Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 HS Graduation Time is Here! Keep it Simple!

As every May rolls around, spring weather is enjoyed, weddings start to show up on your calendar, and the inevitable High School Graduation season captures your heart if you know someone embarking on this transition of new beginnings and purpose.
Traditionally speaking, your loved one will soon be walking with their class, eager to take selfies with their cap and gown with their similarly dressed besties and overpost the excitement of this big moment.
We can only hope that they can focus long enough to feel their sense of accomplishment, along with that of their peers, with the Pomp and Circumstance melody playing like a broken record. 
As students and faculty talk at length and speak of the class of 2018, may each graduate really listen and take time to breathe, appreciate and respect all that this moment entails.
This is a powerful and pivotal day that each student has been waiting for according to their own agenda, of course.
Some graduates think they have their life planned out while some just want to "get out on their own". It is all good.
A meaningful graduation ceremony is there for anyone to embrace its significance.

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

There is too much pressure on kids today. 
This group of high school graduates has had to deal with unbelievable circumstances such as bullying, social media and an array of scary situations in school settings. 
All of this added on top of being a teenager, trying to learn who they are and express their view on life, these kids have faced challenges we will never understand. 
Each individual ultimately has their own journey, but we as loved ones must stay engaged by encouraging a healthy way to walk through life.

"The Greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." - Denis Waitley

Unfortunately, entitlement is rampant. It's an obstacle that we all face.
Graduates have little to no clue what reality will be like.
Being available to offer them advice in the moments that are coming will be priceless.
Encouraging them to live with joy and passion in their heart and to see the good in every person and situation is invaluable. Lessons will be learned.
Being able to handle stress and having respect will lead them to success.

If you enjoy country music or not, Tim McGraw's song Humble and Kind is a nice wish for all 2018 graduating classes.

Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

"It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." - J.K. Rowling
At this point, the preparation for the celebration is almost done.
The senior pictures have been done, printed and announcements sent out.
Caps and gowns were paid for months ago.
The graduation celebration your loved one will have has been planned with love.
Now for the Graduation Party!
You may be hosting or helping with a grad party, and whatever you are planning, keep it simple!
The memories and emotions that will be shared with family and friends will dominate over the decorations and fancy food.
The graduate will be honored and this time is to enjoy the celebration as this is what will be remembered!

Simple Tips for Grad Party:

Pictures, Chalkboards, Balloons, Poster Boards with baby pics all the way up to senior year, a few personalized or school colored mugs, use a basket from the house for cards.
School colored napkins and plates will bring a lot of character, no need to try to hang annoying streamers and decor that can fall down.
Create your own "photo booth" with designating an area with a few props from your home. Keep a camera near so you will be able to take quick photos with everyone who stops by! It will easy to print them from one camera into a photo book for a precious keepsake. 
Borrow or rent a chocolate fountain, you will then need less cake or cupcakes.
Serve food that will be easy to monitor, fix and refill.
Juice boxes for kids, maybe a homemade punch.
Beer and wine for adults. 

Congratulations on your Graduate!

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