And just like you, I wear a lot of different hats! By day, I’m an author, entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster, product creator, and the CEO of my company, Ruth Soukup Omnimedia.
But I’m also a busy wife and mom to two tween girls, a daughter, sister and friend. I’m a semi-socially-awkward Harry Potter Super Nerd, a wannabe runner, and a big fan of travel hacking, speed-cleaning, wine, and Doritos (Mmmmmm….Doritos….).
And if I’m being brutally honest, I’ll tell you that for much of my adult life, I’ve been kind-of a hot mess. In fact, at this point in my life, I’ve pretty much lost count of all the times I’ve screwed up.
When I was in my early 20’s I went through a terrible depression, attempted suicide several times, and almost didn’t survive. I’ve been divorced. I’ve filed for bankruptcy. I dropped out of college, then later dropped out of law school too. I’ve gotten fired. I’ve trusted people I shouldn’t have, and also let people down who were counting on me. I’ve made bad investments and a whole lot of bad choices. And I love Jesus, but sometimes swear like a sailor.
(I told you I was going to be brutally honest!)
But the one thing I’ve learned in both life and in business is that there are no mistakes, only lessons. And not only that, I’ve learned that all the good stuff comes not despite the struggle, but through the struggle.
I started writing Living Well Spending Less in 2010 as a stay-at-home mom of two toddlers. As a young mom, I was struggling to hold it all together, and I kept thinking that if I could just find a way to get more organized, somehow my life would fall into place. I was sure that the answer to all my problems lie somewhere in the aisles of Target, and so nearly every day I’d load the kids into the car and off we’d go.
Not surprisingly, all that time spent wandering around at Target wasn’t super awesome for my wallet, and soon my husband and I began fighting about money. A lot.
I knew something had to give, and finally, after one make-it-or-break it fight, I was scared enough for the future of my marriage to actually make a change.
To hold myself accountable, I began writing publicly about my journey of trying to live well on a budget. I wrote about the ways I was starting to save money and about figuring out ways to clean more efficiently, get dinner on the table faster, and better manage my time.
Slowly but surely, I began creating simple systems for managing my home, systems that allowed me to spend less time on all that stuff I had to do, so that I could spend more time on the stuff I really wanted to do, like start my own business.
It was a journey that I found many other women related to, and the community here at Living Well Spending Less began to grow.
And now, years later, I have come to some important realizations.
First, I’ve realized that getting a handle on your home life is essential to achieving anything else you want to in life. Whatever your big goals may be, whether it’s starting a business or losing weight or running a marathon or writing a book, it’s hard to focus on those big things when it feels like your home is constantly in chaos.
Second, and even more importantly, I’ve realized that home systems don’t have to be complicated, nor do they have to be perfect to be effective. In fact, the simpler you can make things for yourself, the better off you’ll be, even if that means cutting a few corners here and there. The goal is not to attain perfection, but to manage your home well enough to free up time for all those other things you really want to do.
If this is your first time visiting, I’d love for you to get to know me better. If you’ve got lots of time, start by reading my depression story, and then read why I took my kids’ toys away or why I make my bed every day. That will pretty much bring you up to speed with where I’ve been, who I am, and how I tick.
But please don’t think that this site is all about me…
Living Well Spending Less is a website dedicated to helping you create simple, effective home systems that actually work. Our mission is to provide simple solutions for a streamlined home life, in order to free you up to actually live your life.
We’ve got a ton of resources to help with this mission, and if this is your first time, we know it can be just a little overwhelming. It is definitely our goal to make this site as user-friendly as possible so that you can easily find whatever it is you may be looking for. Here is a breakdown of what you’ll find on this site:
At Living Well Spending Less®, we believe that cooking delicious, budget-friendly meals shouldn’t have to be complicated. Instead, we’re all about simple family-friendly meals that come together fast, no-cook freezer meals that can be assembled in minutes, and easy recipes that use 5 ingredients or less. All our recipes are field-tested in our LWSL test kitchen and use common, everyday ingredients & pantry staples. In other words–we do the work so you don’t have to!
For most of us, life is busy, always moving and always changing. From spending time with the people who matter most to following our own varied interests and pursuits, it’s always important to hone your skills from time to time. Here at Living Well Spending Less®, you’ll find articles and content that help you create better habits, better productivity, and a better life.
Discover the secrets to modern homemaking. From cleaning & decluttering to decorating and maintenance, keeping your home running smoothly doesn’t have to be a chore. Here you’ll find tips, tricks, & advice for cleaning faster, organizing and decluttering easier, and taking all the mystery out of decorating.
Getting a handle on your finances is one of the most important things you will ever do. Our SMART money tips will help you set a budget, pay off debt, plan for the future, and save more money in your everyday life, on everything from food to utilities to clothing and more!
Need a little extra help creating simple home systems that really work? Living Well Academy is the home management program that will show you how to create better routines, better habits, and better home systems in just four weeks that will allow you to stay happy, healthy, & productive, even in the midst of your everyday overwhelm, so that you can get more done.
I don’t write specifically about blogging or how to start an online business here at LWSL, but I do love helping and mentoring other bloggers! If you are interested in learning more about how to start a successful, profitable content-driven online business, please check out my best-selling book, How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul), or check out Elite Blog Academy.
The best way to stay connected is through our free email newsletter, which offers a free weekly dose of encouragement and inspiration, as well as links to all our latest blog posts and podcast episodes. Many of our readers say it is the highlight of their week! When you sign up, we’ll also send you our Living Well Starter Guide as a free gift.
With more than one million monthly subscribers, this blog and business has blossomed far beyond what I could possibly manage all on my own, even as a full-time job. I’ve been very blessed with the support of some amazing people who work behind the scenes to keep everything running smooth. You can meet the entire team HERE.