5 Ways to Stay Inspired 

5 Ways to Stay Inspired 

The past two weeks I have hit a slight wall with my inspiration and creative insights.  I began to ask myself, what am I not doing enough of on a daily basis that could be causing this.  Here a list of things that I decided I need to be doing more (or less) of that will help me stay inspired and productive. Let me know your thoughts and if you can relate in any way!

  • Read More: I find that when I educate myself and even read leisurely the more excited I am about life and more apt I am to share with others in that knowledge.
  • Listen To Podcasts: Again, any form of knowledge and receiving new information is empowering, challenging and rewarding.  I am able to listen a little easier than reading because that would mean that I need to sit still.  I tend to listen to podcasts while doing another task.  It isn’t good that I struggle with sitting still, but I am keeping it real here!
  • Watch & Learn: Watching tutorials and or doing any form of research on a topic you want to grow in increases our abilities, which in turn increases our confidence and causes us to be inspired and productive.
  • Turn Negatives Into Positives:  I love the saying that “A set back is a set up for a come back.” Often times things that seem like a negative outcome  or situation can be just what we need to go in the right direction, revamp an idea or completely inspire us to do something new.  Whether dwelling on the negatives or positives of a situation, it is always our choice.
  • Surround Yourself With Positive, Like-Minded People: They say you are who you hang out with and this is true.  Think about how easy it is to be in a great mood when you are around a super positive individual.  The same goes for negative people.  Negative people or individuals that are not like-minded or don’t understand you, can be toxic and bring you down.  This is an immediate inspiration killer.  Be mindful of who you spend your precious time with and how it will affect areas of your life.

I am trying to implement all of these key points into my life.  That’s my schpeal for now!! lol

On to this cute romper! It is now my new fave.  There is nothing quite like ruffles! Combine that with a one piece outfit that is zero hassle?! #signmeup!! Love it so much.  It was at Target recently and is less than 30.00!! An absolute steal!! I know many folks are posting lots about Fall gear but I simply cannot with the current temps of 106 we have been experiencing in Northern California.  It is brutal!!  So here I am, continuing to post about dresses and cute rompers!! lol… Below I have linked up all of my favorite ruffle rompers! Be sure to check them out!!  Any-whoo! Thank you as always for stopping by the blog!! Have an awesome day and a great rest of your week!! Much love,


Ruthie xo

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Clutch: Ayanna Listenbee

Favorite Ruffle Rompers:


  1. goodenufmommy July 28, 2016 / 7:05 am

    I read so much in the summer! Love to find new books! That romper is to die for! Looks great on you!

  2. JoulesDellinger July 28, 2016 / 7:37 am

    Such a cute romper! To be inspired I surround myself with wonderful, strong women who inspire me!

  3. Tiffani at Breton Bay July 28, 2016 / 8:00 am

    Aren’t the slumps just so unenjoyable especially when you’re such a positive person. But, like you keeping it real, we all go through them unfortunately but it’s a good time to self reflect!! I love your ideas abt listening to podcasts and surrounding yourself with positive people. Please pass on any good podcasts, I try to listen when I’m doing a mindless task (which oddly enough I’m discovering I do a bit of them throughout the day…folding laundry, washing my face, ironing, making lunches…). And positive people are SO IMPORTANT to be around. I truly cannot be around negative or mean spirited people. I try to be a good judge of that from the beginning!!!

    Love your romper, the stripes are so cute!!! And love the first asos romper with those ruffles ??

    Sorry this was so long, I could just completely relate!!


  4. Toby July 28, 2016 / 8:11 am

    i love reading but as a mom i dont get much time to do that so i read through magazines and sometimes those summer beach novels lol i love this blog

  5. Heather Johnson July 28, 2016 / 8:40 am

    Ruthie! You are seriously the most amazing lady ever! I love your musings about finding inspiration… I too have had to do this as of late, and I have really found reading to be helpful. There is something so organic about good old fashioned reading (especially in print) that is good for the soul! I adore your saying about set backs being a set up for a come back! I have never heard that one before… officially made a mental note! <3 And as for this look, wow!!! I LOVE this romper and I cannot believe it is Target! Well, actually I can because Target rocks, but would not have guessed! I am with you – 90's and 100's here is too miserable to style fall fashion! I could barely get myself to buy a couple of pieces on the #nsale (okay maybe it wasn't that hard, but still…), much less wear them for photos, lol! Beautiful post my friend!

  6. Kait Elizabeth July 28, 2016 / 9:05 am

    These are all fantastic points! It can be so hard to stay inspired, thanks for sharing this. Also that romper has so many cute details! Gorgeous as always love. Hugs, Kait

  7. theclutterboxblog July 28, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    love love your romper!! What are your favorite podcasts to pick you up??

  8. Diana Johnson July 28, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Love the romper and your tips for staying inspired!

  9. Krista Williams July 28, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    I love that romper on you! I love how it fits just right, and around the chest area – looks perfect. I feel like sometimes they really pull on the chest and I hate it.

    Surround Yourself With Positive, Like-Minded People:

    This was my favorite part – because I feel like our community has been like that – SC sisters are super positive and like minded. Also finding friends that support you all the way is so key.

    Loved this post girl.

  10. Heather with WELLFITandFED July 28, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    damn girl! You absolutely know what looks best on you. Seriously fabulous! Hot legs, hot shoes, hot dress….

  11. gretahollar July 28, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Such a cute romper! Perfect for summer. And everyone needs some inspiration every now and then. When I’m burnt out or discouraged talking and brainstorming with local bloggers helps rejuvenate me!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  12. Tori July 28, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    I love those rompers and those shoes!! I try to stay inspired by actually looking at the things around me and taking note of all of the positives!


  13. Naya @ Lactivist in Louboutins July 28, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I love that romper! I have a really hard time finding the time to read even though I love it. Podcasts are a great alternative I always forget about. Thanks for the reminder!

  14. Jessica Sheppard July 28, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Love the podcast idea…I’ve been trying to listen to more too instead of always having music going on in the background! PS loving the ruffle romper DUH!

  15. Vyjay Rao July 28, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    Reading is a great way to stay inspired and fill your mind and heart with positivity. Having positive people around you is another great way to stay inspired and surround oneself with positive energy.

  16. fashionphases July 29, 2016 / 4:30 am

    Love the print of your romper! Looks great with your shoes 🙂

  17. Kindly Unspoken July 29, 2016 / 4:46 am

    Love the romper and love the advice to turn a negative into a positive! Such a great outlook! 🙂

  18. Kristin July 29, 2016 / 7:21 am

    Well this romper is stinkin’ adorable on you!!! I love your suggestion of turning a negative into a positive–it’s so hard sometimes but the reward is usually greater than the pain! Happy Friday!


  19. Kelsey July 29, 2016 / 7:23 am

    I love these types of posts! Thanks so much for your tips – I completely agree! Especially about surrounding yourself with like-minded people, that’s super important!!

    xo Kelsey | http://www.chasingcinderellablog.com

  20. darlingdearestblog July 29, 2016 / 7:31 am

    That romper is beautiful on you!! Patterns like that always draw me in. Love the idea of surrounding yourself with positive people – I didn’t realize how much of a difference that makes until I didn’t do it. And reading is my go-to for needing a little calm down, push, motivation, anything!

  21. Hales July 29, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Love this post and all these tips! Turning negatives into positives is definitely something I need to work on. Yo are looking like a total babe by the way!

    Xo, Hales | http://www.sincerelyhales.com

  22. sarah July 29, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Love your inspiration ideas, and cute romper.

  23. Amy July 29, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Yes to your inspiring tips! Surrounding yourself with positive people makes such a huge difference, and I think that goes for social media, too! It’s easy to fall down the negative rabbit-hole!

  24. Kim L. July 29, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Such great tips, and that romper is adorable! I hear you on the high temps, it was almost 110 the other day!



  25. Nicole Leffew July 29, 2016 / 9:37 am

    First of all this post is amazing. I think surrounding yourself with positive people is the best tip because I feel like when I’m personally around negativity it’s very easy to get sucked in. My husband always listens to podcasts and I have started to! This romper and those heels…..GORGEOUS!!! You are such a model Ruthie, so beautiful. Hope you have a great weekend babe! xo

  26. Adaleta Avdic July 29, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Surrounding myself with positive people is probably the most important thing that’s lacking at the moment because I’ve only got a FEW people around me who are truly go-getters and want to do better things and hustle but I just need more bloggers in my life who get it! xx Adaleta Avdic

  27. Danielle Greco July 29, 2016 / 10:26 am

    Amen! Negative people are such a drain. I love reading positive books, to me business books are great!

  28. A Graceful Life Blog July 29, 2016 / 11:14 am

    This is just what I needed!! I felt the exact same way this week. Thanks so much for this post! Also, you look amazing in this outfit! xo

  29. Logan Can July 29, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Surrounding yourself with positive people definitely helps keep me sane and motivated! 🙂

  30. Madeline July 29, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    These are great tips and I love your romper! So chic

  31. Joyce Davies July 29, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Love this dress!!! Yes you hit each one right on the money!! So important to stay inspired!! Watching videos and researching helps me so much!! Especially with what I want to do next!! Having like minded people around you is the icing on the cake! Whenever you feel low, they pick you back up!!! Love it!!

    Hugs & Love

  32. sarah lindner July 29, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    I think I might have to post these to my fridge haha… I def need to start turning negatives in to positives and I totally agree with surrounding your self with positive people 🙂
    Sarah Lindner


  33. McKenzie Allyshia July 29, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Those are all such great tips! I always feel inspired after reading a good book. Especially one that is inspiring! That romper is so cute!

  34. dashingdarlinblog July 29, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Yessss, yessss, yesssss!!!! Totally agree with all of the above!!! You are sensitive to the heart of God, and I love it!! Such an encouraging post!! And, you look BEAUTUFUL ?


  35. Kayla July 29, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I think you just introduced me to my plan for the weekend! I’ve never really listened to any podcasts; are there any particular ones you recommend? I could definitely use something new and inspiring! -Kayla (PS: You look amazing in that outfit! It’s been so hot in the Carolinas this week that I’m ignoring fall fashion, too!)

  36. worldwidestylista July 30, 2016 / 12:22 am

    Such great tips babe ?? I definitely need to do some more reading and listening to podcasts, that usually always sparks inspiration! And you’re totally spot on about positivity and surrounding yourself with like-minded people being key. Last but not least totally feel you about the ridiculously warm weather!! I’m still in jumpsuit and dress season too and this romper is adorable! ❤️

    xoxo, CiCi

  37. Willow Moon July 30, 2016 / 9:05 am

    I love to read for inspiration and listen to my favorite author on Youtube while I walk. I stay away from negative people too.

  38. Rachelle Rosenblit July 30, 2016 / 9:50 am

    This was perfect for me, I’ve been feeling really uninspired lately.

  39. F July 30, 2016 / 10:41 am

    I love all of these ideas, super great when you’re in a funk. Also, the romper is so cute with the clutch and the shoes.

  40. Jenny July 30, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    What a cute look and those tips are wonderful.

    xoxo, Jenny

  41. annamonteiro16 July 31, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Surrounding yourself by positive people is so important. I hate to admit but I still have some toxic friends in my life, and everytime we hang out, I am pretty much ready to give up on life! Need more positive vibes!

  42. sveeteskapes August 1, 2016 / 6:47 am

    Couldn’t agree more with your points, and I have been so wanting to listen to more podcasts – do you happen to have any recommendations?
    And you look so cute (as always) in that outfit!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

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