True Friendships

Are Worth More Than Gold

Hello World 🌻 Happy Day My Friends ⛵🦈⛵

I’ve lived on both the East coast and the West coast all my life, have been to many tropical islands and have always been a huge lover of the ocean and the beautiful animals that call it their home. 🦈🐳🐬🐟🐠🐙🐚🦀🦐🐋

I’ve seen tons of sea turtles, baby sea turtles hatching, whales, the mating ritual of manta rays, owned a 30ft sail boat, have gone deep sea fishing tons of times and yet as much time as I’ve spent near, in and on the ocean, I’ve never seen dolphins in the wild 😫

Until today 🦈⛵

Knowing how much I love the ocean, my bestie surprised me with a going away present of a private 2 hour dolphin tour and omg it was incredible

We were out for about 45 minutes without seeing any and then my bestie shouts..

Over there ➡️➡️➡️➡️

OMG!!!! There was a huge Mama and her baby right in front of us..

Of course I couldn’t get a picture because I was in awe and lost it crying lol… Yeah I’m a huge cry baby hahaha yet to see them in the wild was an amazing feeling and experience. I was truly awe-stricken.

We drove around for a while and nothing…

Other than the beautiful sound of the waves crashing against the boat and the salty water spraying my face… Not to mention the colors of the water and other beautiful boats at sea

The other dolphin cruises were on the radio all saying “nope nothing out here!” 😫

Then as we were heading back..

BAM💥 there they were…

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One was so close I could follow her shadow to wait for her to come up for air…..😁😁😁

It was truly an amazing day and I am so very grateful to my dear friend Patti…

She has been my rock through the bus conversion, has let me cry, scream and just be wherever I need to and I am beyond grateful for her!..

My point in all this is:

Don’t ever forget to thank those in your life that go out of their way to see you smile…

The ones that unconditionally want nothing more than for you to be happy…

They are far and few between my friends and it’s always nice to let them know how much you love and appreciate them.

So thank you Patti for all you do and for all you are!! Love you so much..Today, forever & beyond💖

Thank you for an amazing day I am truly grateful 💖🌻💖

Have a beautiful day world 💖

Ricci 💕

You Can’t Get Where You Want To Go

By Staying Where You Are

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This morning I was talking to a friend that I haven’t talked to in a really long time and she complimented me on how I’ve never been afraid of change 🤔

She said she has always admired my tenatious ways and the fact that when I set my mind to do something, that I go all out, never being afraid of setbacks and that I keep going no matter what 😮

Which of course made me think hard 🤔.
In some aspects she was right yet when I think back, there’s been many things I didn’t do because I was comfortable and afraid to do it….

Yet more times than not, she was right..

I am not afraid of change, I embrace it..

Change is a part of life and I could’ve stayed being comfortably miserable, or I could push past whatever was preventing me from doing something and just go for it…

Most of the time I did just go for it lol.. Change is exciting to me 😉

My point in all this is…

We cannot reach our goals and dreams by staying where we are..
Staying in our comfort zone won’t get us very far…To move away from your comfort zone
You have take a step to begin.. We can only get where we want to go…By walking away from where we’ve been 😉😉😉

Have a beautiful day world!

Ricci 💕

Gratitude Teaches Patience

So be grateful for all you do!

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Patience has never been my strong suit and this past 2 months of trying to get the bus finished so I can hit the road has really really tried my patience 😫😫

Many people I know have given me kudos for sticking to my guns through all the issues and setbacks I’ve had with the bus and I truly appreciate it..

Yet quitting has never ever been an option or a thought I’ve had 🤔 yet being patient has sometimes gotten the best of me… Making me cry, making me wonder if this journey is meant to be and even putting doubt in my head… 🤔

Yet every time something has happened I step back and think about how grateful I am too have the opportunity to be able to convert a bus and travel and I wake up stronger and even more determined to get this done..

Yet last night was different..

I went to bed frustrated and this morning I woke up impatient and pissed that the bus is in the shop and I’m not on the road yet🤔😫

Then I realized that rather than being grateful for the bus being where it needs to be I was acting like an ungrateful kid instead and that wasn’t helping at all…

So I sat my ungrateful ass down and made a list of everything I’ve done so far and omg it was like the universe slapped me upside my head and said

“Are you grateful now?!?”

My point I’m all this is:

Instead of being grateful for things we’re WAITING for.. we tend to get impatient and our gratitude goes out the door…

So learn to be truly grateful for EVERYTHING that you do.. cause you will learn that gratitude will help you appreciate waiting too!! 🙏💖🙏..

Have a beautiful day world 💖

Ricci 💕

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 💕

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

Hello World 🌻 Happy Day My Friends 💖🌻💖

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 💕