Stop Choosing To Worry

Stop Choosing To Worry

"I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about." - Henry Ford
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Good old stress. Every college student knows it all too well, especially with finals right around the corner (along with about 10 papers/projects we haven't done yet). I worry about basically everything. I worry myself sick at times. I worry if I'll get stuff done in time. I worry if I'm even doing it right, even though I've already written about a thousand papers. I worry about if I'll get into graduate school. I worry about what graduate schools to apply to. I worry about when I'll meet my future husband. You get the picture. You may have even felt some anxiety just by reading it.

In recent weeks, my anxiety has spiked at different points. It always goes away, but there have been at least three times in the past couple of weeks where I have actually cried because of the stress. Most of the time it's because I tend to complicate things that are fairly simple. I'm kind of an obnoxious person so everything I do is kind of obnoxious. I over-analyze and over-think just about everything. I would be lying if I said that I didn't want this semester to end. I am actually 100 percent desiring for this semester to end. I'm ready to forget all the emotionally trying times this semester has brought me through.

Anyway, in all of my human disaster, I started realizing something. It all started one Sunday when I woke up at 3:30 in the morning. I have insomnia as well, so there will be weeks at a time where I might get an hour or two of sleep per night. That particular morning, I made a promise that if I didn't fall back asleep, I would go on the roof of one of the dorm buildings and watch the sunrise, which is one of my favorite parts of creation. Needless to say, I did not fall back asleep. So, as quietly as I could, I grabbed my snuggie and my phone and made my way to the roof around 5:45. I put on some worship music and just sat there under the stars. Within the next hour, the sun slowly started to rise. I started to see birds flying around and I was reminded of Matthew 6:26, "Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" I laughed to myself as I found myself wishing I was a bird so I didn't have to worry. It was then that I felt God speak to my heart. He told me that I don't have to be a bird not to worry. I can be me and not worry. He also brought back to my mind Romans 8:15, "For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

You see, when you realize that God is your Father and that you are His child, you begin to actually know that you will be cared for. Do you ever doubt that your parents will show up or not house you? Probably not. They are your parents. Taking care of you is, more or less, their job. If that's the case, then why do I doubt that God, my Heavenly Father, will not be faithful to His promises that He has made towards me. If I'm truly His child, why do I have to worry? I don't. I choose to worry. And that, my friends, came as a shock to me. I'm choosing to worry? Why would I choose something that is so unhealthy? I choose to worry when I forget who my Father is. I choose to worry when I forget who I am in Christ. I choose to worry when I forget that all of His promises are true and He is faithful to complete them.

When God brought that to my attention, it was the most freeing thing to ask for His forgiveness and ask Him to cause His peace to guard my heart and mind. Do I still struggle to not worry about everything? Heck yes. But surrender is a daily thing. I will not get it perfect the first time. I will learn day-by-day to let it all go and let Christ take full control. After all, He purchased an abundant life for me, not a worry-filled life. So the next time you find yourself filled with worry, I encourage you to remind yourself of who God is and who you are in Him. I encourage you, as the semester comes to a close and the summer begins, to choose to believe what God has promised He will complete. Until then, occupy yourself with the Kingdom work that's right in front of you.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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The 5 Types of Retail Customers

A run-down on the many forms of customers you either encounter as a retail employee or are guilty of being.

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We all get summer jobs or seasonal jobs at some place to get that extra cash when we find ourselves broke after spending $300+ on Ubers/Lyfts in under a month (possibly speaking from personal experience). This in turn led me to broaden my job searching horizons and led me to work at a fast food chain that goes by the name of 'Salsaritas' (ironic since my nickname is Salsa, also was not intentional) and currently a retail store at a local mall. So, I guess it's safe to say that I have come across a lot of different people with a whole lot of personality. Working in these types of industries, it can sometimes be really hard and pretty interesting. So voila, here we go:

1. The Always Angry Customer

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This is the customer that is constantly angry. They walk in pissed off and they want everyone else to know that they are pissed off. This type of customer also uses at least one of these following sentences: "Let me talk to your manager. Who's your manager?" or the "How long have you been working here for?" Honestly, there's not much you can do to help them other than try to just do what they ask for and get them the hell out of there as quickly as possible.

2. The Messy Customer

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Easily one of the most annoying types of customers (sorry). This person will walk and run their hands through an entire counter or rack full of perfectly folded clothes, unfold them, and then just leave them on the counter or on the floor. They also have the "it's fine, it's their job to fold them" mentality. Honestly though, how hard is it to put a jacket or shirt back on a hanger? And if you're this type of customer please, please, please, put what you found back where it came from. Sincerely, every retail employee ever.

3. The Super Nice Customer

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This customer is god-send and thank god that they exist. They are the ones who you can just tell are genuinely good people. New at work and don't know how the hell to ring up a customer at a register? No worries, they'll wait there patiently, smile at you, and occasionally tell you that "you're doing great sweetie." They treat you like you're not just a retail employee and at the end of the day, you just wanna give them a hug for making your day feel less shitty.

4. The Talkative Customer

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There's two parts to this one. This type of customer is either talking on the phone while you're ringing them up at the register or is just trying to get to know literally everything there is to know about you. If they're on the phone, it's impossible to know if they're responding to you or to the person who they're on the phone with. The worst part is when they hold up one finger to signal to you that they'll be just a minute and leave you to just awkwardly stand in front of them while trying not to listen to their entire conversation. The other part is when they just want to get to know you which is cute and all until they're just trying to analyze your entire background, where you're from, what you're studying, etc. Luckily if you're like me who wasn't born in the U.S. with a very ethnic name, you just scored yourself a talkative customer. Well done and good luck getting out of the conversation!

5. The Last Minute Customer

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Imagine that you just did an 8 hour shift and right when you're about to clock out and head out to go home, you see a customer walking in literally a minute or two before the whole mall is about to close. They'll probably ask you if you're about to close even though they can see that there's not a single person inside there other than you. They'll also probably tell you that they know exactly what they're looking for. It's never true and get ready for that OT. But hey, on the bright-side, you'll get a fat pay-check.


So, the next time you find yourself at a mall...Remind yourself to pick up something you might've accidentally dropped, keep in mind that workers are human beings too, and kindness goes a long way because at the end of the day, that employee could be one of your loved ones.

Until next time,

Salsa.


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