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A story of life, love, healing & growing

IMG_20170408_111044_505Hello World,

We all have a story, some easy, some hard, some happy, some sad. Yet each unique and beautiful in it’s own way.

Today I begin to tell my story. A story of life, healing, motivation and inspiration… A story of friends, family and every day life. A story of strength to keep going after being told I couldn’t. A story of devastating losses and a story of love. A life story, a healing story… My journey to heal and my journey to live…

My journey begins now!

Courage vs Fear

Choose To Be Courageous


Hello World and Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—

So many people tell me I’m courageous for wanting to embark on a van living life being a solo female and it made me think about what the word actually means πŸ€”πŸ€”

COUΒ·RAΒ·GEOUS — kΙ™ΛˆrājΙ™s/adjective

Not deterred by danger or pain; brave.

Hmmmmm πŸ€”

I think the key words in this definition are: “Not Deterred” which I believe is true when it comes to me being courageous… 

It’s not that I don’t have my fears when it comes to embarking on a solo van life… It’s just that I refuse to allow fear to stop me from living my dream. 😁

Fear is a bitch and I’ve learned that it can and will stop you from accomplishing anything if YOU allow it too… 

Yet once you push past it… You realize there was nothing to be fearful of in the first place πŸ™„

Learning to be courageous is not a hard thing to do… All it means is that you refuse to allow anything to fully stop you… 

Being courageous is powerful and shows that you’re not afraid too try… So learn to be courageous and don’t let fear stop you from reaching the sky πŸ™‹πŸ™‹πŸ™‹πŸ™‹

Have a beautiful and courageous day πŸ’—

Ricci πŸ’•

Live Life Optimistically

Allow Life To Simply BE!


Hello World & Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—

Have you ever had one of those friends that always look at what could happen, or lives on what ifs constantly.. Expecting that this or that could happen.. Planning for the oh shits??πŸ€”πŸ™„.. (key word expecting!!) 

Hmmmmmm??? πŸ€”

I’ve always been optimistic and have always looked at all the good things that I’m going to experience rather than looking for what “could” happen or the “what ifs”… 

It’s not that I think life is a bowl of cherries πŸ’, I just don’t look at the woulda, could, shoulda senarios and if and when something does happen I deal with it as it comes…πŸ™„πŸ€”πŸ™„ 

The journey and life change that I’m getting ready to embark on is huge and I’m fully aware that shit can happen yet I’m not planning for it…πŸ€”

Living a van life will definitely have it’s ups and downs and Yes I “could” get a flat, Yes the bus “could” break down and Yes I “could” come across a full campground and or be asked to move from somewhere I chose to camp at… 

Yet I definitely don’t plan for those things to happen and I definitely don’t allow those “could happen” and “what ifs” to take up space in my head.. 

If I did I’d never leave my driveway!!! πŸ™„πŸ€”

I choose to live an optimistic life and make plans for everything good.. And when a yucky situation occurs I’ll deal with it as I should… 

Living a pessimistic life is not a life for me… I choose to look for the good in life and allow life to simply BE!!! πŸ€—πŸ’—πŸ€—

Have a beautiful day world πŸ’—

Ricci πŸ’•

Rest In Paradise Chica

You’ll Forever Be In My Heart


Hello World πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ’—

It truly is amazing how we feel about our pets… 

They aren’t just an animal that lives with us, they truly become a family member and a huge part of your heart!

Last night I lost my best friend.. 

My little Chica 😒 she was 16 years old (112 in human years) lived a great life and enhanced mine immensely… 

I got her when she was 2 yrs old and she literally went everywhere with me.. my little ride and die partner and losing her truly feels like I lost my best friend, my baby 😒

So today I’m dedicating my post to my baby and to all those who have lost theirs.

The unconditional love we receive from them is unparalleled and they deserve just as much acknowledgement, if not more!!!

Rest in Paradise little Chica, I love you more than words can say… You will be missed so very much… Yet in my heart you’ll always stay!!! πŸ’—πŸ˜’

Ricci πŸ’•

When You Make A To-Do ListΒ 

Put Yourself On It Too


Hello World & Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—πŸ€—

All this week I’ve been rearranging the bus to make more room cause it was totally set up for just me and I hadn’t taken into consideration that other than my bed, there really wasn’t anywhere for anyone to come in and sit down πŸ€”.. 

So after my daughter said she wants to travel with me during her summer break from college, I knew I had to redo the bus to make more room or we’d be literally on top of each other the whole trip which would open a huge can of OMG GET OUT OF MY WAY.. MOVE..ETC πŸ€”..

Well I’ve been so focused on rearranging the bus that this morning when I woke up I realized that there were a couple of things I had scheduled to do this week FOR ME that I totally forgot about πŸ™„.. 

That’s what made me realize that I really do need to start making to-do lists again πŸ˜’..

We get so focused on the big things that need to get done each day, that we tend to forget about the little things and then have to rush rush rush to get them done which in turn leaves no time to do the things we want to do for us… 

Or ….

like usual we put ourselves on the back burner thinking we aren’t as important as everything else!!! 

HmmmmmπŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” So not true!!!!

Making daily to-do lists are very important to do… Just don’t forget that one of those spots should always be used for YOU!!!

Have a beautiful day world πŸ’—

Ricci πŸ’•

You Can Plan The Plan

But Not The Outcome


Hello World πŸ€—

This morning I was talking to a friend about how when we make a plan, we tend to try to plan it all the way out to the end… and most of the time because of bumps along the way or because we change our minds…the outcome of the plan we made isn’t the same or turns out totally different then we planned it originally😱 

It made me think about the bus πŸ€”

When I first got the bus I really thought I knew exactly how I wanted the inside to be and since then have changed it a few times..😱 each time I’ve changed it, it’s turned out way better then my original plan, yet I still changed it from the original plan… πŸ™„πŸ€”

So why do we plan things all the way to the end only for it to change down the line for whatever reason?? Hmmmmm πŸ€”

That’s what made me think of this poem… 

I picked the background for the same reason… 

If you look at the road in the picture it looks like the end goes down a hill… Yet does it? 

It could be straight…it could turn… or it could be a dead end! 

We can’t predict how the road goes.. and we don’t know until we get there…πŸ™„

Moral of this story… 

We can plan the plan yet we cannot plan the outcome… 

All we have is the here and now… and all we can do is take the steps that lead us to where we want to go… 

Yet we can’t ever assume or predict that our plan will turn out exactly how we planned it…πŸ˜‰

Live in the moment my friends cause we cannot predict what will be… We only have the here and now cause the future’s not ours to see πŸ€—πŸ’—πŸ€—.. 

Just like the song “Que Sara Sara…. Whatever will be will be… The futures not ours to see…Que Sara Sara!” 

Goodnight Universe πŸ’—

Ricci πŸ’•

Crazy Is A Good Thing

It Helps You Reach Your Dreams

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends πŸ€—πŸ€—

I never could wrap my head around why people will tell you that you’re crazy to believe you can reach your dreams πŸ€”πŸ€”.. 

Do they say it because they don’t have the same dreams or wish they did? Do they say it because they are jealous? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”.

This morning I was talking to a few people about the 205 places I want to see in my bus and all the of them said I was crazy to think I could hit that goal and that it was an unrealistic and unobtainable goal especially on my disability income 😠😠 

I actually laughed hard… 😁😁

First because I know many people that live the van life on half of what I get each month and second because I truly believe that everything is obtainable when you believe and do what it takes to accomplish it πŸ™„πŸ˜πŸ™„

So my friends… 

Don’t ever allow others to deter you from following your dreams…  

When someone says you’re crazy… Smile and say that’s true.. And when your old and have lived your dreams you can say that being crazy worked for you πŸ˜πŸ™ƒπŸ˜.

Have a beautifully crazy fun day world πŸ€—

Recover From Negative Thinking

Is Not As Hard As It Seems


Hello World & Happy Day My Friends πŸ’—πŸ€—

Last night I was up pretty late talking to a friend that wanted to know how I stay so positive through all that I’ve been through, especially since my son passed away and I really had to think about it πŸ™„πŸ€”.

My friend is the type of person that always goes straight to the negative about almost everything. She doesn’t think the world is against her yet she does go straight to the “what if’s” immediately. 

Last night she asked me what she could do to change her mindset to being more like mine.. More positive and stop going to the “what if’s” all the time and I said: 

“Laugh hard at the yuck, when things happen find a solution and move on… immediately!” πŸ€”..

Now I’m not always positive, yet I try my best not to think of the “what if this or that happens” cause I feel I’d never get anywhere thinking like that… 

When something happens I usually laugh.. Hard.. cause crying over spilt milk doesn’t clean it up πŸ˜‰ πŸ™„.

I’m fully aware that shit happens that we don’t expect and I sure don’t look at the world through rose colored glasses, yet I don’t assume the worst ever. 

I basically live moment by moment and when things happen I immediately look for a solution and never ever do the poor pitiful me or why me thing cause I don’t believe things happen TO ME…

I just believe that shit happens πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜€. (Sounding a little Forrest Gump here 😁)

So this morning when I woke up I tried to think of something that could make her laugh when shit happens and I immediately thought of this poem, made a pic and sent it to her… 

I told her to hang it up and anytime something happens and she finds herself going to the negative, go look in a mirror and say 

“Hello My name is _____ and I’m a recovering negative thinker!” 

When she got the photo she said all she could do was laugh and it worked… πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ž

So my friends… 

Today if drama comes calling, respond but don’t react.. Cause laughter and a big huge smile will stop negative thinking in it’s tracks πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

Have a drama free day world πŸ˜€

Ricci πŸ’•