Don’t Listen To Others

That Tell You What You Can and Cannot Do

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’—

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!

People drive me crazy…

Why on earth do some people feel they have the right to tell you what you can and cannot do????

It seriously pushes my buttons big-time!!! ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก..

Everyone I know knows about the van living life I’m about to embark on, they all know I’m a tree hugging, dirt loving nature freak and they all know I’m disabled too ๐Ÿค”

Yet why on earth would anyone try to tell anyone that because of a disability or weight issue that they shouldn’t or can’t do something they love… like hiking??? ๐Ÿ˜ ..

Yes I’m disabled… Yes I have rods that hold up my big old head because I have no vertebrae in my neck, yes I have limited mobility in my neck and spine because of having to have 12 spine surgeries… Yes I have MS and although I don’t have a weight issue, I’ve been sitting on my ass since my son passed away and I am way out of shape…

But what’s that got to do with what I want to do and enjoy doing?

NOTHING!!!!!

It drives me insane when people ASSUME that just because someone may have a disability, may have a weight issue or are out of shape that they can’t do certain things…

There’s no size limit to hiking and there’s no signs that say if you’re disabled you cannot hike this trail…

WTF PEOPLE!!! ๐Ÿ˜ ..

So I decided that after receiving my stickers from a couple accounts that I follow on IG @unlikelyhikers & @mtnchicks (that I will proudly put on my van ๐Ÿ˜‰)…I was gonna do a shout out to all the people out here that think or have been told that they can’t do things they want to do because others think they can’t or because they are disabled or are not in tip top shape..

DO IT ANYWAY!!!

If it’s something you love doing, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t..

Sooooo don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do… Go out and do whatever it is that you truly want to do!!!๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’—…

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Courage vs Fear

Choose To Be Courageous


Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—

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 ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

COUยทRAยทGEOUS — kษ™หˆrฤjษ™s/adjective

Not deterred by danger or pain; brave.

Hmmmmm ๐Ÿค”

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. ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ™„

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 ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ™‹

Have a beautiful and courageous day ๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Crazy Is A Good Thing

It Helps You Reach Your Dreams

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

I never could wrap my head around why people will tell you that you’re crazy to believe you can reach your dreams ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”.. 

Do they say it because they don’t have the same dreams or wish they did? Do they say it because they are jealous? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”.

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 ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜  

I actually laughed hard… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™„

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 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜.

Have a beautifully crazy fun day world ๐Ÿค—

Moving Past Your Comfort Zone

Isn’t Hard As It May Seem


Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—

This morning when I woke up I couldn’t get the thought of moving past my comfort zone out of my head ๐Ÿค” and it made me wonder if there’s anything that is really holding me back from embarking on my bus living journey?๐Ÿค”

 Other then a few little things I need to do to the bus.. There really isn’t anything other than myself from stopping me. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„

I’m fully aware that this is a big life change as well as it being something I’ve never done, especially alone, yet it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.. and that’s when I really realized that the only thing that can stop us from living our goals and dreams is truly how we think about them ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”

Doing all the footwork to make our dreams happen is the easy part… 

Yet once you’re only a few steps away from achieving them is when the fear and doubt really surfaces.. 

You have to totally change your mindset and not only believe that you can do it… You have to be totally willing to step past that comfort zone and take that leap of faith. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„.

Don’t allow the little voice in your head to stop you from living your dreams… Cause changing what the little voice says isn’t as hard as it seems… 

So go ahead release those fears it’s time for you to try… Move away from your comfort zone… Spread your wings and fly ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Stop and Smell The Roses

A Little Every Day


Hello World 

This morning while I was walking my dog, I heard the prettiest bird singing and it made me stop for a moment and just listen to all the sounds around me..๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„..

The birds singing, the wind lightly blowing through the leaves in the trees… The little things… 

And it made me think about all the little things we take for granted ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”..

Life is busy yes… 

Yet we tend to get so wrapped up in it, especially this time of year, that we forget to stop and smell the roses so to speak… ๐Ÿค”

We forget to notice all the little things that are so beautiful.. 

Like the sound of children playing…

A warm and gentle smile we get from a passing stranger.. 

The sound of the wind blowing through the trees… 

The early morning birds singing… 

The beauty that surrounds us every day that can truly make us smile…๐Ÿ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿฆ..

Today if only for a minute… 

Stop and smell the roses.. 

Maybe not literally, yet take that pause to just listen to the silence… Notice all the beauty that surrounds you.. Then take a big deep breath and smile… ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—..

Believe me it will change how you handle the rest of your day!!! 

Have a fantabulous day my friends ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒน

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Accepting Change

Is Empowering


Hello World, 

A friend of mine that is embarking on a new life journey was having a difficult time and we discussed how scary it is and at the same time how empowering it is once you actually do it… ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค”..

She called me this morning to thank me for giving her the strength to do it and when I told her that I didn’t give her the strength or actually push her that she had it all along, she reminded me that sometimes when one doesn’t feel they can do something and someone helps them see that they can… 

That too is empowering for both.. and she’s right…๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜Š..

When we guide or help someone feel empowered, we empower ourselves too.. and even if we haven’t actually done it yet, seeing another do it that you’ve helped, gives us the strength to do it too! 

Change can be intimating and very scary too… Yet once you actually do it you become a strong and confident you!!!

Have a fantabulous day world ๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Gratitude

Kindness Is Magic

Hello World,

WOW WOW..SO VERY VERY GRATEFUL๐Ÿค—.

First and foremost … Thank you Cobs @thecobweboriumemporium for the beautiful tag… It’s definitely getting hung up in the bus…๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค— And yes your little sweet note made me cry..๐Ÿ˜ข happy tears though ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿค—  

I feel like the universe is smiling down on me cause this has been an incredible 2 days…1st getting Cobs beautiful tag and then the wonderful gifts from a new friend on Instagram, then winning a contest ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ … I’m totally on cloud nine and so very very grateful for the kindness I’ve received ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค— 

SOOOOOOO as most of you all know, I’ve been converting a bus so I can travel all over the country and spread my son’s ashes at all the places we wanted to go see… It’s been just a few months since I got the bus (with the help of so many of you) and my healing journey is right around the corner.

I’ve slowly been getting pantry things I’ll need for my journey and making lists of things that will be road worthy, tiny fridge worthy, good quality, healthy and storable.

 I love veggies, fruits, smoothies and salads and although I cannot say that I’m vegan because I cannot give up cheese, eggs and seafood (not yet anyway) I was talking to my friend Dana (a vegan smoothie bowl Queen) and had just asked her to make me a list of protein powders and other things like chia seeds etc that would help me stay healthy on the road. 

And then this happened..๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค—. 

An amazing company Kura Nutrition http://www.kuranutrition.com read my story and sent me a bunch of their plant based protein powders, a really cool drink shaker maker ๐Ÿค—, 6 really yummy looking recipes and the sweetest handwritten note ever ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— so I had to do this shout-out cause I am beyond grateful… I’ll totally be posting pics of the yummy things I’ll make with them on the road ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’— thank you @kuranutrition so very much…๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—

THEN LAST NIGHT…. 

I won the coolest double bike rack from a contest that a couple of van living guys that I follow on Instagram @therollingvan  had. I’m overly excited and can’t thank you enough too๐Ÿค— talk about cool…

It will look so good on the bus ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— 

Guess it’s time to get in shape lol lol hey maybe that’s what the universe is telling me… ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”

Time to get in shape Ricci…. hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’m in shock ๐Ÿ˜ฎ and NO I’M NOT AN AFFILIATE for either and I rarely do shout-outs… 

I just had to share my excitement and my gratitude… especially to Cobs and Kura Nutrition because those gifts came from the heart, pure kindness and well.. there are no words only love for them both ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

Please check out her blog @thecobweboriumemporium and Kura Nutritions shop online with their great healthy products and The Rolling Van on Instagram or YouTube and their amazing adventures traveling the country ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

I may sound like an advertisement but oh well cause I’m so grateful and excited too..

Thank you so much my friends so very very very grateful ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค— 
Kindness is AMAZING

Ricci ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’—