May. May is the month of graduations. Well, and June. Sometimes June. But mostly May.
If you’re graduating this month, I’d like to offer you some advice.
I know you’re not asking for my advice. I’m by no means an expert at life. But I’ve “been there, done that” once or twice, and I have a few gems I’d like to offer for the next step in your life journey.
One: Never worry about being overdressed. Heels are always fashionable. Wear them. Own them.
Two: Wear sunscreen. And if you forget to wear sunscreen and get a horrible sunburn, take an oatmeal bath. And then wear sunscreen next time. Lesson learned.
Three: Make a to-do list. Then actually do the things on the list. Cross them off when you’re done. You’ll feel really good about it.
Four: Do things for other people. Life is about relationships.
Five: You don’t know it all. Don’t act like you do. Other people have acquired knowledge that you have yet to obtain.
Six: Eat dessert.
Seven: Get a job. Any job. Don’t mooch off of your parents for the next year while you “take time to discover yourself.” You can “discover yourself” just as easily while making minimum wage at the Gap and paying your own rent.
Eight: Sometimes people will make you cry. Your life is not over. It will get better. It always does.
Nine: Drink more water than alcohol.
Ten: Stop and smell the roses. Watch a sunset. Marvel at a rainbow. Take time out of your crazy, busy schedule for the little things. Because it’s really the little things that matter, anyway.
Eleven: If a boy is mean to you, move on. He’s not worth your time. Eat a pint of Chunky Monkey with your girlfriends and start scoping out new prospects.
Twelve: Eat vegetables. Any color will do.
Thirteen: At some point in the next few years, you will work in a crappy job. Or have a crappy boss. Or live in a crappy apartment. Just because it’s crappy now doesn’t mean it will always be that way.
Fourteen: Don’t do stupid things. Keep it classy.
Fifteen: Wear expensive lipstick.
Sixteen: Don’t be afraid of change. Sometimes you’ll end up in places you never anticipated. Embrace the unexpected. Grow where you’re planted.
Seventeen: Facebook is not real life. Honestly. It’s not.
Eighteen: Pull your hair back into a ponytail so everyone can see your pretty face. And smile. Always smile.
Nineteen: Eat breakfast.
Twenty: Figure out what you really want in life…then work your hardest to get it. Never underestimate yourself. Trust God like you’ve never trusted before. Don’t settle. Exceed expectations. And when people tell you that you can’t, prove them wrong.
Congratulations! Oh, and if you need a dessert for your graduation celebration, I recommend these. They’re fancy. They’re easy to make. They’re pretty. They’re definite crowd-pleasers. Totally graduation party-worthy.
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Adapted from KraftFoods
Active time: 20 minutes
Start to finish: 5 hours
Makes 9 bars
12 Oreo cookies, finely crushed (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 ounces white chocolate, divided
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup red raspberry preserves
Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 8- or 9-inch square pan.
Melt 2 ounces of white chocolate as directed on package. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition until blended. Pour over crust.
Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool 5 minutes; spread with preserves. Melt remaining white chocolate; drizzle over cheesecake. Cool cheesecake completely. Refrigerate 4 hours.