Thursday, August 25, 2016

Getting ready for the school year

Can you smell the fresh paper in the air?

It is creeping closer and closer to the end of August, and school is just around the corner. This, along with Fall, is my favorite time of year. Sure, Summer has its beaches and tanned skin, and Spring has flowers and showers, but Fall has school supplies.

Please don't tell me you can't wait for Summer to be over.

Cool it. I love Summer. Being sticky with sweat and having hair three times its natural volume is great. I don't like to say "I can't wait", ever. Because I know that I can.

Nonetheless, when it is time for school to start, I get excited. And, here is why:

5. A fresh start.


This year, I'm going to keep my locker clean.

This year, I'm going to do my homework early.

This year, I'm going to be outgoing.

This year, I'm going to get straight A's.

This year, I'm going to...

Everyone has a list, because a new school year means a new opportunity. It's a fresh start. You've had the Summertime to take a break, relax, work on your jokes. Now, you're back and planning to make things happen.

Now, if you're like me, at the end of the school year you will be cleaning out your locker full of crap, just scraping by with all your late work, still too shy to talk to anyone new, and definitely not a straight A student (although you hangout with those people). Truth be told, you may find that you've fallen into your old rhythm, and nothing much feels different. That was school though, and you didn't know what you know now. Today you may not be actually anticipating the start of school (unless you're super excited for your little ones to start and get our of your hair), but you can still take this opportunity to start anew. #BeBold #BeAwesome #BeWhateverYouWant

4. Time to learn.


I love to learn. Who doesn't? If you say you don't like to learn, you're lying. People innately like challenges and like to overcome obstacles. Well, ignorance is your biggest obstacle of all. #TackleIt

Algebra got super boring last year, but this year I am taking Literature. To be or not to be? I'm going to find out!

Routine is great for many things, but it is so easy to get stuck in ruts. Break free from your routine this school year. Learn something new!

3. New outfits.


Who doesn't like a reason to buy a new outfit? No, I do not like shopping as a general rule, but I do like wearing new clothes. Even if it is solely for the fact that I can buy a full outfit and not have to pick out clothes for tomorrow, it's great. A new you deserves a new look. #TreatYourself

2. New notebooks and pens.


Oh my word. The. Paper. Supplies.

Fun fact: I collect (my husband would say hoard) notebooks. There is something special about a unique-looking, fresh, and beautiful notebook. Sure, paper kills trees and I'm generally a more efficient technology-user when it comes to the mundane, but when it comes to the creative...I like the feel of ink-to-paper. Yes.

I've already bought my first round of school supplies, even though I am not taking classes for awhile. This time of year there are entire sections, additional sections, in stores that are dedicated to school supplies. Can it get any better? I think not.

1. A chance to redefine yourself.


New year, new you! It may not be the start of a new calendar year, but it's almost more powerful than that. For the extent of your childhood, a new school year is a brand new opportunity. You are defined as something new on pen and paper, you are in a new grade level. Sometimes, you're even in a new building. There are new teachers, new lessons, new locker, new, new, new, new, new. 

Student or not, I challenge you to take this new school year as a fresh start. Redefine who you are and bring it evermore closer to who you want to be. Millions of students are doing it. Don't be left behind.

#BeYou




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