1. Great advice at any age, Christie! I hope your grandson reads your blog or, if he doesn’t, you might want to print this up and give it to him. How exciting to be starting out in life… I wish him all the best.

  2. Cindy

    Congrats to Keaton! I’m just starting my grandma phase and can’t imagine them being 18! But when they are I hope I give them as good advice as you’ve given yours.

  3. Larry

    After wiping the tears from my eyes, you have offered great words of wisdom for our grandson and others like him. It is crazy to think we have an 18 year old graduate!! And we have nine more to go which will feel like yesterday not “years” for their upcoming journeys .
    We have been so Blessed to have brought two teenagers from each marriage and helped grow them into the parents they are ( four teenagers, what were we thinking!) and that we have seen each grandchild from the minute they were born to where they are in life today.
    Thank you Chris for always knowing what to do, what to say, and to do all that through your words and writings, so very proud!

  4. Congratulation on your Grandson’s graduation. I love your advice, especially about not holding grudges, passing judgments, or seeking revenge. Very wise thoghts!

  5. That was great advice Christie – I wish someone had cared enough about me at that age to offer such sage words (I’d probably have ignored them – but still appreciated the wisdom). I can’t believe you have a grandson in his teens – you are holding your age remarkably well!
    I think my piece of advice would definitely be to believe in yourself and step out of your comfort zone – change is scary – but never taking a risk and moving forward is just stagnation.

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

    • We ignore most of the advice we get, don’t we? Hopefully some of it sinks in. I agree with your advice 100 percent. I recently read a quote by Susan David, Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.” Aint it the truth.

  6. This great advice. I think the people in your life being most important is very good advice. I don’t think young people are as aware of how important family is nowadays.

    • It’s so easy to let work or other responsibilities consume our lives and forget what really matters in the long run. I still have to remind myself to accept invitations to lunch or walk breaks and make those human connections while I’m at work. Have a beautiful day!

  7. This is bittersweet. My granddaughter is graduating from high school this year and moving on to college in the fall. I wish I could send her in a protective bubble and at the same time, I want her to spread her wings and fly. Very thoughtful post.

  8. HI Christie

    Sounds like you hit on all the important stuff. And, it’s not just for those starting out. Your thoughts and quotes are great reminders for those of us who are on the other side of the mountain.


  9. Great advice! I have so much I want to say to my granchildren, and I say it. I just hope they remember what their old MawMaw told them! Thanks for linking up with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

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