Geeking Out About {14} // Badges and Patches

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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.

Faith // Three Things to Remember When We're Stressed or Anxious

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!"
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
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."
Proverbs 19:21

About Me and the Blog (In Case You Had Questions)

So, I just redid my "About Me" page, and I thought I would post it here too. Enjoy!

What's with the name?
Yeah, this is a totally legit question, because frankly, this blog has a weird name. So, Click Clack Clunk is supposed to be my spin on "Click, Clack, Moo... Cows That Type." I realize now that it isn't the clearest use of parallelism; but I have become attached to the name, so it's staying. 
See??? It's a real book! 

Favorites? (Books, colors, movies, etc.)
I don't know if anyone is actually interested in this stuff. But here goes...

Book: I love lots of books, so here are a few of my favorites.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Naked by David Sedaris
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Movies: Honestly? Anything DISNEY! I'm probably too old for them, but I've decided to just let it go. After all, if love is really an open door, it shouldn't matter how old I am. (If you got those references, gold star!)

Shows: Parks and Rec, 30Rock, and Arrested Development are all favorites of mine! But, I also watch Korean dramas pretty often. My favorites for those are City Hunter, Boys Over Flowers, and 14 Days. They are all free on Hulu (be careful though... they are super addicting.)

Color: Blue or green.

Food: Gotta get me some of that Korean food! Mmmhmm. 

What do you do in your free time?
I don't have much free time, but that's just part of the premed life. When I do have a moment to spare, I spend it doodling in my Moleskine, designing blogs for wonderful people, or just hanging out with friends. 

So... what is this blog actually about?
That is a great question, and I don't really have a good answer. I generally post about what's going on in my life in the moment, stuff I am geeking out about, and also my attempts at creativity (so doodles, and photography mostly). 

This started as a craft blog endeavor, but when I started school, I realized that wouldn't be a feasible thing. The blog has changed a lot, direction-wise, in the past two years. I think in the future there will be more posts about photography, my life, faith stuff, and (of course) doodles. 

Are you always this snarky?
Yup. Although, I've kind of toned it down in a lot of my posts. I think that is something that will be changing in the future. 

One more thing. What is this "faith stuff" you speak of?
Fair enough. I am a Christian, and I take my faith very seriously. I believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that he came to Earth to heal our broken world. He did this through His death on the cross, and his resurrection. If you have questions about what this means, I encourage you to watch this video here. It's powerful stuff. 

If you have more questions, just ask me, and I'll do my best to answer them. Live long and prosper! (That's nerd speak for "peace out!")

In This Moment I Am...

>>listening to Rend Collective's new album The Art of Celebration. I am a huge fan of the sound that Rend Collective gives to their music. Generally speaking, Christian music is not my favorite, because it often is just an empty attempt at sounding mainstream. Rend Collective really just does their own thing, and their lyrics are genuinely encouraging to listen to.

>>watching 30Rock. Why had I never watched this before??? Tina Fey is so great. That is all.

>>reading The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder. I actually just finished this one. A little while ago I worked on Lisa's blog, and she was sweet enough to send me a signed copy of one of her YA novels. The entire book is written in verse, and I really enjoyed it! (I definitely recommend it.) Check out Lisa's blog here.

>>learning to trust God with my future. I have been struggling a lot with stress and anxiety in the recent weeks. It wasn't until recently that I realized the root of this is a hesitancy to trust God with my future.

>>excited for the weekend! My school is having a concert with David Guetta, Ra Ra Riot and Magic Man on Friday... and if that weren't enough, I am hoping to watch Captain America on Saturday! (Bummer it's only Monday...)

>>wishing that finals would just come and be over already! I want summer to be here.

>>giving up Facebook. It's not for lent, it's just because I was wasting a lot of time on it, and getting caught up in the minutia of other people's lives that I really had no business being interested in.

>>recommending this video here. You may have seen it already as it made its rounds on Facebook a couple weeks ago. But, it's so great, and rings so true to our social media driven society.