read my Freshly Pressed and the other blogs I follow with my morning cup of coffee I am in awe of the vulnerability and bravery people write with. And every day, I choose to live, write and love with wholehearted brave vulnerability.

The vulnerability and bravery movement is in full force. The songs Brave by Sara Bareilles and Roar by Katy Perry. Authors such as Danielle LaPorte, Kris Carr, Gabrielle Bernstein, and Brené Brown. Websites like Upworthy and SoulPancake. The thousands of blogs being shared via Twitter and Facebook everyday. And best of the all, the research is backing it up. People who live wholeheartedly, authentically vulnerable and brave are happier and healthier people who have healthy, real and fulfilling relationships.

Vulnerability and bravery are also showing up a lot in my office this week. I have had several clients so excited to tell me about an instance where they finally made the excruciating choice to take the risk and be vulnerable with someone; to be their true self, honest and authentic. To witness their soul expanding amazement of feeling heard, seen and understood is something I will never take for granted.

I have also been blessed with the honor of witnessing friends and friends of friends openly talk about their IVF journeys after reading Ever Upward; whether sharing for the first time or telling a loved one, or even on Facebook, or by sharing or commenting on my blog, that IVF is how they are trying to achieve or have achieved their family. This terrifying, but incredible, courage that is required to finally break the shameful silence that IVF makes us feel we have to live by brings tears of joy and hope to my eyes..

iStock_000016379551SmallThis bravery and authentic truth telling, means we are all finally feeling it; feeling the magic of true connection, the power of being brave and the freedom of stepping out of our closets.

We all have a closet, because hard is hard, as Ash Beckhman states in her brilliant TED talk. Hard is telling someone you love them for the first time, hard is living your life openly, hard is asking for help, hard is just hard. We cannot wholeheartedly live inside our closets, only peeking through the keyhole.

All of this vulnerability and bravery coming just before I pack up and leave Tuesday for The Daring Way certification training with Brené Brown herself.  Just about two years ago my life changed when the pastor in my old church spoke about a TED talk by Brown, a shame and vulnerability researcher. Brown’s, now famous, The Power of Vulnerability TED talk is one of TEDs most viewed videos. It is also the speech that has catapulted Brown into, not only psychology and social work fame, but mainstream Oprah fame.

Living wholeheartedly and authentically vulnerable, which requires showing some major brave, have been an integral part in my recovery after the losses of IVF and in learning to accept a childfree life.

Ever Upward is my authentic truth telling.

My story.


It is also my hope to show that living it all out loud makes life better.

I guess it is my way of showing my love to reach through the keyhole of your closet, hoping you will take my hand and live your ever upward right alongside me.

18 thoughts on “Reaching Through the Keyhole of Your Closet

  1. Catherine says:

    Enjoy the training and good luck. Now I am off to watch that video 🙂


    1. jlbf4 says:

      Would love to hear what you think!


  2. Marie says:

    I have learned so much from you since I started reading your blog. you share some wonderful resources. Thanks for being so open and allowing your vulnerability and truth to shine through. It is a way for all of us to heal our hurts


    1. jlbf4 says:

      Thank you and I’m so glad and same to you! So thankful we found each other! ❤


  3. bethgainer says:

    Loved this beautifully written, insightful post. Living authentically and courageously is so important. When we show our vulnerability, we are brave. I love the metaphor of the keyhole. We can’t just live by looking through the keyhole.


    1. jlbf4 says:

      Thank you so much for reading and your thoughts!


  4. How exciting that you are doing this training. You remind me of Brene Brown already through your writing. It’s great timing for me to read this, as I am working on a talk I will give soon at Stanford Medicine X conference and it requires me to be vulnerable in front of a room full of strangers. Your reminder that our vulnerability can be our strength was just what I needed to give me courage today.


    1. Marie, I wish you the calmest of nerves and the bravest of vulnerability for your talk at Stanford Medicine X! I know you will do great! Thank you for reading, for always being so supportive and these kind words. The Daring Way™ certification has changed my life and my practice! Much love, Justine


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