I don’t even know where to start. There has been so much discouragement hitting me recently. After spending three hours on the phone with tech support for my hosting company, nothing was resolved. Matter of fact, things got worse after I hung up with them. I have had my website emmhealthyliving.com hosted through them for the last couple months while I work on the site updating it almost daily with no problems. I just got another domain name emmsart.com and have been trying to upload it with no success because it keeps throwing up a server error.

Hello Mr. Tech Support Guy? It’s on your end. I don’t care what you say. He really annoyed me the way he acted as though I didn’t know what I was doing. Did I have it pointed to the correct folder? Did I have it spelled correctly? Did I have too many allowed permissions? Am I just a freaking idiot? Ok, so he didn’t ask that last question, but he might as well have. After politely arguing with him, I had enough and just said ok, fine whatever. I was done with him. it was obvious I was not going to get anywhere with someone who already had his mind made up that it was a problem on my end.

After all that, I just decided that I would work on my first site some more, after all, I still have a bazillion pages and other things to add to it. So, I open my program to edit the website some more, save, and publish. Go to look at it and WTF?! When I typed in emmshealthyliving.com.. it pulled up emmsart.com even though the address clearly says emmshealthyliving. Ok, maybe in my exhausted state, I accidentally uploaded the wrong site. No big deal, just go back in and fix it. Five minutes tops. Nope. Still the same thing.

So, I decided to log into my hosting to see if I can figure out what’s going on. No dice there either. The idiot changed my password! So I had to wait for that email with a new temporary password. You know, the email that seems to take forever when you’re waiting on it? yeah, that one. Grrrrrrrrrr!

I’m fuming by this time. Yes, quite a few non-lady like words escaped through my lips. After what seemed like an eternity of taping my fingernails against the table waiting, I got the email and was able to reset my password. Yay, I got into the control panel for the hosting. I have no idea what all he did. There are sub-domains added, things pointed here and there and none of it makes any sense now. He even created a new username for me. What. The. Hell. Man?!?! Grumblesnarlhiss!!! I will deal with that tomorrow. If I think about it much more, my head will literally explode all over this screen and that would make it hard for me to see what I was doing.

I then wanted to go ahead and create my new facebook page. I have an old one and I really don’t like the name at all and good ole facebook won’t let me just change it, so fine, I’ll make a new one and start fresh. Things were going smoothly.. time to pick a name. Ok cool, I checked a couple weeks ago and the name I wanted EmmsArt was available. Typed it in.. no go. Someone already got it. Seriously? A name like that and someone took it?? This woman goes by her full name and she just had to pick her last name to use in front of art. Ahhhhhhhhhh!

At this point, I’m ready to sit in the corner, rocking back and forth, crying and just give up. I can give up my business, become a bum and live on the streets. Who needs money and a roof over their heads to survive, right? Ugh who am I kidding? Ok, a few minutes of freaking out is over.

I’m too stubborn to give up that easily. Discouragement can only kick me around for a little while before I come back punching and kicking butt. I really do believe all things happen for a reason. Even things such as all this. You can make anything into a positive: I came up with better ideas for the direction I want to go and how the sites will look as a whole. The name that I am gong to have to use on facebook instead of EmmsArt will be EmmsArts, which is actually better because I do more than one type of art (painting, digital art, reproductions onto other products, photos, and more), so the extra ‘s’ at the end will work just fine. This whole ordeal also gave me time to get other things caught up since I’ve been so obsessed with getting these two sites completed. I’ve been through far too many things to let something like this get me down.

Now, I just have to figure out if I want to give my website the same name. I mean, what’s another $13 to get another domain name after spending so much on this endeavor anyway. Right?

So, after all that rambling, what is something that you’ve had to overcome?


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