Sometimes You Just Have to Start Over Again

bright-future-ahead-signLately I’ve done a lot of starting over. I’ve finally come to peace with the fact that starting something over isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it’s a headache. It’s almost always a lot of hard work. But it’s not necessarily bad.

Yesterday I spent two hours working on a client project, totally glad to be ahead of schedule. I was just about to wrap up for the night and I scanned over the folder of saved files. *smack* They were all wrong. I had used the wrong logo on every single thing I did and I saved them in a format that I couldn’t edit, which meant I had to do everything over from scratch. [headdesk]

I closed everything up and walked away from my desk. Angry and frustrated with my own self, I needed to distract myself and get my mind on the right course again. I took the dogs outside to walk, which usually helps a lot but I was still angry and frustrated. I made a grocery list for the weekend and went to the grocery store with my husband. We grabbed a movie at the Redbox on the way out and came home.

By the time we were done watching the movie I felt a lot better and I told myself everything would work out just fine. I decided it was better to wait until morning to start over on the project, so I shut down the computer for the night and picked up my Kindle to read instead.

I’m about to dig into redoing that two hours of work right now, and I’m okay with that. I know that this time around I’ll have all the right pieces in place and I’m feeling much more inspired today, which means that this time everything will come out even more fantastic than it did yesterday. Creativity is awesome like that.

As I thought about it I realized I’m doing a lot of starting over in 2013.

I’ve completely overhauled two of my websites since the year started. I started new niche projects and scrapped old ones that weren’t working out the way I thought they would. We’re spring cleaning and getting rid of a lot of things that we just don’t need. We’re looking to move to a new area over the summer and do some serious life changing things. My power word for 2013 was happiness, but with that there seems to be a lot of change, a lot of starting over, and a lot of new growth.

Sometimes you just have to start over again. It’s okay, because a screw up isn’t the end of the road, it’s just a little pothole along the way.

Happy spring!

About Loretta

Transcriptionist, passionate cross stitcher, writer at heart, wife, mom, and finder of lost shoes...

Loretta Oliver, married to the comic book geek of her dreams and mother of four amazing young men, has been working from home full time since 2001. With a busy transcription service business, a few niche sites, and a handful of other internet marketing projects on the go, the computer is always fired up and the ideas are always flowing.


  1. I second your thought Loretta.
    We just need to stand up to every challenge that life throws at us. It is all about moving forward. I have tried and failed on many endeavors in life but with a hope in my eyes I just went on, and I am now happy that I never holstered my weapons due to small potholes.
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  2. I love your “pothole” concept and the fact that you were so honest! It’s always refreshing to see that even successful people who have been out there in the trenches for some time make mistakes sometimes, too. It’s what you do after the mistake that counts:)
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