December 30, 2017

Rose, Thorn, Bud | Reflecting on 2017 & Looking Forward to 2018

Over the Christmas holiday, I read this blog post by Monica at The Elgin Avenue. It references an aptly named technique for the floristry community called Rose, Thorn, Bud!

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.



  • 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!


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  • Susie says:

    Thank you for sharing you. Personally, I have had a big year of transformation and action and your post is inspirational. Wishing you a very Happy New Year. X

  • Vicky says:

    I know we are already a good few weeks into the new year (and fast approaching Valentines and Mother’s Day!!) but I have only just seen this method and applied it to my own year’s plan! This is such a great way to look at things. Your ‘Roses’ look amazing! You always have so many amazing things going on, it’s always so inspiring. 🙂 x

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