That’s some great input on the lesson workload, I’ll add some thoughts about tough spots because there will always be tough spots as long as we are learning. I can relate to that fear about getting stuck, especially early on. At it’s worst I would start to tell my self all sorts of irrational things like “See you waited too long to study a new language,” or “you are failing more than you do with other disciplines, maybe you aren’t cut out for this”. So if it may help assure you that you’ll persevere, I’ll share some specifics of the challenges I had with that vocab not too long ago. Those four raise/lower verbs are a common challenge for a newcomer. I 入れる was another that tricks me up, in fact I recently borked my opportunity to bring it to enlightened status, no biggie.
Below are my 下げる stats, you can infer from the high number of combined answers that I’ve bombed it several times. Eventually I’d see it and say ok that’s the transitive verb for lowering things, but whether or not I’d be able to word the meaning right was the trick. A clear case where I’m being too stubborn about not setting up a proper synonym.
You are absolutely right to celebrate. Keep celebrating victories big and small. Take the bruises in stride and keep moving forward.