January 2018 wrap up!

Hello, bucket list friends since January is ending soon I thought I would do a quick wrap up on the first month of 2018. I’ve been working on somethings this month and I can’t wait to tell you all about it so here we go!

 

 

My life in January 2018

 

January always seems to go by slowly for me. There does not seem to be a lot happening in January and the month just drags on. Also, the gloomy weather can cause me to become depressed. I discovered a long time ago that walking is a great way to improve my mood and that is what I have been doing a lot of this month. I have been on many walks this month and some even on sunny days! Two of my favorite walks that I took this month were the one by the beach and the one to the pond on a trail that had been closed for a long time, It felt good to go on that trail again. I also started working on one of my more long-term bucket list items #195 read 100 books in one year this month I read 8 books, so I’m off to a great start. I’ve also been doing a lot of writing this month I’ve started writing a fiction story The Unschooled Dairy of Aspen Roads (you can read it here

 

). I plan to do a lot more fiction writing this year and I have been working on two other books that I have not posted. I’ve also spent some great times with family and friends this month and as you can tell from my last blog post I dyed my hair green and that was bucket list item #166 I also booked my vacation for this summer and the destination is on my bucket list, I signed up for a 5k next month as well!   To top it all off today a whole box of my little pony toys that I won from eBay arrived today, I had so much fun looking through all the ponies. January might not usually be a very fun month but this time I feel like I turned that around, I mean I crossed off a list item and I had some great friend time! I did face some obstacles month but overall the year is off to a great start .

 

Rock on – Christina Epperly

#166 dye my hair green

Hello, my bucket list friends I’m so excited to tell you all about the first list item that I crossed off this year! I have been wanting to dye my hair green for a long time but I had not gotten around to it but I finally decided that it was time to live this small dream of mine!

 

#166 dye my hair green

 

Green is my favorite color and I have wanted to have it as my hair color for years well I decide that there was no time like now and I went for it! I bought some Splat hair color at Walgreens I got the deep emerald color. It is a very dark green but because my hair is a very dark brown I knew I needed to lighten it first luckily the hair dye came with the supplies to make my hair lighter. After reading the directions I put the hair bleach all over my hair and let it sit there for a little less than an hour it was a lot lighter not bleach blond but light. After washing and drying my hair it was time to put in the green dye. I put it all over my hair doing my best not to make a huge mess. After letting it sit I washed and dried my hair again. It was green on the top but not all over. It doesn’t matter though because I really like it! I’m happy that I crossed this item of the list. I can’t wait to see what item I cross of next!

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

New year new list items

Hello, My bucket list friends! Since we are still in the first month of 2018 I thought that it would be a good idea to add some new items to my bucket list. My list is always growing as I discover new things that I want to do. Take a look at my new list items and feel free to use them for your own list!

 

  1. Meet Alice cooper

I know it’s surprising that I did not have this on the list from the very beginning It was because I was worried that it would never happen but I’m so over that now. I have so many crazy things on the list that this one fits right in

  1. Be on the radio

I want to be on TV and write this goes with my goal of inspiring people to go for their dreams .

 

  1. Get acupuncture

When I was in massage school acupuncture was mentioned from time to time, but I had been interested in trying it before I went to school for massage.   I’m curious to see what it feels like.

  1. Go to knotts berry farm

I love going to amusement parks and this a pretty popular one  and it  looks like a lot of fun and as a bonus it’s close to Disneyland!

  1. Go to Magic Mountain

I’ve drove past this amusement park before and I’ve heard people talk about its impressive rollercoasters. It seems like the perfect place for an adventure.

 

 

 

I’m excited to have these new items join my list and I can’t wait to see what items I will cross off my list this year! Maybe even some of these new ones.

Rock on – Christina Epperly

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Five signs it’s time to move on from your job

Hello, my bucket list friends! Since January always seems to be a slow month for me, I thought that now would be a good time to share with you one of the many lessons that I have learned in life. I have seen many people and I have even be one of those people who have a job that is not good for them, but they feel like they can’t or shouldn’t leave. There can be many reasons a person may feel this way, Money is of course the biggest reason you will hear but another reason is people get used to their jobs and even though they are unhappy they stay because it is what they know. Moving on from a job even a bad one can be difficult, but when it comes to having a good job you need to put yourself first in order to find a job where you can use your talents to achieve succus and be appreciated.

Looking back when I was in a job that was not good for me I missed many of these signs, I believed that it was normal to feel that way about your job. I’m so blessed that now I have two wonderful jobs, but I know that there are many people who are in jobs that are not right for them. Based on my personal experience here are five signs it’s time to move on from your job.

 

  1. You dread being at work

You wake up on a work day and you wish you could be going pretty much anywhere else and you hope for traffic, car trouble or even a cold to keep you away from work. When you’re at work you constantly stare at the clock counting the minutes until your off. If a supervisor happens to ask if anyone wants to leave early, you always volunteer even if it means you will lose money.  The truth is you are going to be spending a lot of your life working and there is nothing good about spending a large portion of your life dreading every day you have to work. Putting up with these feelings of dread and even sometimes hatred is not worth a pay check. Life is much better when you are spending your working years doing something you love or at least working in a place you don’t hate.

 

 

  1. You are constantly talking about how bad or frustrating work is

 

When you’re not at work you can’t stop focusing on it in a negative way. You will talk about it to anyone that is willing to listen. You have many stories about how bad you have been treated at work. You could go on forever about being treated unfairly, receiving no support from your supervisors, and how you don’t feel appreciated.  Even when you’re not at work you can’t get away from the way that you feel. When The negative emotions from your work are having a harmful impact on your personal life it really is time to move on. Your negative feelings for your job are stealing away conversations and time with your family and friends. It is next to impossible to enjoy life (even your days off) When you are in a negative work environment.

 

 

  1. You are only in it for the money

If you didn’t need food or if you didn’t have any bills to pay you would leave in a heartbeat. You don’t enjoy what you do for hours a day. You find the work to be unfulfilling you don’t feel proud of what you do every day. With this kind of job when someone asks what you do for work you just answer in a disappointed or angry tone. If you’re not excited to tell others what you do, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it.

 

  1. The other people at work

We will all have to work with people that we don’t like or that we would never spend time with outside of work. That’s just a fact of life, but when someone you work with epically a supervisor seems to go out of their way to put you down and is anything but helpful when you are having trouble, it is definitely time to address the problem.  Doing this could help make the work environment safer for you and maybe even others. If after you contact other supervisors or even the HR department and nothing is done to resolve the situation, then it is time to move on to a safe work environment where the employee’s wellbeing is valued.

 

 

  1. You’re bored or anxious

Some jobs are exciting and different each day other jobs are all about routine. Both types of jobs can be perfect depending on your personality, but sometimes people are in a hurry to start working that they will take the first or highest paying job that is offered to them. If you find yourself bored and feeling stuck doing the same thing every day .Or on the other hand, if the very thought of going to work makes you nervous because you are not comfortable with what you do and you find it too risky it is time to move on to something that is better suited to your personality and strengths. It can be easy to take the first job that comes your way when the bills are due but if your personality clashes whit the job description it will do you a lot of good to find a job that is the right for you.

 

Thank you for reading my bucket List friends and rock on – Christina Epperly

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New year’s goals 2018

Hello, my bucket list friends and happy new year! I hope you all had a wonderful start to 2018. The start of a new year is a good time to set goals for yourself. Last year My goal was to get out of my comfort zone. (you can read abut it here) for most of the months of 2017 I set comfort zone busters for myself. I had a fun working on new goals but toward the end of the year I got very busy and I stopped setting the monthly goals, but overall my 2017 new years goal was a success. I did many things to get myself of my comfort zone including talking to new people on dating apps, breaking everyday routine and writing more personal blog posts. I really enjoyed doing the comfort zone busters each month but for this year I have list of things I would like to accomplish and here it is.

 

 

 

My goals for 2018

 

  1. Cook more at home instead of eating out

Eating out is fun and the food is good, but it can be expensive and even unhealthy, so this year I’m going to be focusing on cooking my food at home and trying new recipes. I’ve all ready made roasted garlic this year and I’m excited to see what else I’ll make.

 

  1. Pay off at least one of my credit cards and get the other balances as small as possible

Like a lot of people, I have a pretty large amount of credit card debt. I know that having all that debt is holding me back and I’m going to be making steps to get rid of as much of my debt as possible.

 

  1. Have at least $1000 dollars in my savings account by the end of the year

In addition to having debt I don’t have hardly any money in my savings account I know that is also something that I need to change.

  1. Pass the MBLEX and start working as a massage therapist

I love doing massage and helping other people, but I need to pass the MBLEX in order to do that. So, one of my goals for this year is to start working as a massage therapist so I can continue to help others .

  1. Cross 10 more things off my bucket list

I was able to cross 8 things of my list last year and that’s pretty good but since I’m not in school this year I should have more time for list items. I’m excited to see what list items I cross off this year.

 

  1. Improve my credit score

As you can tell from looking at this list, personal finance is something I’m really looking to work on this year. While I don’t have a bad credit score it could be better, and I really want to work on that this year.

  1. Get back in to doing races

I really enjoy doing 5ks and I want to do a 10k It’s been a while since I have done a race and I really would like to back into doing races this year.

 

 

 

I hope all you have a beautiful and successful 2018

 

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

Bye 2017 Hi 2018

Hello, my bucket list friends and happy 2018! I hope all of you had a fun and safe time celebrating the new year! In my next blog post I’ll be talking and my plans and goals for the new year, but for this blog post I’m going tell you all about how I celebrated the last day of 2017 and welcomed 2018.

 

New year’s fun

 

My New Year’s Eve celebration started with an end of year hang out with my friend Amy. We went to Starbucks and talked about our plans and goals for the new year, then we went on a nice walk. After spending some time back at home. I went to my cousin Amanda’s house to get ready to go celebrate the new year at Gilroy gardens. I had just ben to Gilroy gardens for the first time on December 23rd   . but I was very excited to go again. (you can read about it here) After getting my makeup done by my cousin. Her fiancé came to pick us up and we headed off to Gilroy gardens! We didn’t have a lot of time before the fireworks, but we went on 3 rides, got some food, new year’s hats and accessories. I also bought a really cool light up cup.  Amanda found a really good stop to see the fireworks and all of us had a wonderful time welcoming 2018 while watching some pretty awesome fireworks! After a long day of fun, I crashed with my cousin for the night. I was tired but so thankful that I had a great time welcoming in the new year.

I hope all of you live 2018 to the fullest . Rock on – Christina Epperly