Ever Upward Look Back

Since my 30th birthday I’ve made a very conscious effort to spend time on my birthdays to really reflect on the last year. How much has changed?

The struggles. The joys. The growth.

And, today as I turn 35 I look back at the past year in pure, wholehearted awe.

I have laughed more, cried more and just amazingly felt more of everything this past year.

There have been the struggles:

  • Major difficulty and heartache in a close relationship.
  • More than 230 rejection letters from agents and publishers.
  • My dad’s accident.
  • Managing an evolving career while also paying the bills.
  • Coping with the lifelong losses and feelings of infertility and a childfree life.

There have been the joys:

  • Our first childfull Christmas.
  • Another year of dates with Chad.
  • More laughs and love than I can measure with the dogs.
  • Our first year in our family home Mason House.
  • Finally, getting published.
  • Seeing Ever Upward in print, in my hands and with my heart.

There has been the growth:

  • The spark of Emerging Women.
  • The light of The Daring Way™.
  • Meeting two of my role models; Brené Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert.
  • The start and clarity of Ever Upward the blog.
  • The guest posts, the friendships, the connections, the love of Ever Upward.
  • My continuing work in my recovery.
  • My continuing growth as a therapist.
  • The clarity that has come from fighting for, practicing and embracing my ever upward.

And, the yet to come:

  • Struggles
  • Joys
  • Growth
  • …amazingness.

Tonight I celebrate Ever Upward at the book launch party with friends, family and even strangers. Tonight I will make sure to stop, to take it all in, to take a breath and truly feel the love, the light and the magic. But, most of all I will make sure to stop and take that breath and to feel me.

Because more than any other year of my life, I have walked into myself more than ever this year. I have struggled, I have overcome, I have grown and I have owned it all.

The always healing, the always growing, the always trying ever upward me.

launch pic

Awe and love, just after finishing reading from chapter one at the launch party.



Ever Upward available now!

Ever Upward Launch Party is tonight!

30 Day Toolkit to Living Ever Upward here!

Fertility Compassion Survey is collecting all responses.

If you found this post enjoyable, inspiring, helpful, hopeful, interesting or even infuriating  😉, please take the time and the chance to share it through your social media! More shares means more eyes, means more people helped and the message heard on a wider scale. Thank you! Justine

14 thoughts on “Looking Back on a Year of Ever Upward

  1. Catherine says:

    Enjoy the party!! You have done souch. And 230 letters!I I am so impressed.


    1. Catherine,
      Thank you so much! I made sure to be very present the whole night because it felt so surreal all night! But it was incredible! J


  2. Karen Lanser says:

    What an incredible year Justine! Wishing you nothing but the best in terms of stubborn gladness and moving Ever Upward. Take good care, Karen


    1. Karen,
      Thank you so much! This is just the beginning for ever upward and for me I hope! Justine

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  3. Congratulations. You deserve every minute of it. Looking forward to reading your book! Best wishes and prayers for you next year!


    1. Would love to know what you think of the book! Thank you so much! Justine


  4. raphaela99 says:

    Happy Birthday! You are such an inspiration and a true survivor. xxx


    1. Thank you so much!! J


  5. Congrats on the book! This is one read I will try to fit in my busy schedule. Sounds very interesting! Also, Happy Belated Birthday. Take care and have a good year!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! I am being told it is an easy book to read ;). Hope you enjoy it! Justine


  6. gsmwc02 says:

    You are an inspiration. I am so happy for your success and wish you a belated Happy Birthday. 🙂


    1. Thank you friend! How are you?!? Did you finish the book?!? J


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