Thursday, May 28, 2015

Oh The Places You'll Go -- Graduation Celebration!!

School's OUT! Doesn't matter if you have a senior heading out into the big bad world or a a kindergartner moving on up, there's something to be said for the accomplishment of making it through the school year. 

I read an article of the 25 best Quotes and Commencement Speeches by famous people and picked my favorite five pieces of advice to share with you . . . 
(all pics are from that article)

Amy Poehler, Harvard University in 2011

"Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible…Limit your 'always' and your 'nevers.' Continue to share your heart with people even if it's been broken."

I LOVE Amy Poehler and her sharp wit. If you want to see the fun we had discussing her BFF Tina Fey's book, Bossypants, click here.

Steve Jobs, Stanford University in 2005

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.... Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

We read the incredible biography about Steve Jobs and learned so much about him, his creative mind and his tenacity. You can see the Steve Jobs Recap here!

Bobbi Brown, CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Fashion Institute of Technology in 2014

"Work hard but work smart. Always. Every day. Nothing is handed to you and nothing is easy. You're not owed anything... No job or task is too small or beneath you. If you want to get ahead, volunteer to do the things no one else wants to do, and do it better. Be a sponge. Be open and learn."

Ellen DeGeneres, Tulane University in 2009

"Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else's path. Unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path, then by all means you should follow that… Be true to yourself and everything will be fine."

Meredith Vieira, Tufts University in 2008
"You're going to have naysayers, and I'll tell you, you will throughout your life have people who will tell you not good enough. Maybe they're jealous. Maybe they think you aren't. Maybe they've had a bad day. But ultimately you have to believe in yourself."

I love hearing inspiring quotes like this because no matter what stage of your life you're in, there's more to learn, more to try, more to achieve. Especially as we're jumping into summer where everything slows down and the days linger, it's a great time to challenge yourself and your kids to find a way to stay hungry for what life has to offer. 

I'll leave you with this parting life advice that both impressed me and made me laugh . . . 

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Until next time . . .
Your Writerly Ranter,