#207 own an American girl doll

Hello, My bucket list friends! I hope you are all enjoying this last little bit of 2017.  During This time of year there is a lot of gift giving going on and as silly as it may sound it’s important to not leave yourself off the list. As the year winds down, I want to do my best to end it on a good note, so I decided to treat myself by crossing off a bucket list item and making one of my childhood dreams come true.

 

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When I was in elementary school I loved looking at the American girl catalog and I really wanted one of the dolls, but they were a lot of money, so I got the mini dolls and enjoyed reading the books and for a while I had moved on. As I’ve grown up I have learned that it is important to remember, that even if you are no longer a child it is not too late to make your childhood dreams come true. After debating if I should spend the money or not I choose a doll from the American girl website. I picked the truly me doll #23 her hair is lighter than mine, but they were back ordered on the doll with the darker hair, so I went with the beautiful #23 doll. I was so excited when she finally arrived! I got her out of the box as fast as I could, and you know what? I think I was just as excited as I would have been if I got her when I was a kid. I knew I had to give her an awesome name, so I turned to the internet and I looked for some unique and fun girls name. After searching for a While I chose Clover as her name. I think it fits her very well. Having my own American girl doll is a dream come true. I’m so happy that I crossed off this list item. To be honest this has been a stressful week but getting Clover gave me a major happiness boost and I’m ready to have a Merry Christmas with Clover by my side .

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

Life in December 2017

Hello, my bucket list friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful December 2017.  For a lot people including me, this time of year is very busy but with a little stress management and some deep breaths it can be truly wonderful. There is a lot going on in my life this month, so I thought I would write a post to tell you about it. Here we go!

 

Christmas Joy

December is full of joy and celebration.  So far, this year I’ve been enjoying the little things, such as decorating the Christmas tree, getting chocolate every day from my advent calendar and going to the Christmas light walk through at the park. Even with all the busyness going on I’m still taking time to enjoy the fun little things about Christmas. I had a good time at the light walk through with my family. I like looking at the lights every year and the walk through is my favorite. I love getting to spend a little more time enjoying the dinosaurs, bears and other light displays then when you drive through. I also have been rocking out to My Little Pony Christmas music. There is much more Christmas fun to come this month so get ready for another blog post about Christmas joy.

Here we go again

 

I’ve written before about my test anxiety and once again it is something I’m going to have to face. In about a week I’m going to be taking the Mblex so I can work as a massage therapist. The test covers a lot of material and I’m nervous, but I feel good about what I know and what I need to work on to be fully ready for the test.  I really wanted to share this with you all because it has been on mind a lot lately. I’m worried about taking the test but I have decided not to place any pressure on my self I’ve been studying and I’m going to do my best.  No matter what happens I’m going to be proud of myself.

 

Wrapping it up for now ………..

So as you can see things are pretty jam packed for me right now but I’m excited for all the good things that are to come and  I can’t wait to tell you all about it   – Rock on Christina Epperly

 

 

Love, tacos and Rock N Roll (also known as the best wedding I’ve ever been too)

 

Hello, my bucket list friends! Last month something pretty awesome happened. One of the wonderful people that I met during my time at NHI had the most amazing wedding ever and I just had to tell you all about it! It should come as no surprise that I consider my self to be a pretty nontraditional person. I love seeing people express themselves in a positive way and not conforming to what has always been done just because it is tradition and my friend’s wedding as a perfect example of that.

 

 

Love and Rock n roll

I was very excited when I found out that I was invited to my classmate’s wedding! She had showed us her awesome invitations and pictures of her dress. Before I get into how amazing the wedding was I have to tell you that Michelle (the bride) is a beautiful person inside and out. Her friendliness and kindness light up the whole room. I was very excited to be apart of her beautiful day. I’ve been to my fair share of weddings over the years, I’ve even been in a few and they were all pretty traditional. They were still beautiful and full of love but traditional.  You know there are some things that can be found in most weddings such as the bride wearing some shade of white, that here comes the bride song playing when the bride comes down the aisle, and flower girls in lacy dresses. Now before I go any further I want to make it clear that I’m not saying any of those things are bad, but they are often done because people feel like that is what they are supposed to do not because that’s what they want. that was one of the things that made Michelle’s wedding so wonderful. You could tell that the bride and groom had put effort in to making their wedding the way they wanted it to be. The place was decked out in all things rock n roll from the plastic skulls on the tables to the flower girls who were dressed up in their best rock and roll outfits and I can’t forget about the music! Rock music as playing when the wedding party came down the aisle and everyone’s outfits where album cover worthy.  The bride was in the most beautiful wedding dress that I have ever seen with my own two eyes. It was black and red, and it had pockets! The ceremony was beautiful and full of so much love. You know how sometimes you can just look at two people together and see how much they truly love each other. This was exactly that and I couldn’t have been happier for them. After a rocking ceremony it was time to eat tacos! I mean who does not love tacos and these tacos were so good. Oh, and They had a photo booth and it was so much fun taking pictures with my NHI friends. Since I graduated I have not seen my Classmates, but this night brought us together in the best way possible and just when I thought that the wedding could not be any more amazing there was a head banging contest! Talk about a good time! To top it all off I caught the bouquet!  It was a beautiful wedding filled with love, tacos and rock n roll!

Rock on -Christina Epperly

 

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thanksgiving in Idaho

Hello, my beautiful bucket list friends! Here we are in the last month of 2017 and I have quite a few blog posts that I want to write and videos that I want to make before we jump on into 2018 so get ready for a lot of updates from this professional dreamer.

 

 

This past thanksgiving was very different for me, it was the first thanksgiving that I have ever celebrated outside of California. The biggest difference is that it was colder then California thanksgiving but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s go back to Los Angeles, the day after I crossed #139 (go beach hopping) off my list. I woke up very early that Tuesday morning to go LAX, so I could take my first flight of two flights that I would take that day. I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare so I had all the time I needed to find my gate, eat and charge up my phone before getting on my first flight to Seattle. After a two-hour ride I was in the state of Washington for the first time ever. When I arrived, one of the first things I did was look at my flight information on my phone. I was confused at first but it didn’t take long for me to realize that my 2nd flight (the one that would take me to Idaho) was delayed by about 3 hours. Needless to say, I was not very happy about this, but life happens. One of the worst things about being stuck in the airport was looking outside and seeing the awful weather outside but from what I hear that’s just how it is in Seattle. I was really missing the California sunshine at this point . The Disneyland plane that was parked by the windows was able to put a smile on my face, but I had plenty of time before the now delayed plane was ready to go. So I did the best thing I could to lift my mood I bought myself some food, a snow globe and a post card. After my little shopping trip, I relaxed the best I could until it was time for my last flight of the day. When I finally got to Idaho I was tired but excited to see my family and Jewels one of my favorite dogs in the whole world. After going out for a great dinner and spending time with family I crashed. The next day was the day before Thanksgiving so it was a very busy day, but I was able to stop by the Goodwill and get some cool stuff including some My Little Pony toys. It was a fun day filled with lots of shopping, food and family fun. I had a lot of new my little pony toys before the day ended.

The next day  it was time to celebrate thanksgiving with some of the people that I love most.Even tough I was in a different time zone than normal. Thanksgiving was pretty much the same. There was lots of food and time to catch up with those you don’t get to see often. After a great day of celebrating with family and eating lots of wonderful food. It was time to get ready for my 4th and final fight of the trip. The flight back home was fast and before I knew it I was back with my cats in California. It was a good but short trip to Idaho. When I go back I should have more time to explore and maybe even cross off a list item or two.

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

Los Angeles Photography

Hello , my bucket list friends ! I want to thank you all so much for all the love that you gave on my last post !  I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos that I took with my phone but I thought it would be fun to show you some of the pictures that I took with my DSLR camera. As some of you already know I really enjoy Photography so I just had to take my fancy camera to Los Angeles with me . I got some pretty cool pictures and here they are.

 

This is one of my shots of the Hollywood sign . I really love everything about this picture, The blue sky and the hills are beautiful .

 

 

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Beautiful Santa Monica

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Venice beach art

 

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Beautiful view of the Santa Monica pier

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post card perfect .

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Also post card perfect !  I love all the creative art !

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Venice beach art closer up . I love how I got the sand in this picture .

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A beach sunset is one of the most beautiful things you can take a picture of

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Blurry but I love it , almost looks like a painting

 

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I loved my hotel room and this picture perfectly captures it

 

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beach view !

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love this picture !

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I hope you enjoyed looking at these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them . I have a few more blog posts to write before 2018 comes . I look forward to sharing more with you !  Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The great Los Angeles bucket list adventure #57, #137, #140, #197, #139

Hello bucket, list friends! This is one post that I’m very excited to write, I went on a bucket list trip to Hollywood / Los Angeles all by myself. During my trip I crossed five things off my list! This trip was so much fun and full of adventure. I can’t wait to tell you all about it, so let get going!

Day one #137

Day one started at home with me running around the house trying to get everything ready before my evening flight. I was both excited and nervous at the same time. This was my first time going on a trip alone. after spending most of the day cleaning, packing and planning my cousin came to take me to the airport.  I got to the airport with plenty of time before my flight, I got a Jamba Juice and then I was ready to cross off my first item of the trip #137 Fly first class. Siting in first class was amazing I had my own big seat with lots of leg room and there was a bottle of water waiting for me on my seat. My seat was very comfortable, and I felt like a rock star flying first class to LAX. Oh, and when it came time for snacks they came around with a tray and you got to pick what you wanted. I would love to fly first class again sometime.  After my flight I took Uber to my hotel I was very happy with the hotel I chose. The Only thing I forgot to do was bring my own food since it was late I ended up having a sugar packet for dinner, but I got a great night’s sleep and I was ready to cross of more list items when I woke up.

 

 

 

Day two #140 and #57

After eating breakfast, I set out to cross take a picture with the Hollywood sign off my List. I got an Uber to Lake Hollywood park and I started walking along the trail I was not really sure where I was going but after walking a little bit I could get a pretty good view of the sign after doing my best to take pictures of me with the sign in the background, I started walking back to the beginning of the trail. One the way back I met a woman named Hannah she was on a road trip with family and they were going to take pictures with the sign too I asked them If I could walk back with them, so we could take pictures of each other. They agreed, and we walked down together When we got to the part of the trial where there was a good view we took pictures of each other the pictures they took for me came out great. When we got back to the entrance of the trail we went our separate ways they went back to their car and I went to see if I could find another view of the sign that I had read about. After a little bit of a walk though a nice neighborhood I found the grass area next to a playground with the view of the sign that I had heard about online. I took a few pictures and then decided to head back. As I was walking trying to figure out where to get an Uber from, when I came across Hannah and her group again .We took pictures together and got contact information. I had a hard time getting back to my hotel from the park. Bad cell service and confusing pick up points made it very difficult to get out of the park, so I just began walking and I walked for a very long time. While I was Walking I met a guy named Hector and his younger sister they were walking to go take a TV studio tour, so they also had a long walk ahead of them. Long story short we ended up getting an Uber together after walking for a very long time. I was very happy to get back to my hotel after all that walking but I was not done with my adventures for the day. After getting some rest and charging my phone, I took an Uber to the Hard Rock Café because I knew from my trip to Hollywood back in 2015 that there was a big souvenir shop across the street. I had a great time shopping for souvenirs. I also walked around the walk of fame and I found Alice Cooper’s star I remembered the area it was in from when I crossed that Item off in 2015. I also went to the Disney / chocolate store that was along the walk of fame. After shopping I walked around and I saw an Alice Cooper shirt in a store that caught my eye. I quickly realized that it was a tattoo shop and that I need to go get some food before crossing the next item off my list. After having a veggie burrito at Baja Fresh I walked back to the tattoo shop. The tattoo artist was not busy, so he was able to take a walk in. I told him I wanted to get the copyright symbol with 1990 after it. He drew it up then it was time to get tattooed. The tattoo did not take long at all and I was very happy with the way it turned out. I was excited to cross #57 (get a tattoo of something random) off my list. A copyright symbol is a pretty random thing to get a tattoo of, but it has meaning to me. I’m an original made by God and I love being me. Before calling it a night I walked over to the CVS to get aftercare supplies for my new tattoo. After shopping at CVS, I now had several shopping bags. I tried to get an Uber from in front of CVS, but I was having trouble finding the pickup point, so I decided to find a place that did not have a red curb. On my way to find a pick-up spot I passed this one part of the walk of farm that has a lot of people who dress up in costumes and take pictures with people for money. I was not interested in taking pictures with most of the people but then I saw a guy holding a large snake. He said he let people hold her for five dollars. I couldn’t get my money out fast enough. I love snakes and I had never got to hold one that was that big before. The snake (Electra) was very sweet and I love the pictures of me holding her. After some more walking I found a good pick up spot and I went back to my hotel. It was a wonderful day full of adventure, but it was time to get some sleep because I had another day full of adventure ahead of me tomorrow.

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Day 3 #139

On my last day of my solo trip I had one goal in mine go beach hopping! The weather was really beautiful, and LA has some awesome beaches, so I knew it would be a great place to cross #139 off my list.  Before I could get to the beach I had to stop by target because I had forgotten to get unscented soap the night before. Since it is next to impossible for me to just get one thing at Target I ended up with a pretty good haul. after my shopping spree I got an Uber to the Santa Monica pier I had been there two years ago, but I did not go on the beach so that’s what I did first. After my first beach walk of the day I spent some time on the pier I bought some post cards, won a stuffed animal from a claw machine and had some ice cream before going to find a pick-up spot. My next stop was Venice beach. There was some really cool graffiti art at Venice beach plus it was low tide some there were lots of seashells to look at. After my 2nd beach walk of the day I walked along the Venice boardwalk taking in all the sights before walking a very long time to find a good pick-up spot and just Like an oasis in the dessert I found a Starbucks. After getting a coffee, some food and charging my phone I was ready to go to my third and final beach of the day. For my last beach I chose a beach I found off Google called Playa del Rey, it turned out to be a really amazing local beach I got there at sunset it was breath taking. I was thanking God for all the beauty and I got some great pictures too before walking to a nearby restaurant to get picked up to go back to my hotel.  I was very happy that I had crossed five things off my bucket list. (Don’t worry I’ll talk about the fifth one in a minute) I spent the night packing up and getting ready for my next adventure that I will talk about in my next blog post .

 

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#197 travel alone

This LA trip was my very first solo trip, but I hope it is not my last. I learned so much from this trip.  I learned just how resourceful I am. I also learned that when you are alone you are more likely to reach out to other people and make new friends. This was an overall great trip and I met some really nice people including my Uber drivers. This trip was a big step for me, It really helped to boost my  confidence.  I would be more then willing to do another solo trip sometime!  Rock on –

Christina Epperly

The great Idaho adventure of October 2017

Hello, my bucket list friends! I’ve been meaning to write this post for a little while now, but I have either been too busy or too tired to get it done. Now, that I found the time here is the post all about my latest adventure but before I actually get in to the details, there is a little bit of a back story to all of this. Back in February my grandparents moved to Idaho but because I was in school I was not able to go see them until after I graduated on October 9th. They had lived close to us my whole life so having to get on a plane to see them was a first for me. Now without further delay here is the main post about my adventure.

 

My adventure started when I got off the airplane and saw my grandparents for the first time in eight months. it’s the longest time that I have ever gone without seeing them, it was great to see them again but as excited as I was there was someone who was much more excited than any of us and that was my grandparents dog Jewels. She was so excited to have my mom and I there and that made me even happier to be there. The next day was lots of fun my mom and I spent the day at Zoo Boise. I loved seeing all the animals and feeding the big Billy goat.  Over the next few days the adventures continued with trips to the Aquarium, the Goodwill, and a really awesome popcorn shop and as with most vacations there was some really good food involved. I really enjoyed my trip. One of my favorite things was getting to pet the bay rays at the aquarium. There was one ray that kept swimming up to us to get pets! It was so cute and made for a great memory and I just have to say the Goodwill we went to was stocked with plenty of treasures I got a great haul.  I’ll be going back up there again soon, and I know that Jewels can’t wait to see us again!     Rock on – Christina Epperly