Hello, all! I haven't posted on Click Clack Clunk in a while; however, unlike my previous blog-hiatuses, this one was for non-academic reasons. Actually, I wouldn't call this break a hiatus at all! I've actually made a new blog-home for myself called Little Alpenglow.
For a while now I've been feeling a little bit like I've outgrown this space. I started Click Clack Clunk as a high schooler, and although it has been less than three years, a lot has changed. Primarily, my vision as a blogger has shifted from "crafty-artsy-fartys-DIY" to more of an all purpose "lifestyle" sort of thing.
Anyway, it's been a blast building up this blog. I learned a lot through Click Clack Clunk, and I definitely value the experience it's given me.
And to those of you who have read along: thanks. This experience wouldn't have been the same without you.
If you want to check out my new digs, my sweet crib, my humble abode, please join me over at Little Alpenglow!
I've been thinking lately that my Patagonia messenger bag needs a little personalization. After all, I use it everyday to haul my gear around, so why should it be boring? (To be fair, it's not boring. It's actually a nice cobalt blue.)
Anyway, a couple weeks ago, I was browsing my Instagram feed, and Sean Tulgetske posted about a collaboration with Kimberlin Co. for "Great Northwest" themed patches (patch 3 & 6). Then, yesterday I was drooling over Lizzie Garrett Mettler's blog, Tomboy Style (if you haven't been there, you must check it out!), and found some patches made by Best Made Company (patch 4). The remaining patches are from a shop called Mokuyobi Threads on Etsy. It is an adorable shop, with lots more super nifty patches for sale.
In a few weeks, once finals are over, I think I'll reward myself with a few patches for my bag. If I find more "wow" worthy ones, I'll be sure to share.
I have dealt with a lot of stress and anxiety in the past two years. I can trace the beginnings of this to when I started undergrad as a pre-med (which is not for the faint of heart, let me tell you). Because finals season is around the bend, I thought I would compile a quick list of truths that have been important for me during times of stress. Obviously, these apply to non-college students as well.
My hope is that by writing these down, I will remember them when the inevitable hits in a few weeks. Hopefully, instead of going into full on "I-am-gonna-fail-and-live-in-a-cardboardbox-forever" mode, I will be able to remember these truths and keep them closer when I need them most.
So, here are a few (hopefully) helpful things to remember when that big exam or job interview is coming up. (Or whatever else is stress/panic/hyperventilation inducing in your life).
1. Being surrounded by community is a good thing. I know when I'm stressed my first instinct is to lock myself away in my apartment. But, if I'm by myself, I often am able to convince myself that my problems are worse than they really are. Being intentional about not going into isolation ensures that there will be people around you to speak truth in the situation.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!"
2. Worrying won't change the past, or future–so we should just stop! I worry way more than I should, but in the end it doesn't do anything. Worrying doesn't help me to score well on an exam. Neither does it determine how the next day or week or year will go. I think I often use worry as a metric for how important something is to me, or how crucial I believe it is.
The truth here is that God tells us not to worry, and assures us that he will always provide the things we need. He knows what's important to me (or maybe better yet, He knows what's important for me). It's up to us to trust that he will provide.
"And he said to his disciples, 'Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing... Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you."
Luke 12: 22, 23, 31
3. Last, God has a plan for us, and regardless of all our planning, in the end His will is what will stand. Not ours. His. I suppose this can be both discouraging and uplifting, depending on how you interpret it. I see it as this–that if it's God's will that will pan out anyway, there are certain details of my life that are not worth stressing over.
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."