Completing Justine's Rising Strong Intensive has had a huge impact on my life. I enrolled in the first group dedicated specifically to infertility. The work was deeply challenging and incredibly transformational. I spoke words from the darkest parts of my heart, about wounds that had been defeating me for far too long. Bringing them into the light and examining them through the Rising Strong curriculum took away their power! I unearthed toxic thoughts, and they were met with the unwavering acceptance and support of Justine and my group. The brave and wonderful women with whom I completed the intensive will always feel like soul sisters to me. We stay in touch and support each other. Each of us came from such different places in the infertility journey, but our pain was all the same. We shed judgement, fear, and shame. I can't put into words the beauty and bravery that I witnessed in that circle. It's an experience that I wish for everyone fighting infertility to have. I'm forever thankful that I took a step out of that dark, lonely place in my journey. I'm in the daily process of reclaiming myself and bringing back to life the happy and daring women I once was, but now I'm far stronger.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in the recent Rising Strong Intensive for infertility and loss. Over the recent year, I have managed to keep myself busy enough to avoid really thinking through what I have gone through, and what needs to happen for me to start healing and to "get unstuck." This weekend was such a gift to myself, in that I was able to devote the time I needed to really make some progress, surrounded by kind, compassionate, and truly brave women. I lost track of all of the epiphanies I had about myself, my relationships and life in general. However, the best part, by far, was meeting and connecting with four amazing women. I have never felt so wholly understood, accepted and validated as I did with this group. The investment is completely worth the results to continue your path of healing and Rising Strong!
Justine, on a personal note, I want to express to you how lucky and grateful I feel that you were put on my path. It started with reading your book, and realizing there can be a happy ending that does not involve getting what I worked, suffered, prayed and paid for. The most profound way you have impacted my life so far, came from a simple Facebook post. I commented on one of your posts one evening, and later that night, my husband came to bed and told me that he finally understands how I feel, because of what you expressed so publicly, bravely and honestly. I tell those I trust that you are the absolute best in the world at what you do - and I am so fortunately that you are here in St. Louis and that you make your expertise, experience, gifts and services so accessible. I have heard you talk about how hard you work and hustle to get the word out and to fulfill your mission, and I have so much respect for that. But I hope you know that you have changed my life for the better, and I know I'm not the only one. I guess what I'm trying to say is that you have already succeeded with every intensive, every page written, and even every Facebook post, and you'll never know what an impact you have had on so many lives,
I was honored to be an participant in Justine Froelker’s inaugural Rising Strong workshop. I had just completed the Daring Way program, so it was a perfect time to do the Rising Strong exploration. The workshop was great – Justine had carefully planned an enlightening and informative program that walked our group through Brene Brown’s Rising Strong work, which goes a lot deeper than her book. I learned so much about myself and how to pick myself up after an inevitable fall, lessons that will stay with me the rest of my life. Thanks to Justine for offering this!
I jumped at the chance to do the rising strong intensive immediately without much consideration. After I signed up I started questioning whether or not it would be worth the time and money – I mean, I’d already read the book, Justine had been working with me for a couple of years… How much more would I get out of this? Well, my skepticism couldn’t have been more wrong. I was shocked by what I uncovered and how often I use the tools now. Just reading the book is not the same – it is fabulous, but none of the concepts became a practice for me. Doing this without someone (Justine) willing to ask the really tough questions is not the same – we let ourselves off the hook too easily; Justine’s guidance helps you push a little further. Doing it without the rest of the group is not the same – they nod in agreement and understanding and they make you feel less alone in the struggle. So, emphatically – yes! It was so worth it. I cannot imagine anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this work.