bouquet file

Here’s another wonderful piece of advice my previous boss, David Norgard, gave me.

When he noticed that I was having a hard time dealing with criticism and could almost never remember the positive feedback I had received in the past…he suggested something very simple that has helped me tremendously.

He told me to take a plain old manila file folder out of the drawer and write “bouquets” on it. Then, every time someone wrote or said something nice to me, I needed to print it out or write it down and put it into the folder. That way, when I was feeling particularly insecure or stung by criticism, I could go to the file and gain a little perspective.

Seems simple, but it made a big difference.

a bouquet for you

A bouquet for you!

9 Responses to Bouquets

  1. anna November 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    Rachel, you amaze me.


  2. Lynne Whitacre November 2, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    Now this is a great idea!!!

  3. claudia kaul November 2, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    I’ve been doing this for years, but call it my “appreciation file.” I still have files with special cards, notes, memos etc. from 20 years ago. Maybe that’s a bit excessive but it works for me. It’s like opening a treasure box and rediscovering a world of love and support.
    It’s such a good idea to do this. And I love the way these things come to light for all of us. Thanks Rachel.

  4. Noemi Hedrick November 2, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    very helpful.

  5. Ron Duffy November 2, 2010 at 9:29 am #


    I enjoyed this post. Thank you. I like to save note cards, emails, etc, when someone has said kind words to me or about me, but over time, they tend to “get lost.” So, when a bad day / week occurs, these “bouquets” are not accessible. So, the idea of keeping an “appreciation / bouquet” file is a good one. I labeled a folder a few moments ago. I trust I will start using it. Thank you. Ron Duffy

  6. tami November 2, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    thanks for sharing this idea! I have recently starting doing this, and it feels so good knowing how loved you are when you are down!! awesome idea!!!

  7. Carol November 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    I like it!

  8. Gail November 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Luv it! I’m going to try it!


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