Ac­knowl­edge the hu­man con­di­tion

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Most clients have to learn the most im­por­tant les­son on their own though: how to take the good with the bad. “We have to ac­knowl­edge the full spec­trum of hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence,” Melissa said. She’s al­ways trans­par­ent with her own au­di­ence. Life isn’t per­fect, but that’s how con­nec­tions hap­pen. “If you haven’t had hard­ships in your life, you don’t have that much to share. I learned so much from mine.” A re­lated les­son: when you’re un­com­fort­able, you’re grow­ing.

Re­gard­less of what is go­ing on her life, Melissa al­ways sets aside time for her­self. “I of­ten tell peo­ple: if your tank is empty you can’t give some­one else a ride,” she says. “I take that se­ri­ously be­cause I want to show up as best as I can.” Whether that means turn­ing off at a cer­tain time each day, pri­or­i­tiz­ing sleep and healthy eat­ing, spend­ing time in

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