7 Steps to Being Yourself As You Begin The New School Year

The ending of summer brings with it an array of new beginnings. Pool days will soon be replaced with school days and late nights with early mornings. Although circumstances may be changing, our hope is that you don’t. As the new school year begins and new pressures arise, the importance of staying true to you is greater than ever. 

What does it mean to “Be You” and how can you remain authentic during times of change? 

Being authentic means embracing who you really are, at your very core, and acting in harmony with your values and beliefs. In order to achieve true authenticity, you first have to understand what that looks like for you. This process requires self-awareness, mindfulness, and self-acceptance; three values that Kids America live by.

The mission of Kids America is to bring you back to the inner kid; to inspire and empower you to Find You. Here are 7 tools that will help in the discovery of self and your journey to remain authentic this year, regardless of any circumstances.

 

  1.     Explore You:

As mentioned above, in order to be yourself, you must first explore what that means. Spend some time diving deep this week in order to reconnect with your innate child within. Allow yourself to be very honest about your desires, feelings, and thoughts. Ask yourself the following questions:

  •       What traits do I feel define me?
  •       What words would others choose to describe me?
  •       Which role do I play in my group of friends?
  •       How would a stranger see me?
  •       What do I want others to think about me?

In addition, give some thought to the major decisions you’ve made in life, both positive and negative. Reflect on your discovery and own it! Once you know who your authentic self is, you can then begin aligning towards living as that person.

  1.     Continuous Improvement:

Authentic does not equate to stagnant. Occasionally, adapting and changing can be tagged “inauthentic” by society when in reality, growth represents an awareness of self. Inauthenticity happens when we change because someone else encourages it; on the contrary, authenticity happens as we change due to our own development and desire. Work on improving yourself this year by taking diverse classes, reading books, and being conscious of every action you take. Remember, authenticity demands you only change if it feels right to you. 

 

  1.     Honesty:

The foundation of an authentic life is built on truth. Although it may be difficult to do, being honest will ultimately lead to more respect and genuine relationships in your life. This year, you may be faced with difficult situations, so make the decision now to be honest in everything and stay true to you. Never compromise your beliefs or values to make someone else feel comfortable. The truth will set YOU free! 

  1.     Avoid Negative Influences:

Does the crowd you surround yourself with bring out the best in you? After your interaction, do you leave uplifted or beat down? As the new school year begins, you have a choice. You get to choose your surroundings and your networks. If your influences push you to be something directly contradicting your genuine self, it’s time to regroup! The new year offers the perfect opportunity to meet new people and find those that support and invite you to be true to yourself.

 

  1.     Set Time Aside For You:

Self-care and reflection are crucial on the journey to self-discovery. Take time for yourself each week in order to reset and remain true to you. Inauthentic people often neglect the things that interest them, in favor of pursuing whatever they believe to be popular or socially required. Never sacrifice your desires or needs in favor of others. When you take care of yourself, you are being mindful and will find yourself feeling better mentally, physically, and spiritually. Once your cup is full, you can then overflow to others in abundance.  

 

  1.     Have The Courage To Face Your Fears: 

Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone this year and allow confidence to override fears. So many times we allow fear of failure, rejection, or judgment to hold us back from shining as our true selves. As you find the courage to overcome those fears this year, your confidence will begin to increase and your true self will flourish. And remember, it’s okay to feel fear. Courage is not fearlessness, rather it’s showing up and confronting and embracing your fears regardless of the outcome. Choose to choose courage, every day. 

 

  1.     Boundaries:

Set strong boundaries and stick to them. Mental health professionals put a lot of emphasis on boundaries because they set the foundation for healthy relationships and a strong sense of self-worth. When setting boundaries, be sure you are clear about your wants and never apologize for your needs. Boundaries keep you safe and help others understand your expectations. Don’t let anybody tell you that you are not enough or that you need to change. You are in control of your life and nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. Always believe in yourself, and respect yourself enough to set those boundaries.

School is starting and the true you is begging to be released! Don’t spend another minute trying to be someone you aren’t. As you step into your authentic self, you will find more respect and genuine relationships in your life. It may take time and it may not happen all at once, but as you step into YOU, you will find greater joy and fulfillment. If you need some motivation or help along the way, be sure to follow along with Kids America as they embark on a journey to make a change!

 

You can’t fail at being yourself, so be authentic.

 

 

Life Lessons Learned From 5 Uplifting Songs      

   KIDS AMERICA

 

Have you ever been driving down the road listening to the radio, when suddenly you realize you’ve known the words to every song that’s played? Whether we recognize it or not, the words we listen to penetrate our subconscious mind and leave an imprint on our brain. As certain behaviors are witnessed and then glamorized, our brains begin to mimic those same behaviors.

That’s why, especially for young kids, it is crucial that the words and behaviors witnessed have a positive impact. Kids America is on a mission to do just that — to determine our destiny and start a revolution of music with a message. With Kids America, the need to choose between good music and good values is no longer. Combining the latest music trends with positive underlying messages and life lessons, this supergroup provides the perfect melody no matter the audience. Here are some important life lessons found in our top 5 songs:

 

  1. Good Enough:

Just as the title suggests, this song is all about remembering that you are enough just as you are! Youth is filled with limitless optimism, the feeling that you can achieve anything and be anybody if you try hard enough. However, somewhere along the way, we lose that optimism and the dark walls of limiting beliefs begin to appear in front of us. Good Enough is attempting to break down those walls by offering a reminder that YOU are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to. No matter what happens, no matter how heavy life gets, the fight is never lost. Kids America urges everyone to stop trying to fit in, stop shrinking to make others feel better, and allow the champion inside to be released to fight the good fight.

“Pick myself win the fight 

The champion inside me

Don’t lose your smile you are good enough

Good enough good enough

Don’t lose the fight there’s no giving up…”

 

  1. Move Us Along: 

It is hope that will move us along! Move Us Along reminds listeners that no matter what winds arise, or how alone and afraid you may feel, you are stronger than you think. Move Us Along is an anthem of hope; not a promise that the storms won’t come, but confidence that you can withstand whatever does come your way. The song encourages us to ‘hold on’ and never give up. There is always hope and Kids America provides a beat that will move us along.

We’re trying our best in this place 

Running around in the race

Holding our breath as we wait

Let it take us away

Let the beat carry on

As the word will sing

You’ve got to be strong”

 

  1. Home:

Kids America’s mission encourages us to release our inner child and “Find YOU!” Home encompasses this mission perfectly by inspiring the listener to return to that home inside of you. Being authentic in a world that encourages fitting in rather than standing out can be scary. With the constant pressure to fit in surrounding us, it can be so easy to lose our voice in the noise. And before we even realize it, over time we end up lost and far from home. But it’s never too late to break the chains! We all yearn for home — for our truest, fullest, and most authentic version of who we are. If you’ve been wandering in the dark, Home will give you the courage to return to the light. The courage to return home to You.

“We’ve been in the dark we’ve been in the shade

It’s time we’re going home

I’ve been away for too long

I’ve been missing

Myself missing myself

We’re going home 

We’re going home”

  1. Even If the World Stops:

Even if the World Stops brings to light the importance of connection. We all need someone who understands us, to be there “even if the world stops.” This song teaches and reminds us that it is okay to ask for help, that it is okay to ask someone to hold your hand when you’re falling. You need never feel alone. It also offers a great reminder for us to open our eyes and expand our awareness to those who may be calling out for help, silently. Even if the world does stop, connection can keep us from spinning into darkness. 

“All I need is someone to hear me

In a game I don’t want to play

Cause we all need someone who understands us”

 

  1. Waiting for a Change: 

The world needs a change, and that change starts with ME! Waiting for a Change brings to light the injustice in the world and demands an answer to the difficult question, “what will it take to make the change?” This song encourages everyone to make a change first in themselves, in order to trigger a change in the world. We are all interconnected, and every thought, word, and action causes a ripple outwards affecting everyone else. Waiting for a Change promotes love over hate and encourages our battles to be united, not divided.

“What’s with all the violence

What’s with all the hate

I can hear the silence

Calling out your name

Waiting for a change.”

Kids America believes in music with a message and the overall mission is clear —  to bring you back to YOU! To help you remember that kid within and begin living from a place of joy and curiosity. Join Kids America as they work to spark a change through spreading wholesome education and dynamic leadership that will shape our future! Give the new Kids America album a listen and let us know in the comments what lessons stood out to you in these contagious five songs!

Let the new mood take over.

We are now.

We are the future.

We are Kids America.