Good afternoon! Tracy and Dustin from The Perfect Pair had a fried rice recipe on their blog, and it made me super excited to make my own vegetarian version.
My fried rice contained:
- Tofu (Nasoya extra firm, pre-cubed; cooked in wok for about 5 minutes first)
- Brown Rice (also precooked)
- Sweet corn
- Teriyaki sauce
I fried everything in our huge wok (which we got at Marshalls and was totally worth the $12!). The result was a restaurant-worthy meal!
There are a lot of leftovers, so expect to see this meal again! :) I know the Husband is going to be really excited when he comes home for lunch, too.
Today, I am thinking a lot about rejection.
Rejection sounds like a bad thing, doesn’t it? It sounds like we’re not wanted, needed, or desired when we are rejected. But, I’ve discovered that getting rejected is only bad at first… it can end up being quite good!
- In 8th grade, I was not admitted to a special high school and thought it was the most terrible thing EVER. The high school I ended up attending was awesome, and I received an amazing education.
- In college, my boyfriend dumped me so he could date over people. I was really, really upset, and I actually hyperventilated after he broke up with me! :( But, one month later, I met the Husband, who is my true love and soul mate. If I hadn’t been dumped, who knows what would’ve happened?
- And when I was shopping around my book proposal, I was rejected by THIRTEEN publishers before two publishers agreed to talk with me further and make offers.
Yes… the Operation Beautiful book received a lot of rejections! It was hard to get rejected. Some publishers just said “No,” and others wrote out really nice rejection emails for me, encouraging my agent and I to take the book to someone else who might be a better fit.
After one month of rejection, my spirit started to get really low. But I told myself, “All you need is one yes.” And I believed that and held onto that hope! And then I started to say stuff like, “Even if no one buys my book, this was a great experience regardless.” And you know what? I believed that, too. But… then I got the call! 🙂
I truly, truly believe that everything happens for a reason. When a door closes, I try not to wonder what could’ve been behind it… I start looking for a window! :) I have faith that things will work out the way they are suppose to. In similar vein, I once wrote about getting over the fear of hearing “No.” Check out “Afraid to Ask.”
What rejection have you received that turned out to be a GOOD thing?
I don’t have a rejection that turned out to be a good thing – yet. But, this post made me look at the things I’ve missed out on with a positive outlook 🙂 Love it!