Sometimes I feel like writing about what I am experiencing helps me process and give me fuel to keep going! Today’s post is a pep talk to myself! I hope you are encouraged if you are feeling the same. Lately I’ve been slightly discouraged because I have not attained certain goals or aspirations I have been working pretty hard towards. I had to pause, have a good cry, vent a little and realize, that if I want something, I need to continue to persist and press on until I get it and that sometimes loosing is all apart of winning. Giving up isn’t an option for me, ever LOL. I often want to, but it isn’t going to happen.  I will also never forget that quote that says “Overnight success takes 10 years.” I have found myself coming back to the drawing board many times changing strategy and accepting the fact that this is all apart of the process. I feel myself growing, stretching, praying more as a result. The list of goals and desires is endless but not impossible. We all have things we want to be better at, attain or simply grasp a hold of.  Nothing worth it comes easy and persistence is the key!! I love this statement:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” Calvin Coolidge

I couldn’t have said it better!! This is another quote that I love:

“As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” – Denis Waitley
Well, I think that is it for my thoughts on being persistent and pressing on! I feel better already! Ha! On to this outfit below! I have always loved wide legged pants.  These happen to be SUPER wide and it makes it that much more fun!! I paired these pants with a cold shoulder top and a simple cross body bag! This is the perfect outfit for a day in the city, shopping at the mall or going out to lunch with girlfriends!! So tell me, what are your thoughts on being persistent? Have you ever wanted to give up, like me? What are your thoughts on my outfit below?! These particular pants are sold out, so I linked all my other faves instead!! As always, thank you for stopping by the blog!  Much love,
Ruthie xo


persistence- Ruthie Ridley
persistence- encouragement
persistence- cold shoulder top

persistence- Ruthie Ridley Blog
persistence- Lany Bags
persistence- street style
persistence- cross body bag
persistence- MUA

persistence- Wide leg pants

All Images By: Sarah Schweyer Photography


Cross Body Bag: LANY

  • Comments ( 22 )

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    I love your positive outlook towards life! You look gorgeous as always <3

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    Love these striped pants! Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!

    xO – Steph

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    shanielle lawrence

    I am glad that you know that giving up is not an option. The fact is consistency never goes unnoticed, the law of averages keeps everything balance, for instance, you have day and night, hot and cold, good and bad without good bad would not exist would just be..Anything that happen to us in life is caused by us when we have that mindset we can take responsibility of the situation that will allow us to change the situation. I’ve set many goals with specific time frames attached to them, however,when I fall short of my target I realize that I must work 10 times harder. Continuously visualize only the things that you want to achieve, and block out the thoughts that allow you to feel discourage. Know that our thoughts become things and create our life.

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    Mini Backdrops (@minibackdrops)

    Your outfit is cute, but your pep talk is better! Keep at it 🙂

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    All of your outfits are always so perfect Ruthie! I am in love with these striped wide leg pants! Adorable!

    XO Morgan

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    Krista Williams

    It’s so funny because i would wonder – what goals does she have that she HASN’T achieved already? Seems odd to me because you are doing so well, putting out AMAZING content and just really have made it SO FAR in such a short time!
    I think you’re incredible! Keep it up, boo.

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    Those pants are so fabulous and look amazing on you! Great writing above your images…persistence is key and we have all hit those times where we don’t want to keep going, but thanks for the encouragement to keep going when I don’t feel like it!


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    Such a good post, Ruthie. Loved how honest and transparent your written piece was and the outfit and photos were just gorgeous. I feel like we’d connect so well when we meet (that day better come!) because I can appreciate a strong woman with a positive outlook towards life.

    Keep at it, darling!

    Gunjan |

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    I love your persistence quote. Actually came at a time when I needed to hear that myself. I know you posted it for yourself, but it helped me too. Ooooooh and the outfit??? Hella cute too Ruthie! <3 <3 <3


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    What a great outfit! I have a weakness for pants like that

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    I think it was you who once posted about not comparing someone else’s page 20 to your page one… keep that in mind babe! I often get discouraged, especially about this blogging deal. I mean who wouldn’t want overnight success. You are amazing! Remember that!

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    I love this post so much!! Always so inspiring Ruthie! And you are rocking this outfit sister! Xo, Roselyn

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    Tailored and true

    Ruthie you look amazing I love how you’re pushing the wide leg boundary here and killing it!! And I love your quotes and motivation! It is so true that nothing worth having ever comes easy. You have to keep working and keep trying!

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    Seriously can you be any more fabulous- I want your closet… especially those PANTS. Keeping going lady, you are awesome!!
    xx, Lauren {}

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    The Style Contour

    Ruthie, you are such an inspiration, girl. I loved reading this post, it’s a topic that I can certainly relate to. Looking back on my life and the trying times I had to endure, I’m thankful because waiting for the things that I have now, which aren’t always tangible, proves that in the right time, it’ll all happen and all the puzzle pieces will fall into place. I think the hardest part is the not knowing. When? When will this or that FINALLY happen?! Someone knows when 🙂 You look absolutely gorgeous in this look, I love both your makeup and outfit. You’ve styled these trousers to perfection! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!



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    Jennifer Frick

    You speak to my soul EVERY time I read any of your posts! Persistence is such a key element in obtaining your goals and seeing the results you strive for – even if it may take 10 years! But let me tell you, your success won’t take 10 years because I see it happening to you every. single. day! You are a constant inspiration, Ms. Ruthie! I’m glad giving up is not an option for you because you would surely be missed! 🙂 As for this outfit, girl you know I LOVE IT! Not only does this pant look super chic, but they look so comfy as well! Gorgeous! xoxo

    Jen |

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    Love those pants!

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    Life Lutzurious

    You nailed it with this: “Sometimes I feel like writing about what I am experiencing helps me process and give me fuel to keep going!” I guess that explains why a lot of my fashion posts turn into long diatribes or life lessons! You are seriously major goals in all aspects of your life…blogging, being a momma, a business owner, etc etc etc. Just know how amazing you are and the impact you are making on this community!!!! xoxo Oh, and beautiful pants!!! HOT MAMA!

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    Miss Melissa (@Melissamchee)

    I’m loving your hair and the pants are fun too.

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    I am always giving myself pep talks too! 🙂 You look fab in this post sweetie!

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    Ruth-Ann, every single day keep affirming to the universe that you will reach your goals. Imagine the feeling that you will experience when it happens. Allow that beautiful feeling to permeate your soul. Have faith. Believe in your talents. You will persevere and succeed! 🙂

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    Heather Johnson

    Ruthie! My gorgeous friend! I love this post – not only because of the most amazing gorgeous wide leg pant look EVA’, but because of your message of encouragement. This could not have come at a better time for me to read – been struggling with this as well, and even did a post on this recently talking about going back to basics and using God’s Word as a guide for everything – even the business of blogging. Now I just need to consistently put it into action, lol… I think that is part of persistence right? ha ha. Thank you for this continued encouragement – you are one beautiful babe, inside and out – you are truly doing an amazing job and are such an inspiration!

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