Graduation Advice

Be present
Show up. Truly listen to people in the moment without thinking about what you want to say next. Listen in between the lines in order to truly see people. Do one thing at a time: multitasking is overrated and really does not work!
Surround yourself with positive people
Run from the gossip grapevine. It is too easy to get caught up in negativity around you at the water cooler. Make a commitment to not join in and you will set yourself apart from bad situations. Plus you will attract more positive people!
Live in gratitude
Be thankful for your blessings even in trying times. Enjoy every moment and don’t try to rush your life. The days are long, but the years are short. Find ways to express your gratitude with those you love.
Keep/grow your relationship with your God. Find stillness in your life and just be. Get involved in things that bring you closer to God and not further away.
Take risks
Live out loud! Try new things. Put everything out there and see what sticks. Listen to that small voice inside you and be true to it.
Stand up
Make sure your actions match your values. Be firm in what you believe and help others to reach their potential, especially those who do not have a voice.
Use your gifts freely. Love without expectation. Help without judgment. Give without want.
Be sure to take time for recreation in your life. Spend time with those you love no matter how busy you are and don’t take yourself too seriously.
People will disappoint you. You will probably disappoint yourself too. But every new day can be a “do-over”. It does not matter if and when you fail. It just matters what you do next.

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