Hello, my bucket list friends ! I’m going to be honest with all of you,this month / year has been pretty stressful. A few high lights or I guess in this case low lights include spending what seemed like hours on the phone to fix problems with my insurance and my bank account, spilling coffee all over the table in the break area at work, having a packed schedule that was hard to keep up with and most recently my cat’s UTI came back. I have found when the stress plies on it’s best to take some time for yourself and do things you enjoy. On Tuesday my friend and I went to savers. I got some great things there including three American Girl books. After that we went to Safeway for some food. Then it was time to hangout and watch Alexa and Katie one of our favorite Netflix shows . If you haven’t seen Alexa and Katie yet I highly recommend it. It was a really great day. spending time with your friends and doing things you that both enjoy is a great way to reduce stress. Spending time with my friend was much needed and so was what I did yesterday. For Christmas I got a spa gift card ! Ideally I like to get massages every month I didn’t get one last month but yesterday’s massage made up for that. My gift card was to a very nice spa, The kind of spa with fancy robes and steam showers ! I really enjoyed the massage and the steam shower. I could have stayed in that shower for hours ! After the spa I took my cat to the vet. She did really well at the vet. We spent awhile at the vet but on the bright side I got to pet her for about an hour straight. The point of all this is the road of life is full of bumps but it’s important to take time for yourself and do what you enjoy even when life is stressful.
Rock On – Christina Epperly
Hello, my bucket list friends ! I’ve talked a little bit about my job as a massage therapist but I thought that it would be a good time to give all of you a deeper look into my career. I know people consider career changes all the time. If you happen to be considering a career in massage therapy , I hope this gives you some valuable information to help you make your decision. Anyways let’s get to it !
Christina Epperly MT ( My life as a massage therapist)
I don’t think it matters what career you choose or if you go to the best school in your field ( like I did ) nothing can fully prepare you for a career until you’re there. NHI (The school I went to) provided me with excellent information and hands on experience. NHI went to great lengths to prepare all of the students for the real world of massage and I’m very thankful for that but one thing I’ve learned in life is that experience is truly the best teacher. Now, that I’m officially working as a massage therapist I find myself learning more and more everyday . My co-workers have been very helpful in sharing information with me and I’ve been soaking it up like a sponge. I’ve also got to be honest my body is not used to having to do the amount of massages in a day that I’m doing now. I’ve been sore but I can also feel my body getting stronger ! I’ve been making sure to stretch and to stay hydrated to help myself be the best I can be. I’ve been getting some great feedback from my wonderful clients, I love being able to help people relax and reduce their stress. Giving massages can also be relaxing for the therapist. I like the relaxing music and the fact that I just have one thing to focus on it’s a break from the stress of the outside world. A career as a massage therapist is challenging but rewarding. If you are interested in the topic of health and wellness and enjoy helping others you may want to look into a career as a massage therapist . Thank you for reading !
Rock on – Christina Epperly
Hello, my bucket list friends ! I consider myself to be a very open and honest person. I have talked about my struggle with OCD on this blog before . The truth is things have been hard for me lately . My depression was acting up a few weeks ago . I became exhausted from everyday life. All I wanted to do was sleep . I became more prone to panic attacks .Then things really got bad when a friend of mine died unexpectedly . Since then I’ve had more panic attacks and even some chest pain . There lots of things that I do to help me through a hard times. Such as getting enough sleep,( but not too much) working out , praying , and writing . Lately I’ve been getting more into essential oils . One of my favorite essential oils is Lavender it is so calming and relaxing . I’ve been using it the past few days or so and it is amazing ! It helps to calm me down very quickly ! I got some in a spray bottle that I can carry with me and use it as needed . I know that there are other kinds of essential oils that can be helpful for stress as well but for now lavender is my go to for stress relief !
Rock on – Christina Epperly