Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Travel Tips for a New College Graduate II

1. Opportunity will arrive at the most surprising times.  When it does, run with it.

  2. When opportunity eludes you, put yourself out on the edge.  Take a chance.

3. It's at the edge where dreams come into reality, assisted by a secret formula of your own devising.  It involves just the right ratio of imagination to persistence, and shoveling lots of dirt.

4.  Never become too comfortable with your own success.  Watch your back.

5.  Don't be afraid to ask for help, but remember too many cooks spoil the soup...

...and that's why God created sushi.

Even so, the humblest meal, shared in good company, makes for a feast.

6. Imbibe with moderation.

7. Carry on the family traditions...

...but always remain true to your own unique vision.

8.  Time doesn't wait around.  It just keeps walking.  The journey calls for appropriate footwear.

9.  The pot of gold isn't at the end of the rainbow.

It's all inside your head.  Make the most of it.

10. Maintain your skepticism.

Don't believe everything you read.

It's your life story.  Write the very best one you can.

Oakley Chad Merideth

Bachelor of Arts in English,The University of New Mexico, May 2011

 Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Arts in psychology, The University of New Mexico, May 2011
Cum Laude
 National Society of Collegiate Scholars
 Dean's List
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society
Music Assistant, KUNM
Academy of American Poets Undergraduate Poetry Prize
English Teacher, Daegu, South Korea


Daryl said...

WOW .. you should be crowing .. wait, you are! And what a wonderful post, I have no doubt Oakley Chad Merideth will go far! Congrats!

San said...

Thanks, Daryl. He's a gifted young man with a clear sense of purpose. We are all very proud of him.

Akelamalu said...

Well many congratulations to that young man! :)

San said...

Akelmalu, thank you for visiting.

jsd said...

Congratulations to Oakley! This is absolutely beautiful!

Oaks said...

Hey mom,

this is a wonderful post! I love it and I love you too!

San said...

JS, you understand how it is, sharing these successes with our offspring.

San said...

Oaks, I love you too. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

Shrinky said...

Oooooh, me toes are curling, I've just read the comment Oaks has left and it's simply melted me - what a wonderful family you are, and what mother's heart wouldn't be bursting with pride, seeing all that her boy has ALREADY achieved? The sky truly is the limit..

this apple hasn't fallen far from the tree.

Lee said...

Wow! Congratulations to Oakley and the proud parents and sister. He's done wonderfully and I'm very sure his life's journey will be exciting and accomplishment filled.

Great post San! I always love it when you include family pictures.


San said...

Shrinky, as always, you are very, very kind. Thank you much.

San said...

Lee, I'm glad you enjoy the family pictures. It's always fun to compile them in a post.


Raven said...

Congratulations to the graduate (and his proud parents). Good advice and entertaining too.

Thanks for the sage-burning. May it bring results for both of us.

San said...

Raven, thanks for stopping by, bearing your good wishes.

As to the sage-burning--indeed.
: )

Hilary said...

Bravo.. to Oakley for such wonderful accomplishments, to his parents for a son well-raised and to you for such a tender yet amusing post. Really nicely done all around!

San said...

Oh, Hilary, you are making me smile from ear to ear! Thank you much.

Celebration of Life said...

Congratulations, Oakely!

San, I am sure you and Bennie are as proud as you can be!

Love the blog!


San said...

Thanks, Jo! I'm glad you were able to swing by here on your lunch break.

SandyCarlson said...

Summa! Congratulations!

This was a lot of fun. I will string these pearls and wear them.

David said...

Congratulations, Oaks! Love seeing this old family photos and reminiscing about old times. Can't wait to watch as Oakley takes off on other adventures!



San said...

Sandy, you've always worn pearls. Quite well.

San said...

Flan, we're all watching, aren't we? Love to you.

sukipoet said...

gosh, even my heart is swelling with pride! A double degree. Impressive. I love the tips and the photos along with. Especially the going to the edge tip which I can use for myself many years beyond being a college grad.

Congratulations to Oakley and all of you. May his journey through life be sweet and filled with joy. Hugs, suki

San said...

Such lovely wishes, Suki. Thank you!

I believe we all need that "edge" tip. It's hard advice to take, especially for me.

Hugs back.

Maggie May said...

Congratulations to Oakley. He has done well.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

murat11 said...

Love the tribute, mama-san. Only you.

Erin N. Payton said...

This is wonderful. It's very nice to see him through the years in such a thoughtful, articulate way. I've always known my cousin was meant for greatness-- what a mind he's got and has always had! Lovely!

lime said...

that's an impressive resume already.

and that's sage advice from mom.

being true to your own vision is the shot though that makes me happiest. :)

congratulations oakley!

Kim said...

Congratulations to Everyone! What great advice, but it seems to me this young man knows where he is going and is willing to allow his life to unfold in front of him! Excellent work all around!

San said...

Maggie, thank you so much.

San said...

Paschal, is that a brand new profile image, or is it several months old? I haven't been getting out much.

San said...

Cud'n Erin, thanks for the visit, and your gracious words.

San said...

Lime, I'm with you. That's one happy shot. It was one happy day.

San said...

Kim, how I love the idea of allowing life to unfold. That's a knack we all could use, no?

lear1958 said...

Hi San, I love the way you put this together. Oakley is really remarkable. You're doing a great job with my nephew!

San said...

Shucks, Ruz.

Maggie Neale said...

Kudos to Oakley, to his parents, and sister. Fun to visit with you all through this blog...entertaining way with words, San!

Anonymous said...

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With best regards,
Mehdi Haghshenas

San said...

Maggie, it's great to see you here, after your experience with the Grandmothers.

San said...

Hi Mehdi. Thanks for the invitation.

C.M. Jackson said...

just saw this...Congratulations to Oakley and to you ---well done mom and dad!!!

San said...

C.M.--do you plan to be in Santa Fe again this year?

ieee projects said...

Congrats to the young boy, rainbow is beautiful....

San said...

I agree, IP. That rainbow's appearance was quite fortuitous.

myonlyphoto said...

San you have done a wonderful job!
Congratulations to all of you.
Anna :)

San said...

Anna, before you know it, you will be celebrating moments like these!

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Congrats!

Carol said...

Dear San,

I have been off of blogger for months and I didn't know that you had commented on my blog way back in May! Thank you for your comment and my apologies for not replying. I didn't know...

Now your college grad is probably doing amazing things in this world. Belated congratulations to the graduate and to his parents!

I hope you are well. Even though we have not blogged and commented for months, I still feel connected to the wonderful expression of life called San.



Unknown said...

Wow! Excellent, San!

My congratulations, blessings, and prayer to/for Oakley!

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

San, I shor hope yu ar OK.
Well, mutch MOR than OK!!!
Sending big Bear HUgs from a littol (8 inch) Bear.


B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

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Maggie Neale said...

San, Just crawled back into blogland and see that you haven't posted here for a year...hope all is strong and with humor for you.

Sabi Sunshine said...

Hi San,

How are you doing?

Waiting for your new post..!

Well I hope everything is going well with you.

Sabi Sunshine

Sabi Sunshine said...

Hi San,

How are you doing?

Waiting for your new post..!

Well I hope everything is going well with you.

Sabi Sunshine

Sabi Sunshine said...

Hi San

Waiting for you to comeback to the blogworld. Miss you

Sabi Sunshine

Unknown said...

Very nice and lovely picture all of you. thanks for sharing this

Sabi Sunshine said...

Wishing you a very happy New year 2013. May God bless you with all the happiness in the world.

Waiting for you to write your blog again.

Sabi Sunshine

Fred Wickham said...

Sandra & Bennie. Wonderful to hear from you. Great family pictures. Yes, by all means, get back to blogging!!!

Ileana said...

What a fine day for a first visit. I found you through Adventures in Sparkland and I'm truly enjoying this post with so much life and encouragement (and great pics, btw). Have a beautiful weekend!