Back-To-School • A Rainbow of Advice!

Hi! School just started again (NOOOOOO), so I thought that I’d better post before things get TOO hectic and crazy! 🙂

If you’re a student like me, you know that going back to school – especially if you are starting at a new school – can be really stressful and even a little (or a lot) scary!

I’ve done girl power posts in the past, but always about famous girl power stories – never any about your own girl power. I just want you to know that it’s there! It’s inside you! Everyone has power and strength inside themselves, and it’s just a matter of digging it out and letting it show!

So this post is going to be a mashup between girl power and school. Girl power at school! Advice on how to be confident and not stressed, even when going to a new, scary, or difficult school.

That’s it for the introduction. Oh, one more thing: I hope it helps! 🙂

RED – the color of power!The color red can make you feel strong and powerful. When you see the color red, remember that YOU are strong and powerful. The color red can make you feel like your energy is renewed. Red is the strong desire to work hard and persevere; red is self-empowerment; red is the blazing fire inside of you, the voice telling you not to give up. At school, if you can’t seem to get a math problem correct and want to give up, if you have a huge project and not a lot of time to complete it, whenever you’re feeling a little hopeless, be like the color red, and don’t give up!

ORANGE – fun!I like this description I read of orange: “Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow.” It’s true! Orange can represent joy and sunshine. It can also symbolize enthusiasm, happiness, creativity, and determination. Those are all such great qualities! The one that sticks out to me the most is creativity! Even though you may not think so, creativity is actually super important in school. Even if you’re not taking art classes, you can see creativity in pretty much all subjects of school. Science: see God’s amazing creativity in action as you learn about His creation! History: look at others’ creativity in the past, and learn from it! English: creativity is definitely prominent in writing and literature! Math: use your own creativity to think of a new angle to look at something, or a better way to solve a problem. So like the color orange, be cheerful and creative!

YELLOW – the color of happiness!The color yellow can evoke pleasant and happy feelings. Bright yellow grabs your attention immediately. It makes me think of sunshine! The color yellow can remind us to be happy and joyful. Yellow is cheery and warming; it can make you feel happier. Use yellow to help you out when you need to smile. Yellow can make you think of smiley faces. Whenever it seems like there are clouds and no sun, yellow can remind us that the sun is still there, shining just as brightly as ever behind those clouds. Try to emanate joy and friendliness at school, like the color yellow, even when you’re feeling down! Just smiling can make you feel happier. Acting happy, joyful, and sunny, like the color yellow, can make you feel that way inside!

GREEN – the color of growth and new life! Green is Mother Nature’s personal favorite – it represents plants, flowers, growing, freshness, fertility, and living things! Wow, that’s a lot! Since green represents growing, it can also remind us of improvement. School might feel boring and pointless sometimes – or A LOT of the time – but remember that YOU are learning! You’re growing! You’re improving! Just like green plants are growing. Green can also represent life. Remember that life is a gift; enjoy it! Time spent at school may seem wasted, but it’s actually not! You are alive; living, breathing, and thinking! Every moment you are alive is a miracle, a gift from God! So the next time you’re sitting in math class counting ceiling tiles, focus on every breath that goes in and out of your body. Be grateful and happy to even be breathing, even if it is in math class! So go through school (and life in general) with a mind open to learning and a heart grateful and happy to be alive!

BLUE – the chill color!Personally, blue is my favorite color! It is so calming and soothing! Blue is associated with tranquility, trust, wisdom, and confidence! It is suuuuuuuper relaxing. At school, it’s a really good idea not to be uptight and tense all the time. Being relaxed and going with the flow a bit will be very beneficial. Blue can remind us not to freak out if we have a problem, like not being able to get your locker open, forgetting a book at home, or worrying about being late to class. If you freak out, the problem will only get worse! Taking deep breaths and remaining calm helps you to keep a clear head so you can solve the problem quickly. The Bible tells us not to worry, and to instead pray! Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The color blue can be a fantastic reminder of that! Like the color blue, we should be relaxed, calm, and confident that it will work out. So the next time you get a HUGE amount of homework, remember that you didn’t study for a test, or don’t understand something in class, breathe deeply and don’t stress. You got this!

PURPLE – the noble, royal color!Purple is another one of my favorite colors! It’s kind of like a mesh between blue’s stability and red’s energy. It symbolizes power, nobility, and dignity. Purple is largely associated with royalty. Purple can remind us that we have power, nobility, and dignity! It can remind us to be confident, and that we are dignified. We should hold our head high and walk with confidence. The Bible says that we are God’s children. (John 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”) God is the creator of the universe, the king of all existence, and we are His children! That means that we are royalty, too! Purple can remind us to carry ourselves with dignity and confidence – we are royalty!

GOLD! – treasure!Image courtesy of freecreatives.com

Gold is associated with wealth, quality, and value. It can remind us that we are of value! We should know that we are treasured! Romans 5:6-8 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” We were, and are, worth enough to God that He would send His own son to die for us. We are worth that much to God! So therefore, there is no reason for us to tear ourselves or others down. We should treat ourselves and others like they are valued and worthy. God created us in His image! Genesis 1:27 “…God created man in His own image…” We are made to be like the creator of the universe! And He claims us as His children! How amazing is that?????? We should always remember that we are worthy, treasured, and of value to the ruler of the entire universe.

I think that the key to succeeding at school is having a combination – a rainbow – with all these character traits – colors!

  • Red: perseverance and passion
  • Orange: creativity and cheerfulness
  • Yellow: joy and happiness
  • Green: open-mindedness and gratefulness, enjoying the miracle of life
  • Blue: calmness
  • Purple: confidence and dignity
  • Gold: knowing our own worth and value, and treating others like they have worth and value

Bye for now! Good luck at school! Now I have to go tackle my own schoolwork… 🙂

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