Episode 182: Justine Froelker



I am happy to welcome Justine Froelker to the show. She is a licensed professional counselor and certified Daring Way and Dare to Lead Facilitator which is based on my beloved Brené Brown’s research. She has 19 years of experience in mental health. She is a best selling author and her latest book is called The Complicated Gray.

We have a really meaningful conversation about hard times. We talk about what to do when life doesn’t turn out like you hoped, dreamed and planned. She walks us through her story of infertility and how she discovered resilient redemption. Your big, hard parts of your story don’t have to be the end. You don’t have to end up a sad, bitter, resentful woman. We talk about what it looks like to be face down in the arena of something hard and how to rise strong from it. 

Justine Froelker.png


Links mentioned:

Survival Kit:

  • Disciplined & scheduled rest time

  • Plexus

  • Friend time

  • Paint by diamonds


  • Self care is so important to your health.

  • As I edited, not only did I think of my own hard moments but other women came to mind who are face down in the arena. Women whose lives don’t look like anything they imagined. Women who are heartbroken. Friend, you are not alone. And you have permission to feel what you need to feel. I want you to figure out what self-care looks like and then find someone to speak the unspoken to. 

  • We all have traumas in life and we can choose to be victims of those things.

  • There’s a significant part to making our lives a gift - both surrender and do the work.

  • There are parts of our story that are not changeable. But how we respond to them is in our power.

  • “Grace filled permission to struggle.”

  • Resilience is moving forward with those big parts of our story and really making them work for us and not against us.

Discussion Questions:

  • How does your big, hard moments make you feel like you aren’t enough?

  • What does self-care look like for you?

  • “Speak the unspoken.” Who do you turn to during the hard time?

  • In what ways to you tend to escape or numb the pain? What would be a better way to face the vulnerability?

  • What type of armor do you wear: worry, perfectionism, care taking, people pleasing, being busy?

  • In what ways do you need to give yourself permission with what you are going through?

(Amazon affiliate links used when possible--purchasing through these links is an easy way to support the show. Or shop using www.SurvivingSarah.com/amazon and a portion of the what you buy will go back to the show.)

Connect with Justine:  Facebook // Website // twitter // Instagram // YouTube

What did you enjoy about this episode? What was your takeaway. Let's continue the conversation on Instagram or Twitter.

Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.

A new episode every Tuesday... just subscribe.

Subscribe for free on iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcast app so that you don't miss out on great conversations with women just like you. Women who are surviving and thriving. You don't have to do life alone. Be inspired, encouraged and entertained by women like Sandra Stanley, Dr. Caroline Leaf, Jen Hatmaker, Jamie B. Golden, Mo Isom, Annie F. Downs, America’s Super Nanny Dr. Deborah Tillman, Ellie Holcomb, Kay Warren, Suzanne Stabile and many more.

Did you enjoy today's conversation? Rate the podcast.

My goal each week is to encourage you to survive in this very thing called life. If you were encouraged or inspired or entertained, head over to iTunes and leave a brief review with a 5 star rating.

Here is a recent one from "Sally at Home". She said, “My favorite podcast right now. I feel like I connect with each episode and feel like I have somebody by my side. She is so open and honest and so relatable. Thank you for risking being vulnerable!” 

Your review will help get the podcast in front of new listeners who are just like you looking to know that they aren't alone in life. Thank you for being awesome!