It’s a nice problem to have…but it’s still a problem.

KLR note Nice problem

KLR note Nice problem Has this ever been said to you? When you tell someone about a problem you’re facing right now, something like….

…you’ve got too many prospects to follow up on, and they’re all good.

…your offices are getting too small, because you’ve been growing so fast and there are too many team members now.

…you’ve been asked to speak at too many events, and your diary is filling up so you can’t fit in the work you need to do.

And you’re struggling with it, and trying to figure out whether to say no to prospects or make them wait, and view new office premises, and decide whether to rent or buy… and you mention it to someone and they say: 

“Well that’s a nice problem to have!”

And then you feel…


Like you have nothing to complain about, because some people don’t have any prospects or any team members or even a business at all. Some people have huge VAT bills to pay or a family member in hospital and “they’d love to have your problem”.

Perhaps that’s true. Perhaps they would love to have your problem.

But they don’t.

You do.

And although it’s a “nice problem to have”…’s still a problem. 

All I want to encourage you with today is, it’s totally okay to recognise it’s a problem. And to be a little frustrated or discouraged or exhausted or confused or worried.

That’s part of having a problem, whether it’s nice or nasty.

You can still choose to be grateful. You can be grateful for whatever you have that has contributed to this problem – a growing business, an efficient team, excellent clients, new opportunities – but that doesn’t mean you have to act as if your problem is nothing.

You still have to decide.

What to say to the prospects. Which events you’ll go to and which ones you won’t.

You still have to find the new premises – or make some other decision.

Otherwise things will get worse. The offices will get crazy crowded and people will be bumping into each other and getting annoyed and they won’t love their work and start arguing about whose desk is whose when…and that will be a very un-nice problem to have.

Your problem will go from a nice problem to a nasty problem.

And no one will be envious of it then.

So don’t worry if someone tells you that’s a nice problem to have. Agree with them. Say it is a nice problem, but it’s still a problem…and then use that as an opportunity to ask what they think, or what they would do, or if they’ve ever had a similar situation.

Share what you are grateful for.

And get on with getting your nice problem solved.


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Morning walk. I stood and watched the ferry come in and the sun lighten this little edge of the world.
Been going through old photos and letters - the last of the boxes i had stored at my sister’s house in america. 

When I first moved to Scotland, I only planned to live here for a few years and then go back. Then after a few years I wasn’t ready yet…then I got my residency…still not quite ready….then started a business…then Scottish citizenship…bought a house …finally accepted this is my home and I wasn’t moving back. 

And with every visit back to the states I would go through more boxes, more photos and letters and memories. I’d keep some and throw others away; take photos out of frames and give away the frames; and as time went on I was able to distinguish between the ones I definitely wanted and needed to keep, and those which were lovely at the time but didn’t need to be saved anymore.

Over twenty years on and this past trip I went through the very last of the boxes. I joked to my sister that I’ve now officially settled into Scotland 😆 

This photo of me and my Gramps is a fave and definitely a keeper. Most of the photos and letters I’ve kept are those of family - parents, grandparents, sisters, nieces and nephews. And as much as I love taking landscape photos, I noticed that 20 years later it’s the people photos I am more likely to keep. Thankful for the traditions and patterns of seeing family every year or so since moving to Scotland. They’re small things - baking Christmas cookies and going for walks and going for road trips - but it’s the time together and the continuing family jokes and the memories which remain. And a few photos.

My grandfather (and all my grandparents) have now passed on, but I remember with fondness sitting around at their kitchen table, eating fresh vegetables from the garden, playing scrabble, laughing and talking and drinking coffee.

It’s the small things, and the rhythms of family, which last. ❤️ 
#family #memories #grandparents #oldphotos
Made fresh mince pies for the first time ever. Over twenty years in Scotland and I’d never tried to make them from scratch, so I figured…now is the time! I’m doing lots of thanksgiving baking (yes, we stretch it out here so I’m still prepping!) and decided to buy the ingredients. 

Dried fruit…mixed peel…lots of spices…and Venezuelan rum :) I made up the mincemeat last night, and then today put it in the little pastries and even cut out the wee stars to go on top!

I think I can safely say they’re the best mince pies I’ve ever had. Fresh out of the oven sprinkled with icing sugar and with a glass of said rum alongside :) 

Now we are curled up with a Harry Potter marathon, with plenty of mince pies AND a thanksgiving feast still to come. Happiness! 

#mincepies #homebaking #maryberry #maryberryrecipe #happythanksgiving #happychristmas #harrypotter #hpmarathon
Oh hey, it’s me. 

And a new updated KLR brand and website! 

For the past six months or so, while I was finishing my book content and the final edits from my side, we have also been working on an updated KLR brand and website, to distinguish from the PF brand and site. 

It’s a tough job, when you’re the business owner and have been for ten years. And the book you’ve written is for the kind of clients your business serves, so it feels like a PF project.

But I’ve also been working for years to figure out (and help others see) that PF is far more than me. I’m the owner and MD, and I’m involved in sales and speaking and writing, and yet our clients primarily work with the team. There are 18 beautiful humans delivering great creative work every day from PF (soon to be 19!) and as I always say to potential clients, you definitely want all of them working on your creative projects. They’re structured and organised and talented - 19x more talented than just me. 

I’ve still got my own skills. And my own identity. It took us weeks to dig into how we represent “Karen L Reyburn” as a personal brand, with an audience of clients and friends and accountants and non-accountants and witches and wizards and family members and creative humans. 

We settled on “Leader, writer, creative, coach”, because those are the areas I love the most and want to lean into more as PF grows. And as I write more books and keep being my own self. 

If you’d like to be on the list to get “Karen’s notes” by email every Saturday, or to be on the waiting list for the book (coming May 2023), the link is in my bio. 

And I’d love for you to head over to my new site ( and let me know what you love or anything you notice and wonder about! 

Stay strong, stay creative, and keep going. 

#karensnotes #staycreative #justkeepgoing