Rose, Thorn, Bud | Reflecting on 2017 & Looking Forward to 2018
The idea is to decide on the highlight of your day (Rose), what went wrong during your day (Thorn) and what you’re looking forward to tomorrow (Bud). The method can be equally applied to a year. And I thought you may find it useful for reviewing your last 12 months, plus looking forward to 2018.
Here are my personal reflections and plans for the next 12 months.
- Speaking at The Chapel Designers Conference in London
- Attending the McQueens Italian Masterclass in Cermignano
- Attending The Brand Stylist Retreat in Majorca
- Starting and continuing to work with my coach Elizabeth Cairns
- Interviewing five florists for British Flowers Week
- Interviewing florists and traders for the new video for New Covent Garden Flower Market
- Attending Jennifer Pinder’s 2 Day Portfolio Workshop
- Attending a Large Urn Workshop with Firenza Flowers and Sarah Winward
- Visiting flower growers Holme Flowers and Picked at Dawn in North Yorkshire
- Attending a dinner in celebration of the centenary of the BFA at the Palace of Westminster
- Attending Ponderosa & Thyme’s London Workshop
- Launching the new hashtag #inthefloralspotlight and account @inthefloralspotlight
- Attending a Christmas Class at the McQueens Flower School
- The @underthefloralspell Instagram account reaching 50K followers
- Visiting Zita Elze’s Florist Shop in Kew
- Attending All For Love‘s Christmas Wreath Workshop
- Working freelance with New Covent Garden Market
- Weekends | The Scarlet Hotel, The Pig at Coombe, Bordeaux, Bristol, Bucks, Dorset
- Holidays | Salcombe, Ile de Re
- Spending time with family, especially my two little nephews, at Christmas
- Working virtually every waking minute | This year, I’ve assessed the impact of my work on my well-being and now fully appreciate that ‘you can do anything but not everything’. 2017 has been about making adjustments, including changing my blogging schedule, taking a YouTube vacation and delegating the day-to-day running of the Flowerona for Florists Facebook Group to a committee of members. Since August, I’ve started to have more personal, non-work time in my week, something that’s been a rarity since I started Flowerona in 2010.
- The financial side of running a small business | Collating expenses and producing accounts are one aspect of my job which I really don’t enjoy and actually find quite stressful. So, I’m so pleased that I’ve finally made the decision to invest in the book-keeping services of my accountant.
- The undesirable symptoms of ‘the change of life’ which hits women of a certain age | Oh my, where do I start?! I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say that this has been a very challenging year on the health front. I tried to steer clear of popping pills by attending lots of weekly classes at the gym, healthy eating, meditation and reflexology. But the symptoms just didn’t improve. So I’m now one month in on my second type of medication. (The first one made me feel worse!) Crossed fingers this version kicks in soon.
- Launching my new lnstagram for Florists Online Course
- Attending Vervain’s Seasonal Class
- Getting out of the office more, meeting and catching up with people face-to-face
- Spending more time behind, and possibly in front of, the camera
- Continuing to work on being less busy and more productive
- Prioritising self care
So, as we come to the end of 2017, why don’t you also spend some time thinking about your Roses, Thorns and Buds? I’ve found the process both thought-provoking, as well as therapeutic.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!