This past Saturday was our son’s college graduation from UC Davis. He majored in Political Science and minored in Communications. We’re so proud of his accomplishments and can’t wait to see where his next adventure takes him. My husband and I are now proud parents of two UC Davis grads, and the college days have ended. πŸ™‚

This leads me into sharing some wise quotes on chasing dreams and being true to yourself at the same time:

β€œTo be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

β€œAlways believe in yourself and always stretch yourself beyond your limits. Your life is worth a lot more than you think because you are capable of accomplishing more than you know. You have more potential than you think, but you will never know your full potential unless you keep challenging yourself and pushing beyond your own self imposed limits.” 
~ Roy T. Bennett

β€œDreams become regrets when left in the mind, never planted in the soil of action.” 
~ Auliq-Ice

β€œThe point of dreams was never to be the affordable option, it was the one everyone else saw as a mistake and every creative person saw as an opportunity.” 
~ Anastasia Bolinder

“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.”
~ Paulo Coelho



53 thoughts on “Accomplishments

  1. Lauren, I enjoyed this positive post very much! Was thinking of you Saturday, knowing the celebration you were having for your son. (Will email you back soon. πŸ’•)
    Great quotes – they gave me a lift! Also enjoyed the photos. πŸ˜πŸ’“πŸŒΈ

    1. Glad you enjoyed, Betty! We had a great weekend and are so proud of him. Thanks for thinking of me, too. πŸ™‚ I wanted to add more to this post besides just our celebration, and one can never have enough quotes! Looking forward to your email also, and thanks again! Hugs! β€πŸŒΌπŸŽ‰

      1. I don’t, but I’ll visit their blog and thanks for the link. Hang in there, too; it’s all exciting busy-ness. :)β€πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ§‘

    1. Thanks so much, John, and you’re right, UC Davis is a great school. We’re happy it all worked out that they both went there, even though unplanned in the beginning. Yes, definite happy times!

      1. I did my undergrad at Michigan State University and it was a choice of necessity. Grad at Notre Dame. Was glad I was able to get the undergrad degree in the first place. Over time no one cares that I didn’t go to Stanford, especially me.

    1. Wise words, Ben, thank you! We haven’t had time to pause just yet though because we’re planning a grad. party for him on Saturday. After the party, we will pause and collapse. πŸ™‚ He already has a plan, so we’ll see what happens next.

  2. Lauren, congratulations!! A huge achievement and I am sure you are SO proud! Your quotes touch me deeply and are relevant to us all, whatever stage we are at in our lives. Fear can eat away at dreams, turning them to dust and it’s so important to not let this rule! Warmest wishes to your son and his next steps! hugs xx

    1. Thanks, Annika! I can’t even describe how proud, and I’m so glad you liked the quotes. It took longer than I thought to really find quotes that stood out from the rest. Fear has paid me a visit before, I admit, but then I’ve opened the door for its exit. πŸ™‚ Thanks again for your warm wishes and kind words. Hugs back to you! β€πŸŽ‰

  3. Wow! Time for celebration Lauren! What a proud and precious moment! Congratulations to all of you and thanks for sharing lovely pictures. Stay blessed and soak in the glorious moment of life. Accomplishment hugs to the proud mom. πŸ™‚ Wishing your son a bright future.

    1. Thanks so much for your wonderful wishes and hugs, Balroop. I felt like happiness abounded throughout your entire comment! We had a great weekend and celebration tied into Father’s Day. But now we’re planning a grad. party for him on Saturday for around 55 guests. So, the celebrating will continue. πŸ™‚ Hugs to you, my friend…🌻🌷🌼

    1. Thanks, Andrew, and that’s awesome! UC Davis is a great school, and we’re grateful that both our son and daughter graduated from there and with wonderful experiences.

    1. Aww, thanks, Scott! We’re so proud of both of them. Did you see the pic I posted on fb? We’re prepping for Michael’s party on Saturday for about 60 people. I’m just hoping everything falls into place and the weather is good. πŸ™‚ Hugs, my friend, and Happy Friday, too!

    1. Thanks so much, Naima! It’s definitely an exciting time, and we’re so proud of both of them. Glad you liked the quotes, too, and hope you’re doing well. It’s so good to see you! ❀

  4. Congratulations on having two graduate from UC Davis! You definitely did it right to raise two outstanding children, Lauren. Best wishes to both of your children on their chosen paths. Your photos are wonderful, but the one of Steph and Michael is precious! Love and hugs, dear Lauren. πŸ¦‹πŸŒΈπŸ’–

    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment and wishes, Michelle. We’re very proud and look forward to seeing what happens next. I had that photo of them both made into an 8×10 for our wall. It’s next to their photo from Steph’s graduation. πŸ™‚ Big hugs, my friend. πŸŒΈπŸ΅πŸŽ†β€

    1. Thanks so much, Aquileana, for your wonderful words. We had his grad party on Saturday, which turned out great. So, now we can breathe and relax. πŸ™‚ Big hugs to you, my friend, and I am really behind on blog reading, but will visit you soon. Lots of love, too! β€πŸŒ»πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“

  5. Congratulations once more to him,best wishes for a brilliant career,dear Lauren!
    Your photo collage and your quotations deeply touched me.Be proud,my friend πŸ™‚ ❀

      1. I’m heading over to your site right now, Doda. I’m so behind on reading with all the grad. festivities. πŸ™‚ Have a good day! β€πŸŽ‰πŸŒ»

  6. Such wonderful news!! Many congatulations to your son and to you and your husband for having brought both your kids through college and sending them well prepared on their way and life! Your son radiates so much happiness in the pictures, wish him all the best for his future plans and dreams!
    Love the quotes, they’re wonderful every single one of them! Much love! πŸ’•

    1. Your comment moved me, Sarah, thank you for your wonderful wishes and warm words. I’m glad you liked the quotes, too. We all can use some inspiration at some time. It’s been so exciting, and the grad party we threw for him last Saturday was also a success – one of the best nights, he said. Now moving forward into the next adventure. πŸ™‚ Much love to you, too, my friend…πŸ’—πŸŒΌπŸŒ»

      1. Here’s to many more memorable and best events in all our lives! And wonderful adventures too!
        Happy weekend, dear Lauren! xoxo πŸ’—πŸžπŸŒΊ

    1. Thanks, Iris! It’s exciting and we’re so proud of both of them, now having two college grads. As parents, it’s fun to see how our children grow and where their paths lead them. ❀

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