Epic. Amazing.

The only words even close to describing our 2014.

We experienced highs and lows that equally competed with one another; the publication of Ever Upward and Chad’s job promotion to my dad’s accident and Chad’s sister’s heart trauma turned high to miraculous heart transplant.

It is after years like this that I am reminded to have no doubt that there are no mistakes. Each high and each low we experience prepares us for what is to come. I know surviving and thriving what we have, especially after failed infertility and our fight for recovery, only made us healthier, stronger, more faithful and loving people for what we had to survive this past year.

It is this ongoing ever upward work that will also make sure that we thrive thereafter.

It is with this clarity, this love, this stronger faith and a healthier me that I embrace the year of 2014 because only then can I also truly accept it and let it go.

With some inspiration from my favorite Facebook page, Elizabeth Gilbert, I have figured out what I want to do to not only honor this year but to let it go and to better year move forward into the next.

New Years 2014Tonight, with some of my dearest family and friends, Chad especially, we will write down something we need to let go from this year on a piece of paper. We will then watch it burn and feel the freedom in our perspective shift.

Then we will write down what we want our intention to be for 2015. For many of us goals and resolutions may work but, more often they are just another reminder of our human tendency to fall of the wagon, stand in our own way and make mistakes.

So this year, as I did last year, I will set my intention; a word or a phrase that I want to be at the heart of who I am and my life for the coming New Year.

The new year ahead, just as this past year, is sure to include the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The good, the bad, the light, the dark; or simply, just epic and amazing. Because, what we have really learned this past year is that it really has nothing to do with the highs or the lows bur rather the simple awe of our faith, friendships, family and love.

So, I ask you:

What do you need to let go of from this year? And, what will your intention be for the coming year?

Welcome to ever upward living.


Join Justine, along with Lisa from My Hopeful Journey, for a twitter chat on January 8th at 7pm CST. We will discuss the importance and how to of self-care during infertility. Follow with #IFselfcare.

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10 thoughts on “A New Year: Embracing and Letting Go to Set an Ever Upward Intention

  1. Wishing you a wonderful New Year Eve, it sounds like it will be lovely! And wishing you a happy and healthy 2015!


    1. Same to you my dear friend! Wish you could join us!!! <3, Justine

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  2. Karen Lanser says:

    Congratulations Justine … wishing you a blessed New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much Karen! Same to you friend!! Justine

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  3. gsmwc02 says:

    You are simply amazing. Im in awe of you and all you’ve accomplished. Wishing you, Chad and the family the best in 2015 and beyond.

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    1. Back at you my friend! You would not be in awe of me if you were sitting next to me right now as I am trying to figure out Hootsuite, argh! 😉

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  4. Happy, happy new year 2015 JUSTINE! ❤ I'm looking to many more posts from you this year!

    All the best to you!

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  5. Victoria says:

    What a beautiful idea. I came upon the word/theme idea in time for last year. It was ‘change’ last year, and this year ‘wellbeing’. I love the idea that a word can permeate your whole year. Wishing you the year of your dreams.


    1. Thank you so much Victoria for reading and commenting! I love wellbeing! That is a huge focus of my companion ebook coming out soon! Hope you are settling back into real life well after the holidays, take care! Justine

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