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, doesnâ€™t it? It sounds like weâ€™re not wanted, needed, or desired when we are rejected. But, Iâ€™ve discovered that getting rejected is only bad at firstâ€¦ 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 hadnâ€™t been dumped, who knows what wouldâ€™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.
Yesâ€¦ the Operation Beautiful book received a lot of rejections! It was hard to get rejected. Some publishers just said â€œNo,â€ 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, â€œAll you need is one yes.â€ And I believed that and held onto that hope! And then I started to say stuff like, â€œEven if no one buys my book, this was a great experience regardless.â€ And you know what? I believed that, too. Butâ€¦ 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 couldâ€™ve been behind itâ€¦ 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 â€œNo.â€ Check out â€œAfraid to Ask.â€
What rejection have you received that turned out to be a GOOD thing?