#55 ride on the back of a motorcycle

Hello my bucket list friends ! I’m very excited to say that I’ve crossed off my second bucket list item for 2017 and my first bucket list item for summertime of 2017 . It was a very exciting  item to cross off and I can’t wait to tell you all about it so let’s get going !

 

#55 ride on the back of motorcycle

First things first I want to give a big thank you to my friend Nick for helping me cross this item off ! I was very nervous to cross this item off but also very excited. I borrowed a jacket, helmet and gloves form my neighbor  I had everything I needed to cross this item off my list .Everything was all very new to me but I ended up having a great time . Nick is a wonderful driver and he made the rode both safe and fun . I was nervous going on the highway at first but on the way back I felt so free! The nerves were gone and all I felt was happiness and freedom. It was truly a perfect day complete with ice cream. I can’t wait to go on another ride again .  This is one item that I recommend putting on your list .

Rock on – Christina Epperly

My OCD story

My OCD story

 

Hello, my bucket list friends! In my last post, I talked about how I was going to be writing some more personal bog posts this month. The topic of mental health is something that I believe does not get the attention that it needs. I’ve wanted to share my personal story about my struggle with mental health for quite some time but I have been holding back but there is no day like today so here goes nothing.

When I look back on my childhood I can see that I have had OCD pretty much my whole life but I didn’t know it back then, nobody did. OCD was not something that was well known back when I was growing up in the 90’s and 00’s so unfortunately no one was able to diagnose me when I was a child. Even though I did not have a diagnosis there was no questioning that I had something going on with me. I struggled in school, I was held back in kindergarten, I did not want to stay in my seat during class I wanted to pace in the back of the classroom eventually I was told that I had ADHD.  Throughout my childhood I was almost always in trouble for something and I had a hard time keeping friends. I was always saying or doing things that were mean or rude, things that I knew I shouldn’t have been doing.Everything from hiding other kids toys to pushing smaller kids when I got angry to saying things just to get others angry but I felt like I had to, that bad things would happen if I did not obey.  I did not know at the time that I was having obsessive thoughts. My young mind did not know how to verbalize what was going on so I would say that I was hearing voices.  As you can imagine this created a problem in itself. My parents took me to doctors and therapists but because I was not saying the right things no one was able to properly diagnose me with OCD. I went to a small private elementary school and it didn’t take long for me to get branded as a mean kid and a trouble maker. I remember when a child at school had a birthday party and the whole school got invited except for me and another student. I’m not saying that I didn’t deserve it because I did. The brand that was placed upon me was well earned. The truth was I was not the only victim of my OCD others around me suffered as well. The intrusive thoughts that I acted upon hurt others as well. My OCD hurt everyone from my classmates, my teachers, my family, and myself.  After 4th grade my mom decide to homeschool me. Those were some good years! I was a member of two homeschool groups so I spent plenty of time with other kids, I went on lots of field trips and enjoyed other fun activities even though I still struggled with my OCD without knowing that I had it yet. One of the biggest struggles that I remember having was probably around my tween and early teen years. I was raised in a Christian home and I loved going to church and doing my best to live my life for God. I loved being a Christian but all of a sudden, I started having thoughts that God did not exist I was in a constant battle in these thoughts and they created havoc in my life. I little did I know I was experiencing what is known as scrupulosity which is a part of OCD. Overall, I was in a pretty good place during those years.  I was put on medication somewhere in my tween or early teen years but it didn’t seem to help. When I reached the end of my middle school years it was decided that public school was the best place for me so I could get a public high school diploma and my mom would go back to work.  After I took some tests it was determined that I qualified for special Ed services. I spent the last month of my 8th grade year going to public middle school for half days to get me used to the public-school environment. I wasn’t a fan of public school there were a lot of behavior problems in the special ED program and by this time in my life I had mellowed out a lot. I listened to teachers and for the most part I made following the rules a priority. The other kids offended me with their bad language and their disrespectful attitudes. I had done a complete 180 from my elementary school years. I went from being a trouble maker to being pretty much a model student. After I finished my one month of public school and I received my middle school diploma. Then it was just a few short months before the long haul of high school began.

When I started high school I pretty much didn’t have any friends the one friend that I had since I was four years old told me we were no longer friends and that was that. My sister was in 12th grade at the same school but we didn’t spend time together while we were at school.  I was friendless and in for a huge culture shock. The safe and comfortable world of homeschool was no more for me ,now I was in the public high school world of sex, drugs and disobedience. I’m pretty sure it was the 2nd day of high school When a group adopted me, the day before I had been invited to eat lunch with nice group of girls and they were very welcoming but on the 2nd day during lunch I didn’t know what to do so I sat down by a tree and ate my lunch. There was a group right next to the tree and they invited me to sit with them and I did for all four years of high school I sat by that tree. Just like middle school, High school was no different it was a rough place. With my OCD still invisible and ridding on my back I did the best I could to survive high school. Even though I was living in an R rated movie every day in a place filled curse words being said every other word, drugs in plain sight and vodka in water bottles. By the time I reached 12th grade I was doing overall pretty good I still hated public school but I had some good friends by my side I was a member of the mock trial team and I enjoyed my photography and art classes but graduation day could not come fast enough for me . After a wonderful summer, I started community college with the goal of being a preschool teacher. It was during those years When I discovered that I did in fact have OCD. I knew I had something but I was not sure what. I was told by a doctor that I didn’t have OCD  ,just OCD tendencies and I knew whatever it was that I had was not just ADHD. I sat down at the computer and looked at the Wikipedia pages for different conidiations. I first looked at the pages for Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia When I read those pages I saw that I had some of the same symptoms but for the most part I couldn’t really relate to what was being described. Then I read the page for OCD and it was as if my whole life was written on that page. Everything from my disturbing thoughts to my doubt to my behavior as a child now made sense. Not long after this I was able to get on medication that was right for me and also just being more aware of what was going on with me made a world of difference. There is no cure for OCD so I will always have to deal with it and I still have my struggles today.  I will wright about that in  another blog post but I’m very proud of myself for everything I have accomplished in life even with OCD and I can’t wait to see what things I will accomplish in the years to come.

Rock on – christina Epperly

May comfort zone buster conclusion and June’s comfort zone buster

May comfort zone buster conclusion and June’s comfort zone buster

Hello, my bucket list friends and happy June! I hope you are all having a wonderful start to summer.  For my May comfort zone buster, I decide to take time for myself by expressing my creativity. I’m happy to say I did a pretty good job with this. I finished quite a few pages in my wreck this journal, uploaded some YouTube videos and published some more poems on writer’s café. It made me happy to make progress on my wreck this journal

since finishing it is a bucket list item. It is very important to remember to take time for yourself and work on something you love

 

 

June 2017 comfort zone buster

For this month’s comfort zone buster, I decided to start making more personal blogs posts and YouTube videos. Of course, I’m still going to be posting about my bucket list and I will still be making my bucket list talk videos on YouTube but I will also be discussing my struggle with OCD and mental health in general. I consider myself to be an open book and this is something that I have been wanting to share on my blog for a while. Even though I am a very open and honest person sharing something that is so deep and personal can be nerve racking but I believe that mental health is something that needs to be talked about as much as possible. I hope to have my first post about my OCD up in a week or so. I look forward writing the posts and making the videos for you guys.  Rock on -Christina Epperly

March / April comfort zone buster update and my May comfort zone buster

hello my bucket list friends ! As most of you know my news years’ goal was to challenge myself with a new comfort zone buster each month. For March and April my comfort zone buster was to stop saying sorry as much as I usually did. I’m glad I choose this comfort zone buster. I learned to choose other words or to just say ok instead of defaulting to sorry. I’m now more aware of the way I interact with people . This comfort zone buster helped me to learn that it was ok if I didn’t know something or if I didn’t get something right the first time . I’m still not a %100 perfect when it comes to saying sorry for things that are not my fault but I’m well on my way to breaking this bad habit.

 

May 2017 comfort zone buster

For this month’s comfort zone buster, I’m going to challenge myself to do something creative at least once a week. Now, being creative is not out of my comfort zone but finding time to be creative with my extremely busy life is. Some bucket list items I have been working on will be Included in this month’s comfort zone buster. I’m excited to spend the month being creative as can be . it is important to remember to make time for yourself and this comfort zone buster will help me do that.

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Walt Disney Family museum

Hello, my bucket list friends! This past weekend I went on a fun day trip to the Walt Disney family museum in San Francisco. It was just the break I needed from work and school. I have been very busy this year and I was so blessed to have a weekend where I didn’t have to go to work or school it was the perfect opportunity for a day trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum.  After about an hour drive my mom and I arrived at the museum. Parking was easy to find and pay for, we parked in the lot right behind the museum. When we got inside the museum, we bought our tickets and walked around the lobby area looking at all the awards that Walt Disney had received. There were many cases of awards. After looking around the lobby area, we went to the gift shop and I got some cool souvenirs. Then it was time to enter the main area of the museum. The first room was all about Walt’s early life as we went through each of the rooms a new time in Walt’s life was showcased. I got more and more amazed with everything there was to see in each room. The originals drawings were wonderful it was so much fun to see early Mickey Mouse merchandise. The museum had Walt’s family pictures as well and items from the first Disney movies and cartoons. My favorite room was the Disneyland room, there was a model of Disneyland park it was breath taking! I hope that I get to go back to the museum some day because there is so much to see. After walking through the museum, we ate lunch at the café in the museum I really enjoyed the food. Overall I highly recommend this museum to any Disney fan. It was a perfect day to spend my day off from school.

Rock on – Christina Epperly

#215 get some Lisa Frank clothes

Hello, my bucket list friends! I’m very excited to tell all of you that I crossed off my first bucket list item of 2017. I can’t wait to tell you all about it so let’s get going.

 

Recently I add ten items to my bucket list and getting Lisa Frank clothes was one of them. I was born in 1990 so needless to say Lisa frank was a big part of my childhood but even as an adult I love Lisa Frank .When I saw that Rage On had Lisa frank clothes I really wanted to get some, I was low on money  I added it to my bucket list so I wouldn’t forget about it. Soon after I added number 215 to the list I started getting more hours at work and I could afford to get some of those colorful Lisa Frank clothes. I got two shirts and I love them both! They are so beautiful and colorful . I’m glad I crossed another item off my list and I can’t wait to cross off more list items.

Bucket List Survey number 2 – lists of 3

Hello my bucket list friends ! I hope you are all having a wonderful spring. I thought that it would be fun to answer some questions about my bucket list. I did one of these before you can read it HERE . This time all off the questions are answered in lists of three.

  1. Favorite three List items that I have crossed off so far –

Make a Disney bear at the downtown Disney build a bear , Go to Epcot  ,Get a small tattoo that means a lot .

  1. Three items I plan to cross off soon –

Finish an entire coloring book, get some Lisa Frank clothes , go paddle boarding

  1. Three items that I worry I will never cross of my list

Hug John Cena, learn fluent German, Run a marathon

  1. Three people that have helped me cross off list items

My mom, my dad, Amanda.

  1. three items other people may be surprised that I have on my list

Drive a Ferrari, drive a monster truck, attend a rave.

 

  1. Three travel items that I have not crossed off yet

Go to Las Vegas, go on a spontaneous road trip, fly first class

  1. Three travel items that I have crossed off

Go to Disney’s animal kingdom, Go to Disneyland at Christmas time, Go to the San Diego zoo

  1. three items that will probably not be crossed off for at least a few years

Move out on my own , volunteer at an animal shelter, Volunteer at a kids hospital

  1. Three items I’m scared to cross off

Get my driver’s license, make an important choice with a coin toss, Try standup comedy

 

  1. Three items I’m excited to cross off

Go to the mall of America, throw a dart at a map and travel to wherever it lands, be in a music video

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

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