True Friendships

Are Worth More Than Gold

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends โ›ต๐Ÿฆˆโ›ต

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. ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿš๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‹

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 ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Until today ๐Ÿฆˆโ›ต

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 โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ

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!” ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Then as we were heading back..

BAM๐Ÿ’ฅ there they were…

(Click on the videos)

One was so close I could follow her shadow to wait for her to come up for air…..๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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 & beyond๐Ÿ’–

Thank you for an amazing day I am truly grateful ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’–

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

There’s a Difference Between Wearing A Mask

And The Different Roles We Play

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—

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 ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”..

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 ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

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 ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ..

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ…

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Mistakes Are Just Lessons

To Slow Down And Take Your Time

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜

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! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

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 ๐Ÿ˜

SO we took it out…

Which also gave me 2 feet more room inside ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜….

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 ๐Ÿ˜ (pics to follow after it’s done) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰

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).๐Ÿ˜‚

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!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a beYOUtiful day world ๐ŸŒป

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Always Smile and Say Hello

To Those You Do And Do Not Know

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

Ok so the coolest thing happened to me today…

I was making my coffee as usual and something told me to look out my window…๐Ÿค” The window panels on the driver’s side stay up cause the site next to mine is for overnighters and it keeps the bus cooler during the day.. but something told me to look so I did! ๐Ÿ˜

And to my surprise there was a school bus parked a few sites away that I recognized ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.

It was really early so I went outside to peek at the front to see if it had a name on it and yeppers.. it was “Alice The Wonder Bus” @alicethewonderbus a couple that I follow on IG ๐Ÿ˜

Talk about a big big smile…

So of course it being early I didn’t want to wake them up so I waited for a couple hours and went to knock on the door…

It was actually funny cause I guess they came in the middle of the night and thought I was the park manager looking for payment lol and we all laughed when I said “nope I follow you on IG”

We had a wonderful talk and tossed different ideas around about our buses.. they truly made my day and I got even more excited for my upcoming journey ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—..

My point in all this is:

Many people will come through your life and some will also go..don’t be afraid to say hi to someone that you don’t know.. cause you never know who you may meet at home or when you’re away.. a little smile and a warm hello can brighten up everyone’s day! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Don’t Wait For The Right Time

Don’t Let Time Get In Your Way

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends
This morning I was responding to a comment on my blog and it was on a post I had written about following your dreams and time ๐Ÿค” the comment was very nice and at the end the guy said:

“I love that your chasing sunrises during your sunset years! I wish I didn’t wait for the “right time” to live my dreams cause some of them I’m to old to chase now!”๐ŸŒž๐Ÿค”

It threw me off at first cause of course my ego said :

“Is this man calling you old?”

Which made me laugh and when I thought about it for a sec it made me smile cause it was actually a beautiful way to put it

“Chasing sunrises, Durning my sunset years!”

I’m not a spring chicken in numbers and being an empty nester and retired so to speak, I am living my golden years.. and getting ready to travel all over in a bus… The comment actually fits ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰..

My point in all this is:

We do watch the clock constantly..

We can’t wait till we’re a teenager, we can’t wait till we’re “legal age” we can’t wait to get outta school, have a baby, get married… Blah blah blah..

We are constantly putting timeframes on ourselves!

So my friends.. do not wait to do the things that you love to do… Cause if you keep on waiting, time may get the best of you!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Don’t Get Discouraged

When Things Don’t Go YOUR Way

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends

After posting about my latest setback with the bus and about my belief about timing…I got a lot of comments about how people admired my tenacity, strength and perserverence as well as my staying positive through it all ๐Ÿค”

It made me look back on everything that has happened since I brought the bus home and I actually looked back on my whole life ๐Ÿค”

All my life people have said that I was tenacious and I never really thought about it until today…

I’ve always been a go getter when it comes to something I want and I’ve never ever been a quitter… It’s just not in my nature to do so…

So I guess I am tenacious ๐Ÿ˜‚

Yet for me there is no other way…

I never understood why people give up so easily on their dreams and it’s never ever crossed my mind to do so, especially with this bus project.

My point in all this is:

We all have the drive and the power to achieve whatever we want to achieve…

Perserverence is in our blood…

It’s truly part of our makeup and who we are..

Sometimes we just need to reach deep to find it.. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜‰..

So do not get discouraged when things don’t go your way… Keep on doing what you need to do and go about your day..

Cause life is like an obstacle course with lots of ups and downs.. So don’t let setbacks stop you.. Stay strong and stand your ground!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’ช

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Life Is All About Timing

What’s Meant To Be Will Be

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—

The last two days have been a tad crazy… Filled with emotions and feelings about hitting the road.

Most I could pin point and totally understood and yet one I just couldn’t figure out. Mainly because it was a feeling I never had before or should I say never really acknowledged ๐Ÿค”..

Thursday I stayed busy, packing the bus up, making sure I had everything I needed for my new journey and saying “see you later” to friends..

I was doing everything I thought I needed to do so I could leave first thing Friday morning ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fast forward to Friday lol

Friday morning.. when I woke up I of course was very emotional and as I was talking to my son, I kept getting this strange feeling I just could not pin point.. ๐Ÿค”

I got in the bus, said my see you laters, cried and left…๐Ÿ˜ซ

I got about 3 miles away and I noticed that my speedometer and dash lights weren’t working ๐Ÿค” so I pulled over, checked all my lights and nope..

No headlights, No speedometer, No dash lights, No running lights or brake lights ๐Ÿค”

Soooo I turned around, went back to my son’s to check the fuses and all the fuses were fine… ๐Ÿค”…

Got to be the alternator again!!!

So without getting all bent out of shape about something totally out of my control, I decided to stay at my son’s for another week so I could get this figured out..

I called my mechanic but because he’s getting married today I told him not to worry about it, to enjoy his wedding and that we will fix it after the weekend๐Ÿ˜‰

Timing is everything lol…โฐโฐโฐ

My point in all this is:

Shit happens and I truly believe that everything happens for a reason..

I obviously wasn’t meant to leave just yet and just because things don’t happen in YOUR time.. Doesn’t mean that it’s not meant to be.

Keep believing and keep doing what you need to do and when the time is right everything will fall into place cause that’s just how life is ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Day My friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•