Pink Blossoms: Rose – Thorn – Bud

I now have a two year old! She has twirled into her year of great:


We’re not claiming terrible twos. Her resistance and persistence is necessary for growth. I welcome this season.

Glory’s 2nd birthday arrangement. Her birthday is on Rose Day.

I just have to stay grounded and gritty like a plant.

Roses offer great insight on how to do this.


Rose, Thorn, Bud is a reflective model I learned from Neil Pasricha. It’s super simple and quick to implement! 

Rose, Thorn, Bud is a connection point that I have most nights with my kids. Many times they will eagerly ask to replay their day, vulnerably sharing their inner world.

Glory’s birthday celebration included eating in her tiny apartment.

In a safe space, we share what well in the day, what could have gone better, and what we are looking forward to. We listen to each other and give counsel. There are praises and apologies. I may have been a rose, a thorn, or even both that day.

Glory and I created this arrangement together for her 2nd birthday.

When the trials and challenges seems too heavy – I’ve found that peeking into the future provides:


A shift in perspective. Reminding us that “the good” and “the bad” that we encounter in the present is temporary. I encourage you to consider incorporating Rose – Bud – Thorn into your nightly routine.

Please circle back to let me know how it goes for you!

Hang In There Buddy,

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