Bus Update

My baby is on a wellness retreat

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Well she’s at the shop getting the final things done for my maiden voyage on the first of August and OMG it was so hard watching her get put on the tow truck and get taken away 😭😭😭😭😭

Watching it get towed was not fun and because the campground that I’m at is all sand, when the guy was putting her on the tow truck he didn’t take into consideration how low to the ground she is and as he was pulling her onto the flatbed the bumper got caught in the sand and it bent the shit out of it..

Yet he was really really apologetic, took it right to the paint and body shop where he works and they fixed it.. of course for free! Then off to the mechanic she went 😭

Yet on a positive note, the shop she’s at is amazing… They are going to drop the huge 35 gallon tank, clean it out cause she’s been sitting for over a year, install the new fuel pump, change all the plugs and wires, do an oil change and check EVERYTHING so she’ll be totally ready for my maiden voyage on the first.. And at an incredibly inexpensive cost 😁

It was crazy the emotions I felt watching her on the tow truck lol.. Every bump he went over she would wobble on the flatbed and OMG my heart was in my throat the whole time hahahaha yet she’s now at, as my friends said.. her wellness retreat lol and I pick her up Saturday or Monday the lastest WOO HOO… SO EXCITED!!

So rather than sitting in my head worrying about her, I’m going to take the advice of some INCREDIBLE friends of mine and I’m going to the beach with my son and daughter-in-law…

We’re gonna have lunch and just chill on the beach all day!! Thanks to everyone for all the love and support..I cannot express my gratitude enough!! Have a beautiful day my friends..

I’ll keep you posted 💖💖💖💖💖

Ricci 💕

Filled With Love & Gratitude

Every Moment Of Every Day

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Wow I just hit 2k followers on Instagram and I truly am shocked…

When I started posting my poems on IG and my blog, I did it because it was a place for me to put them and save them because I had tons of scribble papers everywhere and I wanted to organize them and expand on my feelings about what I wrote.

It truly never was about gaining followers and honestly it still isn’t.

At first my page was private cause it was more of a journal for me than anything and within a few days, I started getting follower requests which surprised me actually lol…

Then I met Dana and in a private message she asked me where my poems and thoughts came from and I told her my story.

She suggested that I share my story and so I made my account public and did…

The response I got and the amount of people that started following me was honestly a little overwhelming yet I figured that if my story could help just one person that it would be worth publicizing it..

I love helping others, always have and always will yet never thought my poems and thoughts would receive the response that they have, and during this time, I found that there were quite a lot of people out there that were going through the devestating loss of a child too…

I was not alone!!!

Needless to say, I see people all the time thanking everyone when they reach a certain milestone of followers and decided that even though for me my page isn’t about gaining a million followers, I needed to take the time to show my appreciation for all of the followers I do have cause if it wasn’t for many of you I wouldn’t be where I am today and it’s because of the love and support from my IG family and my blog family, that day by day the pain that I bear gets lighter to carry and for that I am being grateful…

For ALL of you I am truly grateful!

So thank you so very much for all your love and constant support! For listening to my ups and my downs and for shining your light whenever mine goes dim.. I truly love you all with all of my being and just thought I should let you all know it…

Much love, hugs and smiles to you all..I AM GRATEFUL 💖🙏💖

Ricci 💕

There’s a Difference Between Wearing A Mask

And The Different Roles We Play

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I bumped into a friend at the store the other day and we started talking about the different roles we play on a daily basis and it made me think about how true that is 🤔🤔..

There’s a huge difference between wearing a mask to hide who you really are or wearing one to be who you really aren’t than when you’re playing a role that is a necessary part of who you are!

When my kids were little I use to tell people all the time that I’m a different mom for each kid…

My kids were spread apart.. my oldest is 6 yrs older than my middle son and 10 yrs older than my youngest… When my oldest was in 6th grade my middle one was in kindergarten and my youngest was 4 yrs younger than my middle one and in day care… Sooo I had to be play a different role with each of them…

Yes I still was mom but I had to be different because of their ages 🤔🤔🤔

When I went to work, the mom role was turned off until I got home.. I was a different person at different times throughout my day and different according to where I was… Yet I wasn’t wearing a mask to hide who I was at anytime 🤔😮..

My point in all this is:

We are different people all the time..

We are different towards our kids than we are to our coworkers, we are different with our bff than we are too someone we meet for the first time and that’s ok cause it’s part of WHO we are..

Yet wearing a mask to disguise who you really are isn’t healthy or ok cause it’s not being real!

So my friends know the difference between the two cause we play different roles every day.. but if you putting on a mask to hide who you are.. that is not ok 😮…

Ricci 💕

Don’t Get Angry At Little Stuff

Laugh It Off Instead

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So yeah… I picked this picture for the background for my poem cause it’s exactly what happened to me this morning 😂😂😂

Living in a bus definitely has its perks and yet there are a couple downsides too…

Like when you’re in a regular kitchen and your blender lid pops off in mid blend, it usually just makes a mess right where you are…

Butttttttt.. in a tiny space like my bus it goes everywhere cause everywhere is right there 😂😂😂😂 bedroom, living room etc 😂😂😂😂😂

This morning I was craving a green smoothie which i don’t usually make for breakfast cause I’m addicted to overnight oats yet I haven’t prepped any overnight oats in a while so I decided to make a smoothie and just as I hit blend my dog barked and scared the crap outta me and yep green smoothie everywhere!! 😂😂😂

It was on the ceiling, the counter, my face and all over the window panels but luckily about 2 weeks ago I changed the coverings on the refletix window panels I made to a wipeable contact paper cause the white material I had originally convered the refletix with got yucky and i wanted them to be easily cleanable but still green smoothie was everywhere..

All I could do was laugh 😂😂

My point in all this is…

I could have gotten all pissed off at my furbaby for barking yet that’s her job and that wouldn’t have stopped the blender from exploding all over the place…

Shit happens and we do have a choice on how we handle it and we definitely have the choice on how we react to any situation!

So instead of getting angry when things don’t go your way… Laugh at the situation, fix it and go about your day.. Cause getting angry doesn’t help, it makes it worse for you…

Just handle the situation and laugh while you’re doing it too 😉😂😉..

Have a beautiful day world 🌻

Ricci 💕

Bus Update & Upgrade

Don’t Ever Give Up On Your Dreams

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Today I woke up filled with energy and decided to do some upgrades to the inside of the bus. 😁

I removed the wheelchair ramp from the back which gave me two more feet of space, so I unscrewed my bed, pushed it back against the back wall, which allows me to sit on it when the back door is open and look outside 😁 secured it and with the extra 2 feet I decided to build another bench that goes along the whole length of my bed. I put hinges on the tops so I could store stuff inside, covered it with foam and material and woo hoo I’m loving it. 💖.. see pics ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

The bench that my furbaby is on slides out to be a twin bed for guests which I love too. Tomorrow my oldest is going to install the second solar panel and my mechanic is going to fix my exhaust leak Sunday or Monday… So very excited and the inside is done 😁 that is until I decide to change something else hahahaha but basically it is done. Once it’s mechanically sound I’ll be on my way… 💖

Just wanted to give everyone an update on my progress since my upsetting setback a couple weeks ago… Shit happens yet there is nothing that’s going to stop me from living my dream… Perseverance, faith and belief is what makes dreams come true!!

Don’t ever quit my friends 😁💖😁

Have a beautiful day world 💖

Ricci 💕

Today Is Independence Day

Don’t Take It For Granted

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The month of July is a very hard month for me…

Although the beginning of the month should bring me happy memories, knowing what happened at the end of the month makes it very hard for me to smile today 😢

July 4th, 2015 my son and I decided to get out of town and we went camping at one of our favorite places, Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest…

We explored Indian ruins, went swimming in the lake and saw 5 different fireworks shows from different cities because we hiked to a mountain top..

We had a wonderful 5 days, days that should make me happy, yet then I remember that on July 30th my son went on a different journey up in heaven.. 😢

I’m trying to learn how to carry this pain in a different way, where I can smile at the beautiful time we had on the 4th, yet it’s still very hard for me 😢

Yet even though my pain, today always reminds me of how many people don’t have the freedom that we do and I get so so grateful for what I do have..

2 other incredible children, friends that are amazing and a life where I can do whatever I please and that fills my heart with gratitude and love 💖🤗..

My point in all this is:

So many in our world don’t have the freedom that we do.. they cannot live a life where they can do whatever they want too…

Today is Independence Day and every day should be..a day that you are grateful to be alive and to be free! 🙏🙏

Happy 4th of July 💖

Ricci 💕

Mistakes Are Just Lessons

To Slow Down And Take Your Time

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We always tend to be so hard on ourselves whenever we make a mistake, yet since I started converting the bus 10 months ago, I’ve definitely learned that mistakes are truly lessons!!! They tell us to slow down, step back and take our time…

Yet rarely do we listen! 🤔🤔🤔

Before I was supposed to hit the road last week, I had decided I wanted to take the wheelchair ramp out of the bus! For a couple reasons…

1. it’s was in my way to sit on my bed with the back door open and look out

2. It was really really heavy and taking it out (according to my mechanic) would give me better gas mileage cause it was a 1000 pounds in steel that I didn’t want anyway 😁

SO we took it out…

Which also gave me 2 feet more room inside 😁😁😁😁….

After I took it out of course my designing brain went into effect and I decided to push my bed all the way back against the back wall and extend the bench and make it an L shape 😁 (pics to follow after it’s done) 😉 😁😉

Needless to say I took measurements, headed to Lowe’s, got the wood I needed, had them do the long cuts so they were straight lol

Of course I measured a tad off so I had to recut the pieces myself and yep messed up lol

So back to Lowe’s I went (laughing the whole time) to get the piece I messed up (this time I made them cut it lol).😂

My point in all this is:

Making mistakes are a part of life and we all make them…

We can either let it get us all worked up, pissed off and let it ruin our day

Or

We can look at it as a lesson to slow down, take our time and get back on track!

I personally laugh them off cause it’s my own fault for rushing in the first place lol..

So my friends don’t let a mistake ruin your whole day.. it’s just a mistake not the end of the world!!! 😉😉😉

Have a beYOUtiful day world 🌻

Ricci 💕