I was introduced to the Rose, Thorn, Bud technique through a random Reddit post months back. The Rose refers to the highlight. The Thorn refers to what went wrong. The Bud refers to the future and what one is looking forward to. I thought it was a good way to get introspection on my life so I am adapting it to my 2016 year in review. As some of you may know, I started Meal Prep Rockstar because 2016 is the year my world fell apart. Daily caloric intake was the only thing I had control over, hence the birth of this blog.
Rose: The highlight of 2016 was discovering how amazing my friends are. In early 2016, my life fell apart. Without the unwavering support of my friends, I would not have made it through without undergoing severe depression. I have never felt so humbled in my life. By their kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. I am truly blessed to have their ongoing and continuous support still.
Prior to age 20, I didn’t really have any close friends. My father despised liars and would make me kneel on a wooden washboard if he caught me in a lie. During my teen years and early college, telling the truth did not exactly endear me to my peers. I unwittingly hurt a lot of people’s feelings by being extremely blunt. Yet as an adult, my straightforwardness has allowed me to befriend some truly amazing people who has continuously stood by my side without me even asking for it.
Thank you to my friends who makes getting up each day worth it. I know how busy you all are with balancing families, kids, and jobs. To make this much an effort for me touches me more than I can express in words.
Thorn: There was not just one thing that went horrifically wrong in 2016, there were two. I would have liked it to share it on this blog. However, the two events in question did not happen to me personally though I am deeply entrenched. Therefore, I must respect other people’s right to privacy. It is sufficient to say that both events are listed in The Top 10 Stressful Life Events on the Holmes Rahe Stress Scale.
As stressful as it is for me, I can only imagine how much more pain my loved ones are going through. The only thing I can do is be supportive and be kind. I have regretted much in my life, but I have never regretted not being kinder.
Bud: I am looking forward to publishing my first and second book! Book One is a short novel 30,000 word feel good humor romance that gave me a lot of pleasure from writing it. It has allowed me to escape into a word when real life gets too harsh. Currently in the final draft phase which I will hopefully finish by this Saturday 12/31.I plan on self-publishing this book on Amazon Prime sometime early 2017.
Book Two is a full length 80,000 word novel I have been working on since 2012. It is the book that made me shed blood, sweat, and tears. I have spent so much time with the main characters that they are real to me. I am not yet done and probably will not be done until June of 2017. For Book Two, I will be seeking out a literary agent who can better sell my book to publishers. I expect to be rejected a lot but that will never stop me from giving up.
Future of Meal Prep Rockstar: I will be posting one tasty lunch/dinner recipe with calories counts and cost estimates every week. Eating delicious healthy meals is of primary concern to me. Without health, one has nothing.
I would also like to do a second post showing what I eat on a random day every week with a calorie count for the entire day. I need to be responsible for what I put into my body because during this holiday season I have gained 8lbs. The reason was because I was lax on calorie accounting. It felt terrible because I had been doing well for so many years that I thought it was okay to loosen up just a tad.
Calorie counting is unforgiving and only deals in exacts and not generous estimates. Hence back to a strict 1200 calorie diet until I can drop back to my normal weight of 108lbs which on my 5’1 frame is considered to be a healthy weight.
Every so often there will be a random post much like this one where I write whatever comes to mind because future me would like to know what I felt at this point in time.
Cheers to a bright future for all!