Nobody puts baby in the corner. Unless the baby is your blog. And you have a massive test to pass that takes over 2.5 months of your life.
Good news is that it’s all looking up from here! I took my NCIDQ Practicum test a week ago Saturday. It’s the last section in a series of 3 that I have to conquer to become a Registered Interior Designer. I’m just so excited to have it behind me, go back to normal life, and get back to some blogging!
The week leading up to it, my mood was consistently somewhere between frazzled hot mess and a snapping turtle. It can be so difficult to balance work and life alone, then throw 2-3 hour daily study sessions into the mix and it was enough to make me feel insane. (It makes me really wonder how all those Moms out there do it!? Major props to them!) I even was dreaming in test mode. Not to mention, feeling extremely nervous. You practice drafting techniques and memorize those codes until you can (literally) recite them in your sleep, but you still don’t know what scenario you will get on test day.
I’ve found in any situation that is scary and unknown, the best thing you can do is just tell yourself “you got this”. Believe in all of the work you have put in and be confident you are ready to take on anything. Setting yourself up for success is also helpful! I Googled “brain foods” and “what to eat before a test” because I feel like I needed every ounce of brainpower working with me on test day.
I woke up that Saturday at 5:45am. I got to the test site about 45 minutes early. For someone who is habitually late I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to get there and get comfortable. We tested for 4 hours, had a 1 hour break, and resumed testing for 4 more. In the last couple hours I had a headache and felt like poo, but as you’re racing against the clock you just have to keep going. I finished with about 5 minutes to spare, just long enough to review a previous exercise.
Leaving there, I felt a sense of overwhelming relief mixed with exhaustion. It was done and over. I felt positive about it and accomplished. It went about as good as it could have! YES. Now it’s time to get some Chinese take out and call it a day.
Later that night and the days following was what I like to call the “oh sh*t!” phase. Oh sh*t did I label that correctly? Oh sh*t did I remember to dimension everything? Oh sh*t did I make that counter the correct height and long enough? Oh sh*t?! These thoughts would enter my head randomly – like during the workday or in the middle of the night. Then I would panic, try to remember back, then either breathe a sigh of relief or ultimately just try to forget it since what’s done is already done.
I think you just want to succeed so much that your subconscious keeps all these thoughts right there in the back of your mind. It’s like your brain tries to come up with reasons why you passed or failed so you can have clarity on your outcome, instead of feeling like you’re stuck in limbo waiting for your results. I tend to over-analyze everything, but since I wont find out the results for 2-3 months, I’ve accepted that I need to let it go. So that’s where I’m at… just hoping for the best over here!! 🙂
The last few months have been a blur with how busy things have been. It being April already is unreal, but I’m excited to see what this month brings. I feel like it is almost like a new year for me again. I’ve started to set some more career and personal goals. The wildflowers are in bloom and we went river tubing for the first time this year!
In other exciting news, I found out over the weekend that I won Tracery‘s giveaway, so I get a copy of their new book! So super excited to get my hands on this pretty little treasure. You should all get a copy too! I’m sure it will be fabulous!
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