Always Stay True

Always Be You!!!

Hello World ๐ŸŒป Happy Day My Friends

Don’t you just love it when people not only give you their opinion when you didn’t even ask for it or want it for that matter… But then they get all butt hurt when you disagree or don’t take their opinion or suggestion ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Yesterday morning while I was moving stuff on the other side of the bus so my mechanic can do the brakes… One of my “nosy” neighbors came over to ask me why I didn’t just drive it to a shop to get it done… ๐Ÿค”

When I tried to explain to her that the brakes needed to be done and that the tires that were on the bus were from March 2003 and I wasn’t comfortable driving it with the tires and brakes in the condition they were in.. she proceeded to tell me that I should’ve just got it towed blah blah blah and when I said I understand that’s what you would’ve done but you’re not me and this is better for me cost wise… She got all butt hurt and said “Well fine then.. If you don’t want my opinion I won’t give it anymore!”

I smiled and said ok!… As soon as she walked away my mechanic started cracking up and said: “gotta love people and as they say..opinions are like assholes and we all have one huh!”

Which of course made me laugh hard!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

My point is all this is:

Everyone has an opinion, Not everyone thinks like you… Not everyone will understand why you do the things you do…

Yet we know what they say about opinions.. And we all have one too… Just keep on going no matter what & keep on being YOU!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜..

Have a beYOUtiful day world ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒป

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Be Proud Of Every Step You Take

Cause Every Little Step Counts

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป๐Ÿค—..

This morning while getting everything ready to set up the solar an elderly couple new to the RV park I’m at was walking by staring at the bus and asked me if they could see the inside ๐Ÿ˜..

I smiled and said of course ๐Ÿ˜‰…

They were really curious and asked me if I bought it like it is, which of course made me giggle, so I pulled up the before pics on my phone to show them…

After looking at the pics the woman looked at me and with a huge smile said:

“You should be very proud of yourself young lady!”

And y’all know me lol lol I got all teary eyed which of course made her get all teary eyed too ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—…

I smiled said thank you and they both gave me a hug and said that what I was doing to honor my son was amazing and so beautiful.. ๐Ÿ˜ข and they left…

But it made me think!!! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”..

We do tend to wait till the very end to pat ourselves in the back… But we need to remember where we started, then look at where we’re at… Cause every step is a milestone, each step is important too.. so be proud of every step you take, be proud of everything you do!!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—…

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Listen To Your Gut

It Won’t Ever Lie To You

Hello World & Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—..
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For a while before I bought the new batteries for the bus, every time I tried to start the bus I had to jump it to get it started and I kept getting a feeling that it wasn’t just my batteries, that I probably needed to get a new starter too…

But of course I didn’t listen to my gut, I kept listening to everyone else that said that I just needed two new batteries ๐Ÿค”

So this past Saturday I bought two new batteries, a starting battery and an auxillary battery and at first after I installed them it started right up, then after a few minutes when I went to start it…

Nothing…..It wouldn’t turn over at all ๐Ÿคฌ

So I decided to test the starter and go figure…

I need a new starter ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ

It’s an easy fix that I can do myself yet instead of going with my gut and getting one when I bought the batteries, I went against my gut and didn’t get it…

Go figure huh lol lol ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ซ

So tomorrow I’ll be going to the parts store AGAIN to get a new starter so I can install it tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ˜ซ

My point in all this is that…

We tend to go against our gut when it tells us what to do… So listen to what your gut says cause it won’t ever lie to you!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a beYOUtiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Don’t Let A Bad 5 Minutes

Ruin Your Whole Day

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—

It truly baffles me when something shitty happens, no matter if it’s huge or if it’s tiny, we tend to hold on to it for so long that it ruins our day or days for that matter ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ

This weekend I allowed a shitty situation to take over my whole weekend ๐Ÿคฌ why?? I don’t know…

It’s not like I could control it…

It’s not like it was done TO me intentionally and even if it was there’s absolutely nothing I could do about it yet I let it control me, make me angry, make me get all stressed out, then depressed blah blah blah…

When in all reality because there was nothing I could do I should’ve just processed it and let it go ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ.

Now I’m not saying that I should’ve stuffed my feelings about it..

Never do that..

Yet once I processed it and figured out what I needed to do, if anything, I should’ve just let it go and moved on…

But nooooooooo I allowed it to swell up in my head and ruin my weekend ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

It wasn’t until last night when a couple of amazing women I’m in a group with asked me about my old GoFundMe account and it dawned on me that sweating it was truly a waste of time all I needed to do was ask for help ๐Ÿ˜ž

It’s always been really hard for me to ask for help and it still is… Even though I know that my NOT asking for help denies others the same pleasure and good feeling I get when I help someone..

Go figure huh ๐Ÿ˜ฉ ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

My point in all this is… Don’t allow a bad 5 minutes to ruin your day or get you stuck on stupid… it’s so much easier to move on when you don’t sweat the small stuff..

And remember…

There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you really need to.. You know how good it feels when you help someone… So don’t deny the good feeling it gives to others when they want help you!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–…

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Always Remember The Little Things

They Are What Matters Most

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜€

Ok so yesterday I received a couple things I ordered on Amazon for the bus and talk about funny….

When I went up to the office to pick them up.. I was dancing around like a little kid and the manager asked me what I got that was making me so happy and silly dancing around like a little kid ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—

At first I wasn’t going to show her and then decided why not and opened the big box in front of her…

Well I guess it was a good thing cause she started laughing so hard that she was literally crying which of course made me laugh really hard and then another lady came in… She asked why we were laughing so hard.. We told her and of course she lost it too..

I looked at both of them after we calmed down a bit and said….

“You know you’re a tad touched when you receive a order you placed, you’re dancing around like a kid in a candy store and it’s a toilet!”๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿ’ƒsee pics โฌ‡๏ธ

Of course I was happy to receive my USA sticker for the back of the bus too but the toilet is a game changer ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Now for most people that’s not anything major ๐Ÿค” but for me OMG… It’s HUGE…

Imagine boondocking in the middle of nowhere with no bathroom..๐Ÿ˜ซ

Or…

Being that I am much older than most van lifers lol… Those middle of the night potty breaks…๐Ÿ™„

It would not be too fun going outside behind a bush in the middle of nowhere, in the dark at 3am ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ my luck I’d forget toilet paper and grab a poisen ivy leaf ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜‚

So my friends…

Don’t forget the little things that always make you smile… Cause it’s always the little things that make life worthwhile ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿšฝ..

Have a wonderful day world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci๐Ÿ’•

Baby Steps Can Motivate

Get You Where You Need To Be

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–

When I first got the bus I was all determined to get it totally converted in a month or two max… Haha haha well we know that didn’t happen cause 7 months later and I’m still doing things to it ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„

Not that it’s a bad thing at all cause I’m actually glad that I’m taking my time so that hopefully there won’t be too many changes needed once I hit the road… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been making jewelry and working with polymer clay for a long time and I’m one that needs to know where everything is and very organized when it comes to all my crafty”stuff” and storing tools and supplies in see-through stackable shoe boxes always helped in that manner… ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‰

Well knowing that I wanted to bring that “stuff” with me in the bus so I have things to do on my down days.. I was going bonkers trying to figure out how to stack them in a place that was easily accessible so I didn’t hurt my back trying to get to them and in a way that they wouldn’t fall all over the place while I drive ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

I tried so many things and was getting so frustrated and truly felt defeated..so I put it on the back burner for a while and this weekend it was like a light blub went off in my head…

I have all this room under my bed since I moved the fridge and two ways to access stuff under there…

Duh Ricci…

So I built a bookshelf and woo hoo perfect solution lol… See pics โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ

My point in all this is that we get so wrapped up in the big picture and looking at the end result that we can lose our motivation and feel defeated… Sometimes all we need to do is step back, take a break and the answers will come… ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‰..

Go figure huh…

Have a great night world ๐Ÿ’–

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•

Don’t Ever Stop Believing

Cause Dreams Do Come True

Hello World and Happy Day My Friends ๐Ÿ’—

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I was very blessed to have a mom that always taught me to believe in my dreams and that if you have faith and believe in yourself and your dreams, nothing can stop your dreams from being your reality…

I’ve always believed that and I taught my kids that as well ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’—

Last July with the help, love and support of so many people… My dream of getting a van/bus to convert so that I could keep my promise to my son, travel and sprinkle his ashes at all the places we wanted to go to came true ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

Most of you have seen the work I’ve been doing on the inside and I love how it’s coming along, Yet the outside was driving me insane. No matter how much I scrubbed it, it looked kinda grungy ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

After pricing out what it would cost to get it painted I knew that wasn’t gonna happen…

Until last week…

A dear friend knew how frustrated I’ve been and knowing that the body of the bus was half aluminum and half fiberglass suggested that I paint it myself ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

haha well you know me…

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED ๐Ÿ˜

I did the research for the type of paint I needed which was a Topside Marine paint that’s normally used for boats, priced it and …

OMG…

Getting it painted went from a cost of $2000+ to under $100 to do it myself ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Soooooo this is what I’ve been doing for the past week (except the days that mother nature decided to rain for 3 days)..

It’s not done but it’s been primered and has 1 coat on it and OMG IT’S LIKE A BRAND NEW BUS ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

I couldn’t wait to show you all cause I’m so proud of what I’ve done and when I woke up this morning I knew I had to write a poem about believing and having faith in your dreams cause I’m bonified proof that with hard work, determination, faith and belief nothing can stop you from making your dreams a reality…

So don’t ever stop believing. Have faith in all you do… Cause having faith & believing is what makes your dreams come true!

Have a beautiful day world ๐Ÿ’—

Ricci ๐Ÿ’•