1. Kate
    May 24, 2017 @ 4:08 am

    The hardest thing is the slow growth. It’s hard not to look at analytics every day and let your emotions be swayed by them, especially when my numbers are still small. Maybe I just need to check once a month!

    • Nicole @Budget Like a Lady
      May 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am

      I agree! Analytics is definitely a mood changer for me. I have keep telling myself that I am a lot further than this time last year.

  2. Jennifer Dages
    May 25, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

    I am also feeling overwhelmed at starting a new project, a e-course, something I have never done before. It is easy to get negative when I am looking at this huge project and feeling like I am in over my head. My word for the year is growth and it has encouraged me and helped stand up and keep going many times already this year.

  3. Mary
    May 25, 2017 @ 3:31 pm

    A positive attitude is definitely a must with blogging. It’s strange, but for some reason I have a sense of confidence that my blog will make it even though it’s still really small. I wish I had that same kind of confidence and n all the challenging areas of my life! Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. Trish
    May 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

    Thanks for the encouraging post! I agree that it’s always better to focus on the positive. Our internal compass tends to gravitate to where we put our focus, doesn’t it? Learning to step outside of my circumstances to see them objectively rather than allowing myself and all my emotions to be absorbed by those circumstances has been a game changer for me, and something I continue to learn. Thanks for the good reminder!

  5. Mary
    May 26, 2017 @ 1:54 am

    How did your daughter regain positivity after the lip split episode if she thought she was to blame?

    • Ruth Soukup
      June 19, 2017 @ 9:02 am

      That’s a great question Mary! Thankfully my daughter is one of the most naturally positive people I know, so after I gave her a big hug and told her I knew it was an accident, and that I would be okay, she bounced back pretty quickly. 🙂

  6. Emily
    May 27, 2017 @ 1:47 am

    I totally agree, having a positive attitude makes all the difference. When you focus on the negative all you get is more negative. When you focus on the positive, you get more positive. Instead of telling my kids what not to do, I tell them what they should be doing. Just a slight change in focus makes a difference and attitudes are contagious.


  7. Amy Greene
    May 28, 2017 @ 9:44 pm

    I read this post on a day when everything had taken a down turn and bottomed out. I had my well ordered, well organized to do list laid out neatly the night before and rainbow colored visions of what I was going to do the next day to accomplish it all, and then go to bed the next night with a sense of fulfillment that was going to be amazing. Ummmm – yea – I guess I forgot that life happens and rain drips on your to do list and dogs make messes and kids do what kids do….. and my day was completely shot before about 9am! After cleaning up various messes and trying to fix all the wrong things, I finally sat down to take a breath and check my email – and this was the post that was there! It was timely and helpful, and reminded me that LIFE is more important that LISTS! Thanks for that important reminder!!

  8. Anna Sakawsky
    June 15, 2017 @ 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the post! I had an entire week like this last week where a whole bunch of little things went wrong one after another. First I added a plugin to my blog and it crashed. Of corse this happened at midnight because that’s the time I get for blogging… when my daughter and husband are sleeping! Well, by 2 a.m. I was in tears because I had tried everything to fix it and nothing was working. I woke my poor hubby up despite the fact that he had to work in the morning, and the good man that he is, he helped me figure it out and get my site back up. He said he’d rather ease my mind and lose a little sleep than have me in tears. So leaning on my biggest supporters and asking for help when something is over my head is a huge help in trying times! Then I had an issue with my Pinterest account (that I’m still trying to resolve), then I got charged a crazy expensive late fee that I tried (and failed) tobget out of paying, then I got stung by a wasp, and just as I was doing my “deep breaths” mini meditation, my daughter decided to throw a full on tantrum and absolutely refused to go down for a nap. Once again, hubby came home at lunch to help me out. He managed to get her down for a nap and I finally had a little peace. Although I had lots on my to-do list, I decided to meditate and write, just for me, and make a few phone calls to friends. I also reminded myself that every day is a new day to get it right, so I gave myself the rest of the day off and promised to put it all behind me and wake up refreshed and refocused the following day. Sometimes you just need to give yourself a break, and remind yourself that “this too shall pass.”